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Specialty Chief Editor/s:  Egidio D‘Angelo, University of Pavia, Italy
Christian Hansel, Erasmus Medical Center, Netherlands

Short Name: Front. Cell. Neurosci.

Abbreviation: FNCEL

Electronic ISSN: 1662-5102

NLM Id: 101477935

Indexed in: PubMed, PubMed Central, Scopus, Web of Science, Google Scholar, DOAJ, CrossRef, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), EMBASE, as well as being searchable via the Web of Knowledge

PMCID: all published articles receive a PMCID

Impact Factor: 4.2

Mission Statement

Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience is a specialty journal of the "Frontiers in" journal series.

Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience is a first-tier electronic 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/cellualr physiology and integrative neuroscience, so as to understand the impact of cellular/moleular 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. Our journal also publishes 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.

Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience welcomes submissions of the following tier 1 articles: Book Review, 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 Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, where they are peer reviewed by the associate and review editors of the specialty journal.

Articles published in Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience 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 the 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 Neurology, Neuroscience and Physiology.

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Specialty Chief Editor/s:  Egidio D‘Angelo, University of Pavia, Italy
Christian Hansel, Erasmus Medical Center, Netherlands

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