Special Issue "Computational Approaches for Pinpointing the Locations and Properties of Non-coding RNAs"

A special issue of Non-Coding RNA (ISSN 2311-553X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 406

Special Issue Editors

Section for Computational and RNA Biology, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Interests: gene regulation; transcriptomics; lncRNAs; enhancer-promoter communication; epitranscriptomics; RNA editing; RNA secondary structure; computational genomics; statistical modelling; deep learning
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) are molecules that play important roles in cellular regulation, and are increasingly being recognised for their potential in understanding and diagnosing disease. The rapid detection of ncRNA transcripts in recent years means that ncRNAs now vastly outnumber that of protein-coding genes. However, there are still key challenges remaining, such as how missing transcripts can be identified, refining current annotations and understanding the specific contexts in which they are expressed. Additionally, there is an urgent need to prioritise which transcripts should be studied further in order to decipher their regulatory roles and impact.

Recent advancements in computer algorithms and machine learning, including deep learning approaches, have a strong, yet to date largely unexplored, potential for boosting our knowledge of ncRNA identification and analysis. Therefore, in this series, we invite manuscripts that explore a broad range of computational algorithms and machine learning techniques in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding of ncRNAs. These manuscripts may potentially incorporate and integrate multiple data sources and types, such as next-generation sequencing data, including both (epi-)transcriptomic and epigenomic data, as well as sequences themselves. Furthermore, they may address a broad range of problems in the field, such as cataloguing and annotating ncRNA transcripts, understanding their properties, including sequence-specific motifs separating different RNA species, analysing their secondary structures and their potential to interact with other biomolecules (e.g., proteins, chromatin and/or other RNAs), and how we can characterise them in the context of specific diseases and conditions.

Contributions to further research in this area has a rich potential to help improve our understanding of biological regulation, which in turn can lead to the development of targeted therapies for a variety of diseases.

Dr. Sarah Rennie
Prof. Dr. Shizuka Uchida
Guest Editors

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. Non-Coding RNA is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly 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 1600 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.


  • non-coding RNAs
  • bioinformatics
  • machine learning and deep learning
  • RNA regulation
  • disease

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