Special Issues

Life 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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Structure, Dynamics and Energetics of Biomolecular Processes: Forces Driving Macromolecular Association, Folding, and Recognition
edited by and David P. Remeta
submission deadline 29 Nov 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1401 | Submission Open
Keywords: molecular recognition and solvation; biomolecular structure and dynamics; ligand– receptor binding energetics; thermodynamic driving forces; macromolecular folding and stability; protein– nucleic acid interactions; intrinsically disordered proteins; liquid– liquid phase separation; protein aggregation and disease; drug discovery and optimization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biochemistry, Biophysics and Computational Biology)
The Effects of Neurosteroids on Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders
edited by Irina S. Balan
submission deadline 29 Nov 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 814 | Submission Open
Keywords: pregnane neurosteroids; androstane neurosteroids; sulfated neurosteroids; neuroactive steroids; neurological disorders; psychiatric disorders; therapeutic potential; neuroprotective properties; anti-inflammatory properties
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Cornea and Anterior Eye Diseases: 2nd Edition
edited by , and Giancarlo Montani
submission deadline 29 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 133 | Submission Open
Keywords: cornea; anterior eye; corneal dystrophy; dry eye; ocular surface; ocular imaging; contact lenses; myopia control with contact lenses; contact lens complications; primary eye care
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Pathogenesis, Pathological Features and Treatment of Sleep Disorders
edited by , Eunkee Bae and Wooyoung Im
submission deadline 29 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 91 | Submission Open
Keywords: insomnia; sleep apnea; parasomnia; cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia; digital therapeutics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Nutritional Supplementation, Body Composition and Performance in Athletes
edited by
submission deadline 29 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 53 | Submission Open
Keywords: optimal macro and micronutrients in exercise; plant-based food in sports nutrition; beetroot as ergogenic aid; body mass composition and nutrition practice; phase angle as VO2 max predictor; RED syndrome low and high energetic availability in sports praxis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)—2nd Edition submission deadline 29 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 27 | Submission Open
Keywords: obstructive sleep apnea; snoring; sleep-disordered breathing; adult sleep apnea; pediatric sleep apnea
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Trends in Microbiology 2024 submission deadline 30 Nov 2024 | 16 articles | Viewed by 19263 | Submission Open
Keywords: agricultural microbiology; clinical microbiology; environmental microbiology; food microbiology; industrial microbiology; marine microbiology; microbial biochemistry; microbial biofuel and bioenergy; microbial ecology; microbial evolution; microbial genetics; microbial metabolism; microbial pathogenesis; microbial physiology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Microbiology)
Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment of Thrombocytopenia-Inducing Diseases
edited by
submission deadline 30 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 69 | Submission Open
Keywords: thrombocytopenia; antibody; malignancy; anemia; immune dysregulation; antibiotics; iatrogenic
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Evolutionary and Conservation Genetics: 3rd Edition
edited by and Ilenia Azzena
submission deadline 30 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 68 | Submission Open
Keywords: evolutionary genetics; population genetics; conservation genetics; phylogeography; phylogenetics; phylodynamics; molecular taxonomy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Evolutionary Biology)
Animal Nutritional Physiology: Effects of Feed Additives on Livestock Products
edited by and Katarzyna Poltowicz
submission deadline 30 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 62 | Submission Open
Keywords: feed additives; animal health; animal performance; animal-derived products; animal nutritional physiology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Epigenetics of Metabolic Diseases
edited by
submission deadline 30 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 45 | Submission Open
Keywords: epigenetics; DNA methylation; histone modifications; non-coding RNAs; metabolic disease; diabetes; obesity; cardiovascular disease; biomarkers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genetics and Genomics)
Advances in Clinical Microbiology Detection
edited by Rossana Scutari
submission deadline 30 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 43 | Submission Open
Keywords: clinical microbiology; microbiology techniques; novel identification technologies; rapid diagnostics; novel screening and diagnostic methods; next-generation sequencing; metagenomics; microorganism detection and analysis; microbial monitoring
