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, JBC Reviews, 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 all manuscripts initially submitted on or after January 1, 2018
  • Author profiles showcase the scientists behind Editors’ Picks papers and JBC Reviews.
  • Journal Metrics

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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.

JBC Reviews
These review articles provide authoritative analysis of diverse topics, including the synthesis of recent advances in a specialized area, assessments of methodologies and technology, and exploration of interdisciplinary 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

Are there any publication charges?

Yes. There are modest page charges, and authors can opt into our “Author’s Choice” Open Access publication model for an additional fee. Discounts are given to papers where the corresponding author is a member of the ASBMB. Find more information about our pricing structure here, and join the ASBMB to receive free subscriptions to ASBMB journals and other benefits.

Do you charge submission fees?


Do you charge color figure fees?

No! We’ve changed our policy for manuscripts submitted on or after January 1, 2018. Although there are still real costs associated with preparation of color figures, even when they are only digital, we don’t want to limit the ability of our authors to display their data in the best way possible.

Do I have to transfer copyright of my work to JBC?

No! We’ve changed our policy for manuscripts submitted on or after January 1, 2018. When you submit a manuscript to JBC going forward, you will be asked to give us the license to publish your work instead. Read more here.

Is Supporting Information allowed?

Yes, as long as all information that is essential to support the conclusions is in the paper itself. Read more here.