Planarians to Parasitism: Evolution, Development and Stem Cells in Flatworms

We are pleased to announce that a new thematic series ‘Planarians to Parasitism: Evolution, Development and Stem Cells in Flatworms’ to be published jointly in EvoDevo and Parasites & Vectors is now accepting submissions. Pete Olson (Natural History Museum, London) will be guest Editor for this series, which aims to promote comparative approaches between the free-living and parasitic flatworm groups.

Image credit: Wikimedia commons, Eduard Solà

Historically, there has been a gap between the research conducted on parasitic and free-living flatworms due to the separate communities that work on them. This series aims to bridge this gap, bringing together diverse aspects of flatworm research for publication in one place. Recent availability of whole genome data and the ability to develop ‘new model’ organisms quickly, has provided a common language by which the groups may be more readily compared despite the great differences in their life histories and ecologies. More specifically, the themed series aims to emphasise three key topics in contemporary flatworm research: the ‘neoblast’ stem cell system, developmental and signalling pathways, and genome evolution. Wherever possible, authors are encouraged to provide insight into these and related topics using a comparative approach.

As open access journals, all articles published in the series will benefit from high visibility and permanent, free availability. Both journals can support unlimited figures and video clips and we would encourage authors to include as many of these as necessary.

Manuscripts can be submitted online via either journal homepage, clearly stating in your covering letter that your submission is intended for the ‘Planarians to Parasitism: Evolution, Development and Stem Cells in Flatworms’ thematic series.

For more information about the series or to discuss your potential contribution, please contact Pete Olson directly (

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