Origin of Life
A section of Life (ISSN 2075-1729).
Papers published in this section are related to the chemical and physical processes that can lead to the origin of life. Although many of the papers will concern the origin of life on early Earth, studies of how life can begin on other planets and moons in the solar system and exoplanets are also welcome. Living cells are incredibly complex systems, so the first primitive forms of life were also complex. Papers will deal with multiple aspects such as sources of organic compounds, the capture of energy, the origin of metabolism, chirality, ribosomes, the genetic code, catalysis and non-enzymatic polymerization, encapsulation to form protocells, and the first steps of evolution. Most manuscripts are expected to report experimental results, but we welcome some essays, mini-reviews, and testable hypotheses. We do not encourage purely speculative or philosophical manuscripts.
Following special issues within this section are currently open for submissions:
- Clays and the Origin of Life (Deadline: 15 September 2020)
- From Messy Chemistry to the Origin of Life (Deadline: 29 January 2021)
- The Origin and Early Evolution of Life: Prebiotic Systems Chemistry Perspective (Deadline: 30 May 2021)
- Selected Papers from the 2020 NoR CEL Conference (Deadline: 31 December 2021)