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Engineering in Life Sciences

Edited by: Editor-in-Chief: Thomas Bley, Deputy Editor: An-Ping Zeng
Print ISSN: 1618-0240 Online ISSN: 1618-2863
Impact Factor: 1.89
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Aims and Scope (new since October 2014!)

Engineering in Life Sciences integrates innovations in technology and basic biology. The journal focuses on bioprocess and biochemical engineering, as well as applied biotechnology. Limited resources and energy shortage, as well as global climate change, require fundamental innovations to effectively produce chemicals, fuels and materials from renewable resources. Furthermore, the increasing healthcare costs and the huge potential of personalized medicine call for new concepts and tools in biomanufacturing of pharmaceuticals.

Engineering in Life Sciences addresses these needs and provides an interdisciplinary forum to support innovation in

  • Biotechnological production systems
  • Bioprocess engineering (upstream and downstream processing)
  • Applications in the production of chemicals, food and pharmaceuticals, biofuels as well as biomedicine.

Biotechnological production systems include any type of microbes, bacteria as well as fungi, plant cell and plant organ cultures, algae, mammalian cells and stem cells. Of particular interest are hosts optimized by metabolic engineering and synthetic biology, as well as other innovative production concepts, such as cell-free systems, enzyme cascades, integrated chemo-bioproduction processes, and electro-biotechnological systems.

Bioprocess engineering involves bioreactor design and operation, modelling and control, high-throughput technology and miniaturized systems; bioprocess monitoring and analysis including bioanalytics; scale-up/down; and downstream processing. Engineering analysis of organisms is also of interest, including systems biology approaches and single-cell dynamics.

Applications with a strong focus on industrial biotechnology are key to the journal's scope. These include bioenergy, e.g. biofuels and biogas, biocatalysis, biomaterials and bioplastics, as well as synthesis of high and low-value chemicals. In addition, the journal focusses on biopharmaceutical production, engineering concepts for biosensors and bio-diagnostics, micro- and nanotechnology, and innovative concepts for environmental and medical biotechnology.

Out of scope
Engineering in Life Sciences will not consider submissions consisting of marginal advancements and narrow application potential, such as medium and fermentation optimization without technical novelty, biosorption and biodegradation studies without presentation of an innovative method or insights into the mechanism, and cloning and characterization studies without functional data or demonstrated applications.


The journal publishes 6 online issues per year including independently peer reviewed Research Articles, Short Communications, Reviews and Technical Reports. From 2015 onwards the journal will publish 8 issues per year.

ISSN: 1618-0240 (print), 1618-2863 (online)

How to cite: To make sure that references to this journal are correctly recorded and resolved (for example in CrossRef or ISI Web of Science), please use the following abbreviated title in any citations: "Eng. Life Sci." (punctuation may vary according to the style of the citing journal).

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