Life (journal)

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Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Discipline Life sciences
Language English
Edited by Pabulo Henrique Rampelotto
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Quarterly
ISSN 2075-1729
OCLC no. 783891337

Life is a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal published by MDPI. It was established in 2011. The editor-in-chief is Pabulo Henrique Rampelotto (Universidade Federal do Pampa).[1]

Since 2014, the journal uses open peer review[2] under which the peer-review reports and authors’ responses are published as an integral part of the final version of each article.

Aims and scope[edit]

The journal covers all fundamental themes in life sciences, especially those concerned with the origins of life and evolution of biosystems. It publishes reviews, research articles, communications and technical notes.[3]

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

The journal is abstracted and indexed by Chemical Abstracts Service, PubMed Central, and Scopus.

Controversial article[edit]

In December 2011, the journal published Erik D. Andrulis' theoretical paper, Theory of the Origin, Evolution, and Nature of Life, aiming at presenting a framework to explain life.[4] It attracted coverage by the popular science and technology magazines Ars Technica and Popular Science, which characterized it as "crazy"[5] and "hilarious".[6] A member of the editorial board of Life resigned in response.[6][7] Publisher Lin defended the journal's editorial process, saying that the paper had been revised following lengthy reviews by two faculty members from institutions different from the author's.[8]


  1. ^ "Life — Editors". Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  2. ^ Rampelotto, Pabulo (2014). "Opening up Peer Review in Life: Towards a Transparent and Reliable Process". Life 4 (2): 225. doi:10.3390/life4020225. 
  3. ^ "Aims and scope" (ONLINE ACCESS). MDPI Publishing. 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  4. ^ Andrulis, Erik D. (2011). "Theory of the Origin, Evolution, and Nature of Life". Life 2 (1): 1–105. doi:10.3390/life2010001. 
  5. ^ Timmer, John. "How the craziest f#@!ing "theory of everything" got published and promoted". Ars Technica. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Nosowitz, Dan. "Hilarious "Theory of Everything" Paper Provokes Kerfuffle". Popular Science. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Zimmer, Carl. "Life turned upside down". Discover Magazine. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Lin, Shu-Kun (2012). "Publication of Controversial Papers in Life". Life 2 (1): 213–214. doi:10.3390/life2010213. 

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