Topical Collection "What's on Board in the Journal Life"


Guest Editor
Dr. Paul Clarke

Department of Chemistry, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD, UK
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Interests: origins of life; prebiotic chemistry; carbohydrate genesis; homochirality; minimal cell

Topical Collection Information

Dear Colleagues,

This is a Special Issue of high quality papers in open access form by the Editorial Board Members, or those invited by the editorial office and the Editor-in-Chief. Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at Manuscripts are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

Dr. Paul A Clarke
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at 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 collection 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 quarterly 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 1000 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.


  • Prebiotic Chemistry
  • Origins of Life
  • Astrobiology/Astrochemistry
  • Detection of Life
  • Protocells
  • RNA World
  • Evolution of Early Life
  • Habitability
  • Evolutionary biology

Published Papers

This collection 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.

Tentative Title: Altitude and sun exposure shape mycobiome of cryptoendolithic lichen dominated communities in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica
Authors: Claudia Coleine 1, Jason E. Stajich 2, Nuttapon Pombubpa 2, Laura Zucconi 1, Silvano Onofri 1, Laura Selbmann 1,3
Affiliations: 1 Department of Ecological and Biological Sciences, University of Tuscia, Viterbo 01100 Italy
2 Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology and Institute of Integrative Genome Biology, University of California, Riverside, CA, USA 9252
3 Italian National Antarctic Museum (MNA), Mycological Section, Genoa, Italy

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