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Open Life Sciences

formerly Central European Journal of Biology

Editor-in-Chief: Ratajczak, Mariusz

IMPACT FACTOR 2018: 0.504
5-year IMPACT FACTOR: 0.583

CiteScore 2018: 0.63

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2018: 0.266
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2018: 0.311

ICV 2017: 154.48

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    Volume 10 (2015)


    Open Life Sciences (previously Central European Journal of Biology) is a fast growing peer-reviewed journal, devoted to scholarly research in all areas of life sciences, such as molecular biology, plant science, biotechnology, cell biology, biochemistry, biophysics, microbiology and virology, ecology, differentiation and development, genetics and many others.

    The content published includes research articles, communications or rapid communications, reviews or commentaries, letters to the Editor or Errata.

    Open Life Sciences assures top quality of published data through critical peer review and editorial involvement throughout the whole publication process. Thanks to the Open Access model of publishing, it also offers unrestricted access to published articles for all users.

    Aims and Scope

    The journal aims to become the leading and most recognizable journal in the field of life sciences, as well as to facilitate the communication and collaboration of scientists across different countries.

    Why read

    • The journal publishes research from all areas of the life sciences, including the most recent and significant findings
    • Researchers use it to reveal data that is likely to advance the direction and the thinking of the field
    • It is an international forum for the dissemination of research data across the entire spectrum of biology
    • The publication is designed to facilitate the exchange of ideas between researchers from different countries

    Why submit

    • The journal is included in the ISI Master Journal List, Science Citation Index Expanded and Journal Citation Reports (Thomson Reuters)
    • Transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review
    • Secure archiving by De Gruyter and the independent archiving service Portico
    • Free language-correction services for authors from non-English speaking regions
    • Worldwide dissemination and unrestricted access to all published articles
    • Promotion of each published article


    Type of Publication:

    Students and researchers at various stages of academic career, specializing in life sciences topics

    Submission of Manuscripts

    Instructions for Authors

    Manuscripts should be submitted to the journal via online submission system Editorial Manager available for this journal at http://www.editorialmanager.com/openbiol. In case of problems, please contact the Editorial Office of this journal at Irmina.Grzegorek@degruyteropen.com

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    Abstracting & Indexing

    Open Life Sciences is covered by the following services:

    • AGRICOLA (National Agricultural Library)
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    • Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) - CAplus
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    • Engineering Village
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    • Genamics JournalSeek
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    • Index Copernicus
    • Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
    • J-Gate
    • Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition
    • JournalTOCs
    • KESLI-NDSL (Korean National Discovery for Science Leaders)
    • Microsoft Academic
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    • Naviga (Softweco)
    • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers
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    • Summon (ProQuest)
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    • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory/ulrichsweb
    • WanFang Data
    • Web of Science - Biological Abstracts
    • Web of Science - BIOSIS Previews
    • Web of Science - Current Contents/Agriculture, Biology, and Environmental Sciences
    • Web of Science - Science Citation Index Expanded
    • Web of Science - Zoological Record
    • WorldCat (OCLC)

    Editorial Information

    Mariusz Z. Ratajczak, University of Louisville, USA

    Managing Editor
    Dr. Irmina Fortunato



    Alexandre de Brevern, Paris Diderot University, France
    Przemysław Kowalczewski, Poznan University of Life Sciences, Poland
    Stefano Pascarella, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
    Anna Shestakova, University of Utah School of Medicine, USA
    Stefan Eugen Szedlacsek, Institute of Biochemistry, Romania

    Bioenergy and Biomass
    Fabiano Avelino Gonçalves, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
    Meisam Tabatabaei, Agricultural Biotechnology Research Institute of Iran, Iran

    Biophysics and Bioinformatics
    Csaba Bagyinka, Biological Research Center, Hungary
    Leandro Cristante de Oliveira, São Paulo State University, Brazil
    Rituraj Purohit, Vellore Institute of Technology, India
    Alexandra Zahradnikova, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia

    Molecular Biology of The Cell
    Eric Ghigo, Aix-Marseille University, France
    Jiannan Guo, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Pennsylvania, USA
    Alexander Serganov, New York University School of Medicine, USA
    Lianwen Zhang, Mayo Clinic Molecular Medicine, USA


    Brain Research
    Alexander Pisarchik, Technical University of Madrid, Spain

    Gene Therapy
    Henning Madry, Saarland University, Germany

    Vladimir Jurisic, University of Kragujevac, Serbia

    Mustafa Ozen, Baylor College of Medicine, USA

    Nuno Filipe Azevedo, University of Porto, Portugal
    Beom Soo Kim, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju, Korea
    Dmitri Mavrodi, Washington State University, USA
    Jean Mukherjee, Tufts University, USA
    Elia Tomás Pejó, Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies, Spain

    Evgenia Bogomolova, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
    Phillip B. Gannibal, All-Russian Institute of Plant Protection, Russia
    Derek Peršoh, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

    Molecular Biology of Disease
    Zvonimir Koporc, Croatian Catholic University, Croatia
    Pavel Vodicka, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic

    Pharmaceutical Sciences
    Pedro Viana Baptista, New University of Lisbon, Portugal
    Rabab Kamel, National Research Center, Egypt
    George Patrinos, University of Patras, Greece

