Celebrating 100 Years of Comparative Physiology: Reflections and Projections

This year commemorates the centennial anniversary of the Journal of Comparative Physiology A (JCPA). JCPA has played a pivotal role in advancing groundbreaking research and influencing the course of neuroethology, serving as a cornerstone in the discipline.

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This year marks a significant milestone in the world of comparative physiology—the 100th anniversary of the Journal of Comparative Physiology A (JCPA). Founded by Karl von Frisch and Alfred Kühn in 1924, the journal has been a cornerstone in the field, fostering groundbreaking research and shaping the trajectory of neuroethology. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of JCPA, and the contributions of its numerous authors, the journal published a Centennial Issue with 15 articles featuring historical overviews, personal essays, expert reviews, and a perspective piece venturing some predictions about potential trends in neuroethology.


The celebration of JCPA at a glance

A look back at the history of comparative physiology and its premier journal
In its infancy, the journal started modestly with a few articles, but under von Frisch's editorship, it quickly gained renown. Over the years, JCPA has been instrumental in reporting landmark discoveries and nurturing a vibrant community of scientists in comparative physiology and neuroethology. The special issue also pays tribute to key figures beyond von Frisch, highlighting lesser-known pioneers such as Ruth Beutler and Ingeborg Beling, whose groundbreaking work paved the way for future generations.

Personal Reflections on JCPA
Renowned neuroethologists, including Eric Warrant and Horst Bleckmann, share personal anecdotes about their careers and the profound impact of JCPA on their research journeys. Their stories offer a glimpse into the deep connection between scientists and the journal that has shaped their scholarly pursuits.

Exploring Research Trends
The special issue delves into popular and emerging topics in comparative physiology, from model systems to insect-plant interactions and avian navigation. Authors advocate for studying non-traditional model organisms and propose innovative approaches to understanding complex biological phenomena. Get direct access to the articles below:

Model organisms and systems in neuroethology 
Chemosensory detection of glucosinolates
Crickets in the spotlight
The function of primate duets in relation to their social organization
Avian navigation
The cerebellum and subsumption architecture in central pattern generation

Looking Ahead
A forward-looking perspective on the future of neuroethology offering insights into potential research trends, driven by the enthusiasm and dedication of scientists committed to advancing the field for the next century.

As the Journal of Comparative Physiology A commemorates its centennial, it stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of comparative physiology. Through reflections on the past and projections for the future, the journal celebrates the remarkable journey of discovery and innovation that continues to define this dynamic field.

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Centennial Issue

Originally established in 1924 as "Zeitschrift für vergleichende Physiologie" by Karl von Frisch and Alfred Kühn, the now Journal of Comparative Physiology A is celebrating its centennial in 2024. As a tribute to this remarkable milestone, the Editor-in-Chief is calling all researchers to submit their work to a dedicated Special Issue showcasing the latest advancements and discoveries in the field of comparative physiology.

This special issue aims to capture the diversity and breadth of topics within comparative physiology, highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of the field and its impact on understanding the physiological adaptations and mechanisms across different organisms.

Manuscripts should adhere to the Journal of Comparative Physiology A's guidelines for authors, which can be found on the journal's website. All submissions will undergo a rigorous peer-review process to ensure the highest scientific standards and contribute to the excellence that has characterized the journal throughout its illustrious history.

Join us in commemorating a century of outstanding contributions to the field of comparative physiology and shaping its future through this special issue. We look forward to receiving your innovative research and celebrating this significant milestone together.

For any inquiries or further information, please contact the Editor-in-Chief Gunther K. H. Zupanc.

Publishing Model: Hybrid

Deadline: Dec 31, 2023