Special Issues

Biology publishes Special Issues to create collections of papers on specific topics, with the aim of building a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors, who are experts on the topic. The journal’s Editor-in-Chief and/or designated EBM will oversee Guest Editor appointments and Special Issue proposals, checking their content for relevance and ensuring the suitability of the material for the journal. The papers published in a Special Issue will be collected and displayed on a dedicated page of the journal’s website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Multidisciplinary Insights on Bone Healing (Volume II) submission deadline 15 Apr 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 16850 | Submission Open
Keywords: bone healing; bone regeneration; bone diseases and related pathologies; bone tissue engineering; bone substitute
Innovative Biotechnologies for Advancing Protein Function Investigation
edited by Yongjuan Zhao, Wanhua Li and Qiwen Deng
submission deadline 15 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1393 | Submission Open
Keywords: protein imaging and visualization; high-throughput screening; computational methodologies; protein engineering; protein– protein interactions; protein– ligand interactions; biological mechanisms
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biotechnology)
Anti-cancer Agents and Their Function Mechanism
edited by Haiyan Tian
submission deadline 15 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 172 | Submission Open
Keywords: anti-cancer; natural products; bioactive molecules; targets; peptides; marine organism; plants; microorganism
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
Applications of Stable Isotope Analysis in Ecology submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 17897 | Submission Open
Keywords: community ecology; population ecology; biotic interactions; food webs; nutrient cycling; ecosystem structure and functioning; disturbance; stability; environmental change; climate change; invasive species
(This special issue belongs to the Section Ecology)
Benthic Biodiversity from Microbes to Multicellular Organisms and Its Functional Interplays submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 11 articles | Viewed by 16823 | Submission Open
Keywords: benthic organisms; biological response; ecosystems; natural gradients; anthropogenic pressures; biological interactions; macrofauna; meiofauna; protists; prokaryotes; microbial mediated biogeochemical processes; nutrient fluxes; sediment biogeochemistry
(This special issue belongs to the Section Marine Biology)
Epigenetic Modifications and Changes in Neurodegenerative Diseases
edited by
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 7732 | Submission Open
Keywords: Alzheimer’ s disease; Parkinson’ s disease; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; epigenetics; DNA methylation; histone tail modifications; non-coding RNAs; biomarkers; environmental epigenetics  
(This special issue belongs to the Section Neuroscience)
Extracellular Vesicles from Health to Disease: Positive or Negative Benefits submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 7394 | Submission Open
Keywords: extracellular vesicles; exosomes; microparticles; EV mechanisms of action; biomarkers; EV in diseases; EV as therapeutic tools
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Biology)
Facilitation of Invasive Crop Pests via Climate Change: From Evidence to Mechanisms
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 6575 | Submission Open
Keywords: climate warming; biological invasion; phenotypic plasticity; local adaptation; rapid evolution; basal stress tolerance; niche breadth
Neurobiology of Invertebrates Inaccessible from Mammalian Studies
edited by
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 6503 | Submission Open
Keywords: invertebrate; neurobiology; learning; memory; behavioral change; molecular basis; open vasculature; identifiable neuron
(This special issue belongs to the Section Zoology)
Molecular Biology of Neuroendocrine Tumors: Pathogenesis, Diagnosis and Treatment
edited by
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5978 | Submission Open
Keywords: transcription factor; NE differentiation; NE transformation; NET signaling pathway; neuroblastoma; NE lung cancer; NETs
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cancer Biology)
Effects of Heavy Metals and Microplastics on Wetland Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function
edited by Hualong Hong and Mohammad Belal Hossain
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2741 | Submission Open
Keywords: heavy metals; microplastics; wetland ecosystems; ecology; risk assessment; food chain; health risk; emerging contaminants; water and sediment contamination; ecosystem health; exposure; polythelene
(This special issue belongs to the Section Ecology)
New Advances in Molecular Diagnostics of Crop Pathogens submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2382 | Submission Open
Keywords: pathogen detection; pathogen identification; crop protection; crop diseases
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Science)
Physiological, Biochemical, and Molecular Response in Plants under Light-Emitting Diode (LED) Treatment (Volume II) submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2011 | Submission Open
Keywords: antioxidants; bioactive compounds; biotic and abiotic stress; food quality; LED; nutrients; plant defense; plant response; productivity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Science)
PET/MRI Brain Image Processing and Analysis: Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease
edited by
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1731 | Submission Open
Keywords: Alzheimer's disease; Parkinson's disease; dementia; neurodegenerative disorders; positron emission computed tomography; magnetic resonance imaging; imaging methods
(This special issue belongs to the Section Neuroscience)
Application of Metabolomics and Integrated Computing in Chemical Biology
edited by
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1540 | Submission Open
Keywords: chemical biology; computational biology; metabolomics; computational modeling; new chemical entities (NCE); active pharmaceutical ingredients (API); characterization; metabolite profiling
Understanding the Genomic Mechanisms of Oncology
