Introducing BMC Ecology and Evolution’s new Collection: Evolutionary Biology and Ecology of Cancer

BMC Ecology and Evolution welcomes submissions to its new collection, Evolutionary Biology and Ecology of Cancer.

BMC Ecology and Evolution welcomes the submission of experimental, mathematical, and conceptual papers that apply the knowledge, methods, and concepts of evolution and ecology to advance our understanding of cancer and its treatment.

The collection considers manuscripts that use evolutionary biology and ecological principles to:

  • Understand the natural history of the disease
  • Analyze and integrate the multistep evolutionary processes and selection pressures
  • Identify known and unknown when mapping cellular (epi) genotypes to clinical phenotypes
  • Study tumor microenvironments
  • Derivation of (epi)genetic cellular branching processes leading to different cancer cell lines
  • Investigate communicable and infectious cancers
  • Investigate molecular and cellular competition, cooperation and conflict
  • Investigate the emergence and spread of therapeutic resistance
  • Investigate the role of stochastics and molecular-cellular noise in disease establishment and development

The aim is to promote exchanges between eco-evolutionary and oncological perspectives in order to improve our understanding of cancer.

Meet the guest editor

Ignacio Gonzalez Bravo, CNRS Montpellier

dr Ignacio González Bravo is a biochemist by training with a PhD in Molecular Microbiology studying the evolution of bacterial polysialic capsules. Ignacio got into cancer research during his postdoctoral period at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, where he focused on the development and function of viral oncogenes. Later, Ignacio worked at the interface between cancer epidemiology and viral diversity and evolution, first as Head of the Infection and Cancer Laboratory at the Catalan Institute of Oncology and now as Research Director at the French National Center for Scientific Research in Montpellier. Ignacio uses virally induced cancers as an experimental model. His main research program advocates the introduction of evolutionary thinking as a central element in understanding the immediate and ultimate origins of cancer: from molecular mechanisms and functions to adaptation, from the natural course of infection in the patient to the evolution of cancer-susceptibility species.

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Submission Guidelines

This collection considers research, database and software articles. Review articles are considered at the discretion of the journal editor. If you would like to submit a review article, please email Jennifer Harman first – the editor of BMC Ecology and Evolution. Please note that unsolicited reviews will not be considered per our submission guidelines.

Records, descriptions, and summary reports relevant to the collection are considered data or research notes by BMC Research Notes. This type of content will be published in BMC Research Notes and included in the final collection.

Articles considered for publication within the collection are evaluated according to the standard BMC editorial criteria for Ecology and Evolution and are subject to the journal’s standard peer review process, which is conducted by guest editor Dr. Ignacio González Bravo (CNRS Montpellier, France) is supervised.

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the BMC Ecology and Evolution submission guidelines. Please make sure to highlight in your cover letter that you are submitting to a collection and select the collection in the submission questionnaire in the Editorial Manager.

If accepted for publication, an article processing fee will apply. Please click here to learn more about our Standard Disclaimer.

The collection opens on Wednesday October 19, 2022 and closes on Friday October 18, 2023.

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