Special Issues

Brain Sciences runs special issues to create collections of papers on specific topics. The aim is to build a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors who are experts in the subject and oversee the editorial process for papers. Papers published in a Special Issue will be collected together on a dedicated page of the journal website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Covid-19 Short, Mid and Long-Term Effects of Sleeping with the Enemy: COVID-19 and Its Aftermath submission deadline 1 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: COVID-19; Sleep; sleep disorders; insomnia; lockdown; social support; survey; dreams; nightmares; ethnicity; economic status; shift work; physical activity; comorbidities; depression; anxiety; treatment; COMISA; sleep deprivation  
(This special issue belongs to the Section Behavioral Neuroscience)
The Role of the Sensorimotor System in Cognitive Functions
edited by
submission deadline 1 Dec 2021 | 6 articles
Keywords: Action; Biological and non-biological motion perception; Cognitive functions; Sensorimotor system; Space coding; Attention; Speech and language; Affordances; Memory; Imagery
(This special issue belongs to the Section Behavioral Neuroscience)
Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders: The SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic Implications
edited by
submission deadline 5 Dec 2021 | 5 articles
Keywords: COVID-19; Autism; Surveys; Children; Adults
(This special issue belongs to the Section Developmental Neuroscience)
Modern Bioelectromagnetism Methods for Optimizing Diagnosis and Therapy in Epilepsy submission deadline 5 Dec 2021 | 2 articles
Keywords: EEG; MEG; functional mapping; epilepsy surgery; non-invasive brain stimulation; TMS; TES
(This special issue belongs to the Section Neurotechnology and Neuroimaging)
Frontiers in Biomarkers of Brain Injury
edited by
submission deadline 5 Dec 2021 | 3 articles
Keywords: traumatic brain injury; hypoxic-ischemic brain injury; Alzheimer’ s disease; spinal cord injury; cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers; blood biomarkers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Neurorehabilitation)
COVID-19, Parkinson’s Disease and Other Neurodegenerative Disorders
edited by and
submission deadline 5 Dec 2021 | 2 articles
Keywords: Parkinson’ s disease; neurodegenerative diseases; movement disorders; COVID-19; post-COVID-19; SARS-CoV-19; provision of care; telemedicine
(This special issue belongs to the Section Environmental Neuroscience)
Prenatal and Postnatal Neuronal Migration: Effects on Brain Development and Function
edited by Emi Takahashi
submission deadline 10 Dec 2021
Keywords: brain; development; neuronal migration; connectivity; mind
(This special issue belongs to the Section Developmental Neuroscience)
Mindfulness, Interoception, and the Body
edited by and Jennifer Todd
submission deadline 10 Dec 2021 | 2 articles
Keywords: Interoception; Mindfulness; Meditation; Body awareness; Wellbeing; Insula; Emotional awareness
(This special issue belongs to the Section Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience)
Neuroprotection and Oxidative Distress submission deadline 10 Dec 2021 | 6 articles
Keywords: ROS; mitochondria; antioxidant; neuroprotection; neurodegeneration; brain; neurological disease; oxidative stress
(This special issue belongs to the Section Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience)
Early Recognition of Alzheimer´s Disease submission deadline 10 Dec 2021 | 3 articles
Keywords: mild cognitive impairment; cognitive reserve; early recognition; risk factors; Alzheimer´ s disease
(This special issue belongs to the Section Neurodegenerative Diseases)
Sustainable Interventions for Improving Standards of Care in Neurology
edited by and
submission deadline 10 Dec 2021 | 4 articles
Keywords: Value-based healthcare; Patient-centred care; Multidisciplinary care; Health-related quality of life (HRQoL); Quality of care; Burden of disease; Comparative effectiveness; Health systems research; Acute care; Neurorehabilitation; Secondary prevention; Clinical outcomes; Cognitive rehabilitation; Motor rehabilitation; Pharmacological intervention; Artificial intelligence; Patient-reported/subjective outcomes
Stroke 2021: Recent Advances in Stroke Neuroprotection and Repair
edited by Arieh Solomon
submission deadline 10 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: pathology; stroke; cognitive impairment; severe functional disability