edited by Sharona Elgavish and
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 973 | Submission Open
Keywords: omics; genomics; proteomics; metabolomics; genome-wide mutation profiling; epigenetics; medical imaging; tumor microenvironment; machine-learning
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genetics and Genomics)
Feature Review Papers in Ecology submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 400 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Ecology)
Molecular Basis of Hereditary Hearing Loss
edited by Amel Bahloul
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 220 | Submission Open
Keywords: hearing loss; gene therapy; molecular pathway; mechanotransduction; proteomics; lipids; vestibular disorders; hair cells; noise
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genetics and Genomics)
Neurophysiological and Cognitive Alterations in Response to Hypoxia submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 208 | Submission Open
Keywords: hypoxia; cognition; vigilance; attention; exercise
Proteinaceous Infectious Particle (Prion) Biology submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 208 | Submission Open
Keywords: prions; prion diseases; infectious protein particles; prion formation; amyloid aggregation; prion amyloid proteins; yeast
(This special issue belongs to the Section Neuroscience)
Human Pathogen Infections: Pathogenicity and Immunity
edited by Neeraj Chauhan
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 204 | Submission Open
Keywords: infectious diseases; human pathogens; pathogenesis; host– pathogen interaction; host immune system; autophagy; antimicrobial resistance; nutrition and microbial infection; therapy; prevention
(This special issue belongs to the Section Microbiology)
Biology, Ecology, Management and Conservation of Canidae
edited by Alberto Meriggi and
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 197 | Submission Open
Keywords: Canidae; biology; ecology; management; conservation; ecosystem; habitats; niches; biodiversity; physiology; reproduction
(This special issue belongs to the Section Conservation Biology and Biodiversity)
Research Progress in Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of the Blood–Brain Barrier
edited by Richard A. Hawkins, Juan Viña and Darryl R. Peterson
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 191 | Submission Open
Keywords: brain; barrier; capillaries; glucose; amino acids; medicines; osmolarity; osmolytes; neurovascular unit; nutrients; glucose; blood– brain barrier transport; swelling; volume control
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology)
Vision and the Immune System submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 132 | Submission Open
Keywords: chemokine; cytokine and other immune-function-related proteins and non-coding RNAs in the retina; retinal organoids; rodent models; zebrafish; fruit fly; human patients; database mining; data-driven discovery of biological functions; non-image-forming functions of opsin receptor proteins; retinal degeneration; Muller glia cells; retinal pigment epithelium
(This special issue belongs to the Section Immunology)
Genetic Mechanisms in Archaea submission deadline 1 May 2024 | Viewed by 249 | Submission Open
Keywords: archaea; extrachromosomal genetic elements; chromosome structure; DNA replication; DNA repair; DNA recombination; transcription regulation; epigenetic regulation  
(This special issue belongs to the Section Microbiology)
Molecular Mechanism and Genetic Regulation of Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation
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submission deadline 1 May 2024 | Viewed by 186 | Submission Open
Keywords: symbiotic nitrogen fixation; nodulation; stresses; host immune system; microbial communities; molecular mechanism; genetic regulation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Science)
Physiological and Pathophysiological Responses to Biomaterials 2.0: From Nano- to Microscale Effects and Interactions submission deadline 15 May 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 5258 | Submission Open
Keywords: extracellular stimuli and physiological responses; plasma membrane interface; cell– material interactions; tissue– material interactions; tissue engineering; biomaterials; biomedical devices; in vitro models and on-chip/microfluidic systems; bioreactors; structure– function relationship
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology)
Cancer and Signalling: Targeting Cellular Pathways
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submission deadline 15 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2355 | Submission Open
Keywords: Hippo signalling; mechanotransduction; YAP; cancer; polarity; Rho GTPases; signalling; organ growth; extracellular matrix; integrins
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cancer Biology)
Machine Learning Applications in Biology submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 16295 | Submission Open
Keywords: machine learning; genomics; epigenomics; genetic variation and the environment; gene regulatory networks; integration of multipurpose NGS data
(This special issue belongs to the Section Bioinformatics)
Pain: Neurobiology, Pathophysiology, and Therapeutic Approaches
edited by Joshua W. Little
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 8851 | Submission Open
Keywords: pain; pain pathophysiology; neurobiology; nonopioid therapy; acute pain; chronic pain
(This special issue belongs to the Section Neuroscience)
Infectious Diseases in Aquaculture: Mechanisms, Detection, and Control
edited by and
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 8041 | Submission Open
Keywords: aquaculture; emerging diseases; industry loss; mass mortality; detection; epidemiology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Zoology)
Ecological Characteristics and Genetic Population Structure of the Invasive Freshwater Jellyfish Craspedacusta sowerbii Species Complex
edited by and Herwig Stibor
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 6934 | Submission Open
Keywords: ecosystem functioning; evolutionary ecology; genetic population structure; species complex; clonality; polyp; medusa life stage
(This special issue belongs to the Section Ecology)
Recent Prototype Drug Development: Insights in Protein Science and Enzymology for Precision Medicine submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 6157 | Submission Open
