The Journal of Neuroscience

The Journal of Neuroscience  
Discipline Neuroscience
Language English
Edited by Marina Picciotto
Publication details
Publication history
Society for Neuroscience (United States)
Frequency Weekly
Standard abbreviations
J. Neurosci.
ISSN 0270-6474 (print)
1529-2401 (web)
LCCN 81640907
OCLC no. 476317794

The Journal of Neuroscience is a weekly peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the Society for Neuroscience. It covers empirical research on all aspects of neuroscience. Its editor-in-chief is Marina Picciotto (Yale University). According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal had a 2014 impact factor of 6.344 and an Eigenfactor of 0.413, which is almost twice as high as the next highest neuroscience journal.[1]


The journal was established in 1981 and issues appeared monthly; as its popularity grew it switched to a biweekly schedule in 1996 and then to a weekly in July, 2003.


Main themes

Articles appear within one of the following five sections of the journal:

  • Cellular/Molecular
  • Development/Plasticity/Repair
  • Systems/Circuits
  • Behavioral/Cognitive
  • Neurobiology of Disease

The journal has revised its sections over the years. In 2004, it added the Neurobiology of Disease section due to the growing number of papers on this subject. In January 2013, the journal split the section Behavioral/Systems/Cognitive into two sections, Systems/Circuits and Behavioral/Cognitive, in order to make the sections of the journal approximately the same in size.[2]


In addition, some issues of the journal contain articles in the following sections:

  • Brief Communications
  • Journal Club (brief reviews of articles that appeared in the Journal; written by graduate students or postdoctoral fellows; first published in September, 2005)


  1. "The Journal of Neuroscience". 2013 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2014.
  2. Maunsell, John (2013). "New Journal Sections". The Journal of Neuroscience. 33 (1): 1.
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