Journal of Biological Chemistry

Mission Statement: The Journal of Biological Chemistry publishes papers based on original research that are judged to make a novel and important contribution to understanding the molecular and cellular basis of biological processes.

For more than 100 years, the JBC has been an essential resource for the international community of biomedical researchers. Today, the Journal continues to be a standard-bearer for excellence in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology.

Open access to JBC papers: All accepted manuscripts - research papers, minireviews, Reflections and Classics, eLetters and editorials - are available to the public for free on the day of acceptance. Visit the JBC Papers in Press page to see newly accepted manuscripts.

All research papers and reviews are reviewed by leaders in the field.

More about JBC:

  • Published weekly, over 31,000 pages annually
  • 2015 Impact Factor: 4.258
  • Published by the non-profit American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Constructive, timely reviews
  • No page limits
  • Free color figures for members of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Author profiles showcase up-and-coming Paper of the Week authors and invited minireview authors

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Papers of the Week
Selected by JBC associate editors and editorial board members, the Papers of the Week represent the top 2 percent of papers reviewed in terms of significance and overall importance. The papers are accompanied by first-author profiles.

Minireviews are concise, invited status reports about particular fields and are written in such a way that they are understandable to researchers who may be specialists in other fields.

The JBC has published many seminal articles since the journal's founding in 1905. The Classics series highlights these breakthrough papers and proves background information about the field and authors.

The Reflections collection includes scientific memoirs by trailblazers in the field of biological Chemistry.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you charge submission fees?


Who will review my paper?

Practicing scientists review all research manuscripts and minireviews. Every step of the editorial process is done by a practicing scientist like yourself, beginning with the editor-in-chief and co-editor and including associate editors and editorial board members (i.e. reviewing editors). Reviews and decisions are made by these individuals, and they are all authors themselves.

How long does it take to get a decision?

Review is fast. The mean time from submission to first decision is 20.3 days.

Do you charge for color figures?

Yes. The standard fee for color figures is $50 per figure. However, if you are a member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, you pay nothing extra for color figures in your paper. Join ASBMB to receive free subscriptions to ASBMB journals, free color figures, publication-fee discounts and various other benefits.

Will my paper be accessible to the public?

We publish accepted manuscripts as Papers in Press on the day of acceptance. These remain available to the public even after the final manuscripts are set for specific issues. The final papers are free to users after one year. Thus, JBC papers always are accessible.

Do you still require Capsules?


Are supplemental data allowed?

It depends. Reviewing editors and associate editors determine the appropriateness of supplemental data files. We don’t want to publish short reports in which readers have to constantly flip to see figures and tables, but we believe that many types of manuscripts benefit from supplemental data, and so we have relaxed the rule.

What kind of publisher owns JBC?

The JBC is the largest journal published by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and it is an integral part of the society. By publishing in the JBC, you help support the ASBMB, which sponsors many programs and meetings that benefit the scientific community.