Keywords: immunotherapy; targeted therapy; therapeutic antibody; chemotherapy; novel bioactive molecule; biomarker; drug resistance; enzymology; molecular pharmacology; precision medicine
New Sight in Cancer Genetics
edited by , Isabel Marques Carreira and
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 5325 | Submission Open
Keywords: genomic and epigenetic characterization; diagnosis and prognosis biomarkers; omics profiles; genetic and genomic signature; molecular heterogeneity; molecular targeted therapy; oncogenic signaling pathways; copy number alterations and mutational landscape; chromosome abnormalities
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cancer Biology)
Climate Change and Marine Plankton
edited by
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4264 | Submission Open
Keywords: bacteria plankton; phytoplankton; zooplankton; climate change; marine ecology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Marine Biology)
Mechanisms of Cellular Senescence in Aging and Age-Related Diseases submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3884 | Submission Open
Keywords: cellular senescence; age-related diseases; aging; senolytics; senomorphics; biomarkers; immunosenescence; inflammaging; SASP
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cell Biology)
The Replication Licensing System
edited by
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3828 | Submission Open
Keywords: cell cycle; DNA replication; genome stability; replication licensing; MCM2-7; ORC; Cdc6; CDT1; cancer; Meier-Gorlin syndrome
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cell Biology)
Recent Advances in Biosynthesis and Degradation of Plant Anthocyanin
edited by and
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3360 | Submission Open
Keywords: anthocyanin; fruit ripening; flowering coloration; leaf coloration; secondary metabolite; molecular mechanism
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Science)
Agricultural Pests and Their Interactions with Pathogenic Microorganisms
edited by Awawing Anjwengwo Andongma
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2964 | Submission Open
Keywords: insects; bacteria; viruses; fungi; pathogenic relationships; agricultural pest
(This special issue belongs to the Section Zoology)
Mechanisms of Immunity and Disease Resistance in Aquatic Animals
edited by
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2391 | Submission Open
Keywords: aquatic animals; disease-resistant; innate immunity; adaptive immunity; regulatory mechanism
(This special issue belongs to the Section Immunology)
Free Radicals in Biology and Medicine submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2072 | Submission Open
Keywords: reactive oxygen species (ROS); free radical biology; ROS in biology; antioxidant enzymes and defenses; ROS effects in developmental biology; oxidative stress; methods in free radical research
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
Metabolic Interactions between the Gut Microbiome and Host
edited by and
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1537 | Submission Open
Keywords: gut microbiome; host; metabolome; microbial heterogeneity; biomolecules
(This special issue belongs to the Section Microbiology)
Metabolism of Industrial Microorganisms
edited by , and Kai Li
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1441 | Submission Open
Keywords: microbial metabolic engineering; microbial fermentation; industrial microorganisms; microbial cell factory; metabolic regulation; metabolic network; metabolic flux analysis; metabolic pathway; metabolomics; synthetic biology; applied microbiology; industrial production; biofuels and biochemicals; bioactive compounds
(This special issue belongs to the Section Microbiology)
Multi-Omics of Extremophilic Organisms submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1276 | Submission Open
Keywords: extremophiles; integrative analysis; systems biology; stress biology; extreme environmental conditions; biotechnologic application
(This special issue belongs to the Section Microbiology)
Novel Biotechnology for Biofuel and Bioenergy Production and Products
edited by and Yingyue Zeng
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 325 | Submission Open
Keywords: biofuel; bioenergy; bioproduct; biotechnology; biorefinery; synthetic biology; omics; gene editing; AI; microalgae
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biotechnology)
DNA Repair Immunity and Cancer
edited by , Barbara Bertocci and Sophie Peron
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 176 | Submission Open
Keywords: humoral immunity; immunoglobulin gene diversification; B cell biology; B lymphomagenesis; DNA repair; mutagenesis; TLS polymerases; epigenetic and cell cycle
Animal Models of Neurodegenerative Diseases
edited by Xiangyu Guo
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 154 | Submission Open
Keywords: neurodegenerative diseases; Alzheimer's disease; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; Parkinson's disease; Huntington's disease; neuroscience; animal models; pathogenesis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Neuroscience)
Genetic Engineering and Gene Function Verification in Cotton
edited by Chuanliang Liu
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 135 | Submission Open
Keywords: cotton; fiber yield and quality; biotic or abiotic stress; disease resistance; genetic engineering; gene function verification
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Science)
Animal Models of Leukemia
edited by Rasoul Pourebrahim
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 125 | Submission Open
Keywords: leukemia; animal models; immune microenvironment; symptoms; drug; treatment; white blood cells; bone marrow and the lymphatic system
(This special issue belongs to the Section Cancer Biology)
Novel Insights in the Biology and Conservation of Freshwater Turtles
edited by and
submission deadline 1 Jun 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2378 | Submission Open
Keywords: turtle biology; turtle ecology and distribution; turtle conservation; turtle physiology and senescence; turtle breathing; turtle reproduction; threatened turtle species; turtle conservation status
(This special issue belongs to the Section Zoology)
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