The purpose of this communication is to alert behavioural neuroscientists to a splendid opportunity to expand the readership of their research by encouraging them to submit their manuscripts to a high profile journal with a long tradition of excellence: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. Proc. R. Soc. B is the Royal Society's primary research journal in the biological sciences and is best known for its formidable reputation in the areas of ecology, evolution and behaviour. In recent years, the behavioural work published by the journal has focused on two of the classic sub-areas of ethology as outlined by Niko Tinbergen, namely the evolution of behaviour and its functional significance. With this editorial, we wish to make explicit the journal's welcoming attitude towards papers that take a more mechanistic or developmental approach to behaviour. Authors whose work relates to the biological bases of behaviour, particularly to behavioural neuroscience, are encouraged to consider Proc. R. Soc. B.
Exciting advances in the area of behavioural neuroscience are coming rapidly and their connections to the traditional foci of Proc. R. Soc. B are clear and important. Hence, we are seeking submissions from the full range of disciplines currently known as the neurosciences, particularly those with the goal of illuminating the neural or cognitive mechanisms underlying behaviour. Studies might employ techniques from neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, neuroendocrinology or neuroethology such as brain imaging, knockouts, transgenics, viral vectors, RNAi and computer simulations.
We hope especially to attract studies from behavioural neuroscientists who explicitly relate their findings to important issues in ecology, evolution, behaviour and organismal biology. Examples of how such connections might be made include perception and sensation as they relate to mate choice, biological rhythms as they relate to changing climate, brain imaging as it relates to cognitive ecology, and learning and memory as they relate to efficient utilization of dynamically changing resources. Other examples include behavioural neuroendocrinology as it relates to issues of sex, gender, and the development of alternative phenotypes, neuro-immunology as it relates to disease ecology and life-history trade-offs, and stress biology as it relates to systems level responses to environmental stressors. However, we would like to emphasize that so long as the neuroscience relates to behaviour, we would like to consider your submission.
For new authors from the field of behavioural neuroscience, there are many reasons for choosing to submit to Proc. R. Soc. B. Articles are rapidly screened by an expert board member and sent for review only if they are deemed to be of the highest quality, saving authors valuable time if the fit is not appropriate. Decisions on articles are made swiftly, and articles are published rapidly, appearing quickly online and soon thereafter in print (e.g. see a recent editorial from the editor-in-chief for details (Hill 2006). All online content published since 1997 is freely available after one year, and authors have the opportunity to ensure immediate free access for a fee. The journal energetically promotes its content to the media and is subscribed to by institutions worldwide because of its tradition of excellence and the broad appeal of its articles. Finally, owing to the long history of the Royal Society and its commitment to perpetual access, authors can feel confident that their research findings will be available not only quickly but also in perpetuity.
If you are a behavioural neuroscientist considering Proc. R. Soc. B for the first time, we welcome your work. If you are an author or a reader in another area, we hope you will be pleased to see the horizon of our journal extended to include exciting new findings in the area of behavioural neuroscience.
- © 2006 The Royal Society