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EPJ ST Special Issue: Physics of Animal Navigation

Submissions are invited for a special issue of EPJ ST on ‘Physics of Animal Navigation’.

Animal navigation constitutes a fascinating topic of research where scientists have been attempting to answer some key and basic questions explaining the mechanisms behind it. Most of the scientific explanations of numerous animals for their orientation and navigation derive from physics ideas. We have the magnetoreception on animals, especially birds, and the effects of geomagnetism. Other mechanisms involve infrasounds, ultrasounds and echolocation like in bats. Light and visual systems are extremely important for insect vision and bird navigation. Another important issue is celestial navigation, by which certain birds and insect find their orientation by using the sun compass by detecting the polarized light pattern of the sky. Furthermore, other mechanisms derived from quantum physics such as quantum entanglement in the cryptochrome hypothesis appear to have some relevance. Turbulent flows in the atmosphere and the oceans have also a role. Thermal boundaries in thermodynamics, as well as energetic and efficient movements or infrared radiation. And even effects due to gravitational variations.

The main aim of this Special Issue on Physics of Animal Navigation is to explore this fascinating interdisciplinary field of research bringing together scientists from different disciplines and giving a general overview of the state of the art of the role that Physics plays in Animal Navigation.

This special issue welcomes papers covering any of the potential topics linking physics with animal navigation among which we can refer, but not limited to:

  • Electromagnetism: Geomagnetism and magnetoreception
  • Acoustics: Ultrasounds, echolocations, infrasounds
  • Optics: Light and visual systems
  • Astronomy: Celestial navigation
  • Quantum Physics: quantum entanglement, cryptochrome hypothesis
  • Fluid Mechanics: turbulence flows, turbulence atmosphere
  • Thermodynamics: thermal boundaries
  • Gravity: gravitational variation

We invite researchers to submit minireviews, tutorial reviews and original papers.


A 10–15 pages contribution, with about half of the material in the form of a representative mini-review of the entire (sub)topic, followed by a short review of own past and present work, approximately of the same length and coherently summarized and explained in the broader context of the first part.

Tutorial Reviews:

A 15+ pages tutorial review on a broader topic that adds more introductory and background material to make it reasonably self-contained reading for graduate students and non-specialists from related areas.

Original Papers:

(a) A typically 5–10 pages contribution, which contains a significant fraction of original material e.g. a follow up paper of a recently published letter with more background and details and new results.

(b) A short study, typically 3–5 pages containing predominantly new material, on a very specific aspect of some broader research published elsewhere.

Manuscripts should be prepared following the submission guidelines and authors may use the latex template (preferably in 2-column layout) that can be downloaded at here, but other formats such as Word are also accepted.

Deadline for submission is 30 June 2022

Authors should submit their original articles or short reviews to the Editorial Office of EPJ ST via the submission system. Submissions should be clearly identified as intended for the Special Issue "Physics of Animal Navigation". Papers will be published continuously and will appear (as soon as accepted) on the journal website. The electronic version of the Special Issue will contain all accepted papers in the order of publication. All submitted papers will be refereed according to the usual high standards of the journal. More general information about EPJST is available at http://epjst.epj.org/.

Guest Editor:

Miguel A. F. Sanjuan, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Open Access: EPJST is a hybrid journal offering Open Access publication via the Open Choice programme and a growing number of Springer Compact “Publish and Read” arrangements which enable authors to publish OA at no direct cost (all costs are paid centrally).

Open calls for papers