The Current Opinion journals were developed out of the recognition that it is increasingly difficult for specialists to keep up to date with the expanding volume of information published in their subject. Elsevier’s Current Opinion journals comprise of 26 leading titles in life sciences and adjacent fields.

Current Opinion in Biotechnology

5-Year Impact Factor: 8.180
Issues per year: 6 issues
Editorial Board

Current Opinion in Biotechnology

The Current Opinion journals were developed out of the recognition that it is increasingly difficult for specialists to keep up to date with the expanding volume of information published in their subject. In Current Opinion in Biotechnology, we help the reader by providing in a systematic manner:
1. The views of experts on current advances in biotechnology in a clear and readable form.
2. Evaluations of the most interesting papers, annotated by experts, from the great wealth of original publications.

Division of the subject into sections
The subject of biotechnology is divided into themed sections, each of which is reviewed once a year. The amount of space devoted to each section is related to its importance.

Analytical biotechnology • Plant biotechnology • Food biotechnology • Energy biotechnology • Environmental biotechnology • Systems biology • Nanobiotechnology • Tissue, cell and pathway engineering • Chemical biotechnology • Pharmaceutical biotechnology

Selection of topics to be reviewed
Section Editors, who are major authorities in the field, are appointed by the Editors of the journal. They divide their section into a number of topics, ensuring that the field is comprehensively covered and that all issues of current importance are emphasised. Section Editors commission reviews from authorities on each topic that they have selected.

Authors write short review articles in which they present recent developments in their subject, emphasising the aspects that, in their opinion, are most important. In addition, they provide short annotations to the papers that they consider to be most interesting from all those published in their topic over the previous year.

Editorial Overview
Section Editors write a short overview at the beginning of the section to introduce the reviews and to draw the reader's attention to any particularly interesting developments.
This successful format has made Current Opinion in Biotechnology one of the most highly regarded and highly cited review journals in the field (Impact factor = 8.035).

Ethics in Publishing: General Statement

The Editor(s) and Publisher of this Journal believe that there are fundamental principles underlying scholarly or professional publishing. While this may not amount to a formal 'code of conduct', these fundamental principles with respect to the authors' paper are that the paper should: i) be the authors' own original work, which has not been previously published elsewhere, ii) reflect the authors' own research and analysis and do so in a truthful and complete manner, iii) properly credit the meaningful contributions of co-authors and co-researchers, iv) not be submitted to more than one journal for consideration, and v) be appropriately placed in the context of prior and existing research. Of equal importance are ethical guidelines dealing with research methods and research funding, including issues dealing with informed consent, research subject privacy rights, conflicts of interest, and sources of funding. While it may not be possible to draft a 'code' that applies adequately to all instances and circumstances, we believe it useful to outline our expectations of authors and procedures that the Journal will employ in the event of questions concerning author conduct. With respect to conflicts of interest, the Publisher now requires authors to declare any conflicts of interest that relate to papers accepted for publication in this Journal. A conflict of interest may exist when an author or the author's institution has a financial or other relationship with other people or organizations that may inappropriately influence the author's work. A conflict can be actual or potential and full disclosure to the Journal is the safest course. All submissions to the Journal must include disclosure of all relationships that could be viewed as presenting a potential conflict of interest. The Journal may use such information as a basis for editorial decisions and may publish such disclosures if they are believed to be important to readers in judging the manuscript. A decision may be made by the Journal not to publish on the basis of the declared conflict.

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Volume 24, Issue 2, 01 April 2013, Pp 160-168
Jean Guy LeBlanc | Christian Milani | Graciela Savoy de Giori | Fernando Sesma | Douwe van Sinderen | Marco Ventura

Salt resistant crop plants

Volume 26, Issue , 01 April 2014, Pp 115-124
Stuart J. Roy | Sónia Negrão | Mark Tester

Transcriptome analysis using next-generation sequencing

Volume 24, Issue 1, 01 February 2013, Pp 22-30
Kai Oliver Mutz | Alexandra Heilkenbrinker | Maren Lönne | Johanna Gabriela Walter | Frank Stahl

Editing plant genomes with CRISPR/Cas9

Volume 32, Issue , 01 January 2015, Pp 76-84
Khaoula Belhaj | Angela Chaparro-Garcia | Sophien Kamoun | Nicola J. Patron | Vladimir Nekrasov

