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Life Sciences - Evolutionary & Developmental Biology | Biosemiotics - incl. option to publish open access (Editorial Board)



Editor-in-Chief: A. Sharov; T. Maran; M. Tønnessen

ISSN: 1875-1342 (print version)
ISSN: 1875-1350 (electronic version)

Journal no. 12304

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Timo Maran
Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia

Alexei Sharov
Laboratory of Genetics, National Institute on Aging (NIA/NIH), Baltimore, MD, USA

Morten Tønnessen
Department of Social Studies and Department of Health Studies, University of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway.

Editorial Board

Victoria Alexander, Dactyl Foundation for the Arts & Humanities, New York, NY, USA;
Myrdene Anderson
, Department of Anthropology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA;
Prisca S. Augustyn, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, USA;
Ted Baenziger,
University of St. Thomas, Houston Texas, USA
Søren Brier, Department of International Culture and Communication Studies, Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark;
Luis Emilio Bruni, Department for Media Technology and Engineering Science, Aalborg University, Ballerup, Denmark;
Paul Cobley, London Metropolitan University; London, UK;
Stephen J. Cowley, Department of Language and Communication, University of Southern Denmark;
 Marcel Danesi, Program in Semiotics and Communication Theory, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont, Canada;
Terrence Deacon, Department of Anthropology & Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley, USA;
Peter Dittrich, Jena Centre for Bioinformatics, University of Jena, Germany;
Alma Farina, Urbino University, Urbino, Italy
Donald F. Favareau, National University of Singapore, Singapore;
Maria Isabel A. Ferreira, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Franco Giorgi, Faculty of Medicine, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy;
Tim Ireland, Leicester School of Architecture, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
Peter Harries-Jones, Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, York University, Toronto, Ont, Canada;
Cliff Joslyn, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Seattle, USA
Jesper Hoffmeyer, Biological Institute, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark;
Kalevi Kull, Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia;
Karel Kleisner, Department of Philosophy and History Science, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic;
Christophe Menant, Researcher, Bordeaux, France
Winfried Nöth, Universität Kassel, Germany
Joanna Raczaszek-Leonardi, Faculty of Psychology, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland;
Stanley N. Salthe, Biological Sciences, Binghamton University, Natural Systems, New York, NY, USA;
Gerald Ostdiek, Department of Philosophy, Charles University Prague, Prague, Czech Republic;
Wendy Wheeler, London Metropolitan University, UK
Peter Wills, Department of Physics, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand;
Andrew M. Winters, Department of Philosophy, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock, PA, USA

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    Biosemiotics is dedicated to building a bridge between biology, philosophy, linguistics and the communication sciences. If it is true that biosemiotics is "the study of signs, of communication and of information in living organisms" (Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 1997, p. 72), it is also true that, in time, it has acquired a more general scope. Today, its main challenge is the attempt to naturalize biological meaning, in the belief that signs are fundamental, constitutive components of the living world.  Biosemiotics has triggered revision of fundamentals of both biology and semiotics: biology needs to recognize the semiotic nature of life and reformulate its theories accordingly, and semiotics has to accept the existence of signs in animals, plants, and even individual cells. Biosemiotics has become in this way the leading edge of the research on the fundamentals of life, and is a young exciting field on the move.

    By providing both a place for – and access to – exceptional peer-reviewed papers on the emerging discipline of biosemiotics, the journal will offer an instrument of its development by publishing papers in all relevant areas of the natural sciences and the humanities. In particular, the journal is focused on publishing original papers that explore deep links between biology and semiotics. Special issues are dedicated to some of the most interesting and provoking ideas in biosemiotics. In addition, the journal helps the readers to navigate in the current literature by publishing subject reviews and book reviews.

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