Special Issues

Biology publishes Special Issues to create collections of papers on specific topics, with the aim of building a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors, who are experts on the topic. The journal’s Editor-in-Chief and/or designated EBM will oversee Guest Editor appointments and Special Issue proposals, checking their content for relevance and ensuring the suitability of the material for the journal. The papers published in a Special Issue will be collected and displayed on a dedicated page of the journal’s website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Machine Learning Applications in Biology submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 17880 | Submission Open
Keywords: machine learning; genomics; epigenomics; genetic variation and the environment; gene regulatory networks; integration of multipurpose NGS data
(This special issue belongs to the Section Bioinformatics)
Pain: Neurobiology, Pathophysiology, and Therapeutic Approaches
edited by Joshua W. Little
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 10443 | Submission Open
Keywords: pain; pain pathophysiology; neurobiology; nonopioid therapy; acute pain; chronic pain
(This special issue belongs to the Section Neuroscience)
Ecological Characteristics and Genetic Population Structure of the Invasive Freshwater Jellyfish Craspedacusta sowerbii Species Complex
edited by and Herwig Stibor
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 7779 | Submission Open
Keywords: ecosystem functioning; evolutionary ecology; genetic population structure; species complex; clonality; polyp; medusa life stage
(This special issue belongs to the Section Ecology)
Recent Prototype Drug Development: Insights in Protein Science and Enzymology for Precision Medicine submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 6634 | Submission Open
Keywords: immunotherapy; targeted therapy; therapeutic antibody; chemotherapy; novel bioactive molecule; biomarker; drug resistance; enzymology; molecular pharmacology; precision medicine
New Sight in Cancer Genetics
edited by , Isabel Marques Carreira and
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 6581 | Submission Open
Keywords: genomic and epigenetic characterization; diagnosis and prognosis biomarkers; omics profiles; genetic and genomic signature; molecular heterogeneity; molecular targeted therapy; oncogenic signaling pathways; copy number alterations and mutational landscape; chromosome abnormalities
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cancer Biology)
The Replication Licensing System
edited by
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5944 | Submission Open
Keywords: cell cycle; DNA replication; genome stability; replication licensing; MCM2-7; ORC; Cdc6; CDT1; cancer; Meier-Gorlin syndrome
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cell Biology)
Recent Advances in Biosynthesis and Degradation of Plant Anthocyanin
edited by and
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5317 | Submission Open
Keywords: anthocyanin; fruit ripening; flowering coloration; leaf coloration; secondary metabolite; molecular mechanism
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Science)
Climate Change and Marine Plankton
edited by
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4697 | Submission Open
Keywords: bacteria plankton; phytoplankton; zooplankton; climate change; marine ecology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Marine Biology)
Mechanisms of Cellular Senescence in Aging and Age-Related Diseases submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 4231 | Submission Open
Keywords: cellular senescence; age-related diseases; aging; senolytics; senomorphics; biomarkers; immunosenescence; inflammaging; SASP
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cell Biology)
Agricultural Pests and Their Interactions with Pathogenic Microorganisms
edited by Awawing Anjwengwo Andongma
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 3593 | Submission Open
Keywords: insects; bacteria; viruses; fungi; pathogenic relationships; agricultural pest
(This special issue belongs to the Section Zoology)
Mechanisms of Immunity and Disease Resistance in Aquatic Animals
edited by
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3513 | Submission Open
Keywords: aquatic animals; disease-resistant; innate immunity; adaptive immunity; regulatory mechanism
(This special issue belongs to the Section Immunology)
Free Radicals in Biology and Medicine submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2845 | Submission Open
Keywords: reactive oxygen species (ROS); free radical biology; ROS in biology; antioxidant enzymes and defenses; ROS effects in developmental biology; oxidative stress; methods in free radical research
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
Metabolism of Industrial Microorganisms
edited by , and Kai Li
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1643 | Submission Open
Keywords: microbial metabolic engineering; microbial fermentation; industrial microorganisms; microbial cell factory; metabolic regulation; metabolic network; metabolic flux analysis; metabolic pathway; metabolomics; synthetic biology; applied microbiology; industrial production; biofuels and biochemicals; bioactive compounds
(This special issue belongs to the Section Microbiology)
Multi-Omics of Extremophilic Organisms submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1412 | Submission Open
Keywords: extremophiles; integrative analysis; systems biology; stress biology; extreme environmental conditions; biotechnologic application
(This special issue belongs to the Section Microbiology)
Novel Biotechnology for Biofuel and Bioenergy Production and Products
edited by and Yingyue Zeng
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 394 | Submission Open
Keywords: biofuel; bioenergy; bioproduct; biotechnology; biorefinery; synthetic biology; omics; gene editing; AI; microalgae
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biotechnology)
