Allen Cell Types Database

The Allen Institute for Brain Science is taking the first major scientific step to create a searchable standards database for the brain with the launch of the Allen Cell Types Database.

The first release includes information on just 240 neurons out of hundreds of thousands in the mouse visual cortex, with a focus on the electrophysiology of those individual cells: the electrical pulses that tell a neuron to fire, initiating a pattern of neural activation that results in perception and action.

Fundamentals of Neuroscience- Harvard edX

Fundamentals of Neuroscience is a joint online / on-campus course at Harvard University. The online version of the course is completely free to take, and those students who successfully complete the course are eligible to receive a certificate of completion from edX.

The course serves as an introductory survey of topics in neuroscience, ranging from the function of ion channels in the neuronal membrane, to the activity of individual neurons and small groups of neurons, to the function of the brain and its subsystems.

Open Access Publications

Open access (OA) journals are scholarly journals that are available online to the reader “without financial, legal, or technical barriers.” 

While open access journals are freely available to the reader, there are still costs associated with the publication and production of such journals. Some are subsidized, and some require payment on behalf of the author. The Neuroscience Knowledge Network which includes this top level Neuroscience Hub focuses primarily on open access content that falls under one of the Creative Commons (CC) licenses.

Frontiers of Neuroscience

Frontiers is a community-oriented open-access academic publisher and research network.

Frontier's grand vision is to build an Open Science platform that empowers researchers in their daily work and where everybody has equal opportunity to seek, share and generate knowledge.

PLOS Neuroscience

PLOS has four open access journals that address, with varying focus, neuroscience research: PLOS Biology, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Medicine, and PLOS ONE.

PLOS also has a Neuroscience Collection of research organized in two broad categories: Cognitive Neuroscience and Brain Mapping Methods and a blog with neuroscience related posts including contributors commenting on the SfN conferences called PLOS Neuro.

Public Access to US Research

In this post, we have identified a number of documents published by OSTP, NSF, and NSF clarifying their policy towards public access to US funded research including the following:

Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP),"Increasing Public Access to the Results of Scientific Research"
National Science Foundation (NSF), "NSF Public Access Initiative"
National Institutes of Health (NIH), "Public Access Policy"

MIT & edX Neuroscience courses

MIT Open Courseware has, for many years, made available the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences courses online.

edX presently has 25 "neuroscience" courses and many other related courses. Courses originate from MIT, Harvard, CalTech, EPFL, Adelaide, UC Berkeley, UT Austin, Rice, Colgate, Purdue, KyotoU, and McGill.

UT Health Neuroscience Online

This online, interactive courseware for the study of neuroscience is provided by the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy atThe University of Texas Medical School at Houston. The project is being developed under the direction of the Department Chair and Editor, John H. Byrne.

Neuroanatomy Online is UT Health's new open-access electronic laboratory designed to complement Neuroscience Online.

Medline Plus

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand.

MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free. is an authoritative source of information about the brain and nervous system for the public.

The site is a public information initiative of The Kavli Foundation, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, and the Society for Neuroscience, all leading global nonprofit organizations working to advance brain research. Leading neuroscientists from around the world form the editorial board.

Neuroscience on Scholarpedia

Scholarpedia is an English-language online wiki-based encyclopedia with features commonly associated with open-access online academic journals, which aims to have quality content.

Scholarpedia articles are written by invited expert authors and are subject to peer review. Scholarpedia lists the real names and affiliations of all authors, curators and editors involved in an article: however, the peer review process (which can suggest changes or additions, and has to be satisfied before an article can appear) is anonymous

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