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COVID-19 and impact on peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

Announcing a new thematic series

A new thematic series has been published in EvoDevo. Click here to read articles on Emerging Systems


  1. Authors: Dana J Rashid, Susan C Chapman, Hans CE Larsson, Chris L Organ, Anne-Gaelle Bebin, Christa S Merzdorf, Roger Bradley and John R Horner

    Content type: Review

Featured Article

Establishment of the mayfly Cloeon dipterum as a new model system to investigate insect evolution

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In Review

EvoDevo has launched In Review, a new option that provides authors with on-demand information on the status of their manuscript, enables them to share their work with funders and their research community, and allows their colleagues to comment and collaborate - all whilst their manuscript is under review. Full details here.

See what's In Review in EvoDevo

Aims and scope

EvoDevo publishes high quality articles on a broad range of topics associated with the translation of genotype to phenotype in a phylogenetic context. Understanding the history of life, the evolution of novelty and the generation of form, whether through embryogenesis, budding, or regeneration are amongst the greatest challenges in biology. We support the understanding of these processes through the many complementary approaches that characterize the field of evo-devo.

The focus of the journal is on research that promotes understanding of the pattern and process of morphological evolution.

All articles that fulfill this aim will be welcome, in particular:

  • evolution of pattern
  • formation comparative gene function/expression
  • life history evolution
  • homology and character evolution
  • comparative genomics
  • phylogenetics and palaeontology

EvoDevo 10th Anniversary | Message from the Chief Editors


At this 10-year anniversary of the launch of EvoDevo, we are thrilled and honored to take over the reins from Mark and Max. Broadly, Evolutionary Developmental Biology seeks to understand how changes in development drive major transitions and innovation in organismal evolution. Rooted in comparative developmental biology and integrating the principles and methods of many subdisciplines of biology along the way, “Evo-Devo” is now an established field. 

The genome sequencing revolution has delivered its promise. It has enabled us to re-explore many taxa that were relegated to the obscure for many decades. It has given us robust phylogenetic frameworks to generate hypotheses and inferences about evolution of traits at both micro- and macro-evolutionary timescales. Genomes, transcriptomes, and soon proteomes can be studied with single-cell resolution. This has given us loads of loci to investigate as causal agents for development and evolution.

Evo-Devo is now being powered by transformative new technology for studying gene function, such as CRISPR-Cas9 based genome-editing. New tools have also emerged in microscopy that allow more detailed investigations of embryos – Light-Sheet and Focused-Ion-Beam Scanning Electron Microscopy bridge the subcellular dimension with molecular studies in embryonic time lapse recordings. 

Thus, in 2020, Evo-Devo is well-positioned to broaden both the types of questions our field asks as well as the organisms we study. Important insights in Evo-Devo can come from varied sources. We want to publish work ranging from investigations and comparisons (at molecular, genetic, and cellular levels) of the blueprints of anything from flowers to axial skeletons, to studies of new research organisms that hold the promise of evolutionary insight, to phylogenetic reconstructions that impact comparative work, to studies of changes between closely related species or within populations, and beyond.

We would love to have EvoDevo serve our community as a focal point for scientific discourse, a place where our work on evolutionary developmental biology finds an audience that specifically cares about developmental studies with evolutionary implications, as opposed to solely developmental mechanisms or only evolutionary processes. 

We are open to new formats for publishing your Open Access work with us, and we encourage the use of preprint servers. We will increase our activity via social media to make your work more visible and accessible to the community.

You will soon hear more from us and we hope to hear back from you. 

Looking forward to seeing your science,

Mansi and Andi

About the Editors

Mansi Srivastava, Editor-in-Chief
Mansi is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University and the Curator of Invertebrates at the Museum of Comparative Zoology.

Andreas Hejnol, Editor-in-Chief
Andi is Professor and research group leader of “Comparative Developmental Biology” at the Department of Biological Sciences (BIO) of the University of Bergen, Norway.


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