Article Types

Research Articles

Research Articles present important new research results including the entire contents of a research project. Research Article submissions based on source data (e.g., large datasets and databases) in specialized or generalist repositories are also encouraged for submission, as well as novel analysis of public datasets.

Research Articles include an abstract, an introduction, methods and results sections, a discussion, and relevant citations. Inclusion of links to data supplements and source data are permitted; see policy. Articles are peer-reviewed.

Perspectives

This category of article serves as a forum in which to disseminate new and original lines of thinking in physiology. These short articles go beyond the scope of invited reviews and should present original ideas that can be derived from our current knowledge base. Some Perspectives articles may challenge current dogma and will be considered for publication based on the scientific merit of the argument presented. These Perspective articles will be subject to peer review. Some articles will be invited, but unsolicited articles are welcome. Perspectives must be authored by experts in the field under discussion, such expertise having been demonstrated by original research published by the author(s) in peer-reviewed journals indexed in the major services, such as PubMed. Perspectives should not include original, unpublished data. In all cases, determining whether a proposed Perspective is within scope and acceptable for publication is a matter committed to the discretion of the editors. These articles should be about 1,500 words long, excluding references, and may include two figures.

Methods and Resources

Research in physiology depends crucially on the development of new methods of data collection and analysis. Manuscripts submitted under this category should describe new methods for the recording, collection, and/or analysis of data relevant to understanding how the physiological system works. Methods and Resources articles may also provide resources, protocols, or tools that will be useful to the research community and could potentially have a major impact on the field. Descriptions of tools or computational models available online are encouraged.

Manuscripts will be reviewed taking into consideration the following criteria:
  • The manuscript must describe the method in sufficient detail to enable others to implement or replicate the method or procedure.
  • The manuscript should carefully describe the advantages and disadvantages of the method, with strengths and limitations clearly laid out for the reader.
  • For new methods, it is not necessary to use the method in an extensive study of a biological problem; only initial proof of principle demonstration is required. Where possible, the method should be applied to real physiological data.
  • For methods detailed for research education purposes, the authors should have extensive experience in using the method with citations to document expertise.
  • Manuscripts should be of the length required to meet these criteria. Extensive technical details, mathematical derivations, etc. can be placed into an Appendix if they will interrupt the flow of the manuscript but may be additionally helpful to others wishing to implement the technique.

Review Articles

Review articles provide synthesis of state-of-the-art knowledge in a defined area highlighting new questions and pointing to future research directions. They encompass examination of biological processes, systems, and models, and technologies for their study. The primary purpose is to educate readers by providing a comprehensive view of completed works presented in a concise, unified format; however, appropriate inclusion of unpublished data is permissible. Utilization of figures is encouraged. Typically, reviews are invited and all are peer-reviewed. Review articles must be authored by experts in the field under discussion, such expertise having been demonstrated by original research published by the author(s) in peer-reviewed journals indexed in the major services, such as PubMed.

Typically, reviews are invited and all are peer-reviewed. Authors should email a pre-submission inquiry—including a working title, author and affiliation lists, abstract, and brief outline of the content—to the editorial office for approval by the editors.

Please note that prior to review, all review articles will be examined for originality using CrossCheck screening software to compare the submitted text to all available literature, including previous publications from the same author(s).

Editorials

Editorials provide commentary by the Editor, Associate Editors, and other scientists and experts on issues related to the Journal's mission as well as of general interest to our readers. Unsolicited editorials will be considered for publication. Acceptance will reside with the editors. Editorials must be authored by experts in the field under discussion, such expertise having been demonstrated by original research published by the author(s) in peer-reviewed journals indexed in the major services, such as PubMed.

Editorial Focus
Editorial Focus articles are commentaries on papers of unusual interest published in the journal that were chosen by the Editor to be highlighted. They should describe the most important conclusions of the paper; place the paper into context with the current state-of-the-art; highlight controversial issues; when relevant, denote strengths and weaknesses of the paper; and review questions that remain to be addressed. Editorial Focus articles must be authored by experts in the field under discussion, such expertise having been demonstrated by original research published by the author(s) in peer-reviewed journals indexed in the major services, such as PubMed. Editorial Focus manuscripts are limited to 1,000 words in the main text, 10 references, and two tables or figures (combined). Manuscripts may not include abstracts.

