Elsevier Physics
Physics of Life Reviews

Change to Open Peer
Commentary format

6 years ago we began our journey of publishing an international review journal covering all areas of Physics of Life. The journal published 70 reviews by experts in all areas of Physics of Life; it is widely read, held in high regard in the peer community and achieved an impressive Impact Factor.

In this 7th volume we change the journal format to Open Peer Commentary. Most reviews will be follwed by 1-page comments discussing the review. Comments will be followed by a 2–3-page Author rebuttal. Comments will be invited by the Editor handling the review; we aim at 5 comments per review. Unsolicited comments are welcome via the electronic submission system for the journal. Comments will not go through formal review, but will be carefully read by the Editor who will select them for publication.

A review journal covering a wide field of research for a wide readership is expected to benefit significantly from this process. Readers will benefit from diverse views represented in comments and rebuttals.

We welcome your feedback and suggestions to make a successful transition to Open Peer Commentary format. We look forward to receiving your reviews and comments because it is together that we can make lasting contributions to the research community.

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Leonid Perlovsky Ph.D.

Charon Duermeijer Ph.D.
Publishing Director
Physics, Elsevier

Journal Aims and Scope:
Physics of Life Reviews is an international journal appearing quarterly, that publishes review articles on physics of living systems, complex phenomena in biological systems, and related fields of artificial life, robotics, mathematical bio-semiotics, and artificial intelligent systems. This journal is a unifying force, going across the barriers between disciplines, addressing all living systems from molecules to populations and from genetics to mind and artificial systems modeling these phenomena. The journal invites reviews from actively working researchers, which are broad in scope, critical, accessible to our wide readership and addresses sometimes controversial accounts of recent progress and problems.

Physics of Life Reviews intends to keep the active researcher abreast of developments on a wide range of topics by publishing timely reviews, which are more than mere literature surveys but normally less than a full monograph. Although most of the reviews will be of a specialist nature, each review should contain enough introductory material to make the main points intelligible to a non-specialist and to inspire and facilitate interdisiplinary research. The reviews should address in a clear way the most important conceptual issues in a field, review existing theories and methods with their achievements and drawbacks or difficulties versus the issues, unsolved problems addressed by a new theory, method, or approach, and why a significant progress is achieved or expected. Future research directions, remaining unsolved problems, and experimental confirmations or controversies should also be addressed.

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