The primary mission of Behavioral Neuroscience is to publish original research papers in the broad field of the biological bases of behavior. Occasional review articles and theoretical papers are also acceptable for publication if they are judged to make original and important conceptual contributions to the field. Studies covering the entire range of relevant biological and neural sciences, for example, anatomy, chemistry, physiology, endocrinology, and pharmacology, are considered so long as behavioral variables are measured or manipulated or if the work has clear relevance to behavior. Studies on the genetic, evolutionary, and developmental aspects of behavior are also appropriate, as are behavioral studies, if they have clear implications for biological processes or mechanisms. Single-experiment papers are deemed just as acceptable as multiple-experiment papers. Good experimental design, controls and procedures importance or significance, and proper scholarship are the major criteria. The journal also publishes a "Brief Communications" section. Papers for this section should be so labeled and must not exceed 3,250 words of text, with no more than two figures and/or tables. The journal will also occasionally publish "Technical Comments" concerning research papers it has previously published, as well as responses by the authors. These must not exceed 800 words.
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