(This special issue belongs to the Section Neurodegenerative Diseases)
Hypothalamus, Neuropeptides and Socioemotional Behavior
edited by
submission deadline 12 Dec 2021 | 4 articles
Keywords: hypothalamus; neuropeptides; neuroimaging; oxytocin; vasopressin; emotion regulation; social cognition; social interaction; affiliative behavior; socioemotional disorders
(This special issue belongs to the Section Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience)
Advances in Parkinsonian Syndromes
edited by Gesine Respondek and
submission deadline 15 Dec 2021 | 7 articles
Keywords: parkinsonian syndromes; neurodegeneration; biomarker; natural history; differential diagnosis; progression trajectories
Gait Pathology in Multiple Sclerosis: Functional Assessments and Therapeutic Interventions
edited by and Björn Zörner
submission deadline 15 Dec 2021 | 5 articles
Keywords: Gait dysfunction; Multiple sclerosis; Functional assessment; Treatments; Neurorehabilitation; Neural movement control
(This special issue belongs to the Section Neuromuscular and Movement Disorders)
Role of Blood-Brain Barrier Dysfunction in Inflammatory Injury to the CNS
edited by
submission deadline 15 Dec 2021
Keywords: neuroinflammation; blood-brain barrier dysfunction; neurovascular unit pathology; CNS endothelial dysfunction; CNS leukocyte/endothelial interactions; CNS microvascular pathology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Neuropathology)
The Modulatory Role of Non-invasive Brain Stimulation Techniques on Cognitive Functions: Hints from Significant and Null Results
edited by Leonor J Romero Lauro
submission deadline 15 Dec 2021 | 2 articles
Keywords: NIBS; cognitive functions; behavioral effects; null effects
(This special issue belongs to the Section Neurotechnology and Neuroimaging)
Applications of Neurotechnologies in People with Walking Disabilities
edited by José M. Azorín, Mario Ortiz García and Eduardo Iáñez Martínez
submission deadline 15 Dec 2021 | 4 articles
Keywords: pathological gait; neurotechnologies; lower-limb exoskeletons and neuroprosthetics; brain– machine interfaces; neural stimulation; neurorehabilitation and assistance; electromyography
Advancing the Role of Neuroimmunity and Genetic Susceptibility in Gulf War Illness - Series II
edited by James O'Callaghan and
submission deadline 20 Dec 2021 | 5 articles
Keywords: Gulf War Illness; Neurotoxicology; Genetic Susceptibility; Neuroinflammation
Substance Use Disorders in Child Psychiatry: Latest Research in Risk, Prevention and Treatment
edited by Iliyan S. Ivanov
submission deadline 20 Dec 2021
Keywords: adolescent SUD; risk factors; neuroimaging; neurophysiology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Psychiatric Diseases)
Insights into Higher Brain Functions from Language Processing in the Brain
edited by
submission deadline 20 Dec 2021
Keywords: human cognition; brain functions; brain imaging; brain stimulation; brain models
(This special issue belongs to the Section Behavioral Neuroscience)
Anxiety and Learning submission deadline 20 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: Psychology; Education; Psychiatry; Learning; Emotion; Motivation; Affective Neuroscience; Educational Neuroscience; Anxiety; Anxiety Disorders; Psychotherapy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Educational Neuroscience)
Sexual Differences in Addictions and Dual Disorders: Importance in Gender Perspective
edited by Fernando Rodriguez de Fonseca, and
submission deadline 25 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: sexual differences; addiction; dual disorder; gender differences; neurosciences
(This special issue belongs to the Section Psychiatric Diseases)
The Brain Imaging Replication Crisis
edited by
submission deadline 30 Dec 2021
Keywords: brain imaging; replication crisis; reproducibility; irreplicable results; open science; evidence-based medicine; publication bias; academic incentives; p-hacking; HARKing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Neurotechnology and Neuroimaging)
Advances in the Study of Cortical Excitability, Connectivity and Plasticity by Using TMS-EEG and Other Neurophysiological Techniques
edited by , , and Lorenzo Rocchi
submission deadline 30 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: Cortical excitability; Cortical connectivity; Cortical plasticity; TMS; HdEEG; TMS-EEG; tACS; tDCS; MEG; Neurophysiological techniques
(This special issue belongs to the Section Neurotechnology and Neuroimaging)