DNA Repair Immunity and Cancer
edited by , Barbara Bertocci and Sophie Peron
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 208 | Submission Open
Keywords: humoral immunity; immunoglobulin gene diversification; B cell biology; B lymphomagenesis; DNA repair; mutagenesis; TLS polymerases; epigenetic and cell cycle
Genetic Engineering and Gene Function Verification in Cotton
edited by Chuanliang Liu
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 157 | Submission Open
Keywords: cotton; fiber yield and quality; biotic or abiotic stress; disease resistance; genetic engineering; gene function verification
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Science)
Animal Models of Leukemia
edited by Rasoul Pourebrahim
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 152 | Submission Open
Keywords: leukemia; animal models; immune microenvironment; symptoms; drug; treatment; white blood cells; bone marrow and the lymphatic system
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cancer Biology)
Progression of the Immune Escape Mechanism in Tumors submission deadline 1 Jun 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 25639 | Submission Open
Keywords: cancer immunology; immune checkpoints; cancer immunotherapy; cancer immune escape  ; Immuno-oncology; CAR T cells
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cancer Biology)
Novel Insights in the Biology and Conservation of Freshwater Turtles
edited by and
submission deadline 1 Jun 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2655 | Submission Open
Keywords: turtle biology; turtle ecology and distribution; turtle conservation; turtle physiology and senescence; turtle breathing; turtle reproduction; threatened turtle species; turtle conservation status
(This special issue belongs to the Section Zoology)
Microbial Contamination and Food Safety (Volume II)
edited by
submission deadline 15 Jun 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3786 | Submission Open
Keywords: food contamination; food safety practices; microbial inactivation; microbial safety; microbiological hazards
(This special issue belongs to the Section Microbiology)
Multi-omics Data Integration in Complex Diseases submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 21317 | Submission Open
Keywords: omics; disease; data integration; bioinformatics; genome
(This special issue belongs to the Section Bioinformatics)
Cardiovascular Autonomic Function: From Bench to Bedside
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 18937 | Submission Open
Keywords: dysautonomia; heart rate variability; autonomic function testing; cardiovascular autonomic function; autonomic neuroscience; syncope; orthostatic hypotension; baroreflex
The Relationship between Water Quality and Aquatic Organisms
edited by Dong Zhang, , , and Mengmeng Yi
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 11 articles | Viewed by 16634 | Submission Open
Keywords: aquatic animals; water quality; phytoplankton; zooplankton; microorganisms; physiology
Structure, Function and Diversity of Gut Microbes in Animals
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 9857 | Submission Open
Keywords: microbes; gut; function; structure; diversity; benefit; pathogenesis; dysbiosis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Microbiology)
Beneficial Microorganisms for Plants
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 9543 | Submission Open
Keywords: plant-growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR); mycorrhizal fungi; beneficial microorganisms; soil microbial communities
(This special issue belongs to the Section Microbiology)
Palaeolimnology and Hydrobiology
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 9101 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Evolutionary Biology)
Editorial Board Members' Collection Series: Cell Signaling in Health and Disease submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 8774 | Submission Open
Keywords: disease pathophysiology; cell differentiation; tissue homeostasis; organ remodeling; cell biology; cell morphology; embryology; human anatomy; organogenesis; organ meiopragia
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cell Biology)
Neurobiology and Biophysics of Sensory Systems
edited by Bruce Young
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 6754 | Submission Open
Keywords: multimodal; sensory integration; transduction; neurophysiology; behavioral ecology; neural “ maps” ; sensory thresholds; neural receptors
(This special issue belongs to the Section Neuroscience)
Male Disorders: Fertility Care and Support, Preservation and Restoration
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 6013 | Submission Open
Keywords: cancer; fertility; cryopreservation; spermatozoa; testicular; in vitro spermatogenesis; cell transplantation; graft; male
(This special issue belongs to the Section Reproductive Biology)
Risk Assessment for Biological Invasions
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5871 | Submission Open
Keywords: native species; data; pathway; habitat; impact; quarantine pest; national list; potential geographic distribution; economic losses
(This special issue belongs to the Section Conservation Biology and Biodiversity)
Microbial Diversity and Environmental Adaptability of Microorganisms in Extreme Environments
edited by , and
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5786 | Submission Open
Keywords: diversity; adaptation; mechanism; extreme environment; extremophile
(This special issue belongs to the Section Microbiology)
Genetic Breeding and Reproduction of Aquatic Animals
edited by Dongmei Ma, , and Qingheng Wang
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4443 | Submission Open
Keywords: genetic breeding; reproduction technology; gene; protein; molecular marker; trait; QTLs; molecular marker; fish; shrimp; crab; shellfish; aquatic animals; transcriptomics; proteomics; metabonomics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Reproductive Biology)
