Theory in Biosciences focuses on new concepts in theoretical biology. It also includes analytical and modelling approaches as well as philosophical and historical issues. Central topics are:

  • Artificial Life
  • Bioinformatics with a focus on novel methods, phenomena, and interpretations
  • Bioinspired Modeling
  • Complexity
  • Embodied Cognition
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Evo-Devo
  • Game Theoretic Modeling
  • Genetics
  • History of Biology
  • Language Evolution
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Philosophy of Biology
  • Population Biology
  • Theoretical Ecology
  • Theoretical Molecular Biology
  • Theoretical Neuroscience & Cognition

The journal receives a large number of submissions which analyse a biologically motivated system of coupled ordinary differential equations, often with emphasis on stability and sensitivity of solutions and with rather standard tools from dynamical systems theory. Such articles will usually be considered out of scope, if they do not convincingly demonstrate the additional value within the general conceptual profile of the journal.

While not all models of interest to the journal are necessarily phrased in mathematical terms, those that are should be analyzed by rigorous methods.

Manuscripts should present original work with a strong conceptual background.

  • Focuses on new concepts in theoretical biology.
  • Deals with analytical and modeling approaches as well as the biophilosophy and history of ideas.

Journal information

Editors-in-Chief
  • Jürgen Jost,
  • Nihat Ay,
  • Manfred Laubichler,
  • Peter F. Stadler
Publishing model
Hybrid. Open Access options available

Journal metrics

1.303 (2019)
Impact factor
1.468 (2019)
Five year impact factor
118 days
Submission to first decision
312 days
Submission to acceptance
39,058 (2019)
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Electronic ISSN
1611-7530
Print ISSN
1431-7613
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