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Specialty Chief Editor/s:  Stefan Borgwardt, University of Basel, Switzerland

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Mission Statement

Neuropsychiatric Imaging and Stimulation is a specialty section of Frontiers in Psychiatry.

The section aims at publishing important theoretical, methodological, empirical and clinical contributions to the understanding of the pathophysiology of neuropsychiatric diseases and their treatments. This Specialty Section spans a large range of sub-disciplines including cognitive neuroscience, social neuroscience, clinical psychiatry, neurology and neuropsychiatry and animal research.

Over the last decades, recent advances in neuroimaging led to promising perspectives in the field of psychiatry. This progress of translational research allowed identification of neural structurs, function, circuits, connectivity and modulation associated with neuropsychiatric disorders and its early manifestations associated with increased risk for illness, even before the onset of psychopathological, cognitive and behavioral abnormalities. We will provide a forum for basic and human research that investigates the dynamic interplay among brain regions to understand cognitive, emotional or behavioral regulation using neuroimaging techniques (structural imaging, functional neuroimaging, MRI, fMRI, DTI, EEG, MEG) and/or brain stimulation modalities (noninvasive and invasive techniques, and technologies that alter brain function through the use of electrical, magnetic, radiowave, or focally targeted pharmacologic stimulation). A special focus of the Specialty Section is to cover a wide range of scientific areas, methods and approaches that aim to integrate basic research with clinical practice and to develop more effective pharmacological and psychological treatments. Moreover, the scope of this Specialty section includes ‚bench to bedside’ and clinical applications and provides a forum of all areas of translational psychiatry and neuroscience using any research approach.

Neuropsychiatric Imaging and Stimulation welcomes submissions of the following tier 1 articles: Book Review, Clinical Case Study, Clinical Trial, Data Report, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis & Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge and Technology Report.

All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Neuropsychiatric Imaging and Stimulation, where they are peer reviewed by the associate and review editors of the specialty section.

Articles published in the section Neuropsychiatric Imaging and Stimulation will be subject to the Frontiers evaluation system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a prestigious Frontiers Focused Review - a tier 2 article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Psychiatry.

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Specialty Chief Editor/s:  Stefan Borgwardt, University of Basel, Switzerland

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