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Phenotypic Effects of Polygenic Risk for Schizophrenia

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, polygenic risk scores that summarize an individual’s polygenic risk for schizophrenia (SZ) have been increasingly researched, both in patient and control populations. This special issue of the Journal of Psychiatry and Brain Science aims to provide a clearer picture of the associations of phenotypes with SZ polygenic risk. Articles that will be published in this special issue are not limited to any specific clinical or non-clinical population or kind of phenotype (e.g. behavioral or biological), as it is our goal to capture the full spectrum of effects of SZ polygenic risk. Importantly, also articles with negative findings (non-associations) of phenotypes theoretically thought to be related to polygenic risk for SZ are explicitly invited.

We are welcoming both original research articles and review articles, and article processing fees for the papers submitted to this Special Issue are totally waived.

Dr. Urs Heilbronner

Guest Editor

Submission Deadline: 31 October 2018

Online Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted online through ScholarOne Manuscripts for Journal of Psychiatry and Brain Science © Clarivate Analytics. Please visit Guide for Authors before submitting a manuscript. Authors are encouraged to submit a paper as soon as it is ready and don’t need to wait until the deadline. Submissions will be sent to peer-review in order of arrival. Accepted papers will be published continuously in Journal of Psychiatry and Brain Science and then gathered together on the special issue webpage. We welcome Research articles, Review papers and Short Communications. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

See Papers Published in This Special Issue (6 papers)


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Guest Editor

  • Dr. Urs Heilbronner

    Institut für Psychiatrische Phänomik und Genomik (IPPG) Klinikum der Universität München, LMU München

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