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Biomedical Sciences - Human Genetics | Aims and Scope: The European Physical Journal E

Aims and Scope: The European Physical Journal E


EPJ E publishes papers describing advances in the understanding of physical aspects of Soft, Liquid and Living Systems.

Soft matter is a generic term for a large group of condensed, often heterogeneous systems -- often also called complex fluids -- that display a large response to weak external perturbations and that possess properties governed by slow internal dynamics.

Flowing matter refers to all systems that can actually flow, from simple to multiphase liquids, from foams to granular matter.

Living matter concerns the new physics that emerges from novel insights into the properties and behaviours of living systems. Furthermore, it aims at developing new concepts and quantitative approaches for the study of biological phenomena. Approaches from soft matter physics and statistical physics play a key role in this research.

The journal includes reports of experimental, computational and theoretical studies and appeals to the broad interdisciplinary communities including physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and materials science.


I. Soft Matter

Polymers and Polyelectrolytes
Gels, rubbers, networks
Crystalline, glassy and molten polymers
Amphiphilic systems

Liquid Crystals
Thermotropic and lyotropic phases
Liquid crystalline polymers and elastomers

Self-organised and Supramolecular Assemblies
Purpose-designed organic molecules
Hierarchical structures
Foams, emulsions and dispersions

Colloids and Nanoparticles
Colloids and nanoparticles as model systems
Glasses, aggregates and fragility

Functional Materials and Nanodevices
Smart materials
DNA based nanotechnology
Tuneable, switchable, and addressable properties
Semiconducting polymers and molecular electronics: structure and morphology

Interfacial Phenomena and Nanostructured Surfaces
Adhesion and friction
Soft lithography, materials pattern

II. Flowing Matter

Liquids and Complex Fluids
Structure and dynamics of fluids
Non-Newtonian fluids, viscoelasticity
Rheology and rheophysics

Granular Materials
Packing and elasticity
Dynamics, dissipation and flow behavior, slurries
Transport and jamming

Interfacial Phenomena
Capillarity, wetting and spreading
Microfluidics and interfacial flows, foam and emulsions rheology

Nonlinear Physics
Multiscale hydrodynamics
Non-equilibrium dynamics, instabilities, pattern formation
Transport processes, multiphase flows
Computational fluid dynamics – Lattice Boltzmann methods

III. Living Systems

Biological Matter
DNA, RNA and chromatin
Membranes and vesicles
Proteins and protein assemblies
Cytoskeletal filaments and networks

Structure and Function
Single molecules
Nanoscale systems
Molecular machines: Channels, pumps and motors
Protein folding

Biomimetic Systems
Reconstituted systems
Artificial environments, microfluidics, microswimmers
Synthetic biology  

Cellular Processes
Cell mechanics and adhesion
Cell motility and force generation
Transport and trafficking
Fluctuations and noise, nonequilibrium processes  

Multicellular Systems
Tissues and organs
Developmental processes and patterning
Cell communication and cooperativity
Sensory systems and neural networks
Dynamics and self-organization in biological systems

Biological Networks
Genetic and protein networks
Cellular signaling systems
Population dynamics and evolution
Robustness and reliability
Biological information

Article Categories

Regular Articles

Colloquia describe the development of new areas of research or the impact of new and promising experimental or theoretical methods in the fields that are within the spectrum of topics covered by the respective journals. While not as extensive and complete as reviews in the usual sense, they are intended to suitably introduce new research directions and techniques in their early stages of development, and to a wider audience. There is no explicit constraint regarding the length of such manuscripts, although 20 printed pages would be the most usual length. All invited/submitted manuscripts will undergo the same refereeing procedure as all other contributions submitted to the journal. For invited colloquium papers, authors will receive a honorarium of EUR 400,-- upon publication and colour figures will be free of charge. Colloquium papers are generally solicited by the journal editors. Authors wishing to submit a colloquium paper are advised to contact J.M. Di Meglio.