Journal of Biological Chemistry

Mission Statement: We’re bringing significant, enduring research to the scientific community. We believe it is our responsibility to safeguard the research we publish by providing high-quality review and maintaining strict standards on data presentation and deposition. It is our goal to help scientists disclose their findings in the most efficient and effective way possible by keeping review times short, providing editorial feedback on manuscript text and promoting papers after publication. It is our aspiration to facilitate scientific discovery in new ways by exploring new technologies and forging new partnerships. Please read more at

Open access: 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.

The review process at JBC relies predominantly on editorial board members who have been vetted and appointed by the editor-in-chief and associate editors. Our editorial board members undergo a comprehensive training process; we have a process in place to make our reviews as uniform, accurate and appropriate as possible for our authors.

More about JBC:

  • Timely decisions: The average time from submission to first decision is 21 days for regular articles and shorter for Accelerated Communications.
  • Constructive reviews from research-active scientists at all editorial levels.
  • No page limits
  • Color figures are free for regular members of the ASBMB
  • Author profiles showcase the scientists behind Editors’ Picks papers and Minireviews.
  • 2016 Impact Factor: 4.125
  • Eigenfactor score: 0.39353 (2nd of 286 journals in its discipline)
  • Cited half-life: >10.0 (Highest possible rating)

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Editors’ Picks
Editors’ Picks represent the top-rated papers published in JBC across the field of biological chemistry, as determined by our associate editors, editorial board members and other referees. The papers are accompanied by additional content highlighting the new findings and the scientists involved.

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.

JBC has published many seminal articles since its founding in 1905. These breakthrough papers are highlighted with context and 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?

Research-active scientists review all research manuscripts and minireviews, from the initial editorial assignment to the final acceptance letter. Read more about the review process in our January 2017 editorial.

How long does it take to get a decision?

Review is fast. The mean time from submission to first decision for regular articles is 21 days, and for accelerated communications it’s 12 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 the ASBMB to receive free subscriptions to ASBMB journals, free color figures, publication-fee discounts and 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 all site visitors after one year. Thus, JBC papers always are accessible.

Do you still require Capsules?


Are supplemental data allowed?

Yes, as long as all data that are essential to support the conclusions are in the paper itself.

Who publishes JBC?

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