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The section publishes major clinical and basic research findings in the field of neuro-otology. We especially welcome papers with an interdisciplinary focus on subjects that bridge the areas of neurology, neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, vestibular and audiological research. Apart from cerebellar and brainstem disorders, high-priority subjects will include a) peripheral vestibular disorders such as benign paroxysmal positioning vertigo, Menière’s disease, vestibular neuritis, bilateral vestibulopathy, vestibular paroxysmia and perilymph fistula; b) hearing problems and tinnitus; c) central vestibular disorders such as vestibular migraine, downbeat and upbeat nystagmus syndrome, other forms of central nystagmus and episodic ataxias; and d) psychogenic and somatoform forms of vertigo such as phobic postural vertigo.
Complementary areas of interest are:
- the anatomy, physiology, molecular biology and genetics of the peripheral and central vestibular, and audiological as well as related ocular motor and cerebellar systems in humans;
- the pathophysiology and pathological anatomy of these systems;
- animal models of the relevant disorders;
- structural and functional imaging with fMRI and PET for new insights into how the vestibular and other sensory systems interact;
- clinical and laboratory examinations of the vestibular, ocular motor and audiological systems;
- diagnostic criteria of the different vestibular and audiological syndromes as well as related balance and gait disorders;
- pilot studies and treatment trials for physiotherapy, pharmacotherapy and psychological and surgical therapy for neuro-otological disorders;
- epidemiology, quality of life and functioning in patients with vertigo, dizziness and balance or gait disorders.
In particular, interdisciplinary studies can advance our basic and clinical knowledge of vertigo, dizziness, imbalance and gait disorders as well as hearing problems, and also inspire in-depth research to further elucidate the complicated interactions between the nervous system and the auditory/vestibular systems.
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Neuro-Otology welcomes submissions of the following article types: Brief Research Report, Case Report, Clinical Trial, Correction, Editorial, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Policy and Practice Reviews, Review, Study Protocol and Systematic Review.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Neuro-Otology, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Neuro-Otology 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.
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