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Special Issue: Uncovering Developmental Diversity

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Development invites you to submit your latest research to our upcoming special issue: Uncovering Developmental Diversity. This issue will be coordinated by our academic Editor Cassandra Extavour (Harvard University, USA) alongside two Guest Editors: Liam Dolan (Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology, Austria) and Karen Sears (University of California Los Angeles, USA).

The field of developmental biology has a rich history of studying embryology, homeostasis and regeneration in a diverse range of organisms. However, in recent decades, most developmental studies have focussed on a small repertoire of well-characterised so-called model organisms. Now, advances in genomic and other technologies have opened the door to studying a wide variety of organisms across all kingdoms of life, allowing us to tackle fundamental questions around the evolution of multicellular life and the diversity of body plans, and around how organisms can adapt to their environment. Given the current global challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss, it is particularly important that we turn our attention to understanding development in a changing world.

We encourage submission of Research Articles and Reports, as well as of Techniques and Resources papers. Prospective authors are welcome to send pre-submission enquiries to We also invite proposals for Review-type articles: if you are interested in contributing a Review, please send a summary of your proposed article to us by 15 December 2023. Please review our overview of article types and refer to our author guidelines for information about manuscript preparation. When submitting your manuscript, please highlight in your cover letter that the submission is to be considered for this special issue.

The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2024.

The issue will be finalised in late 2024. Please note, however, that in our continuous publication model, we will be able to publish your article shortly after it is accepted*; you will not have to wait for the rest of the issue to be ready. This special issue will be widely promoted online and at key global conferences – guaranteeing maximum exposure for your work.

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  • Preprint-friendly policies and format-free submission
  • Strong commitment at first decision – around 95% of invited revisions accepted
  • Free to publish or Open Access options available
  • Easy one-click transfer option to Biology Open
  • Not-for-profit publisher

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*Please note that, according to timing and volume of submissions, not all articles accepted for publication will be included in the special issue; they may instead be published in earlier or later issues of the journal.

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