Neural Plasticity in Tinnitus Mechanisms submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: Neural mechanisms of tinnitus; Neuromodulators in tinnitus; Neural plasticity in tinnitus; Functional imaging in tinnitus; Bimodal interactions in tinnitus
(This special issue belongs to the Section Systems Neuroscience)
Brain Creativity, Personality, and Individual Differences in Life-Span submission deadline 31 Dec 2021
Keywords: personality; cognitive styles; individual differences; creativity; creative process and creative product; divergent and convergent thinking; arts and performance; lifespan; development; gender
(This special issue belongs to the Section Behavioral Neuroscience)
Selected Papers from the 2nd International Electronic Conference on Brain Sciences
edited by Evanthia Bernitsas
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: Clinical neuroscience; Cognitive neuroscience; Systems neuroscience; Molecular and cellular neuroscience; Developmental neuroscience; Behavioral neuroscience; Environmental neuroscience
Clinical Usefulness of Research on Disorders of Consciousness
edited by Cristina Rosazza and
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 5 articles
Keywords: Disorders of Consciousness; Consciousness; Clinical assessment; Diagnosis; Prognosis; Treatment; Brain Imaging; Neurophysiological techniques
(This special issue belongs to the Section Behavioral Neuroscience)
Emerging Treatments for Patients with Disorders of Consciousness submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 2 articles
Keywords: severe brain injury; consciousness; coma; vegetative state; unresponsive wakefulness syndrome; minimally conscious state; treatment
(This special issue belongs to the Section Behavioral Neuroscience)
From the Brain to Clinical Practice: Bridging the Gap between Psychotherapy Research and Affective Neuroscience
edited by Irene Messina
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021
Keywords: psychotherapy; clinical implications; clinically relevant phenomena; integration; translational neuroscience
(This special issue belongs to the Section Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience)
Epidemiology of ASD Services: Unmet Need, Barriers and Innovative Solutions submission deadline 31 Dec 2021
Keywords: Prevalence; Diagnosis protocols; Treatment and intervention; Transition to adulthood; Health; social and education services integration; Assessment and Management of psychiatric co-morbidity; Social and or disparity factors
(This special issue belongs to the Section Developmental Neuroscience)
Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Brain Aging submission deadline 31 Dec 2021
Keywords: neuronal death; neuronal dysfunction; neuroinflammation; astrocytes; microglia; brain vasculature; gene expression; protein folding and trafficking; cell signaling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience)
COVID-19 and Psychotherapeutic Advances in Mental Health Access, Delivery, and Treatment
edited by
submission deadline 5 Jan 2022 | 4 articles
Keywords: COVID-19; mental health; psychotherapeutics; psychopharmacology; mood disorders; major depressive disorder; bipolar disorder; psychiatry; cognition; comorbidity; access; delivery; treatment; digital; telehealth; health; wellbeing; brain; neuroscience; clinical; function; pandemic; wellness
(This special issue belongs to the Section Psychiatric Diseases)
Frontiers in Underlying Mechanisms of Neuromuscular Function
edited by
submission deadline 5 Jan 2022
Keywords: electrophysiology; electromyography; neuromuscular junction; peripheral neurons; neuromuscular diseases; balance; mobility; motor neurons; central nervous system; neuronal firing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Systems Neuroscience)
Advances in Neural Basis of Infant Information Processing submission deadline 5 Jan 2022
Keywords: Infant Information processing; Infant cognition; Neural basis of brain and behavior; EEG; fMRI; NIR; Developmental Disability
(This special issue belongs to the Section Developmental Neuroscience)
The Brain Goes to School
edited by
submission deadline 6 Jan 2022
Keywords: neuroeducation; educational neuroscience; brain-based learning; neuroplasticity; critical periods; learning
(This special issue belongs to the Section Educational Neuroscience)
Evaluation and Management of Movement Disorder
edited by
submission deadline 10 Jan 2022 | 5 articles
