Human Basic Research & Neuroimaging

A section of Clocks & Sleep (ISSN 2624-5175).

Section Information

This Section of Clocks & Sleep aims to enable the rapid publication of contributions on all aspects of basic human and neuroimaging research related to clocks and sleep. We welcome studies on a broad range of research topics, from molecular mechanisms, metabolism, physiology, neurobiology, cognition, psychology, and behavioral to immunology. Studies may include neuroimaging techniques (M/EEG, MRI, PET, TMS) or any techniques relevant to basic human research. Studies may include healthy participants of any age range as well as patient populations as long as the research focus is on basic regulation of clocks and sleep.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • The molecular and cellular mechanism of clocks and sleep;
  • Systems approaches in chronobiology and sleep;
  • Impact and role of biological rhythms in health and disease;
  • Hormonal and metabolic rhythms;
  • Cognition and neuropsychology
  • Behavioral performance, sleepiness, and/or rhythms;
  • Neuroanatomy and neurobiology of biological rhythms and sleep;
  • Control of gene expression by clock proteins;
  • Information exchange neurons during wakefulness or sleep;
  • Sleep, rhythms, and depression;
  • Immune system, clocks, and sleep;
  • Genetics of clocks and sleep
  • Metabolism, clocks, and sleep
  • methods and standards
  • Sleep, clocks, and public health;
  • Shift work;
  • Neurological diseases and clocks and sleep;
  • Seasonal changes in physiology or cognition;
  • Clocks, sleep, and healthy and pathological aging.


  • metabolism
  • immune system
  • hormones
  • transcription
  • genetics
  • neurobiology
  • systems biology
  • cell biology
  • shift work 
  • cognitive performance 
  • inter-individual differences 

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Special Issues

Following special issues within this section are currently open for submissions:

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