Towards a Global View of Algal Molecular Ecology: Special Issue

By Richard Dorrell.


I’m pleased to announce a forthcoming Special Issue of Applied Phycology, coedited by myself, Flora J. Vincent, and Deo Florence L. Onda and with the support of the British Phycological Society, titled “Towards a Global Understanding of Algal Molecular Ecology”.


This issue will seek to bring together the diverse perspectives of researchers working on DNA sequences from algal communities, uncultured, and uncultivable species; recognising its power for understanding algal ecosystem composition, structure and function; giving us new insights into understudied marine and freshwater environments; and also as a powerful tool for the democratisation of phycology research, including the participation of researchers from communities historically under-represented in algal genomics efforts. Anticipated publication date = end February 2022.



We are looking for both primary and review articles that fit anywhere within this rather broad umbrella; and propose a thorough and careful editorial process; open access publication; and comparatively low article processing charges. We have fee waivers available for authors who wish to contribute, but are unable to directly finance their submission, assessed on a by-need basis at the abstract submission stage.


Applied Phycology is a new journal from Taylor & Francis and is currently working towards its first IF assessment. It is the sister-journal to the European Journal of Phycology, a well-respected and longstanding journal in algal research, and benefits from direct support from the British Phycological Society. I think this is a fantastic opportunity to help shape it and make it a serious competitor in its own right.


Where do algal genomes come from? (Richard Dorrell)
Where do algal genomes come from? (Richard Dorrell)

Please do share, let me know if you are interested to contribute, or if you have any colleagues or contacts who may. Reflecting the global importance of this topic, we are particularly interested to incorporate work led by or including researchers from low- and middle-income economies. Contact: dorrell()bio.ens.psl.eu for more info.


Best wishes,


Richard Dorrell,

Institut de Biologie de l'Ecole Normale Supérieure


(pictures of algae via Deo Florence L. Onda)

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