Special Issue "Feature Topics in Evolutionary Biology"

A special issue of Life (ISSN 2075-1729). This special issue belongs to the section "Evolutionary Biology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Koichiro Tamura
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Department of Biological Sciences, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Hachioji 192-0397, Japan
Interests: evolutionary genetics; molecular phylogenetics; molecular and genome evolution; mathematical modeling; bioinformatics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new Special Issue entitled “Feature Reviews in Evolutionary Biology”. This is a collection of important high-quality review papers published in Open Access form by Editorial Board Members, or prominent scholars invited by the Editorial Office and the Section Editor-in-Chief.

This Special Issue aims to discuss new knowledge or new cutting-edge developments in Evolutionary Biology through selected works, which will make a great contribution to the community. We consider that this issue will be the best forum for disseminating excellent research findings as well as sharing innovative ideas in the field.

You are welcome to send a tentative title and a short abstract to our Editorial Office ([email protected]) for evaluation before submission. Please note that selected full papers will still be subjected to a thorough and rigorous peer review.

We look forward to receiving your excellent work.

Prof. Dr. Koichiro Tamura
Guest Editor
Section Editor-in-Chief

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Life is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • tree of Life
  • ancestral state evolution
  • evolution of organisms, genomes
  • molecular and non-molecular evolution
  • evolutionary processes
  • evolutionary biology

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Rapid Evolutionary Adaptation in Response to Selection on Quantitative Traits
Authors: Wolfgang Stephan
Affiliation: Natural History Museum Berlin, and University of Munich
Abstract: Evolutionary adaptation may occur very rapidly. The mechanisms facilitating rapid adaptation range from strong directional selection leading to large shifts in the allele frequencies at a few loci (selective sweeps) to polygenic selection causing small changes in allele frequencies at many loci. Between these two extremes many combinations of evolutionary forces may occur resulting in fast evolution. Here we review the recent literature on models of rapid adaptation. In these models the role of the major selective forces (positive directional and stabilizing selection) is highlighted as well as the genetic architecture of quantitative traits. Furthermore, the factors limiting the speed of adaptation are analyzed, in particular the effects of random genetic drift and demography due to finite population size.

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