OBM Neurobiology is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. By design, the scope of OBM Neurobiology is broad, so as to reflect the multidisciplinary nature of the field of Neurobiology that interfaces biology with the fundamental and clinical neurosciences. As such, OBM Neurobiology embraces rigorous multidisciplinary investigations into the form and function of neurons and glia that make up the nervous system, either individually or in ensemble, in health or disease. OBM Neurobiology welcomes original contributions that employ a combination of molecular, cellular, systems and behavioral approaches to report novel neuroanatomical, neuropharmacological, neurophysiological and neurobehavioral findings related to the following aspects of the nervous system: Signal Transduction and Neurotransmission; Neural Circuits and Systems Neurobiology; Nervous System Development and Aging; Neurobiology of Nervous System Diseases (e.g., Developmental Brain Disorders; Neurodegenerative Disorders).

OBM Neurobiology publishes a variety of article types (Original Research, Review, Communication, Opinion, Comment, Conference Report, Technical Note, Book Review, etc.). Although the OBM Neurobiology Editorial Board encourages authors to be succinct, there is no restriction on the length of the papers. Authors should present their results in as much detail as possible, as reviewers are encouraged to emphasize scientific rigor and reproducibility.

Publication Speed (median values for papers published in 2023): Submission to First Decision: 7.5 weeks; Submission to Acceptance: 15.9 weeks; Acceptance to Publication: 7 days (1-2 days of FREE language polishing included)

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Special Issue

Recent Advances in Psychiatry

Submission Deadline: December 30, 2020 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Laura Orsolini

1. Department of Neurosciences/DIMSC, Unit of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona, Italy;
2. Psychopharmacology, Drug Misuse and Novel Psychoactive Substances Research Unit, School of Life and Medical Sciences, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB, UK.

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Research Interests: Clinical Psychiatry; Psychopathology; Psychopharmacology; Addiction Medicine; Psychiatric Rehabilitation; Neurosciences

About This Topic

The increasing interest and advances in both diagnostic and therapeutic technological devices (e.g., structural and functional MRI, ECT, tDCS, rTMS, etc.), the studies in the field of the Default Mode Network (DMN), the identification and application of specific biomarkers for mental illness in the clinical practice, the investigation of the field of the neuroinflammation and its role in the mental disorders, the neuroimaging studies and the development of a plethora of new therapeutic psychopharmacological targets, has allowed the implementation of new research trajectories.

In this special issue, we welcome any papers specifically focusing on the recent advances in psychiatry, e.g., neuroimaging studies in mental disorders; translational psychiatry; personalized psychiatry; studies on the therapeutic neuromodulation in psychiatry such as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), ripetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), deep brain stimulation (DBS), vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) and the electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), studies on DMN, on the recent advances in psychopharmacology. Original research reports, review articles, communications, and perspectives are welcome in all areas pertinent to this topic. All accepted papers will be published free of charge.


Neuroscience; Psychiatry; Psychopharmacology; New Psychiatric Therapies; Personalized Psychiatry; Neuroimaging; Neuroinflammation

Planned Papers

Title: Psychiatric disorders associated with dysfunctional mTOR pathway signaling: an update
Affiliation: University Hospital Centre, Poitiers, France

Title: Psychiatric disorders in Mӧbius sequence: intermittent presentation of auto-aggressive outbursts
Authors: Vincenzo Prisco 1,  Bernadette Donnarumma 2, Lorenzo Prisco 3
1. Department of Psychiatry ASL Naples 1, Professor at University Federico II, Naples, Italy
2. Resident in Pediatrics, University Federico II, Naples, Italy
3. Emergency medical Service ASL Salerno, Italy

Title: The Role of Humor in Psychotherapy: Funny Pathways
Authors: Frank Rodden, Wilibald Ruch, Jenny Hofman
Affiliation: University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted through the LIDSEN Submission System. Detailed information on manuscript preparation and submission is available in the Instructions for Authors. All submitted articles will be thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process and will be processed following the Editorial Process and Quality Control policy. Upon acceptance, the article will be immediately published in a regular issue of the journal and will be listed together on the special issue website, with a label that the article belongs to the Special Issue. LIDSEN distributes articles under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) License in an open-access model. The authors own the copyright to the article, and the article can be free to access, distribute, and reuse provided that the original work is correctly cited.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). Research articles and review articles are highly invited. Authors are encouraged to send the tentative title and abstract of the planned paper to the Editorial Office (neurobiology@lidsen.com) for record. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Editorial Office.

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Open Access Case Report

Psychiatric Disorders in Mӧbius Sequence: Intermittent Presentation of Auto-Aggressive Outbursts

Received: 27 March 2020;  Published: 03 December 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.neurobiol.2004079


Anecdotal evidence suggests the possible association of psychiatric disorders with Mӧbius sequence, although the evidence is not conclusive. Intermittent presentation of auto-aggressive outbursts, in particular, could be related to Mӧbius sequence, different from the common psychotic symptoms. The present report describes the clinical case [...]
Open Access Original Research

Variations in Secondary Health Resource Utilization Post Clozapine Initiation

Received: 10 September 2020;  Published: 26 November 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.neurobiol.2004078


This study looked at secondary care utilization metrics as an effectiveness indicator of Clozapine initiation in 77 patients over the following year compared to the year prior to initiation. It was found that there was a marginal drop in psychiatric bed utilization, alongside reduced crisis team use. Medical and psychiatric outpatient use [...]