Journal of Chemical Biology

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Journal of Chemical Biology Journal of Chemical Biology publishes original and innovative research as well as topical research summaries of the highest quality catering to both the physical and life sciences ISSN: 1864-6166 (ONLINE) ISSN: 1864-6158 (PRINT) Journal metadata

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  • Aims and scope

    Chemical Biology is a novel interdisciplinary subject that is still evolving. Interpreting chemical biology as widely as possible, the "Journal of Chemical Biology" (JOCB) will be open towards the whole spectrum of physical sciences research if it is applied to foster biomedical research. This will include innovative theoretical and experimental approaches and tools being applied to elucidate biological problems. Chemical Biology is not a synonym for Biological chemistry/Biochemistry, the latter being served by a plethora of life sciences journals, where well-established tools and techniques drawn from the physical sciences are employed to produce innovative biological research. The main acceptance criteria are therefore: the novelty/innovation in the physical sciences part of the presented interdisciplinary research and/or its application in biological research. Manuscripts are expected to convey their research in a fashion that allows both research communities to appreciate its significance and achievements. Thus, experts drawn from the life as well as the physical sciences background referee all manuscripts.

    The journal is keen to attract articles on novel innovations and discoveries in the physical sciences that can be applied in the cellular environment (in vivo). Important discoveries that have not yet reached the necessary proof for their biological relevance will be presented as short communications. Reviews and opinion papers as well as articles and short communications that present original multidisciplinary research with a clear applicability towards the life sciences are welcome. JOCB also invites to submit these research advances of interesting tools and technology developmentsthat are not yet applicable towards biological problems as "notes". Being an interdisciplinary journal we would like to encourage reviews on interdisciplinary subjects from authors affiliated with both disciplines as well as investigators affiliated in one discipline with the desire to become engaged in this new interdisciplinary research area.

    The "Journal of Chemical Biology" endeavors to create a platform for multidisciplinary physical scientists to publish their achievements, retrieve information, and exchange ideas, opinions and thoughts with the biomedical research community. The latter is addressed in the "Journal of Chemical Biology Bulletin", which is published with each issue and will contain information that is relevant for the chemical biology research community. This includes book reviews, meeting reports and announcements as well as information on chemical biology studies and education.

  • Profile

    Chemical biology was established initially as an interdisciplinary approach that employed chemical synthesis to address biological questions. However, this research area is now growing and evolving, quickly absorbing more and more aspects of physical sciences (experimental as well as theoretical tools and techniques) that can be used to elucidate research problems in the life sciences (biological and medical). It is our ambition to create a journal that publishes original and innovative research as well as topical research summaries of the highest quality catering to both the physical and life sciences. Prospective manuscripts will therefore need to employ innovative tools and/or techniques drawn from the physical sciences to address biological/medical research problems in a quantitative fashion. The peer-review process will incorporate expertise from both disciplines to ensure that the highest standards are reached.

    The "Journal of Chemical Biology" (JOCB) will be the platform for this evolving multidisciplinary research community by

    - disseminating new research achievements through short communications or articles,
    - discussing and creating awareness of research trends through opinion papers and reviews,
    - sharing interesting tools and developments that are not yet applicable towards biological problems as notes,
    - exchanging information within the chemical biology research community, which includes news on conferences, grants, and job opportunities as well as book and instrument reviews.

  • Editors


    Dr. Rudiger Woscholski 
    Div. of Cell and Molecular Biology
    Faculty of Natural Sciences
    and Chemical Biology Centre (CBC)
    Imperial College London
    South Kensington campus
    London, SW7 2AZ, UK
    Tel/fax: 44 (0)20 7594 5305

    Prof. Banafshe Larijani
    Department of Cell Biophysics
    Cancer Research UK
    44 Lincoln's Inn Fields
    London, WC2A 3PX, UK
    Tel: 44-(0) 20-72693082
    Fax: 44-(0) 20-72693094

    Bulletin Editor:

    Dr. Colin A. Rosser
    1 North Parade
    DE1 3AY
    United Kongdom

    Assistant News Editor:

    Gary Chung
    Cell Biophysics Laboratory 
    Cancer Research UK
    Lincolns Inn Fields Laboratories
    London Research Institute
    44 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
    London WC2A 3PX.

    Nirmal Jethwa
    Cell Biophysics Laboratory 
    Cancer Research UK
    Lincolns Inn Fields Laboratories
    London Research Institute
    44 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
    London WC2A 3PX.

