New Sex Differences Journal Launches

Washington, DC (November 4, 2010) - Biology of Sex Differences (BSD), the official journal of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD), has been launched. Biology of Sex Differences is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal launched by BioMed Central. BSD considers manuscripts on all aspects of the effects of sex on biology and disease.

Articles published in BSD will relate to sex differences and feature articles on the separate and interacting effects of any hormonal, genetic, or environmental factors which cause sex differences in phenotype or disease.

Biology of Sex Differences is dedicated to presenting advanced research on all aspects of the effects of sex on biology and disease,” said Viviana Simon, Ph.D., Vice President of Scientific Affairs at SWHR. “This journal provides a platform for publishing the most advanced research in which sex is a factor, involving animal models and/or humans.”

Some topic areas in BSD include, but are not limited to, sex differences in: the genome, epigenetics, molecular and cell biology, tissue biology, physiology, body interactions, and clinical studies focused on sex differences.

Biology of Sex Differences also publishes articles about sex-specific factors that counteract each other to reduce sex differences rather than cause them. Of particular interest is material about the biological origins of sex differences in disease models, animal or human. BSD welcomes papers reporting on sex differences in clinical studies or other studies of humans, particularly if they affect the biological mechanisms related to human physiology or disease.

Editor-in-Chief Art Arnold, the force behind the journal’s launch, is excited to present the first edition later this week. “BSD will be a great forum for discussion of the causes and consequences of sex differences in human and animal physiology and disease. BSD will bring together scientists from diverse disciplines and from around the world to share information on the common factors that cause sex differences in many tissues,” said Arnold. “There’s never been greater interest in this topic. If one sex is protected from a disease, then studying the sex differences might lead to the identification of the factors that are protective.”

This ground breaking journal is available worldwide at no cost to anyone with an internet connection by visiting To submit an article, please use the online submission system at

The first issue will launch on Thursday, November 4, 2010.


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The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR), a national non-profit organization based in Washington D.C., is widely recognized as the thought leader in women’s health research, particularly how sex differences impact health. SWHR’s mission is to improve the health of all women through advocacy, education and research. Visit SWHR’s website at for more information.

The Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD) was launched in 2006 in partnership with the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) to promote scientific research on sex differences.

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