LOCEN Resources Journals



Below we report the journals with impact factors and explanations on how suitable they are for LOCEN publications (we also report which papers we have already published in them). Further below we report whole lists of journals, with impact factor. Both groups of journals are clustered by discipline: ALife, Psychology, Neuroscience. We follow thise scheme to collect information.

Name of the Journal, which is also a link to its homepage (IF: xx.xxx, 20xx)

Topics: The scope of the topics of the journal, including the type of papers (e.g., review, theorical, models, empirical, etc.)

We published here:

  • A list of papers...
  • ...that we published in these journal...
  • ...to give successful examples and type of papers to submit. 


General science

Nature (IF: 42.351, 2013) 

Topics: Nature is a prominent interdisciplinary scientific journal. It was first published on 4 November 1869. It was ranked the world's most cited scientific journal by the Science Edition of the 2010 Journal Citation Reports, is ascribed an impact factor of approximately 42.4, and is widely regarded as one of the few remaining academic journals that publishes original research across a wide range of scientific fields. Nature claims an online readership of about 3 million unique readers per month. The journal has a circulation of around 53,000 but studies have concluded that on average a single copy is shared by as many as eight people.Research scientists are the primary audience for the journal, but summaries and accompanying articles are intended to make many of the most important papers understandable to scientists in other fields and the educated public. Towards the front of each issue are editorials, news and feature articles on issues of general interest to scientists, including current affairs, science funding, business, scientific ethics and research breakthroughs. There are also sections on books and arts. The remainder of the journal consists mostly of research papers (articles or letters), which are often dense and highly technical. Because of strict limits on the length of papers, often the printed text is actually a summary of the work in question with many details relegated to accompanying supplementary material on the journal's website.There are many fields of research in which important new advances and original research are published as either articles or letters in Nature. The papers that have been published in this journal are internationally acclaimed for maintaining high research standards.

SCIENCE (IF: 33.61, 2014)

Topics: Founded in 1880 with the support of American inventor Thomas Edison, Science has grown to become the world’s leading publication for cutting-edge research, scientific news, and commentary, with the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general-science journal.The online version of Science magazine includes access to the most recently published, award-winning news content and high-impact, peer-reviewed research. Science online is accessed by several million viewers worldwide who download more than 24 million full-text articles per year.

PNAS -- Procedings of the National Academy of Science (IF: 9.674, 2014)

Topics: PNAS is one of the world's most-cited and comprehensive multidisciplinary scientific journals, publishing more than 3,800 research papers annually. Established in 1914, PNAS publishes cutting-edge research, science news, Commentaries, Reviews, Perspectives, Colloquium Papers, and actions of the National Academy of Sciences.The journal's content spans the biological, physical, and social sciences and is global in scope. Nearly half of all accepted papers come from authors outside the United States.PNAS publishes only the highest quality scientific research. Every published paper is peer reviewed and has been approved for publication by an NAS member. Submissions are accepted from all researchers; authors do not need to have a connection to an NAS member to publish in PNAS.PNAS is published daily online in PNAS Early Edition and in weekly issues. New content portals and new journal features provide fresh perspectives on science at a general level—features on trending topics, opinions, explanations of core scientific concepts, and exploration of science and culture—to advance understanding of all aspects of science.


Topics: Scientific Reports is an online, open access journal from the publishers of Nature. The journal publish scientifically valid primary research from all areas of the natural and clinical sciences.

PLOS ONE (IF: 3.234, 2014)

Topics: The world’s first multidisciplinary Open Access journal, PLOS ONE accepts scientifically rigorous research, regardless of novelty. PLOS ONE’s broad scope provides a platform to publish primary research, including interdisciplinary and replication studies as well as negative results. The journal’s publication criteria are based on high ethical standards and the rigor of the methodology and conclusions reported. 

We published here:

  • Caligiore, D.; Mustile, M.; Cipriani, D.; Redgrave, P.; Triesch, J.; De Marsico, M. & Baldassarre, G. (2015). Intrinsic motivations driving learning of eye movements: an experiment with human adults 

Artificial life and cognitive science 

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B – Biological Sciences (IF: 7,055, 2014)

Topics: Continuing its long history of influential scientific publishing, Philosophical Transactions B publishes high quality theme issues on topics of current importance and general interest within the life sciences, guest­edited by leading authorities and comprising new research, reviews and opinions from prominent researchers. Each issue aims to create an original and authoritative synthesis, often bridging traditional disciplines, which showcases current developments and provides a foundation for future research, applications and policy decisions.

We published here: 

  • Mannella, F. & Baldassarre, G. (2007). A neural­network reinforcement­learning model of domestic chicks that learn to localize the centre of closed arenas.
IEEE Transactions in Systems, Man and Cybernetics – Part B Cybernetics (IF: 6,22, 2014)

Topics: IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part B: Cybernetics focuses on cybernetics, including communication and control across humans, machines and organizations at the structural or neural level, as well as at functional and purposeful levels; design and development of biologically and linguistically motivated computational paradigms emphasizing vision, neural networks, genetic algorithms, fuzzy systems, automated planning, computational intelligence, and robotics.

We published here: 

  • Baldassarre, G.; Trianni, V.; Bonani, M.; Mondada, F.; Dorigo, M. & Nolfi, S. (2007). Self-organized coordinated motion in groups of physically connected robots. 

Topics: Topic: Artificial Intelligence, which commenced publication in 1970, is now the generally accepted premier international forum for the publication of results of current research in this field. The journal welcomes foundational and applied papers describing mature work involving computational accounts of aspects of intelligence. Specifically, it welcomes papers on:
Artificial Intelligence and Philosophy 
Automated reasoning and inference
Case-based reasoning
Cognitive aspects of AI
Commonsense reasoning
Constraint processing
Heuristic search
High-level computer vision
Intelligent interfaces
Intelligent robotics
Knowledge representation
Machine learning
Multiagent systems
Natural language processing
Planning and theories of action
Reasoning under uncertainty or imprecision. 
The journal reports results achieved; proposals for new ways of looking at AI problems must include demonstrations of effectiveness. Papers describing systems or architectures integrating multiple technologies are welcomed. Artificial Intelligence (AIJ) also invites papers on applications, which should describe a principled solution, emphasize its novelty, and present an in-depth evaluation of the AI techniques being exploited. The journal publishes an annual issue devoted to survey articles and also hosts a "competition section" devoted to reporting results from AI competitions. From time to time, there are special issues devoted to a particular topic; such special issues always have open calls.Artificial Intelligence caters to a broad readership. Papers that are heavily mathematical in content are welcome but should be preceded by a less technical introductory section that is accessible to a wide audience. Papers that are only mathematics, without demonstrated applicability to Artificial Intelligence problems may be returned.

We published here: 

  • Baldassarre, G. & Nolfi, S. (2009). Strengths and synergies of evolved and designed controllers: a study within collective robotics. 
Cognitive Science (IF: 2.446, 2014) 

Topics: Cognitive Science is the official journal of the Cognitive Science Society. Cognitive Science publishes articles in all areas of cognitive science, covering such topics as knowledge representation, inference, memory processes, learning, problem solving, planning, perception, natural language understanding, connectionism, brain theory, motor control, intentional systems, and other areas of interdisciplinary concern. Highest priority is given to research reports that are specifically written for a multidisciplinary audience. The audience is primarily researchers in cognitive science and its associated fields, including anthropologists, education researchers, psychologists, philosophers, linguists, computer scientists, neuroscientists, and roboticists.

We published here: 

  • Mirolli, M. (2012). Representations in dynamical embodied agents: re­analyzing a minimally cognitive model agent. 
Biological Cybernetics (IF: 1.713, 2014) 

Topics: Biological Cybernetics is an interdisciplinary medium for theoretical and application­oriented aspects of information processing in organisms, including sensory, motor, cognitive, and ecological phenomena. Topics covered include: mathematical modeling of biological systems; computational, theoretical or engineering studies with relevance for understanding biological information processing; and artificial implementation of biological information processing and self­organizing principles. Under the main aspects of performance and function of systems, emphasis is laid on communication between life sciences and technical/theoretical disciplines.

We published here: 

  • Mannella, F. & Baldassarre, G. (2015). Selection of cortical dynamics for motor behaviour by the basal ganglia.
ARTIFICIAL LIFE (IF: 1.386, 2014) 

Topics: a peer-reviewed scientific journal that covers the study of man-made systems that exhibit the behavioral characteristics of natural living systems. These systems can be synthesized in software, hardware, or wetware.

We published here: 

  • Baldassarre, G.; Nolfi, S. & Parisi, D. (2003). Evolving mobile robots able to display collective behaviour.
  • Baldassarre, G.; Parisi, D. & Nolfi, S. (2006). Distributed coordination of simulated robots based on self-organization. 
  • Ferrauto, T.; Parisi, D.; Di Stefano, G. & Baldassarre, G. (2013). Different genetic algorithms and the evolution of specialization: a study with groups of simulated neural robots.

Topics: Cognitive Processing ­­ International Quarterly of Cognitive Science is a peer­reviewed international journal that publishes innovative contributions in the multidisciplinary field of cognitive science.Its first aim is to present the latest results obtained in the manifold disciplines concerned with the different aspects of cognitive processing in natural and artificial systems: artificial intelligence, computer science and knowledge engineering, linguistics, mathematics, neuroscience, philosophy and cognitive anthropology, psychology, robotics. Its main purpose is to stimulate research and scientific interaction through communication between specialists in different fields on topics of common interest and to promote an interdisciplinary understanding of the diverse topics in contemporary cognitive science.Cognitive Processing considers diverse subject matter concerning cognitive processing, accepting various approaches to investigation: theoretical, experimental, methodological, computational and modeling, applicative. A tentative list of topics includes: action; attention; cognitive change and optimization; computation in cognitive science; connectionist approaches; expertise; knowledge acquisition; knowledge representation; language (grammar and semantics, discourse analysis, development, disturbances); mental architectures and models; memory; mind design; multimedia databases; perception and pattern recognition.Cognitive Processing publishes papers under the following rubrics: Reviews are papers reviewing and discussing recent scientific literature on a problem relevant for cognitive science; Research Reports are exhaustive and extensive presentations of new scientific results; Short Reports are brief articles reporting important experimental findings that warrant rapid communication to the scientific community; Letters to the Editor present new, original ideas from research in progress that require immediate publication; Laboratory Notes are brief, general presentations of the activities in scientific laboratories.

We published here: 

  • Gaudiello, I.; Caligiore, D.; Schiavone, G.; Salerno, A.; Sergi, F.; Zollo, L.; Guglielmelli, E.; Parisi, D.; Baldassarre, G.; Nicoletti, R. & Borghi, A. (2009). Effects on space representation of using a tool and a button. 
  • Pezzulo, G.; Baldassarre, G.; Cesta, A. & Nolfi, S. (2011). Research on cognitive robotics at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Council of Italy.

Topics: Open access peer-reviewed scientific journal JAIR(ISSN 1076 - 9757) covers all areas of artificial intelligence (AI), publishing refereed research articles, survey articles, and technical notes. Established in 1993 as one of the first electronic scientific journals, JAIR is indexed by INSPEC, Science Citation Index, and MathSciNet. JAIR reviews papers within approximately three months of submission and publishes accepted articles on the internet immediately upon receiving the final versions. JAIR articles are published for free distribution on the internet by the AI Access Foundation, and for purchase in bound volumes by AAAI Press.

IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games (IF: 1.481, 2014)

Topics: The IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games (T-CIAIG) publishes archival journal quality original papers in computational intelligence and related areas in artificial intelligence applied to games, including but not limited to videogames, mathematical games, human–computer interactions in games, and games involving physical objects. Emphasis is placed on the use of these methods to improve performance in and understanding of the dynamics of games, as well as gaining insight into the properties of the methods as applied to games. It also includes using games as a platform for building intelligent embedded agents for the real world. Papers connecting games to all areas of computational intelligence and traditional AI are considered.


Topics: Cognitive Systems Research covers all topics in the study of cognitive systems and processes, in both natural (i.e. animal and human) and artificial (such as software and robotic) systems.The journal emphasizes the integration of ideas, concepts, constructs, theories, models and techniques from multiple paradigms, perspectives, and disciplines, in the analysis, understanding, and design of cognitive and intelligent systems.Contributions describing results obtained within the traditional disciplines of cognitive science (psychology, artificial intelligence/computer science, neuroscience, philosophy, linguistics, anthropology) and also from engineeering (control theory, robotics etc.), from social sciences (such as economics, sociology and political science) using well­established paradigms are also sought if such work has broader implications and relevance.The journal seeks to foster and promote the discussion of novel approaches in studying the structure, function and dynamics of cognitive and intelligent systems. The scope of the journal includes the study of a variety of cognitive systems at different levels. These range from individual cognitive agents, via social/cultural, technological and institutional cognition, theoretical, experimental and integrative studies, and computational modeling of cognitive systems at different levels of detail and from different perspectives.- Major topics (a nonexclusive list) may include:- Cognition from the perspective of systems neuroscience- Cognitive agents- Cognitive architectures- Cognitive robotics / embodied cognition- Integrative studies, includineg complex systems perspective- Knowledge representation and reasoning- Memory and learning- Perception and action- Problem solving and cognitive skills- Developmental cognition ­ dynamical systems approach. 

We published here: 

  • Baldassarre, G. (2002). A modular neural­network model of the basal ganglia's role in learning and selecting motor behaviours. 
Minds and Machines (IF: 0.568, 2014) 

Topics: Affiliated with the Society for Machines and Mentality, the journal Minds and Machines fosters a tradition of criticism within the AI and philosophical communities on problems and issues of common concern. Its scope explicitly encompasses philosophical aspects of computer science. The journal affords an international forum for the discussion and debate of important and controversial issues concerning significant developments within its areas of editorial focus. It features special issues devoted to specific topics, critical responses to previously published pieces, and review essays discussing current problem situations.

We published here: 

  • Mirolli, M. & Parisi, D. (2009). Language as a cognitive tool.
Natural Intelligence (IF: does not have it)

Topics: Natural Intelligence is the official magazine of INNS (International Neural Network Society).
Now onthe web at www.inns.org and www.ni-inns.info (user-friendly version). 
Presentation: “Natural Intelligence” plans to cover (a) experiments (b) computational models (c) applications, of the intelligent functions in our brains. Also, there is an important need for well-written introductory papers targeting both young and established researchers from other academic backgrounds. The interdisciplinary nature of the many new emerging topics makes these introductory papers essential for research on Natural Intelligence. Therefore, the new INNS magazine will mainly publish (a) review papers (b) white papers (c) tutorials. In addition, columns, news, and reports on the communities will also be included.

