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Discover Life

Publishing model:
Open access


Discover Life is an open access journal publishing research from all fields relevant to life science.

  • Considers articles from a broad range of life science disciplines.
  • Formerly Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres (2023 Impact Factor: 1.9), Discover Life is expected to receive its first Impact Factor under the new name in 2026.
  • Topics include biodiversity, ecology, molecular biology, genomics, and more.     
  • A Discover journal focused on speed of submission and review, service, and integrity.
Impact factor
1.9 (2023)
5 year impact factor
1.7 (2023)
Submission to first decision (median)
18 days
122,636 (2023)

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Journal updates

  • 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

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Abstracted and indexed in
  2. Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
  3. BFI List
  5. Baidu
  6. Biological Abstracts
  8. CNKI
  10. Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS)
  11. Current Contents/Life Sciences
  12. Dimensions
  13. EBSCO
  14. EMBiology
  15. Engineering Village – GEOBASE
  16. Google Scholar
  17. Japanese Science and Technology Agency (JST)
  18. Meta
  19. Naver
  20. OCLC WorldCat Discovery Service
  21. Portico
  22. ProQuest
  23. SCImago
  24. SCOPUS
  25. Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE)
  26. TD Net Discovery Service
  27. UGC-CARE List (India)
  28. Wanfang
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