Call for submissions to the ”Marine Genomics”

Development, Growth & Differentiation (DGD) invites you to submit review and original papers to our special issue, Marine Genomics.

This special issue aims to introduce the accumulation of genomic and transcriptomic information on marine organisms in the last several years, along with the progress of DNA sequencing and bioinformatics. Another purpose is to introduce the interesting data that have been produced by biological researches using such genomic and transcriptomic datasets. In addition to invited review articles, we welcome submissions of review and original papers from researchers who are analyzing genomic and transcriptomic data of marine organisms and/or those conducting experiments using such big data. For more information on the aim and scope for this Marine Genomics issue, please see the preface below.

If you would like to discuss about this issue and your submission, please contact yag@shimoda.tsukuba.ac.jp.

Submission deadline: 31 August 2021.

Best regards,
Shunsuke Yaguchi, Shimoda Marine Research Center, University of Tsukuba Guest Editor for the special issue Hiroshi Wada, Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba Editor in DGD

Preface for the Special issue of Development, Growth & Differentiation:

Marine genomics, transcriptomics, and beyond in developmental, cell, and evolutionary biology.

Marine organisms have provided us biological knowledge as superior materials in life science fields. For example in developmental biology, the countless gametes of sea urchins and the synchronous development of their embryos helped the scientists in finding the cell-cycle specific protein, cyclin (Evans et al., 1983). In neuroscience as another example, sea slugs provided the evidence of the sophisticated neural circuit for memory (Kandel, 1976, 2001). Although these prominent contributions of marine organisms to “traditional” sciences, they have not been so popular in “modern” biology using molecular biological and/or genetics techniques because of the lack of genomic information and in-house breeding system for most of these species. However, recent incredible advances of DNA-sequencing and bioinformatics technologies enable us to overcome the disadvantage of marine organisms as biological models. Since the life was born in the ocean and marine o rganisms include almost all major clades of phylogenic trees, the continuous studies of marine organisms with their big data including DNA-sequencing will take us to understand the natural history of life on the earth. In fact, after the publications of the genomes of a sea squirt and a sea urchin at the beginning of this century (Dehal et al., 2003; Sodergren et al., 2006), the genomes and transcriptomes of other marine species are accumulating and then new technologies, such as CRISPR/Cas-9 genome editing and whole-body single-cell transcriptome, start to be applied to their researches (Chari et al., 2021; Hall et al., 2017; Kinjo et al., 2018; Ochiai et al., 2012; Simakov et al., 2015; Yaguchi et al., 2020). These combinations suggest that the genomic and transcriptomic data can be a strong supporter even for minor marine organisms in biological fields, such as developmental, cell, and evolutionary biology.

In this special issue of Development, Growth & Differentiation (DGD), we invite review and original articles from the young researchers who are investigating the mysteries of marine organisms, such as how their body axes are established or how they are adapted to live in the wide range of oceans, in the viewpoints of developmental, cell, and evolutionary biology. In particular, the authors in this issue have made efforts to read whole-genome and/or transcriptome sequencing of new model marine organisms and tried to utilize them to reveal their developmental, evolutionary, and lifestyle mysteries. We have now invited 5 groups using marine invertebrates and confirmed that they contribute to this issue with review and original papers (Morino group from University of Tsukuba [limpet; Nipponacmea fuscoviridis, chiton; Acanthochitona Achates, and blue coral-worm; Spirobranchus kraussii], Miyamoto group from JAMSTEC [vent shrimp; Rimicaris hybisae], Onuma group from Osaka University
[larvacean; Oikopleura dioica], Watanabe group from OIST [starlet sea anemone; Nematostella vectensis], and Yaguchi group from University of Tsukuba [sea urchin; Temnopleurus reevesii]). Finally, we also invite reviews from the established/senior scientists who are familiar with marine organisms and their evolution. These reviews discuss about the contributions and possibilities of big sequencing data of marine organisms in understanding how developmental mechanisms, which allow those organisms to live in the ocean with covering the all phylogenic groups, has been conserved and/or diversified during evolution.

1) Deadline for submission: August 31, 2021.
2) Deadline for Production Center: December 24, 2021
3) Publication in the first issue in January, 2022.

Guest editors for the Special Issue "Marine genomics" in DGD:
Shunsuke Yaguchi, Ph.D.
(Shimoda Marine Research Center, University of Tsukuba)
Hiroshi Wada, Ph.D.
(Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba)

Call for submission of your manuscripts for new sections Method articles and Protocols in DGD

The DGD editorial board has launched new sections, “Method articles" and "Protocols,” and call for submission of manuscripts to these sections. “Method articles” are to report novel techniques or crucially improved techniques as articles. “Protocols” are to provide step-by-step instructions of methods that have already been used in published papers but not described in detail yet. The Method articles should additionally show actual data that demonstrate novelty and superiority of the proposed method over pre-existing related ones.

To effectively advertise the launch of the new section, a special issue "Methods & Protocols" is planned as follows:

First round submission of manuscripts
1) Deadline for submission: May 31, 2021.
2) Publication: DGD 63 (8) in mid-October, 2021, as the special issue part 1.

Second round submission of manuscripts
1) Deadline for submission: July 31, 2021.
2) Publication: DGD 63 (9) in mid-December, 2021, as the special issue part 2.
See Author Guidelines for details.

3rd round submission of manuscripts
1) Deadline for submission: September 30, 2021
2) Publication of the special issue part 3 (vol. 64, Issue 1): mid-January, 2022.

For details on how to submit, please visit the following website:
Author Guidelines:



Although there is not much time until the deadline for the special issue, this category will be continued in ordinary issues, so please submit your manuscripts whenever you are ready. We sincerely look forward to your submissions to activate the research community and DGD.

Chief editors of the “Methods & Protocols” special issue, Hajime Ogino
(Hiroshima University) Yasuhiro Kamei (National Institute for Basic
Biology) Toshinori Hayashi (Hiroshima University) Guest editors, Joe
Sakamoto (National Institute for Basic Biology) Makoto Suzuki
(Hiroshima University) Takeshi Igawa (Hiroshima University)

Message from the principal editor of DGD

DGD Editor-in-chief Harukazu Nakamura

This year, we received the grant of scientific research funds for developing information transmission capacity globally. The essential feature of this application is to strengthening the ability of DGB to be the hub Journal of Asia and Oceania.

We have appointed Professor Kathryn Cheah of Hong Kong University as the editor of Asia region and Professor Don Newgreen, University of Melbourne of Oceania region. This would enhance partnerships and create the closer relationship between both regions. They have already started working on the feature article on "Morphogenesis and Organogenesis".

This article would create the most valuable session with speakers of APDBN Symposium together with Japanese, Hong Kong Chinese, Chinese and Australian researchers expanding the understanding of endless topic of developmental biology at 47th Annual Meetings of the Japanese Society of Developmental Biologists.

Some of the accepted papers will be open access by this grant. These papers would be selected by the editor in chief, though self recommendations are also welcome.

The big change is that the printed journal would be closed down from vol.57 2015, and DGD will reborn as the on-line journal. I personally miss losing the printed journals though it can not go against the trend of times and cost reduction. I hope this change will benefit all the members for the better service.

This year's IF was announced at the end of July. The IF has slightly declined to 2.178 compared to the last year's 2.397. In the category of Developmental Biology, the ranking had stayed the same and DGD was ranked 29th place out of 41 journals. In the Category of Cell Biology, DGD was positioned 135th place out of 185 journals. For instance, IF of 2013 is calculated by the average number of cited papers of 2011 2012. We hope that all the members would cite DGD papers as many as possible for the higher rank in 2015.