Special Issue "Respiratory Viruses Evolution, Cross-Species Transmission and Recombination"

A special issue of Viruses (ISSN 1999-4915). This special issue belongs to the section "Animal Viruses".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2023 | Viewed by 241

Special Issue Editor

Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Ste-Justine and Faculté de Médecine, Département de Microbiologie, Infectiologie et Immunologie, Université de Montréal, Montreal, QC H3T 1J4, Canada
Interests: respiratory viruses; neuroinvasion; CNS; coronavirus; antivirals; virus-host interaction; viral cell-to-cell propagation; airway; zoonosis; emerging virus; viral evolution; adaptation
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As Guest Editor of this Special Issue on “Respiratory Viruses Evolution, Cross-Species Transmission and Recombination”, I am pleased to invite you to submit a manuscript for publication in Viruses (Impact Factor 5.8).

All RNA viruses possess a high mutation rate, which provides a buffer against environmental changes. For these viruses, this type of change can be at different levels: (1) host, (2) cell-type they can infect in a host, and (3) organs or systems within a host. Several respiratory viruses are RNA viruses that accumulate mutations, which make them very good at adapting by generating virus genomes with changes that may be selectively advantageous in new environments or hosts. This explains why these viruses are fast-evolving and have the capacity to jump species barriers and potentially create zoonosis and eventual pandemic, potentially having catastrophic repercussions usually correlating with more severe symptoms within the respiratory tract and sometimes with extra-respiratory tract manifestations and even death. In order to better understand the underlying mechanisms associated with the emergence of RNA respiratory viruses that impose tremendous human health problems and economic burdens, the One Health concept will definitely be helpful.

The present Special Issue of Viruses aims to present a global portrait of some of the most prevalent or emerging human respiratory viruses that have been associated with possible pathogenic processes within the respiratory tract and in extra-respiratory tract manifestations, with special emphasis on coronaviruses and influenza viruses.

Dr. Marc Desforges
Guest Editor

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 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 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. Viruses 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 2600 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.


  • coronaviruses
  • influenza virus
  • respiratory syncytial virus
  • respiratory viruses
  • RNA virus
  • virus-host interaction
  • airway
  • zoonosis
  • emerging viruses
  • bats
  • animal reservoir
  • transmission
  • epidemiology

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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