The 2nd most cited open-access journal in Endocrinology & Metabolism
Reproduction is a specialty which encompasses a wide area of modern Physiology and Endocrinology. It includes the production and function of the male and female gametes and their roles in fertility and contraception, as well as the synthesis, transport and effects of the various hormones and growth factors generated by the reproductive organs. It captures the development of the embryo and fetus from conception to birth, as well as the differentiation of gonads and gonadal dependent physiology from infancy, through puberty, and into old age. It includes normal and abnormal reproductive cycles, pregnancy and lactation, their pathologies and treatments.
Methodologically, the field of reproduction is best served by an interdisciplinary approach, capturing modern systems biology, with proteomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics, as well as genetics, and including more traditional molecular, cell biological, physiological, and behavioural techniques. Reproductive endocrinology addresses circulatory, paracrine and autocrine impacts and involves hormone transport, receptor interaction and intracellular signalling. There are also significant overlaps with the neuroendocrine and immune systems. Increasingly, epidemiological studies are becoming important to investigate more subtle aspects of reproduction and its pathologies in the context of larger populations, for example in regard to lifestyle or environmental impacts. Whilst human reproduction is of obvious importance, studies on relevant animal models, on commercially valuable species, on companion animals, as well as on wildlife species can be equally important.
With this new journal section we want to emphasize particularly those studies and ideas which integrate, rather than fragment new information, and which from a basic or a clinical perspective can project translational potential, for example, in the better management of infertility or in fertility preservation.
This is a large field of research in which the only limiting factors will be quality, relevance, and innovation. This new specialty section on Reproduction welcomes original research articles, short rapid communications of particularly exciting findings, reviews, commentaries and hypotheses, following the criteria well established by the Frontiers journals.
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PMCID: all published articles receive a PMCID
Reproduction welcomes submissions of the following article types: Addendum, Brief Research Report, Case Report, Clinical Study Protocol, Clinical Trial, Correction, Editorial, Erratum, General Commentary, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Policy and Practice Reviews, Protocols, Review, Systematic Review and Technology Report.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Reproduction, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Reproduction will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering 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 Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing 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 Endocrinology and Physiology.