Trends in Artificial Intelligence (IF: does not have it)

Topics: Trends in Artificial Intelligence is an open access, peer reviewed journal dedicated to publish novel research in the intelligence exhibited by software's or machines. It also includes but not limit to reasoning, knowledge, planning, learning, natural language processing (communication), perception and the ability to move and manipulate objects. Artificial Intelligence is interdisciplinary field in which a number of sciences and professions converge, including computer science, mathematics, psychology, linguistics, philosophy and neuroscience, as well as other specialized fields such as artificial psychology.Trends in Artificial Intelligence covers various article types such as original, reviews, commentaries, rapid communication, other short articles in the academic field of study which studies how to create computers and computer software that are capable of intelligent behavior. All the published manuscripts undergo peer review processing under evaluation by International subject experts.

Complex & Intelligent Systems (IF: does not have it)

Topics: Complex & Intelligent Systems is a peer-reviewed open access journal published under the SpringerOpen brand. Complex & Intelligent Systems aims to provide a forum for presenting and discussing novel approaches, tools and techniques meant for attaining a cross-fertilization between the broad fields of complex systems, computational simulation, and intelligent analytics and visualization. The transdisciplinary research that the journal focuses on will expand the boundaries of our understanding by investigating the principles and processes that underlie many of the most profound problems facing society today.
Key topics of focus include:
Complex evolutionary and adaptive Systems
Emergent properties and behavior in complex Systems    -
Self-organizing collective systems    
Biological and social inspirations in problem solving    
Systems Science and Engineering  
Intelligent Data Analytics    
Data mining and knowledge discovery    
Machine learning    
Pattern recognition    
Big Data Analytics and data science    
Data-driven problem solving
Computational Simulation    
Knowledge-based Systems    
Agent based Systems    
Uncertainty modeling    
Decision support Systems    
Brain-like computing    
Ubiquitous computing    
Computational visualization and interaction



Topics: Important journal on neural networks from IEEE. IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems publishes technical articles that deal with the theory, design, and applications of neural networks and related learning systems. Emphasis will be given to artificial neural networks and learning systems.

NEURAL NETWORKS (IF: 2.708, 2014) 

Topics: Topics: The classic journal on neural networks. Neural Networks is the archival journal of the world's three oldest neural modeling societies: the International Neural Network Society (INNS), the European Neural Network Society (ENNS), and the Japanese Neural Network Society (JNNS). Neural Networks provides a forum for developing and nurturing an international community of scholars and practitioners who are interested in all aspects of neural networks and related approaches to computational intelligence.

We published here: 

  • Baldassarre, G.; Mannella, F.; Fiore, V. G.; Redgrave, P.; Gurney, K. & Mirolli, M. (2013). Intrinsically motivated action-outcome learning and goal-based action recall: A system-level bio-constrained computational model. 
  • Chersi, F.; Mirolli, M.; Pezzulo, G. & Baldassarre, G. (2013). A spiking neuron model of the cortico-basal ganglia circuits for goal-directed and habitual action learning. 
  • Mirolli, M.; Santucci, V. G. & Baldassarre, G. (2013). Phasic dopamine as a prediction error of intrinsic and extrinsic reinforcement driving both action acquisition and reward maximization: A simulated robotic study. 
  • Seepanomwan, K.; Caligiore, D.; Cangelosi, A. & Baldassarre, G. (2015). Generalization, decision making, and embodiment effects in mental rotation: a neurorobotic architecture tested with a humanoid robot. 


International Journal of Robotics Research (IJRR) (IF: 2.540, 2014) 

Topics: International Journal of Robotics Research (IJRR) was the first scholarly publication on robotics research; it continues to supply scientists and students in robot and related fields - artificial intelligence, applied mathematics, computer science, electrical and mechanical engineering - with timely, multidisciplinary material on topics from sensors and sensory interpretations to kinematics in motion planning. IJRR also publishes peer reviewed data papers and multimedia extensions alongside articles.

IEEE Transactions on Robotics (TRO) (IF: 2.432, 2014)

Topics: IEEE Transactions on Robotics was the number one most-cited journal in robotics and the number twenty most-cited journal in electrical and electronics engineering in 2003, according to the annual Journal Citation Report (2003 edition) published by the Institute for Scientific Information. This periodical covers both theory and applications on topics including: kinematics, dynamics, control, and simulation of robots and intelligent machines and systems; design of robotic mechanisms; man-machine interface and integration; motion and manipulation; robotics-related computer hardware, software, and architectures; linkage to computer-aided engineering; robotics in manufacturing and flexible automation; robotics and automation in less structured environments; vision and other non-contact sensory systems; and tactile and other contact sensory technology.
Relevant for papers on developmental robotics. 

IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine (RAM) (IF: 2.413, 2014) 

Topics: The IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine is a unique technology publication which is peer-reviewed, readable and substantive. The Magazine is a forum for articles which fall between the academic and theoretical orientation of scholarly journals and vendor sponsored trade publications. The IEEE Transactions on Robotics and the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering publish advances in theory and experiment that underpin the science of robotics and automation. The Magazine complements these publications and seeks to present new scientific results to the practicing engineer through a focus on working systems and emphasizing creative solutions to real-world problems and highlighting implementation details

Bioinspiration and Biomimetics (IF: 2.354, 2014)  

Topics: Bioinspiration and Biomimetics is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes research which applies principles abstracted from natural systems to engineering and technological design and applications.

Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing (IF: 2.305, 2014)

Topics: The emphasis of the journal Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing is on disseminating the application of research to the development of new or improved industrially-relevant manufacturing technologies, equipment, and strategies. Preference is given to papers describing research whose initial feasibility has been demonstrated either in a real manufacturing enterprise or experimentally in a laboratory. Case-studies describing technology transfer and deployment from research institutions to industry or the implementation and scale-up of new technologies in industry, as well as review papers on topical issues in manufacturing, are equally encouraged. Original papers are welcomed in the areas of rapid-response manufacturing, global manufacturing, flexible automation, mechatronics, computer-controlled machinery and processes, micromechanical systems, green manufacturing, biotech manufacturing, photonics manufacturing, nano manufacturing, robotics, rapid prototyping, concurrent engineering, life cycle engineering, CAD/CAM/CAE, integration of IT tools into manufacturing, and other fields involving unique manufacturing techniques.


Topics: Swarm Intelligence is the principal peer reviewed publication dedicated to reporting research and new developments in this multidisciplinary field. The journal publishes original research articles and occasional reviews on theoretical, experimental, and practical aspects of swarm intelligence. It offers readers reports on advances in the understanding and utilization of systems that are based on the principles of swarm intelligence.Emphasis is given to such topics as the modeling and analysis of collective biological systems; application of biological swarm intelligence models to real-world problems; and theoretical and empirical research in ant colony optimization, particle swarm optimization, swarm robotics, and other swarm intelligence algorithms. Articles often combine experimental and theoretical work.

We published here:

  • Sperati, V.; Trianni, V. & Nolfi, S. (2011). Self-Organised Path Formation in a Swarm of Robots.
  • Sperati, V.; Trianni, V. & Nolfi, S. (2008). Evolving coordinated group behaviours through maximisation of mean mutual information.
Autonomous Robots (AURO) (IF: 2.066, 2014)

Topics: The primary goal of Autonomous Robots is to report on the theory and applications of robotic systems capable of some degree of self-sufficiency. Thus the journal is aimed at the growing trend in robotics toward mobility intelligence and autonomy in an unstructured world. This trend has been made possible by small inexpensive high-performance computers. The term 'robot' implies that the systems described here are capable of performing purposeful behaviors in the real world. They obtain inputs from the world through sensors and act upon the world through actuators. The connection between sensing and actuation may be simple signal processing or it may involve complex decision making goal interpretation and other aspects of reasoning. Most autonomous systems display some form of mobility: on land under water in the air or in space. The mobility may make use of wheels legs fins rotors or other actuators. The focus is on the ability to move and be self-sufficient not on whether the system is an imitation of biology. Of course biological models for robotic systems are of major interest to the journal since living systems are prototypes for autonomous behavior. Autonomous robots must be able to perform in the world. Hence publication preference will be given to papers which include performance data on actual robots in the real world. Papers which include only simulation results will be considered for publication but with a lower priority. Such papers should also include a section entitled 'The path to implementation' where the transition from simulation to real world is discussed. Papers published in these pages will report on original research in such areas as: Control of autonomous robots Real-time vision Autonomous wheeled and tracked vehicles Legged vehicles Computational architectures for autonomous systems Distributed architectures for learning control and adaptation Studies of autonomous robot systems Sensor fusion Theory of autonomous systems Terrain mapping and recognition Self-calibration and self-repair for robots Self-reproducing intelligent structures Genetic algorithms as models for robot development.
Relevant for papers on developmental robotics.   

We published here:

  • Dorigo, M.; Trianni, V.; Sahin, E.; Gross, R.; Labella, T. H.; Baldassarre, G.; Nolfi, S.; Deneubourg, J.-L.; Mondada, F.; Floreano, D. & Gambardella, L. M. (2004). Evolving self-organizing behaviors for a swarmbot.
Vision Research (IF: 1.815, 2014)

Topics:Journal devoted to the functional aspects of human, vertebrate and invertebrate vision and publishes experimental and observational studies, reviews, and theoretical papers firmly based upon the current facts of visual science

Journal of Bionics Engineering (IF: 1.632, 2014)

Topics: The Journal of Bionic Engineering publishes original research papers and reviews on all aspects of bionic science and engineering including fundamental understandings of animals and plants for bionic engineering, such as locomotion and behaviors of animals, structures, composites, morphology and physical properties of plants and natural materials, applications of such understandings in engineering, technology and designs.

IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development (IF: 1.478, 2014)

Topics: The scope of IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development (TAMD)includes: Computational modeling of mental development, including mental architecture, theories, algorithms, properties, and experiments; Experimental investigations relevant to the goal of achieving a computational understanding of developmental processes in humans and animals, especially those focusing on the role of experience and on the active exploration of the environment; Engineering applications of autonomous mental development such as mechanisms enabling highly complex capabilities by robots and other artificial systems.
Relevant for papers on developmental robotics. 

We published here:

  • Ognibene, D. & Baldassare, G. (2015). Ecological active vision: four bio-inspired principles to integrate bottom-up and adaptive top-down attention tested with a simple camera-arm robot
Journal of Field Robotics (JFR) (IF: 1.43, 2014)

Topics: The Journal of Field Robotics seeks to promote scholarly publications dealing with the fundamentals of robotics in unstructured and dynamic environments.  Articles describing robotics research with applications to the environment, construction, forestry, agriculture, mining, subsea, intelligent highways, search and rescue, military, and space (orbital and planetary) are encouraged. Papers in sensing, sensors, mechanical design, computing architectures, communication, planning, learning, and control, applied to field applications are encouraged. The journal focuses on experimental robotics and encourages publication of work that has both theoretical and practical significance. Authors are encouraged to implement their work and demonstrate its utility on significant problems with emphasis on the underlying principles.

Robotics and Autonomous Systems (IF: 1.256, 2014)

Topics: Robotics and Autonomous Systems will carry articles describing fundamental developments in the field of robotics, with special emphasis on autonomous systems. An important goal of this journal is to extend the state of the art in both symbolic and sensory based robot control and learning in the context of autonomous systems. Robotics and Autonomous Systems will carry articles on the theoretical, computational and experimental aspects of autonomous systems, or modules of such systems.
Relevant for papers on developmental robotics. 

Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems (IF: 1.178, 2014)

Topics: The Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems (JINT) aims at publishing the most recent advances in the fields of systems and control, robotics and automation, mechatronics, unmanned systems, machine intelligence, bioengineering and other related areas in which cutting edge technologies have been developed and applied to model, design, develop and test complex engineering systems and autonomous systems. The main objective of JINT is to publish peer-reviewed and original contributed papers, invited and survey papers that promote and disseminate scientific knowledge and information to the readers. 

Adaptive Behaviour (IF: 0.859, 2014)

Topic: This Journal publishes articles on adaptive behaviour in living organisms and autonomous artificial systems. The official journal of the International Society of Adaptive Behavior, Adaptive Behavior, addresses topics such as perception and motor control, embodied cognition, learning and evolution, neural mechanisms, artificial intelligence, behavioral sequences, motivation and emotion, characterization of environments, decision making, collective and social behavior, navigation, foraging, communication and signalling. This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

We plublished here:

  • Mirolli, M. & Parisi, D. (2008). How producer biases can favor the evolution of communication: An analysis of evolutionary dynamics.
  • Caligiore, D.; Tommasino, P.; Sperati, V. & Baldassarre, G. (2014). Modular and hierarchical brain organization to understand assimilation, accommodation and their relation to autism in reaching tasks: a developmental robotics hypothesis.
  • Seepanomwan, K.; Caligiore, D.; Baldassarre, G. & Cangelosi, A. (2013). Modelling mental rotation in cognitive robots.
Connection Science (IF: 0.842, 2014)

Topics: Connection Science is a world-leading inter-disciplinary journal dedicated to exploring the convergence of the analytic and synthetic sciences of mind including psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, linguistics, cognitive science, computational modelling, artificial intelligence, analog and parallel computing, and robotics. A strong focus is on the simulation of living systems and their societies, including humans, and on the development of novel forms of synthetic life such as biomimetic robots. Articles arising from connectionist, probabilistic, dynamical, or evolutionary approaches, and that explore distributed adaptive computation or emergent order, are particularly relevant. The journal also encourages submission of research in systems-level computational neuroscience that seeks to understand sensorimotor integration, perception, cognition, or awareness in brain-like model systems. 

We published here:

  • Mirolli, M.; Ferrauto, T. & Nolfi, S. (2010). Categorisation through evidence accumulation in an active vision system 
  • Mirolli, M.; Mannella, F. & Baldassarre, G. (2010). The roles of the amygdala in the affective regulation of body, brain and behaviour. 
  • Mirolli, M. & Parisi, D. (2005). How can we explain the emergence of a language that benefits the hearer but not the speaker?
International Journal of Humanoid Robotics (IF: 0.691, 2014)

Topics: The International Journal of Humanoid Robotics is a quarterly peer-reviewed scientific journal covering the development of intelligent humanoid robots, both theoretical and practical, with an emphasis on future projections. Some areas covered include design, mental architecture, kinematics, visual perception and human–robot interaction.

