About Life


Life (ISSN 2075-1729) is an international, peer-reviewed scientific open access journal concerned with fundamental themes in life sciences, from basic to applied research. Our aim is to encourage scientists to publish their experimental and theoretical results in as much detail as possible. There is no restrictions on the maximum length of manuscripts. There are, in addition, unique features of this journal:

  • Manuscripts regarding research proposals and research ideas will be particularly welcomed.
  • Electronic files or software regarding the full details of the calculation and experimental procedure-if unable to be published in a normal way-can be deposited as supplementary material.
  • Manuscripts communicating to a broader audience with regard to research projects financed with public funds are also welcomed.
  • Authors have the option to publish all reviewer comments and editorial decisions alongside the final published manuscript.
  • Reviewers can optionally sign their comments: in this case, their identity will be made public with the final published paper.


This journal covers all aspects of life sciences. Research fields of interest include but are not limited to:

  • abiogenesis
  • artificial life
  • astrobiology
  • biochemistry
  • biodiversity
  • bioinformatics
  • biomedicine
  • biophysics
  • biotechnology
  • botany
  • cell biology
  • definition of life
  • developmental biology
  • ecology
  • extremophiles
  • evolutionary biology
  • genetics
  • genomics
  • geobiology
  • habitability
  • life detection technology
  • microbiology
  • molecular biology
  • molecular phylogeny
  • neurobiology
  • origins of life
  • paleontology
  • prebiotic chemistry
  • proteomics
  • space life sciences/ space biology
  • structural biology
  • systems biology
  • synthetic biology
  • theoretical biology
  • virology

MDPI Publication Ethics Statement

MDPI is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). MDPI takes the responsibility to enforce a rigorous peer-review together with strict ethical policies and standards to ensure to add high quality scientific works to the field of scholarly publication. Unfortunately, cases of plagiarism, data falsification, inappropriate authorship credit, and the like, do arise. MDPI takes such publishing ethics issues very seriously and our editors are trained to proceed in such cases with a zero tolerance policy. To verify the originality of content submitted to our journals, we use iThenticate to check submissions against previous publications.

Book Reviews

Authors and publishers are encouraged to send review copies of their recent related books to the following address. Received books will be listed as Books Received within the journal's News & Announcements section.

St. Alban-Anlage 66
CH-4052 Basel

Copyright / Open Access

Articles published in Life will be Open-Access articles distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The copyright is retained by the author(s). MDPI will insert the following note at the end of the published text:

© 2024 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).


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