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Brain imaging has radically changed our approach to the assessment of brain structure and function - and also to structural alterations and dysfunction in a disease-related context. Neuroimaging helps to understand how the brain and the other parts of the nervous system work and what structural or functional alterations may be associated with a given clinical presentation of a disease or medical condition. This aspect of clinico-radiological correlations needs to be addressed both in a clinical and in a neuroscientific approach. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is one of the core elements within the differential diagnostic work-up of patients with neurological and psychiatric diseases. Advanced MRI-based analyses are not yet routinely used for individual diagnosis at a broader scope but are increasingly applied to the assessment of pathology in human and animal neural system as `computer-based (patho)neuroanatomy`.
Applied Neuroimaging pushes the additional value of neuroimaging, with a focus on MRI, with respect to the potential use as a diagnostic tool, a technical biological marker or an approach to the function of the working nervous system, including but not limited to volumetry/morphometry of 3-D MRI, diffusion-weighted imaging, and intrinsic and task-based functional connectivity MRI (ifc MRI), connectome mapping, and further techniques. Also, clinical work issues like cost-effectiveness of using different imaging as a diagnostic tool may be addressed. However, Applied Neuroimaging is of course not restricted to MRI but also includes electrical and magnetic recordings, positron emission tomography, and optical imaging techniques. Multimodal studies are encouraged.
Applied Neuroimaging welcomes submissions on the application of mono– or multimodal neuroimaging to neurological or psychiatric diseases. Applied Neuroimaging will also publish didactic reviews, and has a strong commitment to the reproducibility of science as well as education in the field of neuroimaging.
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Applied Neuroimaging welcomes submissions of the following article types: Brief Research Report, Case Report, Clinical Study Protocol, Clinical Trial, Correction, Editorial, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Policy and Practice Reviews, Review and Systematic Review.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Applied Neuroimaging, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Applied Neuroimaging 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 Neurology.