Effects of Environmental Stress on the Metabolic Dysfunction and Its Mechanism
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4229 | Submission Open
Keywords: stress; glucocorticoid; nutritional disorders (disorders of nutrient metabolism; growth); metabolic disorders (obesity; insulin resistance; diabetes; nonalcoholic fatty liver disease; cardiovascular diseases); gut microbiota; biologically-active substance
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology)
The Convergence of Neuroscience and ICT: From Data to Insights
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 4112 | Submission Open
Keywords: neuroscience; neurobiology; neuroimaging; ICT; digitalization; brain; behavior; cognitive control; brain imaging; computational neuroscience
(This special issue belongs to the Section Neuroscience)
Sensor Applications to Study the Biology of Fish Movement submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3679 | Submission Open
Keywords: fish; swimming; physiology; migration; sensor tags; telemetry; aquaculture; energy metabolism; oxy-gen consumption
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology)
New Insights into Astrocytes and Brain Function
edited by Guoyan Zhao
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 3569 | Submission Open
Keywords: astrocyte; neurodegenerative disorders; neurodevelopmental disorders; psychiatric disorders; chronic pain; neural regeneration
(This special issue belongs to the Section Neuroscience)
Cigarette Smoke and Pulmonary Disease submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2850 | Submission Open
Keywords: cigarette smoke; respiratory diseases; inflammation; immune response; cancer; senescence
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Biology)
Differential Gene Expression and Coexpression 2.0 submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2209 | Submission Open
Keywords: inflammation; cyclooxygenase 2; microsomal prostaglandin E synthase 1; cancer; epithelial mesenchymal transition; biomarkers; immunotherapy; metabolism; myeloid and lymphoid cells
(This special issue belongs to the Section Bioinformatics)
Editorial Board Members’ Collection Series: The Dynamics of RNA–Protein Interactions
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2103 | Submission Open
Keywords: RNA-binding proteins; mRNA splicing; mRNA decay; mRNA translation; RNA localization; microRNAs; siRNAs; long noncoding RNAs; phase separation; RNA granules; membraneless organelles
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
Tumor Microenvironment of Ovarian Cancer: Role of Extracellular Matrix submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2001 | Submission Open
Keywords: ovarian cancer; tumor microenvironment; immune therapy; 3D organoids; extracellular matrix; PARP inhibitors; chemoresistance; fallopian tube; cancer stem cells; metastasis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cancer Biology)
Morphological and Molecular Advances in Colorectal and Lung Cancers Biology
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1934 | Submission Open
Keywords: colorectal cancer; lung cancer; morphology; molecular
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cancer Biology)
Ferroptosis: Mechanisms and Human Disease
edited by Chan-Yen Kuo
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1574 | Submission Open
Keywords: ferroptosis; systemic diseases; inflammatory response; mitochondrial-dependent redox homeostasis; microenvironment
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cell Biology)
Advances in Human Evolution
edited by and Igor Rogozin
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1479 | Submission Open
Keywords: human evolution; human-specific genes; human brain architecture and development; anthropology changes; human population genetics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Evolutionary Biology)
Gut Immunity, Inflammation, and Allergy
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 895 | Submission Open
Keywords: gut immunity; inflammation; allergy; nutrients; therapeutic agents; molecular biology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Immunology)
Environmental Microbes: From Distribution Exploration to Biosignatures Analysis submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 775 | Submission Open
Keywords: environmental microbes; biogeochemical cycling; microbial biosignatures; astrobiology; geology; ecosystem health; microbial ecology; extremophiles; taphonomy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Microbiology)
Biology, Ecology, Management and Conservation of Cnidaria submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 500 | Submission Open
Keywords: taxonomy; systematic; phylogeny; evolution; morphology; ecology; genetic diversity; global change; conservation management; diversity assessment
Research Progress on Parasitic and Microbial Infection and Immunity submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 487 | Submission Open
Keywords: host; pathway; defense; innate immune responses; adaptive immune responses; pathogenicity; immune signalling; bacterial infection; viral infection; parasitic infection
(This special issue belongs to the Section Infection Biology)
Ion Channels in Cancer Progression
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 416 | Submission Open
Keywords: cancer cell biology; ion channels; calcium; cancer therapy; cerebral activity; tumor microenvironment
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cancer Biology)
Role of Extracellular Vesicles in Cancer Development, Metastasis and Treatment submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 370 | Submission Open
Keywords: extracellular vesicles and exosomes; biological activity in development; differentiation; therapeutic applications; cancer biology; nanomedicine; biomarkers; tumor development; metastasis; drug delivery
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cancer Biology)
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