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Aims and scope

Biology of Sex Differences considers manuscripts on all aspects of the effects of sex on biology and disease. Sex has profound effects on physiology and the susceptibility to disease. The function of cells and organs depends on their sex, determined by the interplay among the genome and biological and social environments. The study of sex differences is a discipline in itself, with its own concepts and methods that apply across tissues.

Biology of Sex Differences is the official journal of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences, and a publication of the Society for Women's Health Research.

Calls for Papers

Below are all the current thematic series open for submissions at the journal.
If our readers have idea for a thematic series for Biology of Sex Differences, the Editors encourage you to submit your idea for a new series by clicking the link here

Sex Differences in Obesity, Insulin Resistance, Metabolic Syndrome and the Microbiome
Guest Editor: Kate Denton, Monash University

The Editors of Biology of Sex Differences extend an invitation to submit original research articles related to Sex Differences in Obesity, Insulin Resistance, Metabolic Syndrome, and the Microbiome.  

Submission Deadline: June, 2019.

Sex Differences in Response to Androgens: Physiological and Pathophysiological
Guest Editor: Licy Yanes Cardozo, University of Mississippi Medical Center
The Editors of Biology of Sex Differences extend an invitation to submit original research articles related to sex differences in response to androgens (both physiological and pathophyiological).  We hope to create a collection of original research articles alongside some commissioned reviews on this important and poorly understood topic and invite researchers in this area to submit to the journal.

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2019. 

Hypertension, preeclampsia, renal and cardiovascular disease in pregnancy
The Editors of Biology of Sex Differences extend an invitation to submit original research and short review articles focusing on associative, mechanistic, and translational studies linking pregnancy, pregnancy hypertension, preeclampsia, renal and cardiovascular diseases as they relate to pregnancy outcomes, placental factors, development of hypertension, congenital diseases and adverse fetal outcomes. The editors encourage submission of both basic science research using animal models and clinically relevant translational studies involving human subjects. 

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2019
Authors may ask about the suitability of a manuscript for inclusion in any of the above series by submitting an pre-submission enquiry. These should be sent to our Editorial Office by using the Contact Us link on the Submission site

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OSSD 2019 Meeting: May 5-8 in Washington, DC

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We hope everyone had a great #ossd2018 meeting in Atlanta and look forward to seeing you all again May 5-8, 2019 at the Washington Marriott Georgetown in Washington, DC.  This will be the 2nd international meeting of the OSSD with the International Gender Medicine Society.

Visit the OSSD website to learn more about the 2019 meeting.


Jane Reckelhoff, University of Mississippi Medical Center, USA

Associate Editors
Barbara Alexander, University of Mississippi Medical Center, USA
Kate Denton, Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Monash University, Australia
Vesna Garovic, Mayo Clinic Rochester, USA
Radu Iliescu, Grigore T. Popa University, Romania
Georgios Kararigas, Charité University, Germany

Founding Editor
Arthur P Arnold, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Featured Article

May is Women's Health Month

In honor of Women's Health month, we have put together a curated collection of recent research focused on some of the common health issues faced by women. Read the articles here

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Upcoming conferences

OSSD Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, May 5-8, 2019

Sex Differences, Dimorphisms, Divergences: Impact on Brain and Behavior in Health and Disease, Erice, Sicily, Italy, May 20-25, 2019

Message from the OSSD President

Sabra Klein, OSSD PresidentSabra Klein, President of OSSD

Sabra Klein, PhD, is the current President of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Women’s Health, Sex, and Gender Research.


‘The Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD) is the only scientific research society dedicated to the study of sex as a biological variable. Through our annual meeting and publications from our members, we seek to promote knowledge that sex impacts every cell, pathway, organ, and disease state in the body. As the biomedical sciences continue to appreciate that the progression, prognosis, pathogenesis, and outcome of diverse diseases differ between the sexes, OSSD and the Biology of Sex Differences are at the forefront, serving as experts in this scientific endeavor.’


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