    Advisory Board:

    Prof. Manfred Auer, PhD
    SULSA Chair of Chemical & Translational Biology
    The University of Edinburgh
    Mayfield Road
    Edinburgh, EH9 3JR, U.K.

    Dr. Weng C Chan
    Centre for Biomolecular Sciences
    School of Pharmacy, 
    University of Nottingham
    University Park
    Nottingham NG7 2RD, U.K.

    Dr. Ian Collins
    Cancer Research UK Centre for Cancer Therapeutics
    The Institute of Cancer Research
    15 Cotswold Road, Sutton
    Surrey SM2 5NG, U.K.

    Dr. Jens R. Coorssen, Ph.D.
    Chair, Molecular Physiology
    UWS School of Medicine
    Campbelltown, NSW, Australia
    Tel: 61 2 9852 4726

    Dr. Erick J Dufourc
    UMR 5248 CBMN, CNRS-Universite Bordeaux 1-ENITAB
    IECB, 2 rue Robert Escarpit
    33607 Pessac, France

    Dr. Maria M. Flocco
    Senior Director 
    Lead Discovery and Structural Biology & Biophysics
    Pfizer Global Research & Development
    Sandwich, Kent CT13 9NJ, UK

    Dr. Holger Gerhardt
    Vascular Biology, Cancer Research
    Lincolns Inn Fields laboratory
    44 Lincoln's Inn Fields
    London, WC2A 3PX

    Dr. Richard Goldstein
    Div. of Mathematical Biology
    National Institute for Medical Research
    The Ridgeway, Mill Hill
    London NW7 1AA, U.K.

    Prof. Felix M. Goni
    Universidad del Pais Vasco
    Unidad de Biofisica (CSIC-UPV/EHU)
    E-48080 Bilbao, Spain

    Dr. Helen C. Hailes
    Reader in Chemical Biology,
    Department of Chemistry
    University College London 
    20 Gordon Street,
    London WC1H 0AJ, UK

    Per Hammarstrom, PhD
    Professor of Protein Chemistry
    IFM-Department of Chemistry
    Linkoping University, Sweden

    Prof. Michael Kozlov
    Department of Physiology-Pharmacology
    Faculty of Medicina
    Tel Aviv University
    Ramat Aviv, Israel

    Prof. Richard Lin
    Richard Lin, M.D.
    Associate Professor of Medicine
    Division of Hematology
    Stony Brook University
    Stony Brook, NY 11794-8661, USA

    Dr. R. Marquez
    Ian Sword Lecturer of Bioorganic Chemistry
    WestCHEM, Department of Chemistry
    University of Glasgow,
    Glasgow, G12 8QQ, UK

    Dr. Lorenz Mayr
    Unit Head Biology, Protease Platform
    Novartis Pharma AG / NIBR
    Fabrikstrasse 16.3.43
    CH-4002 Basel, Switzerland

    Dr. Rob van Montfort 
    Team Leader Structure-Based Drug Design 
    Sections of Cancer Therapeutics and Structural Biology 
    The Institute of Cancer Research 
    15 Cotswold Road 
    Sutton SM2 5NG, UK

    Prof. William S. Price
    Nanoscale Organisation and Dynamics Group
    College of Health and Science 
    Campbelltown Campus - Building 21.G.45 
    University of Western Sydney 
    Locked Bag 1797 
    Penrith South DC NSW 1797, Australia

    PD Dr. Heino Prinz
    Biochemical Analytic
    Max-Planck-Institute for molecular Physiology
    Otto-Hahn-Str. 11
    44227 Dortmund, Germany

    Dr. Alfred A. Rabow
    AstraZeneca, Mereside
    Dept. Computational and
    Physical Chemistry
    Alderley Park
    Cheshire SK10 4TG, UK

    Dr. Alan J. Schafer, PhD 
    Head of Science Funding
    The Wellcome Trust 
    215 Euston Road 
    London NW1 2BE, UK

    Dr. Edward Tate 
    B.Sc. (Dunelm), Ph.D. (Cantab) 
    BBSRC David Phillips Research Fellow 
    Department of Chemistry  
    Imperial College London 
    Exhibition Rd. 
    London SW7 2AZ, UK

    Dr. Ramon Vilar 
    Reader in Inorganic Chemistry 
    Department of Chemistry 
    Imperial College London 
    South Kensington 
    London SW7 2AZ , UK

    Prof. Christopher A. Voigt
    Byer's Hall MC 2540, Room 408C
    1700 4th Street
    San Francisco, CA 94158-2330, USA

    Dr Barrie Wilkinson FRSC 
    Natural Products Chemistry 
    Chesterford Research Park 
    Little Chesterford 
    Essex CB10 1XL, UK

    Prof. Patrick Williamson
    Edward S. Harkness Professor of Biology
    Biology Department
    Amherst College, 
    Amherst, MA 01002, USA

  • Guide to authors

    Manuscript Submission

    Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before; that it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities – tacitly or explicitly – at the institute where the work has been carried out. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.


    Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.

    Online Submission

    Authors should submit their manuscripts online. Electronic submission substantially reduces the editorial processing and reviewing times and shortens overall publication times. Please follow the hyperlink “Submit online” on the right and upload all of your manuscript files following the instructions given on the screen.

    Title Page

    The title page should include:
    The name(s) of the author(s)
    A concise and informative title
    The affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s)
    The e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers of the corresponding author


    Please provide an abstract of 150 to 250 words. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.


    Please provide 4 to 6 keywords which can be used for indexing purposes.

    Text Formatting

    Manuscripts should be submitted in Word.
    Use a normal, plain font (e.g., 10-point Times Roman) for text.
    Use italics for emphasis.
    Use the automatic page numbering function to number the pages.
    Do not use field functions.
    Use tab stops or other commands for indents, not the space bar.
    Use the table function, not spreadsheets, to make tables.
    Use the equation editor or MathType for equations.
    Note: If you use Word 2007, do not create the equations with the default equation editor but use the Microsoft equation editor or MathType instead.
    Save your file in doc format. Do not submit docx files.

    Manuscripts with mathematical content can also be submitted in LaTeX.


    Please use no more than three levels of displayed headings.


    Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter.


    Footnotes can be used to give additional information, which may include the citation of a reference included in the reference list. They should not consist solely of a reference citation, and they should never include the bibliographic details of a reference. They should also not contain any figures or tables.
    Footnotes to the text are numbered consecutively; those to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data). Footnotes to the title or the authors of the article are not given reference symbols.
    Always use footnotes instead of endnotes.


    Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section before the reference list. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.

    Scientific style

    Please always use internationally accepted signs and symbols for units (SI units).
    Nomenclature: Insofar as possible, authors should use systematic names similar to those used by Chemical Abstract Service or IUPAC.

    Genus and species names should be in italics.

    Generic names of drugs and pesticides are preferred; if trade names are used, the generic name should be given at first mention.

    Please use the standard mathematical notation for formulae, symbols, etc.:
    Italic for single letters that denote mathematical constants, variables, and unknown quantities

    Roman/upright for numerals, operators, and punctuation, and commonly defined functions or abbreviations, e.g., cos, det, e or exp, lim, log, max, min, sin, tan, d (for derivative)

    Bold for vectors, tensors, and matrices.



    Cite references in the text by name and year in parentheses. Some examples:
    - Negotiation research spans many disciplines (Thompson 1990).
    - This result was later contradicted by Becker and Seligman (1996).
    - This effect has been widely studied (Abbott 1991; Barakat et al. 1995; Kelso and Smith 1998; Medvec et al. 1993).

    Reference list

    The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text. Do not use footnotes or endnotes as a substitute for a reference list.

    Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last names of the first author of each work.

    Journal article

    Nugen S, Baeumner HJ (2008) Trends and opportunities in food pathogen detection. Anal Bioanal Chem 391:451-454
    Nugen S, Baeumner HJ (2008) Anal Bioanal Chem 391:451-454

    Article by DOI

    Slifka MK, Whitton JL (2000) Clinical implications of dysregulated cytokine production. J Mol Med. Doi:10.1007/s001090000086


    South J, Blass B (2001) The future of modern genomics. Blackwell, London

    Book chapter

    Brown B, Aaron M (2001) In: Smith J (ed) The rise of modern genomics, 3rd edn. Wiley, New York

    Online document

    Healthwise Knowledgebase (1998) US Pharmacopeia, Rockville. Accessed 21 Sept 1998

    Always use the standard abbreviation of a journal’s name according to the ISSN List of Title Word Abbreviations, see

    For authors using EndNote, Springer provides an output style that supports the formatting of in-text citations and reference list.


    All tables are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.
    Tables should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.
    For each table, please supply a table caption (title) explaining the components of the table.

    Identify any previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference at the end of the table caption.
    Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the table body.

  • Contact

    Planung Chemie
    Marion Hertel

    Tiergartenstraße 17 
    69121 Heidelberg 


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