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About Virus Evolution


The field of virus evolution has grown sharply in the past five years, partly due to the explosive growth in availability of genomic sequence data, which will continue to grow at an exponential rate over the coming years. Virus evolution is an inter-disciplinary field worked on by scholars from virology, evolutionary biology, epidemiology, ecology, computational biology and genomics and Virus Evolution provides a venue for in-depth discussion on the field of virus evolution.

Aims and Scope

Virus Evolution is a new Open Access journal focusing on the long-term evolution of viruses, viruses as a model system for studying evolutionary processes, viral molecular epidemiology and environmental virology.

The aim of the journal is to provide a forum for original research papers, reviews, commentaries and a venue for in-depth discussion on the topics relevant to virus evolution.

The journal will cover but not be limited to the following four topics:

  1. Long-term evolution of viruses and virus taxonomy, host-virus co-evolution, co-phylogeny of viruses and hosts, paleovirology, and genus-level phylogenetics, origins of viruses and virus genes, and evolution of virus genome structure.
  2. Viruses as model systems for studying evolutionary processes, experimental evolution studies, virus population genetics, virus evolutionary theory,  evolution of mutation rates and lethal mutagenesis, virus robustness and evolvability, virulence evolution, virus life history evolution, phage systems and phage therapy.
  3. Virus molecular epidemiology including phylodynamics, reconstructing and tracking virus spread and transmission using virus genomes, forensic analysis of virus transmission, cross-species transmission, wildlife virus disease, evolution and spread of anti-virus drug resistance, evolution of immune escape and antigenetic drift, vaccine escape, and virus evolution within infected individuals.
  4. Environmental virology including metagenomics, virus discovery, virus molecular ecology, marine virology and virus microbiome.


This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Indexing and Archiving

Articles published in Virus Evolution are indexed in the following databases:

Google Scholar
Academic OneFile
Academic Search
British Library
NA Publishing
Reprints Desk
ProQuest Summon
FIZ Karlsruhe

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