Robotica (IF: 0.688, 2014)  

Topics: Robotica is a forum for the multidisciplinary subject of robotics and encourages developments, applications and research in this important field of automation and robotics with regard to industry, health, education and economic and social aspects of relevance. Coverage includes activities in hostile environments, applications in the service and manufacturing industries, biological robotics, dynamics and kinematics involved in robot design and uses, on-line robots, robot task planning, rehabilitation robotics, sensory perception, software in the widest sense, particularly in respect of programming languages and links with CAD/CAM systems, telerobotics and various other areas. In addition, interest is focused on various Artificial Intelligence topics of theoretical and practical interest. Emphasis is placed on sound theory and realistic applications of robotics and AI in the general field of automation.


Topics: Intelligent Service Robotics fosters the dissemination of new discoveries and novel technologies that advance the ability of robotics to assist and support humans. The journal addresses a broad spectrum of topics ranging from intelligent robots acting as a servant, secretary, or companion to intelligent robotic functions such as embedded robotics, ambient intelligence, or intelligent space. Special attention is given to the integration of robotics with information technology and cognitive science, with the goal of developing new multi-dimensional robotic services. This includes ubiquitous and adaptive computing, information integration in a distributed environment, and cognitive modeling for human-robot interaction. The journal publishes original papers of innovative ideas and concepts, new discoveries and improvements, and novel applications and business models relevant to the field of intelligent service robotics.

Industrial Robot: An International Journal (IF: 0.635, 2014)

Topics: For more than 25 years, Industrial Robot has been the number one journal and information resource in its field - the result of its astoundingly up-to-date and authoritative coverage of everything that is happening in the robotics area. Now augmented by reports on service as well as industrial robot systems, and by research articles, this international journal is an essential information resource for those who design, develop and use robot systems. Within its pages, you will find a wealth of practical guidance you can use immediately to help you solve current problems, as well as expert knowledge to broaden your understanding and provide a platform for further research and development. 

Journal of Advances in Robotics & Automation (ARA) (IF: 0.632, 2014)

Topics: Robotics and Automation deals with manufacture and applications of robots and computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information technology to reduce the need for human work. The journal provides an Open Access platform to publish the latest contributions in the field of robotics, automation technologies, robotic surgery, intelligent robotics, mechatronics, and biomimeticsnovel and biologically-inspired robotics, modelling, identification and control of robotic systems, biomedical, rehabilitation and surgical robotics, exoskeletons, prosthetics and artificial organs, AI, neural networks and fuzzy logic in robotics etc...The journal includes a wide range of fields in its discipline to create a platform for the authors to make their contribution towards the journal and the editorial office promises a peer review process for the submitted manuscripts for the quality of publishing.Advances in Robotics & Automation is an Open Access journal and aims to publish most complete and reliable source of information on the discoveries and current developments in the mode of original articles, review articles, case reports, short communications, etc. in all areas of the field and making them freely available through online without any restrictions or any other subscriptions to researchers worldwide. 

Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience (IF: 0.596, 2015)

Topics: Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience is a forum for the interdisciplinary field of neural computing, neural engineering and artificial intelligence, where neuroscientists, cognitive scientists, engineers, psychologists, physicists, computer scientists, and artificial intelligence investigators among others can publish their work in one periodical that bridges the gap between neuroscience, artificial intelligence and engineering. The journal provides research and review papers at an interdisciplinary level, spanning the disciplines of computer science, mathematics, physics, cognitive science, and neurobiology, with the field of intelligent systems for computational neuroscience as its focus. All aspects relevant to working on theoretical and computational aspects of the development and functioning of the nervous system are within its scope. Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience has been recently accepted for indexing in the Science Citation Index Expanded and will receive its first Impact Factor in mid 2015. Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience currently has an acceptance rate of 30%. The average time between submission and final decision is 55 days and the average time between acceptance and final publication is 32 days.

Advanced Robotics (IF: 0.572, 2014) 

Topics: Advanced Robotics is the official international journal of the Robotics Society of Japan. This journal has contributed to scientists, engineers, and students through the publication of all aspects of research on robotics science and engineering. Recently, the influences of robotic technologies on society and human beings have been very strong. The number of applications of robots is increasing, and the robotics research field is expanding. AR covers interdisciplinary works of this expanding field of research. Sometimes AR focuses on Japanese research, and publishes special issues on cutting edge robotics in Japan. This is one of the strong features of this journal. In addition, AR has published several special issues on themes of advanced and basic research topics on robotics, and has grown as a truly international interdisciplinary journal integrating all aspects of robotics. It is planned, edited, and reviewed by the RSJ international journal publication committee, and is printed and distributed by Taylor & Francis. AR welcomes the submission of papers of high quality and interest reporting on original research results of analysis, design, implementation, and the use of robots in various areas such as manipulation, locomotion, sensors, actuators, materials, control, intelligence, language, software, interface, system architecture, etc. The journal will also cover aspects of social and managerial analysis and policy regarding robots.

International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems (IF: 0.526, 2014)

Topics: First ever Open Access robotics journal in the STM field. Topics covered:Robot Manipulation and Control, Field Robotics, Medical Robotics, Service Robotics, Vision Systems, Micro/Nano Robotics, Bioinspired Robotics, Human Robot/Machine Interaction, AI in Robotics, Humanoid Robotics, Robot Sensors and Sensor Networks, Climbing and Walking Robots, Mobile Robots and Multi-Robot Systems

We published here:

  • Ciancio, A. L.; Zollo, L.; Baldassarre, G.; Caligiore, D. & Guglielmelli, E. (2013). The Role of Learning and Kinematic Features in Dexterous Manipulation: a Comparative Study with Two Robotic Hands
International Journal of Robotics and Automation (ARA) (IF: 0.408, 2014)

Topics: A truly international journal, its scope includes systems, dynamics, control, simulation, languages, software, hardware, design, artificial intelligence, sensors, actuators, controllers, image processing, economic analysis, industrial robots, automation, manufacturing, and social implications. Special emphasis is given to applications. It appears quarterly.  

Frontiers in Neurorobotics (IF: does not have it)

Topics: Frontiers in Neurorobotics is devoted to leading edge research in the science and technology of embodied autonomous neural systems. Neural systems include brain-inspired algorithms (e.g., connectionist networks), computational models of biological neural networks (e.g., artificial spiking neural nets, large-scale simulations of neural microcircuits) and actual biological systems (e.g., in vivoand in vitro neural nets). The focus of the journal is the embodiment of such neural systems in artificial software and hardware devices, machines, robots or any other form of physical actuation. This also includes prosthetic devices, brain machine interfaces, wearable systems, micro-machines, furniture, home appliances, as well as systems for managing micro and macro infrastructures. Frontiers in Neurorobotics also aims to publish radically new tools and methods to study plasticity and development of autonomous self-learning systems that are capable of acquiring knowledge in an open-ended manner. Models complemented with experimental studies revealing self-organizing principles of embodied neural systems are welcome. Our journal also publishes on the micro and macro engineering and mechatronics of robotic devices driven by neural systems, as well as studies on the impact that such systems will have on our daily life.
Relevant for papers on developmental robotics.  

We published here:

  •  Santucci, V. G.; Baldassarre, G. & Mirolli, M. (2013). Which is the best intrinsic motivation signal for learning multiple skills?
Frontiers in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (IF: does not have it)

Topics: From reasoning in robotics to evolutionary robotics. Linked to the Human Brain Project. Frontiers in Robotics and AI is a novel academic journal composed of an expanding list of specialty sections, each of which has an independent editorial board of leading experts. Frontiers in Robotics and AI is set to be a comprehensive thematic open-access source of knowledge covering diverse areas across robotics research and technology and artificial intelligence. Frontiers in Robotics and AI furthermore aims to create a worldwide community of like-minded researchers in order to facilitate the exchange of ideas.

Journal of Human-Robot Interaction (IF: does not have it)

Topics: The Journal of Human-Robot Interaction (JHRI) aims to be the leading peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal of human-robot interaction, which, broadly, covers how people interact with robots and robotic technologies, how to improve these interactions and make new kinds of interaction possible, and the effects of such interactions on people and society. JHRI is an open access (OA) journal 

Soft Robotics (IF: does not have it)

Topics: Multidisciplinary in scope, SoRo combines advances in biomedical engineering, biomechanics, mathematical modeling, biopolymer chemistry, computer science, and tissue engineering to provide comprehensive coverage of new approaches to constructing devices that can undergo dramatic changes in shape and size in order to adapt to various environments. This new technology delivers vital applications for a variety of purposes, including surgery, assistive healthcare devices, search and rescue in emergency situations, space instrument repair, mine detection, and more. The journal is specialised in six areas: (1) Soft Material (b) Flexible Electronics (c) Evolutionary Robotics and Controls (d) BioRobotics (e) BioMechanics.

Paladyn, Journal of Behavioural Robotics (IF: does not have it)

Topics: Paladyn, Journal of Behavioral Robotics is a new, peer-reviewed, electronic-only journal that publishes original, high-quality research on topics broadly related to neuronally and psychologically inspired robots and other behaving autonomous systems.The aim of Paladyn is to become a premier source of knowledge and a worldwide-recognized platform of exchange for scientists of different disciplinary origins and backgrounds (e.g., engineers, computer scientists, physicists, neuroscientists, psychologists, sociologists) who are inspired by the analogy between robotic autonomy and human behavior.
Relevant for papers on developmental robotics.  

Frontiers in Robotics and AI (IF: does not have it)

Topics: Frontiers in Robotics and AI is a novel academic journal composed of an expanding list of specialty sections, each of which has an independent editorial board of leading experts. Frontiers in Robotics and AI is set to be a comprehensive thematic open-access source of knowledge covering diverse areas across robotics research and technology and artificial intelligence. Frontiers in Robotics and AI furthermore aims to create a worldwide community of like-minded researchers in order to facilitate the exchange of ideas.

Science Robotics (IF: does not have it)

Topics: Science Robotics will publish original, peer-reviewed, science- or engineering-based research articles that advance the field of robotics. The journal will also feature editor-commissioned Reviews. An international team of academic editors will hold Science Robotics articles to the same high-quality standard that is the hallmark of the Science family of journals.  Sub-topics include: actuators, advanced materials, artificial Intelligence, autonomous vehicles, bio-inspired design, exoskeletons, fabrication, field robotics, human-robot interaction, humanoids, industrial robotics, kinematics, machine learning, material science, medical technology, motion planning and control, micro- and nano-robotics, multi-robot control, sensors, service robotics, social and ethical issues, soft robotics, and space, planetary and undersea exploration.

Robotics and Biomimetics (IF: does not have it)

Topics: Robotics and Biomimetics is a high-quality journal that publishes original theoretical and experimental works in Robotics and Biomimetics. Robotics, traditionally as an interdisciplinary area of engineering areas, has been rapidly growing since the 1970s. In recent years, biological science is bringing new breakthroughs in robotics science and technology.Interactions between robotics and biology involve two aspects. On one hand, biological ideas and phenomena are inspiring innovations in every technical areas in robotics including mechanisms, actuation, sensing, control, etc. On the other hand, applying robotics technology to biology is significantly contributing to new understandings of biological systems and their behaviors.


Psychological Review (IF: 7.972, 2014)

Topics: Psychological Review is a scientific journal that publishes articles on psychological theory. It was founded by Princeton University psychologist James Mark Baldwin and Columbia University psychologist James McKeen Cattell in 1894 as a publication vehicle for psychologists not connected with the Clark laboratory of G. Stanley Hall (who often published in Hall's American Journal of Psychology). Psychological Review soon became the most prominent and influential psychology journal in North America, publishing important articles by William James, John Dewey, James Rowland Angell, and many others. Psychological Review publishes articles that make important theoretical contributions to any area of scientific psychology, including systematic evaluation of alternative theories. Papers mainly focused on surveys of the literature, problems of method and design, or reports of empirical findings are not appropriate.

We published here:

  • Caligiore, D.; Borghi, A.; Parisi, D. & Baldassarre, G. (2010). TRoPICALS: A Computational Embodied Neuroscience Model of Compatibility Effects 
  • Caligiore, D.; Parisi, D. & Baldassarre, G. (2014). Integrating Reinforcement Learning, Equilibrium Points and Minimum Variance to Understand the Development of Reaching: A Computational Model. 
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (IF 3.665, 2014)

Topics: The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders is the leading peer-reviewed, scholarly periodical focusing on all aspects of autism spectrum disorders and related developmental disabilities. Published monthly, JADD is committed to advancing the understanding of autism, including potential causes and prevalence (e.g., genetic, immunological, environmental); diagnosis advancements; and effective clinical care, education, and treatment for all individuals. Studies of diagnostic reliability and validity, psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological treatment efficacy, and mental health services effectiveness are encouraged. JADD also seeks to promote the well-being of children and families by publishing scholarly papers on such subjects as health policy, legislation, advocacy, culture and society, and service provision as they pertain to the mental health of children and families. Review articles are solicited in targeted areas of special interest; book and media reviews provide targeted updates on important new materials; and the Ask the Editor column serves as a forum for addressing timely questions of relevance to JADD’s broad readership.

Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology (IF 3.481, 2014)

Topics: The Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology brings together the latest research on psychopathology in childhood and adolescence, with an emphasis on empirical studies of the major childhood disorders (the disruptive behavior disorders, depression, anxiety, and pervasive developmental disorders). Studies focus on the epidemiology, etiology, assessment, treatment, prognosis, follow-up, and developmental course of child and adolescent disorders. Studies highlighting risk and protective factors, the ecology and correlates of children's behavior problems, and advances in prevention and treatment are featured. The Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology is the official journal of the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (ISRCAP), a multidisciplinary scientific society.

Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience (IF 3.287, 2014)

Topics: Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience (CABN) offers theoretical, review, and primary research articles on behavior and brain processes in humans. Coverage includes normal function as well as patients with injuries or processes that influence brain function: neurological disorders, including both healthy and disordered aging; and psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and depression. CABN is the leading vehicle for strongly psychologically motivated studies of brain–behavior relationships, through the presentation of papers that integrate psychological theory and the conduct and interpretation of the neuroscientific data. The range of topics includes perception, attention, memory, language, problem solving, reasoning, and decision-making; emotional processes, motivation, reward prediction, and affective states; and individual differences in relevant domains, including personality. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience is a publication of the Psychonomic Society.

PLOS ONE (IF 3.234, 2014)

Topics: PLoS ONE features reports of primary research from all disciplines within science and medicine. By not excluding papers on the basis of subject area, PLoS ONE facilitates the discovery of the connections between papers whether within or between disciplines.

