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Adibekyan, V., Figueira, P., Santos, N.: 2016, Which type of planets do we expect to observe in theHabitable Zone? Orig. Life Evol. Biosph 46, 351–359 


Bacchus-Montabonel, M.C.: 2015, Proton-induced Collisions on Potential Prebiotic Species. Orig. Life Evol. Biosph. 46, 361-368


Beaufils, D., Jepaul, S., Liu, Z., Boiteau, L., Pascal, R.:2015, The Activation of Free Dipeptides Promoted by Strong Activating Agents in Water Does not Yield Diketopiperazines. Orig. Life Evol. Biosph 46, 19-30


Dehant, V., B. K. Baludikay, J. Beghin, D. Breuer, Ph. Claeys, Y. Cornet, L. Cornet, V. Debaille, F. El Atrassi, C. François, J. De Keyser, C. Gillmann, S. Goderis, Y. Hidaka, D. Höning, G. Hublet, E. Javaux, Ö. Karatekin, L. Maes, N. Mattielli, M. Maurice, S. McKibbin, W. Neumann, L. Noack, L.,Pittarello, A.C. Plesa, S. Robert, T. Spohn, J-Y Storme, N. Tosi, M. Valdes, A.C. Vandaele, F. Vanhaecke, T. Van Hoolst, V. Wilquet, the Planet TOPERS group (see, PLANET TOPERS: 2016, Planets, Tracing the Transfer, Origin, Preservation, and Evolution of their ReservoirS. Orig. Life Evol. Biosph 46, 369-384 


Figueira, P., Faria, J.P., Adibekyan, V.Zh., Oshagh, M., Santos, N.C.: 2015, A pragmatic Ba1ian perspective on correlation analysis. The exoplanetary gravity - stellar activity case. Orig. Life Evol. Biosph. 46, 385-393


Gallet, F., Charbonnel, C., Amard, L.: 2015, Host star evolution for planet habitability. Orig. Life Evol. Biosph. 46, 395-401


Gargaud, M., Geppert, W.D., Mason, N.J.: 2016, Introduction to the Special Issue - Habitability in the Universe: from the Early Earth to Exoplanets, Orig Life Evol Biosph 46, 347-349


Gomoiu, I.Chatzitheodoridis, E., Vadrucci, S., Walther, I., Cojoc, R.: 2015, Fungal spores viability on the International Space Station. Orig. Life Evol. Biosph 46, 403-418


Hrušák, J., Paidarová, I.: 2015, Step towards modeling the atmosphere of Titan: state-selected reactions of O+ with methane. Orig. Life Evol. Biosph 46,  419-424


Kaye, K.,  Bryant, D.E., Marriott, K.E.R, Ohara, S., Fishwick, C.W.G., Kee, T.P.: 2016, Selective Phosphonylation of 5′-Adenosine Monophosphate (5′-AMP) via Pyrophosphite [PPi(III)]. Orig. Life Evol. Biosph 46, 425-434


Kereszturi, A., Bradak, B., Chatzitheodoridis, E., Ujvari, G.: 2015, Indicators of past water action for ExoMars drill: review of future prospects.Orig. Life Evol. Biosph 46, 435-454


Kereszturi, A., Chatzitheodoridis, E.: 2016, Searching for the source crater of nahkhlite meteorites. Orig. Life Evol. Biosph 46, 455 - 471


Kereszturi, A., Noack, L.: 2016, Review on the role of planetary factors on habitability. Orig. Life Evol. Biosph 46, 473 - 486


Martins, J.H.C., Santos, N.C., Figueira, P., Melo, C.: 2015, Reflected light from giant planets in habitable zones: Tapping into the power of the Cross-Correlation Function. Orig. Life Evol. Biosph 46, 487-498


Mazankova, V., Torokova, L., Krcma, F., Mason, N.J., Matejcik, S.: 2016, The influence of CO2 admixtures on the product composition in a nitrogen-methane atmospheric glow discharge used as a Titan atmosphere mimic. Orig. Life Evol. Biosph 46, 499-506


Pascal, R., Pross, A.: 2016, The Logic of Life. Orig. Life Evol. Biosph 46, 507-513


Saladino, R., Carota, E., Botta, G., Kapralov, M., Timoshenko, G.N., Rozanov, A., Krasavin, E., Di Mauro, E.: 2016, First evidence on the role of 11B-boron irradiation of meteorites and formamide in the origin of biomolecules. Orig. Life Evol. Biosph 46, 515-521


Strbak, O., Kanuchova, Z., Krafcik, A.: 2015, Proton gradients as a key physical factor in the evolution of the forced transport mechanism across the lipid membrane. Orig. Life Evol. Biosph 46, 523-531


Zymak, I., Žabka, J., Polášek, M., Španěl, P., Smith, D.: 2015, Pilot study of ion - molecule reactions at temperatures relevant to the atmosphere of Titan, Orig. Life Evol. Biosph. 46, 533 -538








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