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Open Life Sciences

Editor In Chief: Mariusz Ratajczak

Open Life Sciences is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal, devoted to scholarly research in all areas of life sciences:

  • BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES including cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, neuroscience, cancer biology, bioinformatics and computational biology, case reports of rare diseases
  • PLANT SCIENCES including plant anatomy and physiology, plant genetics and biotechnology
  • ANIMAL SCIENCES including zoology, veterinary sciences, animals in agriculture
  • ECOLOGY and ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE including evolutionary biology, populations, ecosystems and landscapes, ecotoxicology, air and soil pollution and control, environmental microbiology, biomass and bioenergy, biodiversity, conservation biology, marine ecology
  • AGRICULTURE including crop production, livestock and poultry breeding and nutrition, food science
  • BIOENGINEERING and BIOTECHNOLOGY including tissue engineering, biomaterials, nanotechnology, bioreactors

The published content includes research articles, review articles, communications, case reports, commentaries, and letters to the Editor.

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

The journal aims 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 (Clarivate Analytics)
  • 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

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Open Life Sciences is covered by the following services:

  • AGRICOLA (National Agricultural Library)
  • Baidu Scholar
  • Biobase
  • CABI (over 50 subsections)
  • Case
  • Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) - CAplus
  • Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) - SciFinder
  • CNKI Scholar (China National Knowledge Infrastructure)
  • CNPIEC - cnpLINKer
  • Dimensions
  • DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)
  • EBSCO (relevant databases)
  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • Engineering Village
  • Gale/Cengage
  • Genamics JournalSeek
  • GeoRef
  • Google Scholar
  • 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
  • MyScienceWork
  • Naver Academic
  • Naviga (Softweco)
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers
  • Pathway Studio
  • POL-index
  • Polish Medical Bibliography/Polish Medical Library
  • Primo Central (ExLibris)
  • ProQuest (relevant databases)
  • Publons
  • QOAM (Quality Open Access Market)
  • ReadCube
  • Reaxys
  • SCImago (SJR)
  • Semantic Scholar
  • Sherpa/RoMEO
  • Summon (ProQuest)
  • TDNet
  • 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)

Volume 15 (2020): Issue 1 (Jan 2020)

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.Fortunato@degruyter.com

Mariusz Z. Ratajczak, University of Louisville, USA

Managing Editor
Dr. Irmina Fortunato



Alexandre de Brevern, Paris Diderot University, France
Marek Kieliszek, Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW), Poland
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
Jacob Crouse, The University of Sydney, Australia
Robert Farrell, Penn State University, USA
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
Daria Lukasz, National Institutes of Health, USA
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
Joel Schwartz, The City University of New York, USA
Efe Sezgin, National Cancer Institute, USA
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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