We published here:

  • Caligiore, D.; Mustile, M.; Cipriani, D.; Redgrave, P.; Triesch, J.; De Marsico, M. & Baldassarre, G. (2015). Intrinsic motivations driving learning of eye movements: an experiment with human adults.
Behavior Genetics (IF 3.210, 2014)

Topics: Behavior Genetics - the leading journal concerned with the genetic analysis of complex traits - is published in cooperation with the Behavior Genetics Association. This timely journal disseminates the most current original research on the inheritance and evolution of behavioral characteristics in humans and other species. Contributions from eminent international researchers focus on both the application of various genetic perspectives to the study of behavioral characteristics and the influence of behavioral differences on the genetic structure of populations


Topics: Psychology of Learning and Motivation publishes empirical and theoretical contributions in cognitive and experimental psychology, ranging from classical and instrumental conditioning to complex learning and problem solving. Leading researchers provide a thoughtful integration of a body of their work or critical reviews of important theoretical issues.

Psychological Research (IF: 2.863, 2014)

Topics: The journal Psychological Research publishes articles that contribute to a basic understanding of human perception, attention, memory and action. It is devoted to the dissemination of knowledge based on firm experimental ground, independent of any particular approach or school of thought. The contents include theoretical and historical papers as well as those of an applied nature that serve to bridge the gap between basic and applied research.

We published here:

  • Caligiore, D.; Borghi, A.; Parisi, D.; Ellis, R.; Cangelosi, A. & Baldassarre, G. (2013). How affordances associated with a distractor object affect compatibility effects: A study with the computational model TRoPICALS. 
  • Caligiore, D. & Fischer, M. (2013). Vision, action and language unified through embodiment.
Frontiers in Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (IF: 2.6, 2014)

Topics: Psychological science and the philosophy of mind are natural partners, if only because these disciplines have joint custody over some of the most daunting — and most exciting — questions that humanity ever dared to contemplate. This partnership is too precious to be treated casually: arguably, the most consequential theoretical advances in psychology are typically motivated by deeply philosophical considerations, and the best thinking in the philosophy of mind is the kind that is inspired by, and reflects back upon, scientific findings and theories. The specialty section of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology offers an open-access forum for interdisciplinary scholarly conversation about the nature of minds, which aims to promote intellectual rapport between scientists and philosophers who study them. Authors are encouraged to reflect broadly on psychological findings and theories and indulge in thought experiments and conjecture. Critiques, reviews, opinions, and reasoned manifestos might come from any field in psychology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science. Contributions that connect multiple disciplines, as well as "third culture" syntheses that transcend the traditional "two cultures" division between sciences and the humanities are especially welcome.

Frontiers in Psychology - Cognitive Science (IF: 2.6, 2014)

Topics: Frontiers in Cognitive Science publishes theoretical, experimental, methodological and applied papers on the study of the mind. It covers all aspects of cognitive science: ranging from pre-attentive sensory processes to intentional executive control and its relations to the philosophy of the mind. The method of inquiry may include behavioral testing, neuroimaging, genomic analyses and detailed computer simulations of cognitive processes at various levels of description, including single-neuron level, symbolic system level and interactive agents. Empirical work should be of high standard and directly related to how, when and why the human mind works. Neuroimaging work is encouraged, but we also welcome submissions that have a very clear brain-behavior connection; the dependent measures should include behavioral measures in addition to neuroimaging measures and directly relate the two. This holds equally for studies investigating the genome-behavior connection. As a reflection of the multidisciplinary field, they consider submissions that include analyses of behavior in cognitive non-human agents, emergent cognitive behavior in groups, and cross-cultural comparisons. Cognitive science has a rich history of developing new methodologies to tackle the finer-grained research questions. They are particularly keen to receive submissions that show how they can bridge the different levels from genome to neuron to behavior. This includes new methodologies for model development, selection and evaluation. As part of a continuing development within the field of cognitive science, contributions showing the utility of cognitive models in society at large and written for a multidisciplinary audience are particularly encouraged. Apart from being a research outlet, Cognitive Science will also publish commentaries and theoretical discussions on the history and philosophy of cognitive science that reflect on today’s research questions and outcomes.

We published here:

  • Cartoni, E.; Moretta, T.; Puglisi-Allegra, S.; Cabib, S. & Baldassarre, G. (2015). The relationship between specific Pavlovian instrumental transfer and instrumental reward probability
  • Baldassarre, G.; Stafford, T.; Mirolli, M.; Redgrave, P.; Ryan, R. & Barto, A. (2014). Intrinsic motivations and open-ended development in animals, humans, and robots: an overview.
  • Fiore, V. G.; Sperati, V.; Mannella, F.; Mirolli, M.; Gurney, K.; Firston, K.; Dolan, R. J. & Baldassarre, G. (2014). Keep focussing: striatal dopamine multiple functions resolved in a single mechanism tested in a simulated humanoid robot.
  • Barto, A.; Mirolli, M. & Baldassarre, G. (2013). Novelty or surprise?. 
  • Borghi, A. M.; Scorolli, C.; Caligiore, D.; Baldassarre, G. & Tummolini, L. (2013). The embodied mind extended: using words as social tools.
ANIMAL COGNITION (IF: 2.582, 2014) 

Topics: Animal Cognition is an interdisciplinary journal offering current research from many disciplines (ethology, behavioral ecology, animal behavior and learning, cognitive sciences, comparative psychology and evolutionary psychology) on all aspects of animal (and human) cognition in an evolutionary framework. Animal Cognition publishes original empirical and theoretical work, reviews, methods papers, short communications and correspondence on the mechanisms and evolution of biologically rooted cognitive­-intellectual structures.The journal explores animal time perception and use; causality detection; innate reaction patterns and innate bases of learning; numerical competence and frequency expectancies; symbol use; communication; problem solving, animal thinking and use of tools, and the modularity of the mind.

We published here:

  • Polizzi di Sorrentino, E.; Sabbatini, G.; Truppa, V.; Bordonali, A.; Taffoni, F.; Formica, D.; Baldassarre, G.; Mirolli, M. & Guglielmelli, Eugenio, V. E. (2014). Exploration and learning in capuchin monkeys (Sapajus spp.): the role of action-outcome contingencies.
Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (IF: 1.865, 2014) 

Topics: Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior is primarily for the original publication of experiments relevant to the behavior of individual organisms.

Behavioural Processes (IF: 1.567, 2014) 

Topics: Behavioural Processes is dedicated to the publication of high-quality original research on animal behaviour from any theoretical perspective. It welcomes contributions that consider animal behaviour from behavioural analytic, cognitive, ethological, ecological and evolutionary points of view. This list is not intended to be exhaustive, and papers that integrate theory and methodology across disciplines are particularly welcome.
The quality of research and focus on behavioural processes are the sole criteria for acceptance. Behavioural Processes considers both papers investigating basic behavioural phenomena and behavioural studies of more applied significance. Papers reporting solely on human behaviour may be considered for publication if they relate closely to non-human research within the journal's remit. Authors of papers reporting research on human subjects are invited to contact the editors for advice prior to submission, as they are for papers of all kinds.
Behavioural Processes publishes three categories of paper. First, regular Research Papers presenting the results of original experiments or outlining novel theoretical positions. Second, Reviews which summarize the state of knowledge in an area of animal behavioural research. Third, Short Reports which are short communications reporting the outcome of a single experiment in no more than 2000 words and a total of two tables or figures.

Learning and Motivation (IF: 1.436, 2014) 

Topics: Learning and Motivation is committed to publishing articles concerned with learning, cognition, and motivation, based on laboratory or field studies of either humans or animals. Manuscripts are invited that report on applied behavior analysis, and on behavioral, neural, and evolutionary influences on learning and motivation. A variety of formats will be considered, including integrated series of experiments, shorter reports, review and theoretical papers, and commentary on specific issues.

Review of General Psychology (IF: 1.156; 2014)

Topics: Review of General Psychology is the quarterly scientific journal of the American Psychological Association (APA). The journal contains articles that advance theory, evaluate and integrate research literatures, provide a new historical analysis, or discuss new methodological developments in psychology as a whole. Review of General Psychology is especially interested in narrative and meta-analytic reviews that bridge gaps between subdisciplines in psychology as well as related fields or that focus on topics that transcend traditional subdisciplinary boundaries. Authors are encouraged to write their manuscripts from the perspective of more than one subdiscipline and to review literature that spans at least two subdisciplines.

Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (IF: 1.088, 2014) 

Topics: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis is a psychology journal that publishes research about applications of the experimental analysis of behavior to problems of social importance.

International Journal of School and Cognitive Psychology (IF: does not have it)

Topics:The International Journal of School and Cognitive Psychology is presented with a vision of providing the young talents a platform to encourage them to develop and globalize their skills and talents for the welfare of the society they are associated with and ultimately to the whole world. The Journal also aims to encourage every young talents to pursue research in fields they are interested and also makes every citizen accessible for the new technologies through their innovative ideas and extraordinary thoughts. The Journal aims to provide the highest possible standards of publication by scrutinizing the papers through peer-review assisted by the eminent experts from all parts of the globe. The journal includes a wide range of fields in its discipline to create a platform for the authors to make their contribution towards the journal and the editorial office promises a peer review process for the submitted manuscripts for the quality of publishing.



Topics: BBS is the internationally renowned journal with the innovative format known as Open Peer Commentary. Particularly significant and controversial pieces of work are published from researchers in any area of psychology, neuroscience, behavioral biology or cognitive science, together with 10-25 commentaries on each article from specialists within and across these disciplines, plus the author's response to them. The result is a fascinating and unique forum for the communication, criticism, stimulation, and particularly the unification of research in behavioral and brain sciences from molecular neurobiology to artificial intelligence and the philosophy of the mind.


Topics: The Annual Review of Neuroscience, in publication since 1978, covers the significant developments across the entire field of Neuroscience, including molecular and cellular neuroscience, neurogenetics, development, plasticity and repair, systems neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, behavior, and neurobiology of disease, with occasional reviews in history of neuroscience and ethics.

NEURON (IF: 15.054, 2014)

Topics: Neuron has established itself as one of the most influential and relied upon journals in the field of neuroscience. The editors embrace interdisciplinary strategies that integrate biophysical, cellular, developmental, and molecular approaches with a systems approach to sensory, motor, and higher-order cognitive functions. Neuron serves as one of the premier intellectual forums of the entire neuroscience community.


Topics: Nature Neuroscience is a multidisciplinary journal that publishes papers of the highest quality and significance in all areas of neuroscience. The editors welcome contributions in molecular, cellular, systems and cognitive neuroscience, as well as psychophysics, computational modeling and diseases of the nervous system. No area is excluded from consideration, although priority is given to studies that provide fundamental insights into the functioning of the nervous system. Nature Neuroscience provides readers and authors high visibility, emphasis on interdisciplinary communication, accessibility to a broad readership, high standards of copy editing and production, rigorous peer review, rapid publication, and independence from academic societies and other vested interests. In addition to primary research, Nature Neuroscience publishes news and views, reviews, editorials, commentaries, perspectives, book reviews and correspondence. In this way, the journal aims to be the voice of the worldwide neuroscience community.


Topics: Trends in Neurosciences is among the leading review journals in the neurosciences. Review articles provide a concise and synthesized overview of recent research in rapidly progressing or emerging areas, while Opinion articles present a personal viewpoint or novel perspective/ hypothesis on a topic that is currently of interest or under debate in the field.Published each month, articles bring together research covering all disciplines of the neurosciences, allowing researchers, students and teachers to keep up with the last developments, insights, and future directions in the field. All articles are invited by the Editor from leading researchers in the field and undergo stringent peer-review to ensure they are accurate and authoritative.

PLOS BIOLOGY (IF: 11.771, 2013)

Topics: PLOS Biology features works of exceptional significance, originality, and relevance in all areas of biological science, from molecules to ecosystems, including works at the interface of other disciplines, such as chemistry, medicine, and mathematics. Our audience is the international scientific community as well as educators, policy makers, patient advocacy groups, and interested members of the public around the world. 


Topics: Acta Neuropathologica publishes manuscripts on pathology and mechanisms of neurological disease. We publish papers dealing with structural and molecular pathology of neurological disease using human tissues as well as experimental papers analyzing pathogenesis using in vivo and in vitro models. We are particularly interested in translational papers combining descriptive and experimental approaches.
The journal publishes Original Papers, Review Articles, Case Reports, and Scientific Correspondence (Letters).
Manuscripts submitted for publication must contain a statement to the effect that all human studies have been reviewed by the appropriate ethics committee and have therefore been performed in accordance with the ethical standards laid down in an appropriate version of the 1964 Declaration of  Helsinki. It should also be stated clearly in the text that all persons gave their informed consent prior to their inclusion in the study. Details that might disclose the identiy of the subjects under study should be omitted.
Reports of animal experiments must state that the "Principles of laboratory animal care" (NIH publication No. 86-23, revised 1985) were followed, as well as specific national laws (e.g. the current version of the German Law on the Protection of Animals) where applicable.


Topics: Progress in Neurobiology is designed to help individuals keep abreast of advances in knowledge in the broad field of neurosciences through the publication of comprehensive reviews by leading researchers. It will include the application of neurophysiological, biochemical, pharmacological, molecular biological, anatomical, and behavioral analyses to problems of molecular, cellular, developmental, and systems neuroscience. Special attention will be given to those areas where availability of new techniques has led to a multi-disciplinary approach to the problems of the nervous system. 


Topics: Annals of Neurology is the official journal of the American Neurological Association and the Child Neurology Society. The journal publishes articles on all aspects of the human nervous system, both normal and abnormal, and studies of other species that bear upon the mechanisms or treatment of human neurological disorders.


Topics: Physics of Life Reviews is an international journal appearing quarterly, that publishes review articles on physics of living systems, complex phenomena in biological systems, and related fields of artificial life, robotics, mathematical bio-semiotics, and artificial intelligent systems. This journal is a unifying force, going across the barriers between disciplines, addressing all living systems from molecules to populations and from genetics to mind and artificial systems modeling these phenomena. The journal invites reviews from actively working researchers, which are broad in scope, critical, accessible to our wide readership and addresses sometimes controversial accounts of recent progress and problems. Physics of Life Reviews intends to keep the active researcher abreast of developments on a wide range of topics by publishing timely reviews, which are more than mere literature surveys but normally less than a full monograph. Although most of the reviews will be of a specialist nature, each review should contain enough introductory material to make the main points intelligible to a non-specialist and to inspire and facilitate interdisiplinary research. The reviews should address in a clear way the most important conceptual issues in a field, review existing theories and methods with their achievements and drawbacks or difficulties versus the issues, unsolved problems addressed by a new theory, method, or approach, and why a significant progress is achieved or expected. Future research directions, remaining unsolved problems, and experimental confirmations or controversies should also be addressed.


