Our Article Types

The following article types are published in SynOpen:

  • Original Papers

cover original research which has not been previously published, except in the form of an abstract or preliminary communication.

  • Letters

are preliminary reports of new research results whose significance to the scientific community justifies rapid communication.

  • Reviews and Short Reviews 

are critically evaluated recent developments and updates in a specific area of high interest to the readership providing a concise assessment of the current state of the art and an outlook on future developments.

  • Graphical Reviews

provide a concise overview of a current topic, highlighting historical background/origins of a research area and cutting-edge contributions along with the most recent developments. Text should be limited to a minimum. In preparing graphical reviews, authors should ask themselves how they would prepare lecture notes on the topic. For an example, see here. Authors wishing to submit a graphical review are requested to first contact Prof. Thierry Ollevier.

  • Spotlights

(up to 3 template-based pages, including tables and graphics) highlight the preparation and uses of selected reagents and methods in current research, so the bulk of references should be from the recent literature (2018 onward). It is a review-type article and therefore should not contain any unpublished results.

!! Please note: Spotlights are only open as article types until June 2024. Any submissions in work can be submitted until then, but we will not be accepting the article type from June onwards. We suggest authors to rework Spotlight ideas into Reviews or Graphical Reviews instead.



Special attention should be paid to the Thieme Journal Policies.

As an open access publication, all articles in SynOpen are made freely available immediately upon publication for all to read and download from Thieme E-Journals.

SynOpen is indexed in: Directory of Open Access Journals, Emerging Sources Citation Index, Scopus, EBSCO, ProQuest

All SynOpen articles are also available in the Researcher App.

This journal is published under the Creative Commons license CC BY.

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