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Edited by: Stefan Janecek


Amylase is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes top-quality original research, insightful reviews and hot news in the field of amylolytic and related enzymes in its widest sense. In general, any work focused on cloning and sequencing, expression and biochemical characterization, tertiary structure determination, structure/function relationships and protein design as well as the evolution of starch hydrolases and related alpha-glucan active enzymes with the emphasis on their application in biotechnology and medicine, will be considered. With respect to the well-established sequence-based classification of glycoside hydrolases (GH) within the CAZy database, any members of the GH families/clans of alpha-amylase (i.e. various hydrolases, transferases and isomerases), beta-amylase and glucoamylase are relevant to submit; the alpha-glucosidases from related GH families are also of relevance. In addition, the studies based on the non-catalytic domains, especially starch-binding domains classified in CAZy under the carbohydrate-binding module (CBM) families, are also within the scope of the journal. Finally, a space is also offered to inhibitory studies of amylolytic enzymes.

The journal collaborates with the The Sixth Symposium on the Alpha-Amylase Family to be held on September 11th-15th, 2016 in Slovakia

Why subscribe and read

Publication of outstanding original research papers and critical review articles in the field of amylolytic and related enzymes from all over the world.

Why submit

Fast, fair, and constructive peer review guaranteed by prominent scientists in the research field of amylolytic and related enzymes, grouped in both the Editorial and Advisory Boards.

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

Manuscript submitted to this journal should:

  • contain original work - not published elsewhere in any medium (in the whole or in part) by the authors or anyone else and not under consideration for publication in any other medium;
  • focus on the aims and scope of the journal;
  • be clearly and correctly written - should contain all essential features of a scientific publication that is easy to understand for the target audience;
  • written in English - attention to detail of the language will avoid severe misunderstandings which might lead to rejection of the paper;
  • be delivered in electronic format. 

The journal publishes:

  • Research Articles
  • Rapid Communications
  • Reviews and Mini-Reviews

Formatting Requirements

Our contributors are asked to make sure their submissions comply with rules governing the formatting. Although the journal can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to deliver a properly formatted electronic version of the article.

We accept submission of text, tables and figures as separate files or as a composite file. For your initial submission, we recommend you upload your entire manuscript, including tables and figures, as a single PDF file. If you are invited to submit a revised manuscript, please provide us with individual files: an editable text and publication-quality figures.

  • Text files can be submitted in the following formats: MS Word - standard DOCUMENT (.DOC) or RICH TEXT FORMAT (.RTF); PDF (not applicable for re-submitted or accepted manuscripts, see below)
  • Tables should be submitted as MS Word or PDF (not applicable for re-submitted or accepted manuscripts, see below). Please note that a straight Excel file is not an acceptable format
  • Graphics files can be submitted in any of the following graphic formats: EPS; BMP; JPG; TIFF; GIF or PDF. Please note that Powerpoint files are not accepted

Authors should clearly indicate location of tables and figures in the text if these elements are given separately or at the end of the manuscript. If this information is not provided to the editorial office, we will assume that they should be left at the end of the text.

It is important that authors include a cover letter with their manuscript. Please explain why you consider your manuscript as suitable for publication in Amylase, why will your paper inspire the other members of your field, and how will it drive research forward.

The letter should contain all important details such as:

  • your full name (submitted by)
  • full title of article and short title
  • full list of authors with affiliations
  • e-mail of the corresponding author
  • contact address, telephone/fax numbers of the corresponding author
  • number of attached files, if there is more than one
  • status: new, reviewed or accepted (with reference ID if reviewed or accepted)

Cover letter should explicitly state that the manuscript (or one with substantially the same content, by any of the authors) has not been previously published in any language anywhere and that it is not under simultaneous consideration or in press by another journal. If related work has been submitted, then we may require a preprint to be made available. Reviewers will be asked to comment on the overlap between the related submissions.

Manuscripts that have been previously rejected, or withdrawn after being returned for modification, may be resubmitted if the major criticisms have been addressed. The cover letter must state that the manuscript is a resubmission, and the former manuscript number should be provided.

To ensure fair and objective decision-making, authors must declare any associations that pose a conflict of interest in connection with evaluated manuscripts (see Editorial Policy for details). Authors may suggest up to two referees not to use and in such cases additional justification should be provided in the cover letter. Authors are encouraged to recommend up to five reviewers who are not members of their institution(s) and have never been associated with them or their laboratory(ies); please provide contact information for suggested reviewers. The Editors reserve the right to select expert reviewers at their discretion. For further instructions, please carefully follow the guidelines described in Instructions for Authors.

Single-blind peer review type is used in the journal. ​

The journal does not have article processing charges (APCs) nor article submission charges.

Long-term preservation of articles with Portico

Open Access License

Authors have to sign an Open Access License that is available on the webpage. We encourage the authors to send the signed license along with the manuscript. Please note, that no article will be published unless the Open Access License is signed.

Journal Editor:

Stefan Janecek, Slovak Academy of Sciences & University of SS Cyril and Methodius, Slovakia


Carsten Andersen, Novozymes A/S, Denmark
Bernard Henrissat, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
Nicole Koropatkin, University of Michigan Medical School, USA
Hans Leemhuis, AVEBE Innovation Centre, The Netherlands
Eva Nordberg Karlsson, Lund University, Sweden
Bharat Patel, Griffith University, Australia
Magali Remaud-Simeon, Université de Toulouse, France
Birte Svensson, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Editorial Advisory Board:

Jun-ichi Abe, Kagoshima University, Japan
Maher Abou Hachem, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Nushin Aghajari, University of Lyon, France
Andreas Blennow, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Stephen Bornemann, John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park, United Kingdom
Pedro M. Coutinho, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
Margaret Dah Tsyr Chang, National Tsing Hua University, People’s Republic of China
Jean-Luc Da Lage, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
Lubbert Dijkhuizen, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Bauke W. Dijkstra, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
James H. Geiger, Michigan State University, USA
Matthew S. Gentry, University of Kentucky, USA
Robert G. Gilbert, University of Queensland, Australia
Kian Mau Goh, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia
Nathalie Juge, Institute of Food Research, Norwich Research Park, United Kingdom
Khosro Khajeh, Tarbiat Modares University, Iran
Atsuo Kimura, Hokkaido University, Japan
Slavko Kralj, DuPont, The Netherlands
Takashi Kuriki, Glico Nutrition Co., Ltd. & Ezaki Glico Co., Ltd., Japan
Leila Lo Leggio, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Toshiaki Mitsui, Niigata University, Japan
Dessy Natalia, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia
Cheon-Seok Park, KyungHee University, Korea
Kwan Hwa Park, Seoul National University, Korea
Jean-Philippe Ral, CSIRO Agriculture Flagship, Australia
Narayanan Ramasubbu, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, USA
Naeem Rashid, University of the Punjab, Pakistan
Romina Rodríguez Sanoja, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
David Stevenson, Ingredion Incorporated, USA
Ian Tetlow, University of Guelph, Canada
Marc J.E.C. van der Maarel, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Gabrielle Potocki-Veronese, Université de Toulouse, France
Sam C. Zeeman, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Language Editors:

Brittany Dixon, University of Michigan, USA
Christina Vallianatos, University of Michigan, USA
Joseph Kruempel, University of Michigan, USA

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