Topics: The journal publishes review articles which are original and significant and deal with all aspects of neuroscience, where the relationship to the study of psychological processes and behavior is clearly established. Conversely, the journal will also publish articles whose primary focus deals with psychological processes and behavior, and which have relevance to one or more aspects of neuroscience. Submissions to the journal are actively encouraged which deal with topics not only in the more traditional areas, but also in the following areas, whenever the reviews bring new insights into brain-behavior relations: 
Cognitive neuroscience 
Brain imaging 
In vivo monitoring of the brain's electrical and biochemical activities 
Molecular biology 
Theoretical articles and mini-reviews, for which the scope and literature coverage are more restricted, will also be published. We do not publish empirical papers. We welcome review articles from clinical researchers whose submission exceeds the high quality threshold for the journal and significantly advances our understanding of a field.

We published here:

  • Caligiore, D.; Pezzulo, G.; Miall, C. & Baldassarre, G. (2013). The contribution of brain sub-cortical loops in the expression and acquisition of action understanding abilities. 
  • Thill, S.; Caligiore, D.; Borghi, A. M.; Ziemke, T. & Baldassarre, G. (2013). Theories and computational models of affordance and mirror systems: An integrative review
BRAIN (IF: 9.196, 2014)

Topics: Brain provides researchers and clinicians with the finest original contributions in neurology. Leading studies in neurological science are balanced with practical clinical articles. Its citation rating is one of the highest for neurology journals, and it consistently publishes papers that become classics in the field. The Editorial Board reflects both the journal's truly international readership and wide coverage.Brain is using the latest technology to speed up the publication process and add greater functionality to the published papers. Papers are now submitted online, and manuscripts are posted online weeks in advance of their appearance in the printed issue. This means you can read the best research without delay, and your papers can start being cited even more rapidly than before.

CEREBRAL CORTEX (IF: 8.665, 2014)

Topics: The journal is multidisciplinary and covers the large variety of modern neurobiological and neuropsychological techniques, including anatomy, biochemistry, molecular neurobiology, electrophysiology, behavior, artificial intelligence, and theoretical modeling. 


Topics: Neuropsychopharmacology is an international scientific journal and the official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP). This journal focuses upon clinical and basic science contributions that advance our understanding of the brain and behaviour, especially as related to the molecular, cellular, physiological and psychological properties of agents acting within the central nervous system and the identification of the new molecular targets for the development of the next generation of drugs. While original reports are preferred, mini-reviews and perspectives are invited by the editorial office. In view of the interdisciplinary nature of the field, particular emphasis is placed on:
studies that advance the biological bases of normal and pathological behavior
the nature, etiology and pathophysiology of neuropsychiatric disorders
biologically relevant aspects of the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of these disorders
and the basic mechanisms by which psychopharmacological agents exert their effect


Topics: Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology, an official journal of the International Neuroendocrine Federation, has built a reputation for publishing topical authoritative reviews. Frontiers is at the top of both neuroscience and endocrine journals in terms of citations and Impact Factor. This prestigious publication reviews the exciting, rapidly moving, and in some instance, controversial aspects of the broad field of brain-endocrine interactions.Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology is comprised of comprehensive review articles. Most of the reviews are invited and we welcome unsolicited reviews and proposals provided they will meet the quality threshold of the journal.Areas of interest include:
- Integrative cellular and molecular aspects of hormonally active peptides
- Neurotransmitters that regulate the secretion of hypothalamic hormones
Comparative and clinical neuroendocrinology
- Interactions between the nervous system and the immune system 


Topics: The Journal of Neuroscience is the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience. The Journal of Neuroscience publishes papers on a broad range of topics of general interest to those working on the nervous system. Authors now have an Open Choice option for their published articles. 

NEUROIMAGE (IF: 6,357, 2014)

Topics: NeuroImage, a Journal of Brain Function, provides a vehicle for communicating important advances in the use of neuroimaging to study structure-function and brain-behavior relationships. Though the emphasis is on the macroscopic level of human brain organization, meso-and microscopic neuroimaging across all species will be considered if they provide advances that are of relevance to a systems-level understanding of the human brain.The main criterion on which papers are judged for NeuroImage, is to what extent the scientific contribution helps advance our understanding of brain function, organization, and structure. NeuroImage, also welcomes papers that explicitly address these questions in animal models or clinical populations. Papers that do not contain significant methodological development, and whose major contribution is to use imaging to advance the understanding of pathology, abnormal development, use of biomarkers or other questions of clinical utility should be referred to NeuroImage: Clinical.NeuroImage, publishes original research articles, papers on methods, models of brain function, as well as positions on contentious issues. The journal strives to incorporate theoretical and technological innovations and is committed to publishing the highest quality papers in both print and electronic media. The editors and the editorial board members come from highly diverse specialties, reflecting the fact that imaging neuroscience is a multi-disciplinary science.Submitted papers will generally be considered under eight general themes. However, papers with the above criteria that do not easily fit into any of the below themes will also be handled by an editor with the appropriate expertise.
Analysis Methods
Functional MRI Acquisition and Physics
Computational Modeling and Analysis
Anatomy and Physiology
Cognition and Aging
Social Neuroscience
Sensorimotor Processing
Communication, Language, and Learning


Topics: Brain Research Reviews is a special section of Brain Research which provides a medium for prompt publication of review articles and, occasionally, long research papers with extensive review components, which give analytical surveys that define heuristic hypotheses and provide new insights into brain mechanisms.TYPES OF PAPERS 1. Reviews. In principle, there is no limit to the length of reviews published in the journal. 2. Interactive Reviews are reviews that are considered worthy of priority publication. These will appear in electronic form on the Brain Research Interactive website (http://www.bres-interactive.com) before being published in the print journal.


Topics: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, founded in 1987, is the official journal of the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society (PNIRS). This innovative journal publishes peer-reviewed basic, experimental, and clinical studies dealing with behavioral, neural, endocrine, and immune system interactions in humans and animals. It is an international, interdisciplinary journal devoted to investigation of the physiological systems that integrate behavioral and immunological responses. The journal welcomes original research in neuroscience, immunology, integrative physiology, behavioral biology, psychiatry, psychology, and clinical medicine and is inclusive of research at the molecular, cellular, social, and organismic levels. The journal features online submission and review, leading to timely publication of experimental results. There are no submission fees or page charges for Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, which is published eight times a year. Detailed instructions for authors can be found at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/ybrbi.Research areas include:
- Neurochemical and hormonal mechanisms that convey messages to and from the immune system and brain;
- Stress and immunity, including the role of stress-related hormones and neurotransmitters on the immune system and brain;
- Actions of cytokines and growth factors on neuronal and glial cells to regulate behavior, cognition, clinical pain and neuroendocrine function;
- Clinical translational research, such as depression, other mental disorders, fatigue, chronic inflammatory diseases;
- Roles of hormones, growth factors, and cytokines in the immune and central nervous systems;
- Inflammation, neuroscience, and behavior,
- Neuroimmunopharmacology and the immunomodulating effects of psychotropic drugs and drugs of abuse;
- Nutrition, the brain, behavior and immunity;
- Sleep, exercise, immunity, and health;
- Roles of cytokines, hormones, and neurotransmitters in the aging immune system and brain;
- Cancer, brain, and immunity;
- Regulation of nerve injury and repair by the immune system;
- Psychosocial, behavioral, and neuroendocrine influences on immunity and on the development and progression of immunologically-mediated disease processes;
- Genomics of behavior and immunity.


Topics: Brain Structure & Function publishes research that provides insight into brain structure−function relationships. Studies published here integrate data spanning from molecular, cellular, developmental, and systems architecture to the neuroanatomy of behavior and cognitive functions.­Studies of the mammalian nervous system are central to the journal, yet coverage may range beyond this taxon. Methodologies include modern tracing, immunocytochemistry and neuroimaging as well as genetic methods, neuroinformatics (atlases, databases and internet tools), statistical techniques that support the integration of cellular and systems­level anatomical and functional data, and genetic/molecular/electrophysiological approaches to understanding brain organization.­The journal publishes full­length papers, short communications (maximum five printed pages including figures and references), reviews and letters to the editors that foster a vivid discussion of current topics.Methods papers that fit into the mission of the journal are also welcome.Brain Structure & Function does not publish purely clinical or neuropathological papers except in cases where the work actually contributes to the understanding of normal brain structure and function. Research on the peripheral nervous system is not the focus of Brain Structure & Function.
Brain Structure & Function particularly invites submission in the following areas:
- Brain Cyto­, Myelo­, and Receptor Architecture 
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroanatomy 
- Neurophysiology of Cells and Circuits 
- Stem Cells, Neuroplasticity 
- Neuroimaging and Methods 
- Neuroimaging and Neural Systems in the Healthy Brain 
- Neuroimaging and Cognitive Neuroscience
- Structural/Functional Connectivity and Meta­Analysis 
- Cognitive and Behavioral Aspects of Neuroanatomy
- Neuroinformatics of Structure­Function Relationships
- Development and Comparative Genetic Neuroanatomy 
- Neuroanatomy of Brain Dysfunction (Patrick R. Hof)Brain Evolution
- Cellular Neuroscience 

We published here:

  • Fiore, V. G.; Mannella, F.; Mirolli, M.; Latagliata, E. C.; Valzania, A.; Cabib, S.; Dolan, R. J.; Puglisi­Allegra, S. & Baldassarre, G. (2015). Corticolimbic catecholamines in stress: a computational model of the appraisal of controllability.


Topics: The Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism stands at the interface between basic and clinical neurovascular research, and features timely and relevant peer-reviewed research highlighting experimental, theoretical, and clinical aspects of brain circulation, metabolism and imaging. It is relevant to any physician or scientist with an interest in brain function, including neurologists, neurochemists, physiologists, pharmacologists, anesthesiologists, neuroradiologists, neurosurgeons, neuropathologists, and neuroscientists.It is the official journal of the International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism (ISCBFM). 


Topics:  Current Opinion in Neurology is a highly regarded journal offering insightful editorials and on-the-mark invited reviews; covering key subjects such as cerebrovascular disease, developmental disorders, neuroimaging and demyelinating diseases. Published bimonthly, each issue of Current Opinion in Neurology introduces world renowned guest editors and internationally recognized academics within the neurology field, delivering a widespread selection of expert assessments on the latest developments from the most recent literature.

PAIN (IF: 5.213, 2014)

Topics:  This journal is the official publication of the International Association for the Study of Pain and publishes original research on the nature,mechanisms and treatment of pain. The journal provides a forum for the dissemination of research in the basic and clinical sciences of multidisciplinary interest. 


Topics:  Molecular Neurobiology is an exciting review journal for neuroscientists who wish to stay in close touch with progress at the forefront of contemporary molecular brain research. It is specifically designed to synthesize and critically assess research trends for all neuroscientists at the cutting edge of this dramatically developing area. The journal has proven to be crucial in departmental libraries, serving as essential reading for every committed neuroscientist striving to keep abreast of rapid developments in a forefront field. Each topic chosen for review is thoroughly analyzed by scientists and clinicians internationally renowned for their special competence in the areas treated.

CORTEX (IF: 5.128, 2014)

Topics:  CORTEX is an international journal devoted to the study of cognition and of the relationship between the nervous system and mental processes, particularly as these are reflected in the behaviour of patients with acquired brain lesions, normal volunteers, children with typical and atypical development, and in the activation of brain regions and systems as recorded by functional neuroimaging techniques. It was founded in 1964 by Ennio De Renzi.


Topics:  Neuropharmacology publishes high quality, original research within the discipline of neuroscience. The emphasis of Neuropharmacology is on the study and understanding of the actions of known exogenous and endogenouschemical agents on neurobiological processes in the mammalian nervous system. Work with non-mammalian and invertebrate species may be considered in exceptional circumstances. The journal does not usually accept clinical research, although neuropharmacological studies in humans may be considered on the condition that they provide novel insight into either the actions of drugs and/or neurobiological mechanisms. The journal only considers submissions in which the chemical structures and compositions of experimental agents are readily available in the literature or disclosed by the authors in the submitted manuscript. Similarly, manuscripts describing the use of natural products will only be considered if the active ingredient is known and disclosed.Neuropharmacology also publishes succinct topical reviews on subjects within its remit. These reviews (of between 3000 and 5000 words) are commissioned by the Editorial Team or arise after correspondence with potential authors. Unsolicited reviews are considered, but authors are encouraged to contact the Editor-in-Chief ahead of time and to indicate clearly how the review differs from, and adds to, recent published reviews on related topics.The journal publishes Special Issues in which leading experts are invited to serve as Guest Editors to compile a collection of reviews, and occasionally original articles, around a particular topical theme in neuroscience research.


Topics:  Neurobiology of Aging publishes the results of studies in behavior, biochemistry, cell biology, endocrinology, molecular biology, morphology, neurology, neuropathology, pharmacology, physiology and protein chemistry in which the primary emphasis involves mechanisms of nervous system changes with age or diseases associated with age. Reviews and primary research articles are included, occasionally accompanied by open peer commentary. Letters to the Editor and brief communications are also acceptable. Brief reports of highly time-sensitive material are usually treated as rapid communications in which case editorial review is completed within six weeks and publication scheduled for the next available issue. 


Topics: Experimental Neurology, a Journal of Neuroscience Research, publishes original research in neuroscience with a particular emphasis on novel findings in neural development, regeneration, plasticity and transplantation. The journal has focused on research concerning basic mechanisms underlying neurological disorders.

BRAIN PATHOLOGY (IF 4.643, 2014)

Topics: Brain Pathology, the official journal of the International Society of Neuropathology, is a peer-reviewed bi-monthly publication that includes original research, review articles and symposia focusing on the pathogenesis of neurological disease.  Brain Pathology is the journal of choice for biomedical scientists investigating diseases of the nervous system, including: neuropathologist, neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroscientists andgeneral pathologists with an interest in neuropathology.


Topics:  By making connections through the application of computational methods among disparate areas of biology, PLOS Computational Biology provides substantial new insight into living systems at all scales, from the nano to the macro, and across multiple disciplines, from molecular science, neuroscience and physiology to ecology and population biology. PLOS Computational Biology is an official journal of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB). PLOS Computational Biology features works of exceptional significance that further our understanding of living systems at all scales—from molecules and cells, to patient populations and ecosystems—through the application of computational methods. Readers include life and computational scientists, who can take the important findings presented here to the next level of discovery. Research articles must be declared as belonging to one of the following categories: General, Methods or Software. Software articles form a specific sub-category. More information about Software articles can be found in the submission guidelines. Research articles should model aspects of biological systems, demonstrate both methodological and scientific novelty, and provide profound new biological insights. Research articles with limited novelty may be more appropriate for PLOS ONE. Generally, reliability and significance of biological discovery through computation should be validated and enriched by experimental studies. Inclusion of experimental validation is not required for publication, but should be referenced where possible. Inclusion of experimental validation of a modest biological discovery through computation does not render a manuscript suitable for PLOS Computational Biology. Research articles specifically designated as Methods papers should describe outstanding methods of exceptional importance that have been shown, or have the promise to provide new biological insights. The method must already be widely adopted, or have the promise of wide adoption by a broad community of users. Enhancements to existing published methods will only be considered if those enhancements bring exceptional new capabilities.