Lignin plays a negative role in the biochemical process for producing lignocellulosic biofuels

Volume 27, Issue , 01 January 2014, Pp 98-45
Yining Zeng | Shuai Zhao | Shihui Yang | Shi You Ding

Potential of industrial biotechnology with cyanobacteria and eukaryotic microalgae

Volume 24, Issue 3, 01 June 2013, Pp 405-413
René H. Wijffels | Olaf Kruse | Klaas J. Hellingwerf

Recent advances in understanding the role of cellulose accessibility in enzymatic hydrolysis of lignocellulosic substrates

Volume 27, Issue , 01 January 2014, Pp 150-158
Xianzhi Meng | Arthur Jonas Ragauskas

Lipid metabolism in microalgae distinguishes itself

Volume 24, Issue 2, 01 April 2013, Pp 300-309
Bensheng Liu | Christoph Benning

Metabolic engineering of yeast for production of fuels and chemicals

Volume 24, Issue 3, 01 June 2013, Pp 398-404
Jens Nielsen | Christer Larsson | Antonius van Maris | Jack Pronk

A roadmap for interpreting13C metabolite labeling patterns from cells

Volume 34, Issue , 01 August 2015, Pp 189-201
Joerg M. Buescher | Maciek R. Antoniewicz | Laszlo G. Boros | Shawn C. Burgess | Henri Brunengraber | Clary B. Clish | Ralph J. DeBerardinis | Olivier Feron | Christian Frezza | Bart Ghesquiere | Eyal Gottlieb | Karsten Hiller | Russell G. Jones | Jurre J. Kamphorst | Richard G. Kibbey | Alec C. Kimmelman | Jason W. Locasale | Sophia Y. Lunt | Oliver D.K. Maddocks | Craig Malloy | Christian M. Metallo | Emmanuelle J. Meuillet | Joshua Munger | Katharina Nöh | Joshua D. Rabinowitz | Markus Ralser | Uwe Sauer | Gregory Stephanopoulos | Julie St-Pierre | Daniel A. Tennant | Christoph Wittmann | Matthew G. Vander Heiden | Alexei Vazquez | Karen Vousden | Jamey D. Young | Nicola Zamboni | Sarah Maria Fendt

Linking microbial community structure, interactions and function in anaerobic digesters using new molecular techniques

Volume 27, Issue , 01 January 2014, Pp 55-64
Inka Vanwonterghem | Paul D. Jensen | Dang P. Ho | Damien J. Batstone | Gene W. Tyson

Recent progress in nanomedicine: Therapeutic, diagnostic and theranostic applications

Volume 24, Issue 6, 01 December 2013, Pp 1159-1166
Larissa Y. Rizzo | Benjamin Theek | Gert Storm | Fabian Kiessling | Twan Lammers

Microfluidic cell culture

Volume 25, Issue , 01 January 2014, Pp 95-102
Matthias Mehling | Savaş Tay

Metabolic potential of endophytic bacteria

Volume 27, Issue , 01 January 2014, Pp 30-37
Günter Brader | Stéphane Compant | Birgit Mitter | Friederike Trognitz | Angela Sessitsch

Microfluidic 3D cell culture: From tools to tissue models

Volume 35, Issue , 01 December 2015, Pp 118-126
Vincent van Duinen | Sebastiaan J. Trietsch | Jos Joore | Paul Vulto | Thomas Hankemeier

Food commodities from microalgae

Volume 24, Issue 2, 01 April 2013, Pp 169-177
René B. Draaisma | René H. Wijffels | P. M. Slegers | Laura B. Brentner | Adip Roy | Maria J. Barbosa

Universal quantitative NMR analysis of complex natural samples

Volume 25, Issue , 01 February 2014, Pp 51-59
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Volume 42, Issue , 01 December 2016, Pp 40-53
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Microbial nanowires for bioenergy applications

Volume 27, Issue , 01 January 2014, Pp 88-95
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Nanotoxicity: Challenging the myth of nano-specific toxicity

Volume 24, Issue 4, 01 August 2013, Pp 724-734
Ken Donaldson | Craig A. Poland

Microbial production of fatty acid-derived fuels and chemicals

Volume 24, Issue 6, 01 December 2013, Pp 1044-1053
Rebecca M. Lennen | Brian F. Pfleger

The enabled state of DNA nanotechnology

Volume 24, Issue 4, 01 August 2013, Pp 555-561
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