A new paper on autocatalytic sets was just published in the journal Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres. In this paper, author Wim Hordijk applies the formal framework for detecting and analyzing autocatalytic sets to various computational models of chemical reaction networks that have been described in the literature. It is shown how previous alternative definitions of autocatalytic sets all seem to fall short one way or another, but that the formal framework known as RAF theory is able to capture all of them, allowing for a complete analysis of the emergence and (potential) evolution of autocatalytic sets across all these different models. This suggests that RAF theory can be used as a standard formalism.
W. Hordijk. Evolution of autocatalytic sets in computational models of chemical reaction networks. Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres, 2015.