Topics: Neuroendocrinology publishes papers reporting original research in basic and clinical neuroendocrinology. The journal explores the complex interactions between neuronal networks and endocrine glands (in some instances also immunecells) in both central and peripheral nervous systems. Original contributions cover all aspects of the field, from molecular and cellular neuroendocrinology, physiology, pharmacology, and the neuroanatomy of neuroendocrine systems to neuroendocrine correlates of behaviour, clinical neuroendocrinology and neuroendocrine cancers. Readers also benefit from reviews by noted experts, which highlight especially active areas of current research, and special focus editions of topical interest. 


Topics: European Neuropsychopharmacology is the official publication of the European College of Neuropsuchopharmacology (ECNP). In accordance with the mission of the College, the journal focuses on clinical and basic science contributions that advance our understanding of brain function and human behaviour and enable translation into imporved treatments and enhanced public health impact in psychiatry. Recent years have been characterized by exciting advances in basic knowledge and available experimental techniques in neuroscience and genomics. However, clinical translation of these findings has not been as rapid. The journal aims to narrow this gap by promoting findings that are expected to have a major impact on both our understanding of the biological bases of mental disorders and the development and improvement of treatments, ideally paving the way for prevention and recovery.European Neuropsychopharmacology is the official journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP).


Topics: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy is devoted to studies revealing important aspects of the anatomical organization of all nervous systems across all species. The use of classical and modern techniques and approaches include axonal transport methods to track the connections between brain regions; electron microscopy to obtain a more quantitative understanding of the sub-cellular and connectivity anatomy; immunocytochemistry to map protein expression patterns; in situ hybridization to map gene expression patterns; and many other powerful techniques used to examine the organization of the nervous system. Frontiers in Neuroanatomy encourages comparative studies between brain regions, between species, and also between health and disease, but is not concerned with studies that have a primary clinical focus. We encourage studies that employ modern quantitative anatomical techniques in combination with experimental studies, but submissions of descriptive neuroanatomy and theories of neuroanatomical design are also welcome. Image quality and powerful illustrations will be a major emphasis of Frontiers in Neuroanatomy. We also encourage anatomical papers that are complimented by theoretical studies to better understand the anatomical design principles of the brain.


Topics: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience is a multidisciplinary open-access journal devoted to better understanding the cellular mechanisms underlying the functions of the cells composing the nervous system (neural and non-neuronal) across all species. The past years have seen exciting progress in this area because of the merging of traditionally separate fields such as anatomy, physiology and molecular genetics. We welcome submissions of multidisciplinary studies of cellular function in vertebrates and invertebrates, in cell culture, in vivo, or using slices, and involving genetically amenable species, such as Drosophila, C. elegans, mice, and zebra fish, as well as any other species suited to elucidate fundamental principles of cellular function in neurons. Studies on basic neural functions, such as the generation of action potentials, synaptic transmission, biophysical and biochemical aspects of receptor activation, ionic channel functions, synaptic plasticity, intra- and inter- cell signaling related to the emergent functions of cells, glial-neuronal signaling and synaptic and dendritic integration, are welcome. An important frontier for the journal is to address issues at bridge between molecular/cellular physiology and integrative neuroscience, so as to understand the impact of cellular/molecular properties of neurons on circuit functions and behavior. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience will devote special attention to novel technical approaches able to shed light on yet unresolved neuroscientific issues. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience also publishes research on the morphology of cells and how these morphologies relate to the emergent functions of neurons. This journal also welcomes research focused on the developing adult and ageing cell, as well as cellular changes in diseases. While the journal’s primary focus is on experimental studies, we also welcome the addition of computational models to further explore experimental findings.

HIPPOCAMPUS (IF 4.162, 2014)

Topics: Hippocampus provides a forum for the exchange of current information between investigators interested in the neurobiology of the hippocampal formation and related structures. While the relationships of submitted papers to the hippocampal formation will be evaluated liberally, the substance of appropriate papers should deal with the hippocampal formation per se or with the interaction between the hippocampal formation and other brain regions. The scope of the journal is wide: single and multidisciplinary experimental studies from all fields of basic science, theoretical papers, papers dealing with hippocampal preparations as models for understanding the central nervous system, and clinical studies will be considered for publication. The Editor especially encourages the submission of papers that contribute to a functional understanding of the hippocampal formation.


Topics: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience is an open-access journal that aims to publish major insights into animal and human behavior, in order to better understand the neural mechanisms underlying behavior. Our journal welcomes papers concerned with the interplay between behavior and neurobiological analysis at all levels: from molecular biology and genetics, to morphological, biochemical, neurochemical, electrophysiological, neuroendocrine, pharmacological, and neuroimaging studies, as long as they contribute to unravel the neurobiological basis of behavior. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience welcomes work in all animal species, including humans, and integrative and translational approaches combining animal and human research are encouraged. In recent years, translational work has proved to be particularly suitable to address topics and questions related to psychopathology, with outstanding examples showing how animal studies can help identify key genetic mechanisms of behavioral deviation in humans and, conversely, how innovative findings in humans are directing essential work in animals. Our ultimate goal is to accelerate the progress in this research area at a critical time when we are facing multiple challenges: from the need to integrate findings obtained at different levels of analysis to the constant redefinition of topics and approaches that concern and characterize the field of Behavioral Neuroscience. Authors submitting manuscripts other than Original Research should highlight in their cover letter how their publication record on the same topic has prepared them for contributing to the field. We also request that prospective organizers of Research Topics (info at www.frontiersin.org/about/RTGuidelines) provide the Editorial Office (neuroscience.researchtopics@frontiersin.org) with their CV and clarify in the proposal how their research expertise qualifies them to organize a Research Topic on that particular subject.

We published here:

  • Cartoni, E.; Puglisi-Allegra, S. & Baldassarre, G. (2013). The three principles of action: a Pavlovian-instrumental transfer hypothesis.
  • Mannella, F.; Gurney, K. & Baldassarre, G. (2013). The nucleus accumbens as a nexus between values and goals in goal-directed behavior: a review and a new hypothesis.

Topics: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience investigates brain–behavior interaction and promotes lively interchange among the mind sciences. Contributions address both descriptions of function and underlying brain events and reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the field, covering developments in neuroscience, neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, neurobiology, linguistics, computer science, and philosophy. JOCN is an online-only publication. 


Topics: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience is a cutting-edge multidisciplinary journal aimed at fostering the understanding of mechanistic processes associated with CNS aging and age-related neuronal diseases. Another central role of the journal is to bring cohesion between disciplines and theories focused on understanding the fundamental processes of senescence. Special emphasis is placed on integrating findings of various sub disciplines in neuroscience to yield translational insight to the aging process and neurological diseases associated with senescence, and developing treatment strategies aimed at the conservation of neuronal function. This aspect is critical to advance our ability to understand, manage, and treat conditions associated with aging. Because of the integrative nature of the journal, the scope of articles that will be considered is broad, and includes work elucidating genetic, biophysical, genomic, proteomic, cellular, molecular, biochemical, endocrinal, immunological, physiological, pharmacological, and psychological/behavioral aspects of CNS aging and neurological diseases and pathological events connected to this process. Neuroimaging studies and clinical studies targeted to mechanistic aspects of neuronal aging/disease are also welcome. 


Topics: The Journal of Psychopharmacology is a fully peer-reviewed, international journal that publishes original research and review articles on preclinical and clinical aspects of psychopharmacology. The journal provides an essential forum for researchers and practicing clinicians on the effects of drugs on animal and human behavior, and the mechanisms underlying these effects. The Journal of Psychopharmacology is truly international in scope and readership. This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)


Topics: Psychopharmacology is an international journal of research and scholarship, the aims of which are to cover the general area of elucidating the neurochemical mechanisms that affect behavior, all terms understood in the broadest sense. The scope of the Journal extends from clinical psychopharmacology (including trials), to experimental studies on the effects of drugs on cognition and behavior in humans and laboratory studies in experimental animals. The research methodologies (techniques covered) may range from neurochemical assays and electrophysiological recording to studies of functional neuroimaging, and the methods of experimental psychology and ethology, as well as clinical neurology and psychiatry. The journal is particularly interested in articles that integrate these levels of analysis.


Topics: Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience publishes original research of exceptional significance from those areas of the neurosciences indicated by the broadest interpretation of the journal's title. In particular, the journal focuses on synaptic maintenance and organization, neuron-glia communication and regenerative neurobiology. As part of the submission process, authors are asked to state why they consider their paper is of such significance.Furthermore, since rapid peer-review and publication of such research is of paramount importance, extended cycles of article revision and re-review will not be entered into; it is anticipated that authors will fully address all referees' comments during the course of a single revision of their original manuscript. 


Topics: Journal of Neuropathology & Experimental Neurology is the official journal of the American Association of Neuropathologists, Inc. (AANP). The Journal publishes original articles on neuropathology and experimental neuroscience, book reviews, letters, and Association news. It is written by and for neuropathologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, pathologists, psychiatrists, and basic neuroscientists from around the world. Publication has been continuous since 1942


Topics: Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry is an international and multidisciplinary journal which aims to ensure the rapid publication of authoritative reviews and research papers dealing with experimental and clinical aspects of neuro-psychopharmacology and biological psychiatry. Issues of the journal are regularly devoted wholly in or in part to a topical subject.Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry does not publish work on the actions of biological extracts unless the pharmacological active molecular substrate and/or specific receptor binding properties of the extract compounds are elucidated.


Topics: Formerly known as Behavioral and Neural Biology, Neurobiology of Learning and Memory publishes articles concerned with neural and behavioral plasticity, including learning and memory and related aspects of neural adaptation, at all levels of analysis from molecular biology to behavior.Research areas include all areas of the neurobiology of learning and memory.Neurobiology of Learning and Memory includes major theoretical, research, and review papers; research reports; brief reports; rapid communications; and notes.In addition, the following two categories are featured:
- Minireviews that succinctly survey appropriate areas of current research or theory
- Commentaries that serve as vehicles for brief presentations of new theories, hypotheses, points of view, or critiques of current research.


Topics:The European Journal of Neuroscience (EJN) is the official journal of FENS. It publishes papers on a broad range of topics, aiming to advance our understanding of the nervous system in health and disease, thereby improving the diagnosis and treatment of disorders. It is published biweekly.

NEUROSCIENCE (IF: 3.35, 2014)

Topics:Neuroscience publishes papers describing the results of original research on any aspect of the scientific study of the nervous system. Any paper, however short, will be considered for publication provided that it reports significant, new and carefully confirmed findings with full experimental details.


Topics: Neuropsychologia is an international interdisciplinary journal devoted to experimental and theoretical contributions that advance understanding of human cognition and behavior from a neuroscience perspective. The journal will consider for publication studies that link brain function with cognitive or emotional processes, or that exploit neural data to significantly advance cognitive and psychological theory. Studies that employ a purely behavioral approach in neurologically healthy participants are not appropriate for the journal unless the findings have a direct bearing on the understanding of the neural mechanisms or systems supporting cognition and behavior.Neuropsychologia has a long history of publishing lesion-deficit studies, and these remain highly appropriate for the journal. Submission of papers describing the use of other methodologies - notably functional and structural neuroimaging, cognitive electrophysiology, and transcranial magnetic stimulation - is also strongly encouraged. Animal studies are also welcome, provided they have a direct and explicitly specified impact on understanding human cognition and behavior. Studies of clinical populations that are primarily descriptive, that are intended to characterize or elucidate a clinical disorder or disorders, or that evaluate a clinical assessment method or therapeutic intervention, are not appropriate for the journal. Special issues and Review Papers are published regularly with the aim of providing authoritative surveys of topics of major interest.


Topics: Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience publishes theoretical, review, and primary research articles concerned with behavior and brain processes in humans, both normal participants and patients with brain injuries or processes that influence brain function, such as neurological disorders (including both healthy and disordered aging) and psychiatric disorders (e.g., schizophrenia and depression). In addition, articles that use animal models to address cognitive or affective processes involving behavioral, invasive, or imaging methods are also highly welcome. One of the main goals of CABN is to be the premier outlet for strongly psychologically motivated studies of brain–behavior relationships. Thus, the editors highly encourage papers with clear integration between psychological theory and the conduct and interpretation of the neuroscientific data. Articles will be appropriate to the journal if they cover: (1) topics relating to cognition, such as perception, attention, memory, language, problem solving, reasoning, and decision-making; (2) topics concerning emotional processes, motivation, reward prediction, and affective states; and (3) topics relating to individual differences in relevant domains, including personality. In all cases, the editors will give highest priority to papers that report a combination of behavioral and neuroscientific methods to address these research topics. 


Topics: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, a leading publication in psychopharmacology, offers a wide range of articles reporting on clinical trials and studies, side effects, drug interactions, overdose management, pharmacogenetics, pharmacokinetics, and psychiatric effects of non-psychiatric drugs. The journal keeps clinician-scientists and trainees up-to-date on the latest clinical developments in psychopharmacologic agents, presenting the extensive coverage needed to keep up with every development in this fast-growing field.  


Topics: The Journal of Comparative Neurology is an interdisciplinary journal with systems neuroscience as its primary purview. Our focus is on neuronal communication within systems of neurons, and their relationship to function, development, plasticity, degeneration, and repair. The field is broadly defined and includes work that uses molecular, anatomical, physiological, pharmacological, and behavioral methods to investigate neuronal systems, but does not include papers that primarily address clinical aspects of neurology, neuropathology, psychiatry, or psychology. Work on all species from invertebrates to humans is welcome, but the emphasis should be on the way that species adaptations enlighten us about the function or organization of nervous systems, rather than on their evolution per se. The Journal of Comparative Neurology takes special care to provide the highest quality of image reproduction, and offers sufficient page space to document and describe the work completely. Only full-length investigative reports are desired; we do not accept short communications or papers that are focused on new methods. 

BRAIN AND LANGUAGE (IF: 3.215, 2014)

Topics: An interdisciplinary journal, Brain and Language focuses on the neurobiological mechanisms underlying human language. The journal covers the large variety of modern techniques in cognitive neuroscience, including lesion-based approaches as well as functional and structural brain imaging, electrophysiology, cellular and molecular neurobiology, genetics, and computational modeling. All articles must relate to human language and be relevant to an elaboration of its neurobiological basis. Along with an emphasis on neurobiology, journal articles are expected to take into account relevant data and theoretical perspectives from psychology and linguistics.Brain and Language is published 12 times yearly.