AI-Driven Advancements in Bioinformatics: Harnessing Explainable Deep Learning for Unraveling Complex Biological Insights
edited by Kelvin Wong
submission deadline 30 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 34 | Submission Open
Keywords: artificial intelligence; bioinformatics; systems biology; comparative proteomics; structural genomics; biomedical engineering; bio systems engineering
(This special issue belongs to the Section Epidemiology)
Hansen's Disease—Epidemiology, Diagnosis, Treatment and Complications
edited by Karen Olshtain-Pops
submission deadline 30 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 34 | Submission Open
Keywords: hansen's disease; leprosy; Mycobacterium leprae
(This special issue belongs to the Section Epidemiology)
What Is New in Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology—2nd Edition submission deadline 30 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 31 | Submission Open
Keywords: clinical psychiatry; biomarkers; psychopharmacology; addictions; agitations; pharmacological resistance; transcranial magnetic resonance
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmaceutical Science)
Bioactive Natural Compounds: Therapeutic Insights and Applications
edited by Vaidotas Žvikas
submission deadline 30 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 13 | Submission Open
Keywords: medicinal plants; bioactive compounds; plant extracts; phytochemicals; analytical method validation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmaceutical Science)
Advances in Knee Biomechanics
edited by Jason Shearn
submission deadline 2 Dec 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1772 | Submission Open
Keywords: knee; tendon; ligament; injury; repair; healing; biomechanics; advanced techniques
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Advances in Pulmonary Fibrosis
edited by Mary M. Salvatore and Maria Padilla
submission deadline 2 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 59 | Submission Open
Keywords: lung fibrosis; biomarkers; artificial intelligence; lung cancer in pulmonary fibrosis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Feature Papers in Origins of Life 2024
edited by James R. Lyons
submission deadline 13 Dec 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1353 | Submission Open
Keywords: astrobiology; astrochemistry; planetary science; geobiology; prebiotic chemistry; chirality; chemical evolution; protocells; synthetic biology; complex systems
(This special issue belongs to the Section Origin of Life)
Structure, Activity, and Function of Protein Methyltransferases Volume 2 submission deadline 13 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 202 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Proteins and Proteomics)
State of the Art Diagnosis and Treatment into Cerebral Veins and Dural Sinuses Thrombosis
edited by , and
submission deadline 15 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 36 | Submission Open
Keywords: cerebral vein and intracranial dural sinus thrombosis (CVT); thrombophilia; isolated intracranial hypertension; non-enhanced computer tomography (NECT) of the head; computer tomography venography (CTV); magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the head; magnetic resonance venography (MRV); anticoagulation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Cell Biology and Molecular Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer
edited by
submission deadline 16 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 55 | Submission Open
Keywords: pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma; pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors; pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia; intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms; pancreatic cancer stem cells; pancreatic microenvironment; liquid biopsy; cystic fluid; saliva; genomics/proteomics/lipidomics; transcription and translation; cytokines; inflammation; metastasis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physiology and Pathology)
Novel Approaches in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to Improve Quality of Life
edited by Silvan Maximilian Klein and Alexandra M. Anker
submission deadline 17 Dec 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3582 | Submission Open
Keywords: reconstructive surgery; peripheral nerve injury; tissue repair; tissue engineering; peripheral nerve gaps; management of bone defects; molecular aspects of tissue repair; cancer therapy; cancer diagnostics; tissue imaging; artificial intelligence; cell-based tissue repair; rehabilitation after reconstructive surgery; facial reconstruction; breast reconstruction; lymphedema surgery
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
The Development and Evolution of Legumes
edited by Shaoli Zhou
submission deadline 17 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 230 | Submission Open
Keywords: legumes; development; evolution; genetics; breeding; taxonomy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Science)
COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 Investigations: Characteristics, Clinical Course, Prevention, Treatment and Prognosis submission deadline 20 Dec 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 11897 | Submission Open
Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; public health; biological risk; infectious diseases; vaccines and vaccinations; clinical recognition; treatment; disease course; prognosis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Epidemiology)
Plants as a Promising Biofactory for Bioactive Compounds: 2nd Edition
edited by
submission deadline 30 Dec 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2452 | Submission Open
Keywords: plant cell culture; plant tissue culture; medicinal plants; secondary metabolites; bioactive compounds; nutraceuticals; recombinant proteins; biologics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plant Science)
Advances in the Structure and Function of Microbial Communities
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Dec 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 889 | Submission Open
Keywords: microbial communities; ecosystem dynamics; community structure; functional diversity; interactions; ecological processes; sustainability
(This special issue belongs to the Section Microbiology)
Current Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment of Sepsis
edited by Chih-Huang Li
submission deadline 30 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 141 | Submission Open
Keywords: sepsis; biomarkers; prediction; immunotherapy; AI model
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Advancements in Cardiovascular Epidemiology: Integrating Predictive Modeling into Public Health
edited by and Matina Kouvari
submission deadline 30 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 60 | Submission Open
Keywords: CVD epidemiology; public health interventions; predictive modeling; risk stratification; cardiometabolic risk factors
(This special issue belongs to the Section Epidemiology)
Feature Papers in Animal Science: 3rd Edition
edited by
submission deadline 30 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 3 | Submission Open
Keywords: fish; microbial ecology; lipid nutrition; electron microscopy; gut microbiota; proteomics; next-generation sequencing; arthropod parasites; protease inhibitors; disease vectors; cystatin; serpin; kunitz; tick; insect; vector– host interaction; innate immunity; shellfish immunology; bivalve mollusks; transcriptomics; diseases; hemocytes; microscopy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Animal Science)
Cystic Fibrosis: A Disease with a New Face
edited by and Patricia A. Walker
submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 13997 | Submission Open
Keywords: cystic fibrosis; CFTR modulator; CF newborn screening; CF nutrition; lung transplant in CF; CF family planning
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Emerging Themes in Anthrax submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 7608 | Submission Open
Keywords: Bacillus anthracis; anthrax; epidemiology; genomics; pathogenesis; immunology; vaccines; treatment; decontaminants
(This special issue belongs to the Section Microbiology)
Cardiovascular Diseases: From Basic Research to Clinical Application–2nd Edition submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 682 | Submission Open
Keywords: CVDs; risk factors; prevention; treatment; novelties in research; artificial intelligence
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Long-Term Dynamics of Biodiversity in Aquatic Environments
edited by Emilie Saulnier-Talbot
submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 101 | Submission Open
Keywords: paleolimnology; paleoceanography; global change; anthropogenic pressure; extirpation; extinction; functional diversity; α diversity; β diversity; species distribution
(This special issue belongs to the Section Diversity and Ecology)
Recent Advances in Diagnosis and Management of Musculoskeletal Pain submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 70 | Submission Open
Keywords: pain; muscle; tendon; bone; therapy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Ion Channels and Neurological Disease: 2nd Edition
edited by and Marzia Martina
submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 58 | Submission Open
Keywords: ion channels; neurological diseases; neurodegeneration; pain; cellular and animal models; neuronal excitability; neuronal activity; synaptic transmission; structural and functional correlates; computational modeling; pathophysiology and pathogenesis; channelopathies; altered currents; neuropharmacology and ethnopharmacology; drug screening; delivery; and targeting; pharmacological treatments; molecular therapeutic options; neuroprotection
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmaceutical Science)
Personalized Medicine in Ophthalmic Diseases: Updated Challenges and Opportunities submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 31 | Submission Open
Keywords: vision-related quality of life; personalized medicine; artificial intelligence; ophthalmology and nutrition; optical coherence tomography; ocular surface diseases; retinal vascular diseases
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Clinical and Laboratory Advancements and Challenges in Medically Assisted Reproduction
