Journal of Comparative Neurology

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Impact Factor: 3.266

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 6/162 (Zoology); 6/163 (ZOOLOGY); 102/258 (Neurosciences); 103/259 (NEUROSCIENCES)

Online ISSN: 1096-9861


JCN is a journal devoted to research in systems neuroscience—understanding communication within systems of neurons, and the relationship of these to function, development, plasticity, degeneration, and repair. Molecular, anatomical, physiological, pharmacological, and behavioral methods are used to investigate neuronal systems, giving rise to the journal’s interdisciplinary scope and broad appeal. JCN covers both basic research in systems neurosciences and clinical aspects of neurology, neuropathology, psychiatry, or psychology.

Aims and Scope

Established in 1891, JCN is the oldest continually published basic neuroscience journal. Historically, as the name suggests, the journal focused on a comparison among species to uncover the intricacies of how the brain functions. In modern times, this research is called systems neuroscience where animal models are used to mimic core cognitive processes with the ultimate goal of understanding neural circuits and connections that give rise to behavioral patterns and different neural states.

Research published in JCN covers all species from invertebrates to humans, and the reports inform the readers about the function and organization of nervous systems in species with an emphasis on the way that species adaptations inform about the function or organization of the nervous systems, rather than on their evolution per se.

JCN publishes primary research articles and critical commentaries and review-type articles offering expert insight in to cutting edge research in the field of systems neuroscience; a complete list of contribution types is given in the Author Guidelines. For primary research contributions, only full-length investigative reports are desired; the journal does not accept short communications.

Advantages of Publishing in JCN

Be part of a tradition. Add your name to the list of world-renowned authors who have published in JCN.

Reach a diverse and worldwide audience. JCN is a forum of the highest quality in which to showcase work in the rapidly expanding fields of functional organization of the brain, neuronal plasticity, and the development of the nervous system and is read by neuroscientists, anatomists, physiologists, biochemists, zoologists, and cellular and molecular biologists.

Networking in neuroscience. JCN supports the neuroscience community by participating in transferrable peer review schemes. These networks of journals with overlapping scopes allow fast and easy transfer of manuscripts between participating journals, making the most efficient use of the time and effort invested by authors, reviewers and editors at every stage of the evaluation process. Further details are given on the dedicated Special Features page of the journal website.

High visibility. JCN is available online through Wiley Online Library, a platform that has more than 29 million user sessions per year. JCN articles are regularly featured on the Wiley Neuroscience Twitter and Facebook feeds, and the journal’s content also appears in Wiley Neuroscience eNewsletters and other promotional campaigns. Instructions on how to sign up to the eNewsletter and other content alerts can be found here.


Neuroscientists · Anatomists · Physiologists · Biochemists · Cellular and Molecular Biologists

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