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.

JBC Affinity Sites

In November 2012, the journal launched the Affinity Sites, which are websites organized by biomedical research subspecialties ranging from cell biology to signal transduction. Each site carries content specific to that subspecialty but also highlights connections to other research areas, a critical feature in this era of interdisciplinary research. JBC Editor-in-Chief Martha J. Fedor at The Scripps Research Institute says affinity groups make browsing the Journal’s extensive collections of research articles, minireviews and personal accounts of scientific advances known as Reflections more efficient, possibly fostering collaboration among the Journal’s contributors.

All content is reviewed by top-scientists.

More about JBC:

  • Published weekly, over 38,000 pages annually
  • Content published immediately upon acceptance and accessible to all as Papers in Press
  • Redacted articles free to all one year after publication
  • No page limits
  • Free color figures for members of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Constructive, timely reviews
  • Published by the non-profit American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Papers of the Week represent the top 2 percent of JBC papers
  • The Classics and Reflections highlight seminal articles from the JBC archive and the authors behind the scientific advances they represent
  • Minireviews provide concise summaries of rapidly evolving developments in biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Author profiles showcase up-and-coming Paper of the Week authors and invited minireview authors
  • To underline its commitment to the progress of science, the JBC offers teaching tools for educating young scientists

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Papers of the Week
The Papers of the Week highlight what we consider to be the best papers we receive for publication in JBC. They are selected by our Associate Editors and Editorial Board Members and represent the top 1 percent of papers reviewed in terms of significance and overall importance. The papers are accompanied by a brief summary that explains the findings of the paper and why it was chosen for this honor.
The Council, Publications Committee, Editor, and Associate Editors of the JBC developed Minireviews in the hopes that readers will keep abreast of the rapid advances and trends in biochemical research outside their own area of expertise. The goal is to have a concise and overall summary of a particular field which will be understandable to biochemists working in other areas.
The advances in electronic publishing, pioneered by JBC in 1995, allow us to present proudly some of the many seminal articles published since the Journal's founding in 1905. The papers, which are reprinted in their original form, are accompanied by a biographical introduction and brief summary of the article.
In honor of the JBC Centenary, celebrated in 2005, we initiated a series of articles, Reflections, authored by biochemists whose contributions have helped mark the many advances in biochemistry and molecular biology since 1905. Reflections are invited articles by respected biochemists on a topic of their choosing.