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Announcement of special issue: translational research in behavioural pharmacology

Willner, Paul (Editor); Bergman, Jack (Associate Editor); Vanderschuren, Louk (Associate Editor); Ellenbroek, Bart (Reviews Editor)

doi: 10.1097/FBP.0000000000000520
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For many, if not the majority of our preclinical studies, the perspective is to contribute to understanding and treatment of brain disorders in humans. In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in–and criticism of–the translatability of our findings. To what extent is what we measure in animals informative about what happens in humans? What steps should be taken to improve our experiments, such that their relevance for understanding health and disease in humans is optimized? And it is important to realize that translation can occur in both directions. That is, though we typically discuss how we can translate human research into animal models, it is equally beneficial to develop methodology for research in humans on the basis of work conducted in animals.

In view of these issues, we now invite scientists in the fields of behavioural pharmacology, experimental psychology, behavioural neuroscience and psychiatry, with an active interest in either animal-human or as human-animal translation, to submit reports of original, unpublished empirical studies, for inclusion in the Special Issue. Review articles are particularly welcome, but as the Special Issue may include a number of invited reviews, these should be discussed with the Editors at an early stage to avoid duplication. The Editors welcome correspondence from potential authors, so if you are planning to prepare a article for submission, do please let us know. Also, please ask one of the Editors if you are uncertain whether a report of your research would be suitable for inclusion.

All articles should be submitted online at Contributors are urged to submit as early as possible and should in any case aim to do so before the end of April 2020. 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.

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