    Mark Wiser, Tulane University School of Public Health, USA

    Stem Cells
    Ferenc Uher, National Medical Center, Hungary
    Thomas P. Zwaka, Baylor College of Medicine, USA

    Tissue/Organ Regeneration & Transplantation
    Mahdi Tondar, Georgetown University, USA


    Development and Differentiation
    Michal Zurovec, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic

    Antonino Malacrinò, Linköping University, Sweden

    Invertebrates and Vertebrates
    Elena Mente, University of Thessaly, Greece

    Neuroscience and Behavior
    Simon Podnar, University Medical Center Ljubljana, Slovenia


    Plant Anatomy and Physiology
    Krzysztof Piątek, Poland
    Anket Sharma, Zhejiang A & F University, China

    Plant Genetics and Biotechnology
    Csaba Hornyik, The James Hutton Institute, Scotland, UK
    Lóránt Lakatos, University of Szeged, Hungary
    Maria Oszvald, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, UK
    Eva Vranová, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
    Zheng Li, University of Melbourne, Australia


    Ecology and Environment
    Robert S. Boyd, Auburn University, USA
    Adrian Łukowski, Poznan University of Life Sciences, Poland

    Evolutionary Biology
    Juozas Lazutka, Vilnius University, Lithuania

    Editorial Advisory Board
    Miguel B. Araujo, Spanish Research Council (CSIC), Spain
    Andreas Bernkop-Schnürch, University of Innsbruck, Austria
    Sergey Y. Bershitsky, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
    Laszlo Buday, Semmelweis University School of Medicine, Hungary
    Eulogio Castro Galiano, University of Jaen, Spain
    Alexander B. Chetverin, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
    Kuo-Chen Chou, Gordon Life Science Institute, China
    Keith A. Crandall, George Washington University in Washington, DC
    Olga Dontsova, Moscow Lomonosov State University, Russia
    Petr Draber, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
    Richard S.J. Frackowiak, University College London, UK
    Karl Friston, University College London, UK
    Mikhail S. Gelfand, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
    Eliane Gluckman, Hopital Saint-Louis, France
    Everett Peter Greenberg, University of Washington School of Medicine, USA
    Yi Guan, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
    Tasuku Honjo, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan
    Tim Hunt, Imperial Cancer Research Fund, UK
    Miklos S.Z. Kellermayer , Pecs University Medical School, Hungary
    Beom Soo Kim, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju, Korea
    Saulius Klimasauskas, Institute of Biotechnology, Lithuania
    Stanislav S. Kolesnikov, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
    Alexander A. Konstantinov, Moscow Lomonosov State University, Russia
    Oleg A. Krishtal, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Ukraine
    Hans Lehrach, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Germany
    Marie Lipoldova, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
    Mark P. Mattson, National Institutes of Health, USA
    Karen E. Nelson, The J. Craig Venter Institute, USA
    Jozef Nosek, Comenius University, Slovakia
    Jacek Otlewski , University of Wroclaw, Poland
    Krzysztof Palczewski, Case Western Reserve University, USA
    Miklos Palkovits, National Institute of Mental Health, USA
    Laurent Poirel, Hôpital de Bicetre, le Kremlin–Bicetre, France
    Jaanus Remme, Estonian Biocentre, Tartu University, Estonia
    Balazs Sarkadi, National Medical Center, Hungary
    Joseph Schlessinger, Yale University School of Medicine, USA
    Vladimir P. Torchilin, Northeastern University, USA
    Vladimir N. Uversky, University of South Florida College of Medicine, USA
    Marc Van Montagu, Ghent University, Belgium
    Philippe G. Vidon, State University of New York, College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry, USA
    Ulrich von Andrian, Harvard Medical School, USA

    Technical Editor
    Sabina Binek, Poland

    Language Editors
    Cindy Bongard, University of Toronto, Canada
    Kevin J. Bown, Defence Science & Technology Laboratory, UK
    Daniel Burke, University of Toronto, Canada
    Iain R. Caldwell, University of British Columbia, Canada
    Suzie Ferrie, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Australia
    Dariush Garber, University of California at Davis Medical Center, USA
    Caitlin Gillett, University of Minnesota Duluth, USA
    Perry Hartfield, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
    Andrea Huston, University of Toronto, Canada
    Lawrence Mok, University of Melbourne, Australia
    Amy Moss, University of Sydney, Australia
    Dawn Patient, University of Cambridge, UK
    Matthew Price, University of Portsmouth, UK
    Genevieve Phillips, The University of Queensland, Australia
    Kuldeepsinh P. Rana, Colorado School of Mines, USA
    Bradley Rhodes, Bucknell University, USA
    Brent Roberts, University of British Columbia, Canada
    Efe Sezgin, National Cancer Institute, USA
    Katie Slattery, University of Essex, UK
    Laura Southcott, University of British Columbia, Canada
    Hanna Valpuri Sovero, University of Illnois, USA
    Blake Turner, University of Toronto, Canada
    Emma Weeks, University of Florida, USA
    Anne Vardo-Zalik, The Pennsylvania State University-York, USA

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