Focus and Scope

The Journal of Biological Methods (JBM) (ISSN 2326-9901) is a multidisciplinary and open-access journal committed to publishing peer-reviewed papers on cutting-edge and innovative biological techniques, methods and protocols. Manuscripts submitted for consideration are expected to describe original research on novel biotechnology, biological methods and experimental techniques, significant optimization and modification of existing methods, development of step-by-step protocols based on established methods and technologies, and reviews on technical aspects of a particular biological field.  JBM covers all biological sciences including, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomedical science
  • Biophysics
  • Biotechnology
  • Cancer biology
  • Cell biology
  • Chemical biology
  • Clinical sciences
  • Epigenetics
  • Genetics and genomics
  • Immunology
  • Medical science
  • Microbiology
  • Model organism
  • Molecular biology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Neuroscience
  • Physiology
  • Plant biology
  • Signal transduction
  • Stem cells
  • Zoology 

 

Section Policies

Articles

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Protocols

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Benchmarks

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Reviews

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Resources

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Application Notes

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Commentaries

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Editorials

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Peer Review Process

JBM is committed to providing authors with fast, constructive and fair reviews. At submission, authors are encouraged to suggest editorial members and referees who have the expertise needed to judge the paper. Submitted papers will be first evaluated by the Editors-in-chief or Associate Editors to determine whether they should be reviewed by external referees based on scientific merit and technical quality of the papers. Submissions determined not to be reviewed by editors will be returned to authors and will in general not be considered again unless substantial revision has been made. Resubmitted papers will be considered as new submission. For peer-reviewed papers, a decision of either acceptance, acceptance after revision, reconsideration after revision, or rejection will be made by editors based on the evaluation of referees. We aim to offer a fast publication schedule while maintaining rigorous peer review. Decision will usually be reached within 3 weeks of submission.

 

Publication Frequency

Individual articles will be published as soon as they are ready and will be added to the "current" volume's Table of Contents.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Archiving

Archive in PubMed Central

To comply with the policies of funding agencies, such as the NIH in the USA, the Wellcome Trust and the Research Councils in the UK, and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft in Germany, upon publication, JBM will deposit articles in PubMed Central.

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Article Types

JBM publishes the following types of articles:

Articles.  Articles are full length (max. 5000 words, with 5 page equivalents of figures and tables) and peer-reviewed reports presenting original research on novel biological methods and techniques or significant modifications to existing protocols. An article has the following major sections: abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion and references.

Protocols.  Protocols are step-by-step guide and instructions to a new technique or a commonly used technique with significant modification for improvement. Protocols can also cover existing techniques for which prior protocols have not been published. To be considered for publication in JBM, Protocols need to bring a significant added value to their respective biological or biomedical fields. Protocols presenting very succinct procedures, minor variations/additions to previously published protocols or a combination of previously documented procedures that do not represent a substantial innovation or bring obvious benefits will generally not be considered. Protocols are peer-reviewed and contain the following major sections: abstract, background, materials, procedure, anticipated results, troubleshooting and references.

Benchmarks. Benchmarks present studies designed to objectively compare two or more methods with original data and discuss their pros and cons.

Resources. Resources present information on innovative and useful online tools, services and databases that hold broad appeal for the community at large.

Reviews.  Reviews are peer-reviewed articles that aim to provide a timely, comprehensive and insightful overview of a particular technique or techniques for the study of a particular aspect of biology.  

Application Notes.  Application notes are product specific technical guides which are of general interest to readers of the Journal. This type of articles is considered as advertisements and will not be submitted to indexing service.      

Commentaries. Commentaries have a flexible format, mainly to provide a personal perspective on a published manuscript or a topic of scientific importance. They should be of interest to a broader readership and be written in layman's terms. The length is typically 1-2 printed pages.  Commentaries are usually commissioned by the journal. Authors who wish to submit an unsolicited commentary should contact the editorial office.

 

Editorial Policies

Manuscripts are considered with the understanding that the (i) it is not under consideration by another publication or any electronic medium; (ii) no part of the work has been published previously in print or electronic format. Any manuscript that contains any data that have been submitted for publication elsewhere will not be considered under any circumstance.

Authorship

The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring that all appropriate contributors are listed as authors and that all authors have agreed to the manuscript’s content and its submission to JBM. In a case where we become aware of an authorship dispute, authorship must be approved in writing by all of the parties.

Competing Interests

JBM requires all authors to disclose any financial and personal conflict of interest that might influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. Authors must declare any such conflict during submission process and in the Acknowledgments section of the manuscript. The corresponding author will be asked to sign on behalf of all the authors a Conflict of Interest declaration form upon acceptance of their paper. Any affiliation associated with a payment or financial benefit exceeding $10,000, or 5% ownership of a company, or research funding by a company with related interests would constitute a conflict and must be declared.

Studies Involving Human Subjects and Animals

For manuscripts reporting studies involving human subjects, statements identifying the committee approving the studies and confirming that informed consent was obtained from all subjects must appear in the appropriate section. All experiments on live vertebrates or higher invertebrates must be performed in accordance with relevant institutional and national guidelines and regulations. In the manuscript, a statement identifying the committee approving the experiments and confirming that all experiments conform to the relevant regulatory standards must be included.

 

Studies Involving Human Subjects and Animals

For manuscripts reporting studies involving human subjects, statements identifying the committee approving the studies and confirming that informed consent was obtained from all subjects must appear in the appropriate section. All experiments on live vertebrates or higher invertebrates must be performed in accordance with relevant institutional and national guidelines and regulations. In the manuscript, a statement
identifying the committee approving the experiments and confirming that all experiments conform to the relevant regulatory standards must be included.

 

Conflict of Interest Policy

JBM requires all authors to disclose any financial and personal conflict of interest that might influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. Authors must declare any such conflict during submission process and in the Acknowledgments section of the manuscript. The corresponding author will be asked to sign on behalf of all the authors a Conflict of Interest declaration form upon acceptance of their paper. Any affiliation associated with a payment or financial benefit exceeding $10,000, or 5% ownership of a company, or research funding by a company with related interests would constitute a conflict and must be declared.