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All animals sleep. Yet, the underlying principles of why we sleep are still unknown. What constitute arousal states? Defining arousal and brain states in neurobiological terms is significant, as changes in arousal are at the core of most neuropsychiatric disorders. The new section of Frontiers aims to increase our understanding of the neuronal underpinnings of sleep and circadian rhythms, two converging biological processes essential for neuronal stability.
All animals sleep. Yet, the underlying principles of why we sleep are still unknown. What constitute arousal states? Defining arousal and brain states in neurobiological terms is significant, as changes in arousal are at the core of most neuropsychiatric disorders. The new section of Frontiers aims to increase our understanding of the neuronal underpinnings of sleep and circadian rhythms, two converging biological processes essential for neuronal stability. The mission of the journal is to accelerate scientific discovery and promote research excellence in this growing field. Sleep and Circadian Rhythms covers all aspects of cellular and circuit mechanisms associated with arousal states and brain oscillations in normal and diseased brains. Studies of feeding, metabolic homeostasis, body temperature, and other physiological functions regulating sleep and arousal will also be welcome. Theory papers dealing with models of how brain oscillations affect behavior will be considered. Other outstanding questions covered by this section include: how does glia regulate circadian rhythms and brain states? What is the impact and relationship between sleep and immune function? How do neuroendocrine systems affect sleep and how do circadian and brain states affect hormone release? How do circadian and sleep processes affect learning, memory and cognitive function?
This new Specialty Section on Sleep and Circadian Rhythms aims to cover exciting developments in this rapidly growing field.
For papers concerning chronobiology, including molecular clock circuitry, animal models, physiology, pathophysiology, behaviour and health, and biological phenomena characterised by endogenous rhythmicity other than circadian (i.e. seasonal, lunar or tidal), please submit your manuscript to Chronobiology, Frontiers in Physiology.
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Sleep and Circadian Rhythms welcomes submissions of the following article types: Brief Research Report, Case Report, Clinical Trial, Community Case Study, Correction, Curriculum, Instruction, and Pedagogy, Data Report, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge, Systematic Review and Technology and Code.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Sleep and Circadian Rhythms, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Sleep and Circadian Rhythms 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 Neuroscience.
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