Skip to main content

Call for papers - First dive into marine genomics

Guest Editor:
Artem Nedoluzhko: European University at Saint Petersburg, Russia

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 31 May 2024


New Content ItemViolent natural disasters that result in mass species extinctions are not uncommon in the history of our planet. Nowadays, the Earth stands in front of the era of global changes, this time caused by humans. The ocean has long taken the brunt of the impacts of climate change and has been influenced by the raise in temperature and the associated marine water acidification. These processes are gradually altering the ocean's unique landscapes and biodiversity. BMC Genomics is calling for submissions to our "First Dive into Marine Genomics" for early-career researchers Collection (marine biologists, marine ecologists, and evolutionary biologists) on their first step in understanding the world ocean's biodiversity and evolution during this era of great changes using molecular genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics methods. With this collection we would like to promote the sustainable development goal SDG14: Life Below Water.

Meet the Guest Editors

Back to top

Artem Nedoluzhko: European University at Saint Petersburg, Russia

Artem Nedoluzhko is the Head of the Paleogenomics laboratory at the European University at Saint Petersburg. He has extensive research experience in the area of evolutionary genomics of vertebrates (i.e., aquatic animals). He studied Biology at the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) and obtained his Ph.D. in Biotechnology from the Federal Research Center of Biotechnology of the Russian Academy of Science in 2008. His research is focused on the evolutionary genomics of vertebrates, including using museum and ancient DNA. Dr. Nedoluzhko is a member of the editorial board of BMC Genomics.

About the collection

The last century has seen a large and rapid expansion of human activities which in turn has been destroying ecosystems that had been developing for billions of years. Indeed, growing economic activities often lead to the extinction of species, the degradation of habitats, and the direct destruction of organic life. Human-made global warming is one of the key factors contributing to the sixth mass extinction of species. The ocean has long taken the brunt of the impacts of climate change and has been influenced by the raise in temperature and the associated marine water acidification. These processes are gradually altering the ocean's unique landscapes and biodiversity.

Marine life, from unicellular microorganisms to mammals, is struggling to adapt to new environments and change their distribution and ecological niches. Some of these species are going extinct, while others manage to find rescue and stay alive. Environmental changes and ecosystems destruction have a substantial effect on Earth. However, they also provide exciting opportunities to understand the origin and the evolution of life using elaborate modern methods for observations and outstanding data analysis capabilities.

BMC Genomics is calling for submissions to our "First Dive into Marine Genomics for early-career researchers Collection (marine biologists, marine ecologists, and evolutionary biologists) on their first step in understanding the world ocean's biodiversity during this era of substantial changes using molecular genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics methods. For this Collection, we invite you to contribute original research papers describing the application of modern methods for phylogenetic analyses, as well as speciation and molecular evolution studies of marine species in changing environments. Experimental studies demonstrating the importance of epigenetic factors (i.e., non-coding RNAs and RNA/DNA modifications) in adaptation to changing environments and research focused on describing the role of interspecific hybridization and its adaptive potential are also welcome. With this collection we would like to promote the sustainable development goal SDG14: Life Below Water.

N.B. As we understand the importance of the first steps for marine genomics, for this collection BMC Genomics would like to encourage manuscripts where the first author is an early-career researcher (BSc, MSc, or PhD student or scientist with no more than 5 years of research experience after the PhD). As per our policy, APC waivers are available for corresponding authors based in countries listed here:  apc waivers | Open research | Springer Nature.

Image credit: Anastasiia Samoukina

  1. Genome-wide comparisons of populations are widely used to explore the patterns of nucleotide diversity and sequence divergence to provide knowledge on how natural selection and genetic drift affect the genome....

    Authors: Fahime Mohamadnejad Sangdehi, Minal S. Jamsandekar, Erik D. Enbody, Mats E. Pettersson and Leif Andersson
    Citation: BMC Genomics 2024 25:459
  2. The common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) is widely distributed worldwide and well adapted to various habitats. Animal genomes store clues about their pasts, and can reveal the genes underlying their evolutionary su...

    Authors: Kui Ding, Qinzeng Xu, Liyuan Zhao, Yixuan Li, Zhong Li, Wenge Shi, Qianhui Zeng, Xianyan Wang and Xuelei Zhang
    Citation: BMC Genomics 2024 25:373

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Genomics 2024 25:499

  3. Cetaceans, having experienced prolonged adaptation to aquatic environments, have undergone evolutionary changes in their respiratory systems. This process of evolution has resulted in the emergence of distinct...

    Authors: Boxiong Guo, Yixuan Sun, Yuehua Wang, Ya Zhang, Yu Zheng, Shixia Xu, Guang Yang and Wenhua Ren
    Citation: BMC Genomics 2024 25:339
  4. Black flounder (Paralichthys orbignyanus, Pleuronectiformes) is a commercially significant marine fish with promising aquaculture potential in Argentina. Despite extensive studies on Black flounder aquaculture, i...

    Authors: Fernando Villarreal, Germán F. Burguener, Ezequiel J. Sosa, Nicolas Stocchi, Gustavo M. Somoza, Adrián G. Turjanski, Andrés Blanco, Jordi Viñas and Alejandro S. Mechaly
    Citation: BMC Genomics 2024 25:297
  5. The Peruvian ‘chanque’ or Chilean ‘loco’ Concholepas concholepas is an economically, ecologically, and culturally important muricid gastropod heavily exploited by artisanal fisheries in the temperate southeastern...

    Authors: J. Antonio Baeza, M. Teresa González, Julia D. Sigwart, Carola Greve and Stacy Pirro
    Citation: BMC Genomics 2024 25:77
  6. Reference genomes provide a foundational framework for evolutionary investigations, ecological analysis, and conservation science, yet uncertainties in the assembly of reference genomes are difficult to assess...

    Authors: Trevor T. Bringloe and Geneviève J. Parent
    Citation: BMC Genomics 2023 24:693
  7. Takifugu fasciatus is an aquaculture species with high economic value. In recent years, problems such as environmental pollution and inbreeding have caused a serious decline in T. fasciatus germplasm resources. I...

    Authors: Ying Zhang, Jie Li, Peng Chu, Ruhua Shang, Shaowu Yin and Tao Wang
    Citation: BMC Genomics 2023 24:645

Submission Guidelines

Back to top

This Collection welcomes submission of original Research Articles. Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read our submission guidelines. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "First Dive into Marine Genomics" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.