Behavioral and Brain Functions is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal that encompasses all aspects of neurobiology where the unifying theme is behavior or behavioral dysfunction.

The journal considers original human and animal research, reviews and data modeling, giving priority to manuscripts that combine both neurobiology and behavior.


  • Vivienne A Russell, University of Cape Town
  • Rosemary Tannock, University of Toronto

Founding Editor

  • Terje Sagvolden (deceased), University of Oslo


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logoBehavioral and Brain Functions is participating in the Resource Identification Initiative, a pilot project designed to encourage authors to provide unambiguous identification of three types of key research resources – antibodies, model organisms, and software tools – used in the course of a scientific investigation. For more information, see Pilot.

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  •  The open access waiver fund, ensures that scientific authors in low-income countries do not face financial barriers to publishing in open access journals.

Behavioral and Brain Functions is a member of the Neuroscience Peer Review Consortium. The Consortium is an alliance of neuroscience journals that have agreed to accept manuscript reviews from each other. If you submit a revision of your manuscript to another Consortium journal, we can forward the reviews of your manuscript to that journal, should you decide this might be helpful. You can find a list of Consortium journals and details about forwarding reviews at

Editors' profiles

Vivienne Russell

Vivienne RussellVivienne Russell is a Professor of Physiology at the University of Cape Town, her research projects focus on the neuroscience of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and neurodegenerative disorders. Professor Russell has also had a major role in promoting neuroscience training in Africa, by organising international neuroscience schools for postgraduate students.

Rosemary Tannock

Rosemary TannockRosemary Tannock is a Senior Scientist in the Neurosciences and Mental Health Research Program at the Research Institute of the Hospital for Sick Children, and a Professor of Special Education and of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. In addition she holds a Canada Research Chair in Special Education at the University of Toronto. Professor Tannock's research interests include ADHD, neurodevelopmental disorders, cognitive function, clinical trials and developmental neuropsychology.

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ISSN: 1744-9081