PeerJ Sections


PeerJ, the journal, is now divided into separate Sections by field.

Section Editors have oversight of their section to ensure the journal maintains a fair peer review process and the highest standards of scientific practice in their fields.

Within each Section, the Academic Editors regularly identify and highlight the most important new PeerJ publications in their field. Learn more & Meet the Section Editors.


Production of exopolysaccharide by strains of Lactobacillus plantarum YO175 and OF101 isolated from traditional fermented cereal beverage

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Carlos Conte-Junior –– This article is relevant to food science and technology.
Patient-centered care interventions to reduce the inappropriate prescription and use of benzodiazepines and z-drugs: a systematic review

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Paul Tulkens –– Benzodiazepines are among the most abused drugs and associated with severe but often not well recognized side effects. They also induce a marked dependence. This paper may help in better appreciating the risks of benzodiazepines and to mitigate their overuse.
Ultraconserved elements (UCEs) illuminate the population genomics of a recent, high-latitude avian speciation event

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Michael Wink –– Use of UCE is a novel approach
Co-occurrence patterns of litter decomposing communities in mangroves indicate a robust community resistant to disturbances

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Joseph Craine –– The authors provide an in-depth analysis of the microbial assemblages during decomposition in an under-researched system. These are sophisticated techniques that are helping to fundamentally change our understanding of microbial decomposition.
Conceptual and empirical advances in Neotropical biodiversity research

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Tomas Hrbek –– A useful and for many probably a necessary overview of the complexities of structuring and origins of Neotropical biodiversity, and the need to pursue cross-disciplinary approaches if we hope to understand Neotropical biodiversity.