Global and Transdisciplinary Research on Venom Evolution, Function, and Applications

A special issue of Toxins (ISSN 2072-6651). This special issue belongs to the section "Animal Venoms".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2023) | Viewed by 300

Special Issue Editors

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Centro de Investigación de la Biodiversidad y Cambio Climático (BioCamb) e Ingeniería en Biodiversidad y Recursos Genéticos, Facultad de Ciencias de Medio Ambiente, Universidad Indoamérica, Quito 170103, Ecuador
Interests: evolutionary ecology of neotropical toxic animals; systematics; biogeography; venomics; toxinology; human envenoming

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Hunter College Belfer Research Building and CUNY Graduate Center, BRB 424, New York, NY 10021, USA
Interests: discovery; characterization and delivery of novel venom peptides; chemical and molecular diversity of conoidea venom; venomics; terebridae evolution and phylogeny; de novo transcriptome assembly; disulfide peptide chemistry; peptide natural product drug discovery and development
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Venom research is both transdisciplinary and transboundary. Unraveling the complexity of venom evolution and function requires concerted and collaborative input from scientists across the STEM fields. This Special Issue aims to integrate and support a community of research and industry experts in the field while discussing the conceptual, technological, and applied opportunities of venom diversity. Venom research is growing exponentially, as evidenced by the increase in publications, symposia, biomedical and pesticidal applications, and biotech startup companies. As such, the World Economic Forum has designated Venomics as one of the four most promising frontiers of science.

This Special Issue welcomes contributions (e.g., expert reviews, original research articles, short communications) that focus on theoretical or applied aspects at the cutting edge of the study of venom and toxin evolution, function, and translational applications. We also welcome manuscripts focused on the socio-economic and human health impacts of venom.

A brighter future in the understanding of venom diversity will be achieved by the development of more holistic studies of venom systems and increased collaboration of an international conglomerate of experts fascinated by this complex trait. It is hoped that this Special Issue will complement recent efforts aimed at achieving such integration in the field.

Dr. David Salazar-Valenzuela
Dr. Mandë Holford
Guest Editors

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 submissions that pass pre-check are 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 double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Toxins 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 2700 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.


  • venomics
  • evolution
  • ecology
  • function
  • biomedicine
  • bioengineering

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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