Keywords: motor learning; neurorehabilitation; non-invasive brain stimulation; robotic training; assistive device; interpersonal interaction; sense of self; hyperadaptation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Neuromuscular and Movement Disorders)
Advances in Brain Circuits and Sensory Information: Chronic Visceral Pain
edited by
submission deadline 15 Jan 2022 | 1 articles
Keywords: chronic visceral pain; spinal cord; neuropharmacology; cross-organ sensitization; brain– gut axis; central sensitization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Systems Neuroscience)
Cortical Connectivity Pattern: Neuroimaging Advances with MRI
edited by Xi-Nian Zuo and Hui-Jie Li
submission deadline 15 Jan 2022
Keywords: brain connectivity; development; aging; brain disorder; connectome; reproducibility
(This special issue belongs to the Section Neurotechnology and Neuroimaging)
Early Detection and Early Intervention Strategies for Cerebral Palsy in Low and High Resource Settings
edited by Atul Malhotra, and
submission deadline 15 Jan 2022 | 4 articles
Keywords: Cerebral palsy; Early detection; Physical therapies; Early intervention; Neuroprotection
(This special issue belongs to the Section Developmental Neuroscience)
Endogenous Analgesia: Methodological Aspects and Clinical Application submission deadline 15 Jan 2022 | 1 articles
Keywords: Endogenous analgesia; descending pain inhibition; descending facilitatory system; mechanism-based pain treatment
(This special issue belongs to the Section Neuroscience of Pain)
Vestibular Neurology submission deadline 15 Jan 2022
Keywords: vestibular neuroscience; vertigo; balance disorders; eye movement disorders; dizziness; genetics of balance disorders; immune response in balance disorders
(This special issue belongs to the Section Neurotology and Neuro-ophthalmology)
Frontiers in the Immunology of Brain Tumors
edited by Terry Lichtor
submission deadline 16 Jan 2022 | 2 articles
Keywords: brain tumors; gliomas; immunotherapy; gene therapy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Neuro-oncology)
At the Frontiers of Neurorehabilitation
edited by
submission deadline 20 Jan 2022 | 6 articles
Keywords: neurodevelopmental disorder; CNS trauma; ischemic CNS injury; neurodegenerative disorders; neurorehabilitation; neuroplasticity; personalized therapy; optimization of clinical care; motor learning; cognitive reinforcement; motivational issues; relevant outcome measures; innovative approaches; rehabilitation devices; neuro-prosthetics; brain– computer interfaces; clinical trials for validation; regulatory issues; activities of daily living (ADLs) autonomy; quality of life
(This special issue belongs to the Section Neurorehabilitation)
Uncovering the Interaction between Adaptive Cognitive Control and Internal States
edited by and Bryant Jongkees
submission deadline 20 Jan 2022 | 1 articles
Keywords: cognitive control; neuromodulation; internal states; emotion; affect; interoception; motivation; arousal; engagement; heartrate variability
(This special issue belongs to the Section Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience)
Multidisciplinary Aspects of Sleep Medicine submission deadline 21 Jan 2022 | 3 articles
Keywords: Sleep disorders; Obstructive sleep apnea; Insomnia; Normal sleep physiology; Sleep disorders in oncology; Sleep and pregnancy; Sleep disorders in cardiology; Sleep and cognition; Psychiatry and sleep disorders
(This special issue belongs to the Section Systems Neuroscience)
The Interplay between Cognition and Emotion in PTSD
edited by Jenna Boyd and Anthony Nazarov
submission deadline 25 Jan 2022 | 1 articles
Keywords: post-traumatic stress disorder; trauma; cognitive functioning; emotion; social cognition; functional impairment; neuropsychology; cognitive remediation; neuroimaging; biomarkers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Neuropsychology)
Perceptual Organization from Phenomenology to Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence: Principles, Phenomena, Illusions, and Issues submission deadline 25 Jan 2022 | 1 articles
Keywords: perceptual organization; Artificial Intelligence; illusions; inner principles; paradoxes; consciousness
(This special issue belongs to the Section Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience)
Advances in Sleep and ADHD submission deadline 25 Jan 2022 | 3 articles
Keywords: ADHD; sleep; symptom severity; cognitive performance; neurodevelopment; imaging; brain stimulation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Neuropsychology)
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