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Birds exhibit inclusive unique biological systems allowing flight, homeothermy, migration and in ovo development. The systems encompass, for instance, circadian biology, magneto-reception, metabolic control systems with set-points of elevated circulating glucose concentrations (compared to mammals), multiple color reception, neural regeneration nucleated erythrocytes, seasonal breeding, a series of genes lost or retained compared to reptiles and mammals and a single ovary/oviduct. It should be noted that wild birds live in diverse environments ranging from tropic rainforest, hot deserts, temperate zone, and the marine environment (except for the requirement of nesting on ocean islands) with birds (penguins) being the only land homeotherms in Antarctica.
Avian physiology includes research on wild species of birds together with poultry. There are almost 10,000 species of wild birds, and many avian species are threatened with extinction. Poultry contribute much to human wellbeing; being now the number one provider of animal protein. Selection in poultry has led to over 4 fold increases in growth rate (in broiler chickens) and high rates of egg production (>200 eggs per year). The assumption is that the systems biology of wild birds will be very similar while poultry are different due to domestication and genetic selection. It is recognized that frequently there is much that physiologists using poultry can learn from those using wild birds and vice versa. Moreover, the physiology of birds provides insights for biomedical researchers.
Under the umbrella of Frontiers in Physiology, the speciality section Avian Physiology will consider, but will not limit itself to, papers in the following areas: behavioral physiology, circadian physiology, developmental physiology, ecophysiology, environmental physiology, evolutionary physiology, metabolic physiology, nutritional physiology, organ system physiology (central nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine, gastro-intestinal, immune, muscular, renal, reproductive, respiratory, and sensory physiology), pathophysiology, stress physiology, systems biology and toxicology.
In addition, the goal is to publish papers that are at the interface of physiology and genomics, metabolomics or microbiomics and to encourage cross-disciplinary research, always focused on avian physiology.
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Avian Physiology welcomes submissions of the following article types: Book Review, Brief Research Report, Case Report, Correction, Data Report, Editorial, 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 Avian Physiology, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Avian Physiology 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 Physiology.