Letters to the Editor

In all cases, determining whether a proposed Letter to the Editor is acceptable for publication is a matter committed to the discretion of the editors. Letters, including an informative title, should be short, approximately one journal column (500 words). Letters are reviewed by the appropriate editor and are subject to editing and possible abridgment. Letters to the Editor must be authored by experts in the field under discussion, such expertise having been demonstrated by original research published by the author(s) in peer-reviewed journals indexed in the major services, such as PubMed. Letters to the Editor should not include original, unpublished data. If a proposed Letter is found acceptable, a copy will be sent to the author of the original article if applicable; that author will have an opportunity to provide a rebuttal with new material that will be considered for publication with the Letter. Letters to the Editor may also simply address matters of general interest to the readership.

Categories

Various article types can be published under the following Categories, or headings:

Calls for Papers

Calls for Papers will have headings that change depending on the topic. Manuscripts of any type may be submitted in response to an announced Call for Papers. These manuscripts are peer reviewed, and are published together under the topic heading.

Special Sections

Manuscripts of any type may be submitted to one of these Special Sections.

Historical Articles

Manuscripts on the history of physiology may be submitted to the Editor.

Cores of Reproducibility in Physiology (CORP) - Invited article

Experts will be invited to write a detailed, instructional paper, either a research article or review article, that represents best practice in physiology for a particular method or equipment that is in broad, common use. This series of articles is available across all APS journals and is developed in response to the challenge to improve transparency and reproducibility in published research results. To build on the value of the collective best practices the title of the paper should start with "Cores of Reproducibility in Physiology: ............." where the specific device or method would appear after the semicolon. The following key elements, must be included:

  • A description of the method/device and its purported use(s)
  • Details regarding proper use, including calibration, validation, range, sensitivity, specificity, reproducibility (addressing variance of the method itself, within-subject variance and between-subject variance)
  • Particular details of practical importance that may not be widely appreciated - especially where things can go wrong.
  • A critical discussion of what the method/device can do if used properly
  • A critical discussion of limitations of the method/device (what it cannot do or is not intended to do)

These invited articles will be peer reviewed with standard rigor and in light of meeting the above-listed criteria.

Short Reports

Short Reports are brief papers presenting important new findings. Short Reports based on source data (e.g., large datasets and databases) in specialized or generalist repositories are also encouraged for submission, as well as novel analysis of public datasets. Manuscripts do not need to tell a complete story but must be compelling, innovative, and novel.

  • The manuscript should not exceed 4,000 words, including references and figure legends.
  • Data should be limited to 4 figures and/or tables. Additional online materials (e.g., source data, additional datasets, and detailed protocols) are permitted.
  • Short Reports are typically peer reviewed within 10 days. If requested, authors will be asked to submit a revision 14 days after the first decision. A final decision on first revisions will be made within 5 days of resubmission. Authors will be encouraged to fully comply with reviewer comments and submit only one revision.

Mini-Reviews

Mini-Reviews are concise, punchy, and up-to-the-minute summaries of important new and emerging fields. The purpose of Mini-Reviews is to introduce readers to advances and trends in physiology that are outside their own area of expertise. Mini-Reviews should provide a synthesis of new areas of biology in a manner that is accessible to nonspecialists in the field. They should focus on advances in the past 1-3 years, although some historical context is permissible. The manuscript should be approximately 3,000 words, excluding references, with 1-3 figures and/or tables, and up to 50 references. The inclusion of previously published figures is permitted provided that permission is obtained from the copyright holder and the source is acknowledged. Inclusion of unpublished data is also permissible. Authors are encouraged to use figures to summarize biological processes. Typically, Mini-Reviews are invited although presubmission enquiries to the editors are encouraged. All Mini-Reviews are peer-reviewed. Periodically, collections of Mini-Reviews that are in related areas or associated with meetings or symposia will be assembled by the editors in Themes.

Note: Prior to publication all Mini-Reviews will be examined for originality using CrossCheck screening software to compare the submitted text to all available literature, including previous publications from the same author(s).

Calls For Papers

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