Behavioural pharmacologists study the mechanisms by which drugs, and increasingly genomic and other manipulations, influence the ways in which organisms move through and interact with their external world. The fact that the brain is located within a body is generally considered an inconvenience to be circumvented, as, for example, when care is taken to confirm that experimental results are not caused by sensory or motor impairments or that they arise from a central rather than a peripheral site of drug action. However, there is a class of phenomena where, far from being irrelevant, interactions between the brain and the body are the main focus of the enquiry. Prime examples are pain and the so-called gut–brain axis. These phenomena are the subject of this Special Issue of Behavioural Pharmacology.
We now invite the submission of articles dealing with any aspect of Behavioural Pharmacology that relates to signalling processes through which the brain either senses or controls internal states. Suitable topics could include pain; hunger/satiety and the gut microbiome; and other phenomena (e.g. heart-rate variation; blood-borne inflammatory mediators) where the primary focus is the internal, rather than the external world. We would welcome the submission of both reports of original, unpublished empirical studies, and review papers.
If you are considering preparing a paper for potential inclusion in the Special Issue, we would appreciate it if you could email one of the editors to let us know. This is particularly helpful for review articles: the Special Issue may include a number of invited reviews; thus, potential reviews should be discussed with the Editors at an early stage to avoid duplication. Please ask one of the Editors if you are uncertain whether a report of your research would be suitable for inclusion.
All papers should be submitted online at http://www.editorialmanager.com/bpharm. Papers will be published online as soon as they are accepted. Contributors are urged to submit as early as possible and should in any case aim to do so before the end of June 2017. Later submissions might be accepted, but the later your submission is received, the higher the likelihood that it may miss the publication deadline. We guarantee, however, that any submission that meets quality standards but is accepted too late for inclusion in the Special Issue will be published as soon as possible thereafter.
Paul Willner (Editor)
Jack Bergman (Associate Editor)
Louk Vanderschuren (Associate Editor)
Bart Ellenbroek (Reviews Editor)