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  • Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres is now Discover Life and fully open access!

    We are excited to announce that Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres has now become a fully open access (OA) journal as of 1 January 2024 and moved into our Discover series as Discover Life. We will now only publish articles as Open Access, meaning content will be freely available to readers worldwide, enabling the widest possible dissemination and reuse. 

    Springer Nature is committed to ensuring our portfolios serve and meet the evolving needs of the research community and that quality research is read and disseminated as widely as possible. Transforming Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres to Discover Life and full OA reflects our ongoing commitment to driving the transition to open research, and providing researchers with OA publication venues that can amplify their research and enable compliance with funder and institutional OA requirements, while continuing to deliver a high level of author service. See our FAQs journal update for further information.

  • Writing your manuscript: interactive author tutorials

    Looking to publish in a Discover journal? Springer Nature provides interactive tutorials to help you as an author write the best article possible by providing points to consider, from your background reading and study design to manuscript structuring and figure preparation. Find out more

  • Introducing In Review

    In Review, a new preprint service brought to you by Research Square, is available on Discover Life. By opting in to this service, you will be able to:

    • Showcase your work to funders and others with a citable preprint while it is under review 
    • Track the status of your manuscript through the peer review process on a more granular level 
    • Benefit from early sharing, such as more collaboration opportunities and earlier citations.

    See the full range of benefits of In Review and how to opt-in 

    See what the In Review platform looks like 

  • Topical Collections

    The journal publishes guest-edited Topical Collections on emerging hot topics of relevance to all aspects of life science. Our Topical Collections allow readers to quickly identify research on subject areas of particular interest to them.

    Topical Collections provide Guest Editors with a great opportunity to become more actively involved in the journal’s development. Guest Editors are involved in soliciting papers, in writing a short description of the Topical Collection and an introductory Editorial. In addition, they may manage some or all of the submissions to the Topical Collection through the peer review process, as long as our standard competing interests conditions are met. We accept proposals for Topical Collections and nominations from potential Guest Editors. Please follow up with our journal publishing contact for further information

    All manuscripts submitted to a Topical Collection are assessed according to the standard Discover Life editorial criteria and are subject to all standard journal policies. Usually Topical Collections are open for submissions from all authors as long as they fall within the scope of the Topical Collection and of the journal in general.