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Aims & Scope


Launching in 2020

Death Research: The Last Frontier is a bold new peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the science, technology, applications, and physical aspects of death and postmortem research. Provocative and interdisciplinary in scope, Death Research will foster the exploration of applications of living cells after physical death and serve as the cornerstone of research associated with the physiology of dying and the last frontier of life.

Death Research will publish original research, reviews, commentaries, point/counter-point debate, and more dedicated to applications of new technologies that prevent or delay death, advanced understanding and possible alternations of physical aspects of death, and postmortem examination, cryopreservation, resuscitation, and autopsy research. The Journal will centralize essential information and analysis on all scientific topics related to postmortem research with the goal of solidifying, growing and uniting the community of innovative researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and activists who specialize in death.

Death Research: The Last Frontier coverage includes:

  • Postmortem omics, including topics such as:
    • Gene expression
    • Proteomics
    • Post-translational protein modification
    • Omics of the organs being transplanted
  • Cell biology
  • Bacteriology
  • Forensic science
  • Cell death
  • Organ transplantation
  • Biomedical aspects of euthanasia and assisted suicide
  • Resuscitation research
  • Anesthesiology
  • Brain death
  • Organ death and failure
  • Cryopreservation
  • Efforts to artificially to preserve memory / consciousness
  • Reanimation
  • All aspects of the expansion of life after death

Topics related to acceptance of loss, grieving, emotional recovery, or spirituality are not within our purview.

Death Research is under the editorial leadership of Alexander Pozhitkov, PhD, City of Hope National Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA; Peter A. Noble, PhD, University of Alabama Birmingham; and other leading investigators.

Audience: Molecular biologists, microbiologists, bacteriologists, forensic engineers, bioengineers, biochemists, transplantation specialists, and artificial intelligence experts, among others.

The views, opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations set forth in any Journal article are solely those of the authors of those articles and do not necessarily reflect the views, policy or position of the Journal, its Publisher, its editorial staff or any affiliated Societies and should not be attributed to any of them.