The Frontiers in Neuroscience journal series is the 1st most cited in Neurosciences
The principles of natural and sexual selection, developed by Darwin and his successors, provide a theoretical framework which can be used to explore and understand every aspect of brain function, from the most basic investigations of neural activity, to investigations of social and metacognitive processes. This specialty section is devoted to understanding the function and anatomy of the brain, which publishes theoretical and empirical manuscripts on the study of the mind, brain, and behavior from an evolutionary perspective. Social and Evolutionary Neuroscience covers all topics related to understanding the brain, including: human social behavior – such as aggression, cooperation, emotion, kinship, mating and mate preferences;– fundamental questions about the nature of the nervous system – such as the degree to which behavioral, cognitive, and neural modularity exists (e.g., domain specificity versus domain general processing); heritability and variations (species, regional, cultural, ethnic, and individual) in intellectual, social, and personality characteristics; and ancestral neural states. This specialty section seeks to bridge social and natural sciences by publishing research from any field that is devoted to the understanding of the brain and cognition through an evolutionary framework. This specialty section welcomes both theoretical and empirical contributions guided by an evolutionary framework that use myriad methodologies in any domain of brain science, from clinical research to cognitive science, from perception to consciousness, from imaging studies to human factors, from animal, from molecular biology to genetics. The criteria for publication are the quality of the work and the extent to which work advances understanding of evolutionary neuroscience.
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Social and Evolutionary Neuroscience welcomes submissions of the following article types: Book Review, Conceptual Analysis, Correction, Data Report, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Protocols, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge, Systematic Review and Technology Report.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Social and Evolutionary Neuroscience, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Social and Evolutionary Neuroscience 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.