Journal of the month - February 2016 - Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences


Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences is a society-owned journal publishing high quality research on all aspects of photochemistry and photobiology. The journal publishes articles on the interaction of light with molecules, supramolecular systems or biological matter.

Type of Activity

working independently



Age Group

16 to Postgraduate


Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences is a society-owned journal publishing high quality research on all aspects of photochemistry and photobiology.

Photochemistry is an area of science exploring the chemical effects of visible or near-visible light – typically reactions which are caused by absorption of ultraviolet radiation (wavelength from 100 to 400 nm), visible light (400 - 750 nm) or infrared radiation (750 - 2500 nm). Photobiology is a related discipline involving the study of the biological effects of this type of radiation on living organisms, covering areas such as photosynthesis, ultraviolet skin damage, photomedicine and bioluminescence.

Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences is a journal which publishes Communications (short articles), Full Papers, Perspectives (short review articles) and Forum (or opinion) articles from all these areas. The journal is published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, but owned and edited by several other scientific societies from the field of photoscience. These are:

•    European Photochemistry Association
•    European Society for Photobiology
•    The Asia and Oceania Society for Photobiology
•    Korean Society of Photoscience

The journal publishes 12 issues per year and has a 5-year impact factor of 2.618 (the average number of citations that articles published in the journal over a five year period received the year after). While the majority of published issues contain regular submissions to the journal, Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences also publishes themed issues and special collections on specific topics and subjects. Of particular note is the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) issue on “Environmental effects of ozone depletion and its interactions with climate change”. This report is published every four years by the Environmental Effects Assessment Panel (EEAP). It provides a current assessment of the effects of ozone depletion on human health and the environment, as well as the consequences of interactions between ozone depletion and global climate change.


Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences has two Editor-in-Chiefs and two Deputy Editors-in-Chief, with equal representation from the fields of photochemistry and photobiology:


Dario Bassani, University of Bordeaux, France (Photochemistry)
Santi Nonell, University Ramon Llull, Spain (Photobiology)


Jakob Wirz, University of Basel, Switzerland (Photochemistry)
Rex Tyrrell, University of Bath, UK (Photobiology)


For more information, see the Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences  website or email us at

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