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About Behavioral and Brain Functions
This page includes information about the aims and scope of Behavioral and Brain Functions, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.
Aims & scope
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.
Behavioral and Brain Functions is aimed at the scientific community interested in behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, investigating the psychological, computational, and neuroscientific bases of normal and abnormal behavior including the mind. The interdisciplinary nature of the field covers developments in human and animal behavioral science, neuroscience, neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, neurobiology, linguistics, computer science, and philosophy.
Behavioral and Brain Functions provided a forum for exciting findings within behavioral and cognitive neuroscience. The journal's electronic format allows for the immediate publication of accepted articles and the presentation of large data sets, and supplemental information.
All articles published by Behavioral and Brain Functions are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.
Authors of articles published in Behavioral and Brain Functions are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.
For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.
Open access publishing is not without costs. Behavioral and Brain Functions therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1325/$2215/€1600 for each article accepted for publication. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. Generally, if the submitting author's institution is a Member the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. For further details, see our article-processing charge page. A limited number of waivers for article-processing charges are also available at the editors' discretion, and authors wishing to apply for these waivers should contact the editors.
All articles published in Behavioral and Brain Functions are included in PubMed, the most widely used biomedical bibliographic database service, which is run by the US National Library of Medicine. Other bibliographic databases that index articles published in Behavioral and Brain Functions include:
- Google Scholar
- Index Copernicus
- PubMed Central
- Science Citation Index Expanded
The full text of all research articles is deposited in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and other digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).
The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.
Behavioral and Brain Functions is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI) and has an Impact Factor of 2.79.
Publication and peer review process
Criteria for publication
Behavioral and Brain Functions considers the following types of articles:
- Research: reports of data from original research.
- Reviews: comprehensive, authoritative descriptions of any subject within the journal's scope. These articles are usually written by opinion leaders that have been invited by the Editorial Board.
- Methodology articles: present a new experimental method, test or procedure. The method described may either be completely new, or may offer a better version of an existing method. The article must describe a demonstrable advance on what is currently available.
- Hypotheses: short articles presenting an untested original hypothesis backed solely by previously published results rather than any new evidence. They should outline significant progress in thinking that would also be testable.
- Short reports: brief reports of data from original research.
- Commentaries: short, focused articles on any subject within the journal's scope. These articles are usually related to a contemporary issue, such as recent research findings, and are often written by opinion leaders invited by the Editorial Board.
Manuscripts submitted to Behavioral and Brain Functions will generally be reviewed by three experts with the aim of reaching a first decision based on a minumum of two reviews within 6-8 weeks. Reviewers will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. Reviewers will also be asked to indicate how interesting and significant the research is. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.
Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Behavioral and Brain Functions, a personalized section of the site.
High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.
Behavioral and Brain Functions will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. All full length articles (proceedings, reviews or research articles) are indexed by PubMed. PubMed displays the title of the supplement only in the case of meeting abstract collections. For further information, please contact us.
All manuscripts submitted to Behavioral and Brain Functions should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.
Citing articles in Behavioral and Brain Functions
Articles in Behavioral and Brain Functions should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.
Article citations follow this format:
Authors: Title. Behav Brain Funct [year], [volume number]:[article number].
e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Behav Brain Funct 2009, 1:115.
refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.
Why publish your article in Behavioral and Brain Functions?
Behavioral and Brain Functions's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.
Speed of publication
Behavioral and Brain Functions offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Behavioral and Brain Functions, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.
Online publication in Behavioral and Brain Functions gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).
Promotion and press coverage
Articles published in Behavioral and Brain Functions are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Behavioral and Brain Functions's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.
In addition, articles published in Behavioral and Brain Functions may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Behavioral and Brain Functions. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.
Authors of articles published in Behavioral and Brain Functions retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement).
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