edited by and Valeria Stella Vanni
submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 27 | Submission Open
Keywords: medically assisted reproduction; assisted reproduction technologies; clinical embryology; genetic testing; ovarian stimulation; male factor; endometriosis; endometrial receptivity; implantation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Reproductive and Developmental Biology)
Recent Advances in Medical Imaging and Machine Learning
edited by Ester Bonmati Coll and Barbara Villarini
submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 20 | Submission Open
Keywords: image pattern recognition; image classification; image segmentation; diagnosis; anomaly detection; genetics with medical imaging; machine learning; deep learning; research translation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Infection, Colonization, and Spread of Drug-Resistant Bacteria
edited by Jialing Lin
submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 18 | Submission Open
Keywords: antibiotic resistance; bacterial infection; bacterial colonization; bacterial spread; hospital-acquired infections; community-acquired infections
(This special issue belongs to the Section Microbiology)
Prognosis and Management of Dry Eye Disease submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 17 | Submission Open
Keywords: dry eye disease; dry eye epidemiology; dry eye management; dry eye natural course; meibomian gland dysfunction; evaporative dry eye; aqueous deficiency dry eye; artificial tear substitutes; tear film lipid layer; meibomian glands
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Back to Basics in Palaeontology
edited by Hua Stephane
submission deadline 8 Jan 2025 | Viewed by 19 | Submission Open
Keywords: fundamentals; natural history; multidisciplinarity; first hand bibliography; actualism
(This special issue belongs to the Section Paleontology)
Elements Cycling and Plants’ Physiological Characteristics: A Soil–Plant–Atmosphere Continuum Perspective
edited by and
submission deadline 15 Jan 2025 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1598 | Submission Open
Keywords: element cycling; microbial communities; plant nutrition; plant physiology; plant biochemistry; atmospheric composition; climate change; soil– plant– atmosphere interaction; plant– soil feedback
(This special issue belongs to the Section Diversity and Ecology)
Advances in Endoscopy for Hepatic, Pancreatic, and Biliary Diseases
edited by John Ong
submission deadline 16 Jan 2025 | Viewed by 32 | Submission Open
Keywords: endoscopic intervention; endoscopic ultrasound; lumen apposing metal stent; radiofrequency ablation; endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty; cholangioscopy; endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography; liver disease; biliary disease; pancreatobiliary disease
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Fertility Preservation and Sterility Treatment
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jan 2025 | Viewed by 23 | Submission Open
Keywords: fertility preservation; oncofertility; cryopreservation; basic research; gonadotoxicity; oocyte cryopreservation; sperm cryopreservation; ovarian tissue transplantation; assisted reproductive technologies
Feature Papers in Medical Research: 3rd Edition
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jan 2025 | Viewed by 13 | Submission Open
Keywords: dermatological research; cancer research; cardiovascular research; general medicine; gastroenterological research; hematological research; immunological research; infectious diseases research; metabolism and endocrinology; nervous system research; nursing; pediatrics; pulmonary research; psychiatric research; rehabilitation; renal and urinary research; reproductive research and women's health; rheumatological research; skeletal and muscular research; vision research
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
New Trends in Otorhinolaryngology
edited by , and Pietro De Luca
submission deadline 31 Jan 2025 | Viewed by 13 | Submission Open
Keywords: head and neck; otolaryngology; hearing loss; speech disorders; swallowing disorders; cancer; microRNA; nose; plastic surgery
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Advancements in Heart Failure Research
edited by Tzu-Hurng Cheng and
submission deadline 31 Jan 2025 | Viewed by 12 | Submission Open
Keywords: cardiac remodeling; biomarkers; precision medicine; patient-centered care; therapeutic innovations
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Research)
Therapeutic Effects of Natural Products on Human Diseases: 2nd Edition
edited by
submission deadline 25 Feb 2025 | Viewed by 42 | Submission Open
Keywords: natural products; natural extracts; cancer; neurodegenerative diseases; immunological disorders; metabolic diseases; oriental medicine; microorganisms; algae; functional foods
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmaceutical Science)
Helicobacter pylori
edited by and
submission deadline 28 Feb 2025 | 4 articles | Viewed by 20194 | Submission Open
Keywords: H. Pylori; cancers; antioxidative process; diagnostic methods
(This special issue belongs to the Section Microbiology)
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