Topics: Journal of Neuroendocrinology was launched in 1989 and has been the official journal of the British Society for Neuroendocrinology ever since. Journal of Neuroendocrinology provides the principal international focus for the newest ideas in classical neuroendocrinology and its expanding interface with the regulation of behavioural, cognitive, developmental, degenerative and metabolic processes. Through the rapid publication of original manuscripts and provocative review articles, it provides essential reading for basic scientists and clinicians researching in this rapidly expanding field.  


Topics: Behavioural Brain Research is an international, interdisciplinary journal dedicated to the publication of articles in the field of behavioural neuroscience, broadly defined. Contributions from the entire range of disciplines that comprise the neurosciences, behavioural sciences or cognitive sciences are appropriate, as long as the goal is to delineate the neural mechanisms underlying behaviour. Thus, studies may range from neurophysiological, neuroanatomical, neurochemical or neuropharmacological analysis of brain-behaviour relations, including the use of molecular genetic or behavioural genetic approaches, to studies that involve the use of brain imaging techniques, to neuroethological studies. Reports of original research, of major methodological advances, or of novel conceptual approaches are all encouraged. The journal will also consider critical reviews on selected topics.


Topics:Frontiers in Neural Circuits is devoted to understanding the emergent properties of neural circuits - the elementary modules of the brain. A flagship member of the Frontiers first-tier electronic journal family, it received an initial impact factor of 5.098 (2011) and remains a "central watering hole" for research in neural circuits, serving the community worldwide to share data, ideas and inspiration. Articles revealing the anatomy, physiology, development or function of any neural circuitry in any species (from sponges to humans) are welcome. Our common thread seeks the computational strategies used by different circuits to link their structure with function (perceptual, motor, or internal), the general rules by which they operate, and how their particular designs lead to the emergence of complex properties and behaviors. Submissions focused on synaptic, cellular and connectivity principles in neural microcircuits using multidisciplinary approaches, especially newer molecular, developmental and genetic tools, are encouraged. Studies with an evolutionary perspective to better understand how circuit design and capabilities evolved to produce progressively more complex properties and behaviors are especially welcome. The journal is further interested in research revealing how plasticity shapes the structural and functional architecture of neural circuits.


Topics: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience is an open-access journal devoted to understanding the brain mechanisms supporting cognitive and social behavior in humans, and how these mechanisms might be altered in disease states. The last 25 years have seen an explosive growth in both the methods and the theoretical constructs available to study the human brain. Advances in electrophysiological, neuroimaging, neuropsychological, psychophysical, neuropharmacological and computational approaches have provided key insights into the mechanisms of a broad range of human behaviors in both health and disease. Work in human neuroscience ranges from the cognitive domain, including areas such as memory, attention, language and perception to the social domain, with this last subject addressing topics, such as interpersonal interactions, social discourse and emotional regulation. How these processes unfold during development, mature in adulthood and often decline in aging, and how they are altered in a host of developmental, neurological and psychiatric disorders, has become increasingly amenable to human neuroscience research approaches. Work in human neuroscience has influenced many areas of inquiry ranging from social and cognitive psychology to economics, law and public policy. Accordingly, our journal will provide a forum for human research spanning all areas of human cognitive, social, developmental and translational neuroscience using any research approach.


Topics: The Journal of Neurophysiology publishes original articles on the function of the nervous system. All levels of function are included, from the membrane and cell to systems and behavior. Experimental approaches include molecular neurobiology, cell culture and slice preparations, membrane physiology, developmental neurobiology, functional neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, neuropharmacology, systems electrophysiology, imaging and mapping techniques, and behavioral analysis. Experimental preparations may be invertebrate or vertebrate species, including humans. Theoretical studies are acceptable if they are tied closely to the interpretation of experimental data and elucidate principles of broad interest.

BMC NEUROSCIENCE (IF: 2.845, 2014)

Topics: BMC Neuroscience is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of the nervous system, including molecular, cellular, developmental and animal model studies, as well as cognitive and behavioral research, and computational modeling. BMC Neuroscience is part of the BMC series which publishes subject-specific journals focused on the needs of individual research communities across all areas of biology and medicine. We offer an efficient, fair and friendly peer review service, and are committed to publishing all sound science, provided that there is some advance in knowledge presented by the work. [...] BMC Neuroscience therefore levies an article-processing charge of €1745 for each article accepted for publication.

BRAIN RESEARCH (IF 2.843, 2014)

Topics: Brain Research publishes papers reporting interdisciplinary investigations of nervous system structure and function that are of general interest to the international community of neuroscientists. As is evident from the journals name, its scope is broad, ranging from cellular and molecular studies through systems neuroscience, cognition and disease. Invited reviews are also published; suggestions for and inquiries about potential reviews are welcomed.With the appearance of the final issue of the 2011 subscription, Vol. 67/1-2 (24 June 2011), Brain Research Reviews has ceased publication as a distinct journal separate from Brain Research. Review articles accepted for Brain Research are now published in that journal.


Topics: As the official Journal of the American Neuropsychiatric Association, the society of psychiatrists working at the interface between neuroscience and behavorial disorders, The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences is dedicated to developing effective diagnosis and treatment for patients with neuropsychiatric disorders. The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences publishes peer-reviewed articles addressing critical subjects such as Alzheimer's disease, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, and seizure disorders, and is devoted to reporting discoveries in clinical neuroscience that are relevant to understanding the brain-based disorders of patients. The journal features original articles, concisely written clinical and research reports, perspectives on emerging trends in the field, and classic pieces from the field's rich history, and each issue gets started with the signature section "Windows to the Brain."


Topics: Neurotoxicology and Teratology provides a forum for publishing new information regarding the effects of chemical and physical agents on the developing, adult or aging nervous system. In this context, the fields of neurotoxicology and teratology include studies of agent-induced alterations of nervous system function, with a focus on behavioral outcomes and their underlying physiological and neurochemical mechanisms. The Journal publishes original, peer-reviewed Research Reports of experimental, clinical, and epidemiological studies that address the neurotoxicity and/or functional teratology of pesticides, solvents, heavy metals, nanomaterials, organometals, industrial compounds, mixtures, drugs of abuse, pharmaceuticals, animal and plant toxins, atmospheric reaction products, and physical agents such as radiation and noise. These reports include traditional mammalian neurotoxicology experiments, human studies, studies using non-mammalian animal models, and mechanistic studies in vivo or in vitro. Special Issues, Reviews, Commentaries, Meeting Reports, and Symposium Papers provide timely updates on areas that have reached a critical point of synthesis, on aspects of a scientific field undergoing rapid change, or on areas that present special methodological or interpretive problems. Theoretical Articles address concepts and potential mechanisms underlying actions of agents of interest in the nervous system. The Journal also publishes Brief Communications that concisely describe a new method, technique, apparatus, or experimental result.


Topics: The primary mission of Behavioral Neuroscience® is to publish original research articles as well as reviews in the broad field of the neural bases of behavior.We seek empirical papers reporting novel results that provide insight into the mechanisms by which nervous systems produce and are affected by behavior. Experimental subjects may include human and non-human animals and may address any phase of the lifespan, from early development to senescence.Studies employing brain-imaging techniques in normal and pathological human populations are encouraged, as are studies using non-traditional species (including invertebrates) and employing comparative analyses. Studies using computational approaches to understand behavior and cognition are particularly encouraged.In addition to behavior, it is expected that some aspect of nervous system function will be manipulated or observed, ranging across molecular, cellular, neuroanatomical, neuroendocrinological, neuropharmacological, and neurophysiological levels of analysis. Behavioral studies are welcome so long as their implications for our understanding of the nervous system are clearly described in the paper.We welcome reviews on any theoretical, empirical, or historical topic related to the role of the nervous system in the production of behavior. Inquiries about potential review topics can be addressed to the Editor.In addition to full-length research papers, the journal also publishes Brief Communications, which must not exceed 3,250 words of text and contain no more than two figures and/or tables. When appropriate, Commentaries on research papers are invited by the editors.Topic areas covered by the journal include:
- learning and memory, attention, decision making
- perception, spatial cognition, sensorimotor processing and integration
- human and non-human animal cognition and emotion
- molecular, cellular, and circuit level analyses of behavior and cognition
- motivation, reward, homeostasis and biorhythms
- animal models of psychopathology, addiction, and neurodegenerative disorders 
- developmental and lifespan analyses NEUROPSYCHOBIOLOGY


Topics: Developmental Neuroscience is a multidisciplinary journal publishing papers covering all stages of invertebrate, vertebrate and human brain development. Emphasis is placed on publishing fundamental as well as translational studies that contribute to our understanding of mechanisms of normal development as well as genetic and environmental causes of abnormal brain development. The journal thus provides valuable information for both physicians and biologists. To meet the rapidly expanding information needs of its readers, the journal combines original papers that report on progress and advances in developmental neuroscience with concise mini-reviews that provide a timely overview of key topics, new insights and ongoing controversies. The editorial standards of 'Developmental Neuroscience' are high. We are committed to publishing only high quality, complete papers that make significant contributions to the field.


Topics: The biological approach to mental disorders continues to yield innovative findings of clinical importance, particularly if methodologies are combined. This journal collects high quality empirical studies from various experimental and clinical approaches in the fields of Biological Psychiatry, Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology. It features original, clinical and basic research in the fields of neurophysiology and functional imaging, neuropharmacology and neurochemistry, neuroendocrinology and neuroimmunology, genetics and their relationships with normal psychology and psychopathology. In addition, the reader will find studies on animal models of mental disorders and therapeutic interventions, and pharmacoelectroencephalographic studies. Regular reviews report new methodologic approaches, and selected case reports provide hints for future research. 'Neuropsychobiology' is a complete record of strategies and methodologies employed to study the biological basis of mental functions including their interactions with psychological and social factors.


Topics: The Journal of Neuroscience Research publishes novel research results that will advance our understanding of the development, functions and diseases of the nervous system, using molecular, cellular, systems and translational approaches. JNR features full-length papers, reviews and commentaries. 


Topics: The International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience publishes original research papers, reviews and communications on both basic and clinical aspects of the developing nervous system, ranging from simpler invertebrate systems and in vitro neural models to models of regeneration and neurological diseases of developmental origin. Papers focused on translational research considering genetic and epigenetic approaches to behavior and nutrition, just two examples, are also encouraged.The journal encourages the publication of Special Issues dealing with topics at the cutting edge of research edited by Guest Editors appointed by the Editor in Chief. The main aim of the journal is to facilitate the transfer of basic information to clinical applications and to promote an understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of neural growth, development and pathology. 


Topics: Brain and Cognition is a forum for the integration of the neurosciences and cognitive sciences. B&C publishes peer-reviewed research articles, theoretical papers, case histories that address important theoretical issues, and historical articles into the interaction between cognitive function and brain processes. The focus is on rigorous studies of an empirical or theoretical nature and which make an original contribution to our knowledge about the involvement of the nervous system in cognition. Coverage includes, but is not limited to memory, learning, emotion, perception, movement, music or praxis in relationship to brain structure or function. Published articles will typically address issues relating some aspect of cognitive function to its neurological substrates with clear theoretical import, formulating new hypotheses or refuting previously established hypotheses. Clinical papers are welcome if they raise issues of theoretical importance or concern and shed light on the interaction between brain function and cognitive function. We welcome review articles that clearly contribute a new perspective or integration, beyond summarizing the literature in the field; authors of review articles should make explicit where the contribution lies. We also welcome proposals for special issues on aspects of the relation between cognition and the structure and function of the nervous system. Such proposals can be made directly to the Editor-in-Chief from individuals interested in being guest editors for such collections.


Topics: Published since 1959, International Review of Neurobiology is a well-known series appealing to neuroscientists, clinicians, psychologists, physiologists and pharmacologists. Led by an internationally renowned editorial board, this important serial publishes both eclectic volumes made up of timely reviews and thematic volumes that focus on recent progress in a specific area of neurobiology research. 


Topics: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience is devoted to promoting theoretical modeling of brain function and fostering interdisciplinary interactions between theoretical and experimental neuroscience. Progress in understanding the amazing capabilities of the brain is still limited, and we believe that it will only come with deep theoretical thinking and mutually stimulating cooperation between different disciplines and approaches. We therefore invite original contributions on a wide range of topics that present the fruits of such cooperation, or provide stimuli for future alliances. We aim to provide an interactive forum for cutting-edge theoretical studies of the nervous system, and for promulgating the best theoretical research to the broader neuroscience community. Models of all styles and at all levels are welcome, from biophysically motivated realistic simulations of neurons and synapses to high-level abstract models of inference and decision making. While the journal is primarily focused on theoretically based and driven research, we welcome experimental studies that validate and test theoretical conclusions.

We published here:

  • Fiore, V.; Mannella, F.; Mirolli, M.; Cabib, S.; Puglisi-Allegra, S. & Baldassarre, G. (2009). A computational model of stress coping in rats
  • Mannella, F.; Mirolli, M. & Baldassarre, G. (2009). A computational model of goal-driven behaviours and habits in rats.
SYNAPSE (IF 2.127, 2014)

Topics: SYNAPSE publishes articles concerned with all aspects of synaptic structure and function. This includes neurotransmitters, neuropeptides, neuromodulators, receptors, gap junctions, metabolism, plasticity, circuitry, mathematical modeling, ion channels, patch recording, single unit recording, development, behavior, pathology, toxicology, etc.


Topics: Visual Neuroscience is an international journal devoted to the publication of experimental and theoretical research on biological mechanisms of vision. A major goal of publication is to bring together in one journal a broad range of studies that reflect the diversity and originality of all aspects of neuroscience research relating to the visual system. Contributions may address molecular, cellular or systems-level processes in either vertebrate or invertebrate species. The journal publishes work based on a wide range of technical approaches, including molecular genetics, anatomy, physiology, psychophysics and imaging, and utilizing comparative, developmental, theoretical or computational approaches to understand the biology of vision and visuo-motor control. The journal also publishes research seeking to understand disorders of the visual system and strategies for restoring vision. Studies based exclusively on clinical, psychophysiological or behavioral data are welcomed, provided that they address questions concerning neural mechanisms of vision or provide insight into visual dysfunction. 


