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eLife showcases important advances in Physics of Living Systems


The open-access journal eLife has launched a new subject area, Physics of Living Systems, to highlight leading research at the interface between the physical and life sciences. The move to create this new section reflects the growing use of tools and methods from the physical sciences by biologists, and the increasing levels of collaboration between physicists and life scientists.

With the launch of Physics of Living Systems, eLife aims to publish studies in which experimental, theoretical and computational approaches, rooted in the physical sciences, are developed and/or applied to provide deep insights into the collective properties and function of multicomponent biological systems and processes.

The journal also welcomes descriptions of methods that could enable the interrogation of classes of biological systems in new ways, as well as interdisciplinary studies that bring together scientists and approaches from the physical and life sciences.

Led by eLife Senior Editor Arup Chakraborty, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), submissions in Physics of Living Systems will be overseen by a group of dedicated eLife editors, including:

  • Naama Barkai, Weizmann Institute of Science

  • Ray Goldstein, University of Cambridge

  • Tony Hyman, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics

  • Frank Jülicher, Max-Planck-Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems

  • Richard Neher, University of Basel

  • Aleksandra Walczak, Ecole Normale Superieure

In an online event today, Chakraborty and guests announced the launch of the new subject area and discussed the latest research emerging in this field.

Chakraborty, who is also Robert T. Haslam Professor of Chemical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, and Biological Engineering at MIT, says: "We are delighted to provide our authors with this new forum for publishing outstanding work in the Physics of Living Systems. Anyone working within the scope of this subject area is invited to submit their best papers to eLife, and we look forward to having a group of active scientists edit and review their work in the months and years ahead."


Authors interested in submitting to the new Physics of Living Systems research section may learn more from the eLife Author Guide. We welcome the submission of Research Articles, Tools and Resources papers and Short Reports.

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About eLife

eLife aims to help scientists accelerate discovery by operating a platform for research communication that encourages and recognises the most responsible behaviours in science. We publish important research in all areas of the life and biomedical sciences, which is selected and evaluated by working scientists and made freely available online without delay. eLife also invests in innovation through open-source tool development to accelerate research communication and discovery. Our work is guided by the communities we serve. eLife is supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society, the Wellcome Trust and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. Learn more at

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