Topics: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology ( JCEN) publishes research on the neuropsychological consequences of brain disease, disorders, and dysfunction, and aims to promote the integration of theories, methods, and research findings in clinical and experimental neuropsychology. The primary emphasis of JCEN is to publish original empirical research pertaining to brain-behavior relationships and neuropsychological manifestations of brain disease. Theoretical and methodological papers, critical reviews of content areas, and theoretically-relevant case studies are also welcome. 
Emphases of interest include: the impact of injury or disease on neuropsychological functioning; validity studies of psychometric and other procedures used in neuropsychological assessment of persons with known or suspected brain damage; empirical evaluation of behavioral, cognitive and pharmacological approaches to treatment/intervention; psychosocial correlates of neuropsychological dysfunction; and theoretical formulation and model development. Throughout the world, neuropsychologists, neuropsychiatrists, clinical psychologists, neurologists, cognitive scientists and neuroscientists use this journal to access cutting edge research and theory on the neuropsychological consequences of brain disease and disorders. 


Topics: Neurocomputing publishes articles describing recent fundamental contributions in the field of neurocomputing. Neurocomputing theory, practice and applications are the essential topics being covered.NEW! Neurocomputing's Software Track allows you to expose your complete Software work to the community through a novel Publication format: the Original Software PublicationOverview:Neurocomputing welcomes theoretical contributions aimed at winning further understanding of neural networks and learning systems, including, but not restricted to, architectures, learning methods, analysis of network dynamics, theories of learning, self-organization, biological neural network modelling, sensorimotor transformations and interdisciplinary topics with artificial intelligence, artificial life, cognitive science, computational learning theory, fuzzy logic, genetic algorithms, information theory, machine learning, neurobiology and pattern recognition.Neurocomputing covers practical aspects with contributions on advances in hardware and software development environments for neurocomputing, including, but not restricted to, simulation software environments, emulation hardware architectures, models of concurrent computation, neurocomputers, and neurochips (digital, analog, optical, and biodevices).Neurocomputing reports on applications in different fields, including, but not restricted to, signal processing, speech processing, image processing, computer vision, control, robotics, optimization, scheduling, resource allocation and financial forecasting.
Types of publications:
- Neurocomputing publishes reviews of literature about neurocomputing and affine fields.
- Neurocomputing reports on meetings, including, but not restricted to, conferences, workshops and seminars.
- Neurocomputing Letters allow for the rapid publication of special short communications. 


Topics: Founded in 1966, Experimental Brain Research publishes original contributions on many aspects of experimental research of the central and peripheral nervous system. The focus is on molecular, physiology, behavior, neurochemistry, developmental, cellular and molecular neurobiology, and experimental pathology relevant to general problems of cerebral function. The journal publishes original papers, reviews, and mini-reviews.

We published here:

  • Taffoni, F.; Tamilia, E.; Focaroli, V.; Formica, D.; Ricci, L.; Di Pino, G.; Baldassarre, G.; Mirolli, M.; Guglielmelli, E. & Keller, F. (2014). Development of goal-directed action selection guided by intrinsic motivations: an experiment with children. 

Topics: Neuroscience Letters is devoted to the rapid publication of short, high-quality papers of interest to the broad community of neuroscientists. Only papers which will make a significant addition to the literature in the field will be published. Papers in all areas of neuroscience - molecular, cellular, developmental, systems, behavioral and cognitive, as well as computational - will be considered for publication. Submission of laboratory investigations that shed light on disease mechanisms is encouraged. Clinical studies will also be published if they provide new information about organization or actions of the nervous system, or provide new insights into the neurobiology of disease. NSL does not publish case reports.Papers that are primarily devoted to psychological or philosophical questions, that use unvalidated methodology, or that fall outside of the realm of neuroscience, will not be published.Neuroscience Letters is published both on the web (in ScienceDirect - http://www.sciencedirect.com), and as a print journal. Publication in the web version of Neuroscience Letters will occur within five weeks of acceptance, and in the hard copy within seven weeks. Particularly important papers may be published more rapidly within a Plenary Article section of the journal.  


Topics: Brain, Behavior and Evolution is a journal with a loyal following, high standards, and a unique profile as the main outlet for the continuing scientific discourse on nervous system evolution. The journal publishes comparative neurobiological studies that focus on nervous system structure, function, or development in vertebrates as well as invertebrates. Approaches range from the molecular over the anatomical and physiological to the behavioral. Despite this diversity, most papers published in 'Brain, Behavior and Evolution' include an evolutionary angle, at least in the discussion, and focus on neural mechanisms or phenomena. Some purely behavioral research may be within the journal’s scope, but the suitability of such manuscripts will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. The journal also publishes review articles that provide critical overviews of current topics in evolutionary neurobiology.


Topics: Neuroscience Research is an international journal for high quality articles in all branches of neuroscience, from the molecular to the behavioral levels. The journal is published in collaboration with the Japan Neuroscience Society and is open to all contributors in the world. The international journal publishing original full-length research articles, short communications, technical notes, and reviews on all aspects of neuroscience BRAIN & DEVELOPMENT


Topics: Brain and Development (ISSN 0387-7604) is the Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Child Neurology, and is aimed to promote clinical child neurology and developmental neuroscience.The journal is devoted to publishing Review Articles, Full Length Original Papers, Case Reports and Letters to the Editor in the field of Child Neurology and related sciences. Proceedings of meetings, and professional announcements will be published at the Editor's discretion. Letters concerning articles published in Brain and Development and other relevant issues are also welcome.


Topics: The Journal of Child Neurology (JCN) embraces peer-reviewed clinical and investigative studies from a wide-variety of neuroscience disciplines. Focusing on the needs of neurologic patients from birth to age 18 years, JCN covers topics ranging from assessment of new and changing therapies and procedures; diagnosis, evaluation, and management of neurologic, neuropsychiatric, and neurodevelopmental disorders; and pathophysiology of central nervous system diseases.


Topics: Formely knows as Journal of the Autonomic Nervous System this is an international journal with broad coverage of all aspects of the autonomic nervous system in man and animals. The main areas of interest include the innervation of blood vessels and viscera, autonomic ganglia, efferent and afferent autonomic pathways, and autonomic nuclei and pathways in the central nervous system.The Editors will consider papers that deal with any aspect of the autonomic nervous system, including structure, physiology, pharmacology, biochemistry, development, evolution, ageing, behavioural aspects, integrative role and influence on emotional and physical states of the body. Interdisciplinary studies will be encouraged. Studies dealing with human pathology will be also welcome.

NEUROREPORT (IF 1.520, 2014)

Topics: NeuroReport is a channel for rapid communication of new findings in neuroscience. It is a forum for the publication of short but complete reports of important studies that require very fast publication. Papers are accepted on the basis of the novelty of their finding, on their significance for neuroscience and on a clear need for rapid publication. Preliminary communications are not suitable for the Journal. The core interest of the Journal is on studies that cast light on how the brain (and the whole of the nervous system) works. 


Topics: Neurological Sciences is intended to provide a medium for the communication of results and ideas in the field of neuroscience. The journal welcomes contributions in both the basic and clinical aspects of the neurosciences. The official language of the journal is English. Reports are published in the form of original articles, short communications, editorials, reviews and letters to the editor. Original articles present the results of experimental or clinical studies in the neurosciences, while short communications are succinct reports permitting the rapid publication of novel results. The journal includes special sections on the History of Neurology, Health Care and Neurological Digressions - a forum for cultural topics related to the neurosciences. The journal also publishes correspondence, book reviews, meeting reports and announcements.This is the official journal of the Italian Society of Neurology (SIN).


Topics: For key insights into today's practice of neuropediatrics neurology, Neuropediatrics is the worldwide journal of choice. Original articles, case reports and panel discussions are the distinctive features of a journal that always keeps abreast of current developments and trends - the reason it has developed into an internationally recognized forum for specialists throughout the world. Pediatricians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, and neurobiologists will find it essential reading.


Topics: The aim of the Journal is to present studies on the functional organization of particular brain systems across hierarchicallevels through integrative approaches leading to species-typical behaviors. The scope of the Journal epitomizes top-down and bottom-up phenomenological models, as well as theoretical and philosophical foundations for explicit functional integration across hierarchical levels, encompassing all aspects of brain functions, including regulation of homeostatic and maintenance functions, and behaviors in health and disease. The Journal of Integrative Neuroscience is the only journal that combines mathematical neuroscience and experimental brain research for the advancement of a well-grounded theoretical neuroscience. The Journal will promote and disseminate studies categorized under the following themes: 
- Theoretical methods and analytical techniques allowing integration in neuroscience (e.g., infinite dimensionalnonlinear dynamical systems, theory of complexity, n-field theory, diffusion theory, category theory, graph theory); 
- Experimentally and mathematically integrated models of brain activity (e.g., volume transmission and deep brainstimulation, large-scale realistic cable networks of cortical and sub-cortical integration); 
- Functional integration of physiological control mechanisms with anatomical structure in the nervous system, centraland peripheral (e.g., control and regulation in the cardio-vascular and respiratory systems, autonomic control); 
- Bio-engineering and experimental techniques allowing integration in neuroscience (e.g., Human-machine interfacetechnology, brain-based devices, optical recording, multi-electrode arrays, neuroimaging); 
- Experimentally-based neuropsychological and neurophilosophical models (e.g., semantic ambiguity, anticipatorybehavior, free will, epistemological limitations in understanding consciousness); 
- Applications of integration to neural pathologies and neural control physiology (e.g., brain diseases, plasticity andrehabilitation, interface between functional genomics and psychiatric illnesses) 

We published here:

  • Taffoni, F.; Vespignani, M.; Formica, D.; Cavallo, G.; Polizzi di Sorrentino, E.; Sabbatini, G.; Truppa, V.; Mirolli, M.; Baldassarre, G.; Visalberghi, E.; Keller, F. & Guglielmelli, E. (2012). A mechatronic platform for behavioral analysis of non human primates  

Topics: The official journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (ISPN) was founded in 1972 as Child's Brain. Since January 1985, the journal has been published by Springer. The new official journal, Child's Nervous System (CNS), although primarily devoted to pediatric neurosurgery, has been expanded to encompass all aspects of the pediatric neurosciences: development and growth, degenerative disorders, hereditary diseases, neurology, neuro-oncology, neurophysiology and trauma. The format of the papers published in CNS vary according to the specific goals of the authors. Original Papers report the results of laboratory or clinical studies. Technical Notes introduce new surgical modalities or variants of existing techniques. Case Reports describe unusual or rare clinical experiences. Brief Communications offer authors the opportunity to publish focused papers aimed at illustrating specific, significant, personal experiences or at anticipating important preliminary results of ongoing research. Case-Based Update papers aim to review the current management of a specific nosographic entity on the basis of a sample clinical case. On the other hand, Case for Discussion papers deal with cases that pose problems in terms of physiopathogenetic interpretation or treatment options. These papers will be discussed and commented on by experts selected by the journal. Review papers offer exhaustive information on a given subject. The Editor will invite experts in the various fields of neuroscience to publish Invited Papers.
Original manuscripts are given priority for publication; the same applies to Brief Communications. Individual case reports are welcome but, if accepted for publication, the "lag-time" before appearance in print may well exceed 7 months from the time the final manuscript is received by the appropriate geographic editor until the time it is published. However, faster publication is possible for individual case reports that may generate discussion (Case for Discussion papers) or that provide an update on the status quo of a rare subject (Case-Based Update papers). A given issue may contain assigned and submitted critiques of current and previously published papers, book reviews, and letters to the editor. Suggestions regarding ways to improve Child's Nervous System are both solicited and welcome.

DEMENTIA (IF 0.911, 2014)

Topics: Dementia is an international peer reviewed journal that acts as a major forum for social research of direct relevance to improving the quality of life and quality of care for people with dementia and their families. For the first time an international research journal is available for academics and practitioners that has as its primary paradigm the lived experience of dementia. This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) 


Topics: The tremendous technological advance of experimental methods in neurobiology over recent years has generated extensive data sets about the activities of many neurons in parallel. These data describe collective neuronal processing to a level of detail that only several years ago would have been considered impossible by many researchers. We now have the ability to do multielectrode recordings of extracellular spiking from over a hundred neurons in parallel; further, two-photon microscopy allows parallel intracellular calcium imaging of even hundreds of neurons. The leading labs presently strive to bring these techniques into behaving animal research and to further increase the number of recorded single cells - and even cellular compartments.
These developments pose an enormous challenge to theoretical neuroscientists. On the one hand more efficient data analysis methods are required to harvest the full potential of these recordings. On the other hand these data allow a new way of envisioning and validating computational models of neural systems. The networks in the brain now are understood to evolve from an abstract computational entity to experimentally tractable dynamical systems. The possible implications of this are significant, potentially slowly closing the gap between microcircuits and large scale signals as EEG or MRI.
Network: Computation in Neural Systems aims to publish theoretical neuroscience research that is driven by experimental data, with a particular focus on such new technologies. Papers are welcome from both the data analysis and the biologically motivated modeling perspective.
The articles should rest on a solid mathematical background and be accessible to neurobiologists, psychologists and cognitive scientists.


Topics: Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience is focused on synthesizing multiple facets of brain structure and function to understand how multiple diverse functions are integrated to produce complex behaviors. Our goal is to publish research related to furthering the understanding of the integrative mechanisms underlying brain functioning across one or more interacting levels of neural organization. In most real life experiences, sensory inputs from several modalities converge and interact in a manner that influences perception and behavior. The journal is therefore focused on the primary questions of how multiple sensory, cognitive and emotional processes merge to produce coordinated complex behavior. It is questions such as this that cannot be answered at a single level – an ion channel, a neuron or a synapse – that we wish to focus on. In Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience we welcome in vitro or in vivo investigations across the molecular, cellular, and systems and behavioral level. Research in any species and at any stage of development and aging that are focused at understanding integration mechanisms underlying emergent properties of the brain and behavior are welcome.


Topics: An international, peer-reviewed, open access journal focusing on the identification of brain structures and measurement of  neural activity related to behaviour, behavioural predictions, and decision making in health and disease. 


Topics: The section aims at publishing important theoretical and empirical contributions to the understanding of animal and human decision making. Decision Neuroscience is the convergence of neuroscience and decision sciences, such as psychology, economics and statistics. It spans a large range of sub-disciplines including, among others, animal neurophysiology, computational neuroscience, affective science, behavioral neuroscience, social neuroscience, game theory, behavioral decision making, behavioral economics, neuroeconomics, neurology and psychiatry. All of these sub-disciplines investigate how decision makers acquire perceptual or other information about decision options in a social or non-social context, and further process this information to obtain different kinds of rewards. Over the last 10 years, decision neuroscience has been growing at an exponential rate. We will provide a forum for research spanning all areas of decision neuroscience in all animal species, including humans, using a research approach such as 1) behavioral, brain stimulation, functional neuroimaging, EEG, MEG, neurobiological and pharmacological experiments; and 2) lesion, structural neuroimaging, genetic and computational studies.

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