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Time to first decision (all decisions): 23.0 days**
Time to first decision (peer reviewed only): 37.0 days***
Chair: Hiroaki Suga
Indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), PubMed Central, Scopus and Web of Science: Emerging Sources Citation Index
APCs to be introduced from 1 July 2022
RSC Chemical Biology was launched to better serve those of you who want to publish exceptionally significant research and Reviews at the interface of chemistry and biology, made available to all through open access.
To enable us to maintain the journal and build a sustainable open access future for our science, we will be introducing article processing charges (APCs) from 1 July 2022. Please go to the article processing charges for APC prices and discounts.
Where agenda-setting research has global visibility
Led by Hiroaki Suga (University of Tokyo), RSC Chemical Biology is a highly selective gold open access journal, dedicated to publishing exceptionally significant and breakthrough findings of interest to the chemical biology community.
As a gold open access journal, there are no barriers to accessing content and your research reaches a truly international audience.
“I’m very excited to take on the role of Chair of the Editorial Board of RSC Chemical Biology. This new journal publishes important research sparked at the interface of chemistry and biology. I’d encourage colleagues to submit their high quality work from basic to translational research to RSC Chemical Biology.”
Hiroaki Suga, Editorial Board Chair, RSC Chemical Biology.
At the forefront of agenda-setting research in chemical biology, with an innovative, transparent peer review process
A gold open access journal, giving your work maximum visibility and reaching a global readership. APCs are waived until mid-2022
Led by an editorial board of leading scientists, and published by a society committed to the wide dissemination of quality knowledge
RSC Chemical Biology is a gold open access journal dedicated to publishing and disseminating exceptional, breakthrough research and high quality reviews at the interface of chemistry and biology. All published articles must be of significant general interest to the broad chemical biology community.
We welcome contributions from across the breadth of chemical biology, from the development of new chemical and biological techniques and tools, to studies furthering the understanding and/or manipulation of biological processes at the molecular level. We also encourage translational research that bridges chemistry and chemical biology to medicine.
Topics include but are not limited to:
• Analytical methods (including sensing, imaging, spectroscopy, omics)
• Bioorthogonal chemistry
• Biosynthesis, biomimetics and bioengineering
• Chemical synthesis and synthetic biology
• Directed evolution
• Drugs and small molecules (including prodrugs)
• Natural products
• Nucleic acids (including DNA, RNA, mRNA and siRNA, modifications and gene delivery)
• Phenotypic screening
• Proteins (including protein-protein interactions, modifications, structure and function)
RSC Chemical Biology Outstanding Paper Award
The Outstanding Paper Award recognises some of the outstanding work published in the journal, as well as the authors behind those articles. We are delighted to announce the first RSC Chemical Biology Outstanding Paper 2021 Award. This prize will recognise the contributions of all authors and celebrate these exceptional publications.
Find more about our 2021 winners
Transparent peer review policy
To support increased transparency, we offer authors the option to publish the peer review history alongside their article. Reviewers are anonymous unless they choose to sign their report.
Find out more about our transparent peer review policy.
See who's on the team
Find out who is on the editorial and advisory boards for the RSC Chemical Biology journal.
Luc Brunsveld, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Christopher Chang, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Peng Chen, Peking University, China
Paul Dyson, EPFL, Switzerland
Dorothea Fiedler, FMP Berlin, Germany
Christian Hackenberger, FMP Berlin, Germany
Don Hilvert, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Guifang Jia, Peking University, China
May Khanna, New York University, USA
Maja Köhn, University of Freiburg, Germany
Yamuna Krishnan, University of Chicago, USA
Lei Liu, Tsinghua University, China
Chudi Ndubaku, ORIC Pharmaceuticals, USA
Hermen Overkleeft, Leiden University, The Netherlands
Jennifer Prescher, University of California, Irvine, USA
Christopher Schofield, University of Oxford, UK
Pamela Silver, Harvard Medical School, USA
Giulio Superti-Furga, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Xiu-Jie Wang, CAS, China
Kira Weissman, University of Lorraine, France
Jin Zhang, University of California San Diego, USA
Anna Rulka, Executive Editor ORCID 0000-0002-3236-9801
Audra Taylor, Deputy Editor
Viktoria Titmus, Editorial Production Manager
Shwetha Krishna, Assistant Editor
Michael Whitelaw, Assistant Editor
Alexander Whiteside, Assistant Editor ORCID 0000-0002-1743-1531
Samantha Campos, Editorial Assistant
Brittany Hanlon, Publishing Assistant
Neil Hammond, Publisher ORCID: 0000-0001-6390-8874
We offer RSC Chemical Biology authors a choice of two Creative Commons licences: CC BY or CC BY NC. Publication under these licences means that authors retain copyright of their article, but users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. Read our open access statement for further information.
All published articles are deposited with LOCKSS, CLOCKSS, Portico and the British Library for archiving.
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Article processing charges
Our initial 2.5 year APC waiver comes to an end at the end of June 2022. Article processing charges will apply as below to all articles submitted to RSC Chemical Biology from 1 July 2022 if, following peer review, they are accepted for publication.
|Article processing charge|
|Full price||£1,800 (+local taxes if applicable)*|
|Corresponding authors from India, Indonesia and Philippines||£900 (+local taxes if applicable)|
|Corresponding authors from Research4Life Group A & Group B||Full APC waiver|
*15% RSC member and R&P Institution discount available. Applicable to full price only.
Discounts and waivers are also available on an individual basis. Find out more about applying for a waiver.
Corresponding authors who are not already members of the Royal Society of Chemistry are entitled to one year’s Affiliate membership as part of their APC. Find out more about our member benefits.
As part of the submission process, authors will be asked to agree to the RSC Chemical Biology open access terms & conditions.
We offer RSC Chemical Biology authors a choice of two Creative Commons licenses: CC BY or CC BY NC. Publication under these licenses means that authors retain copyright of their article, but allows users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. Read our open access statement for further information.
All published articles are deposited with LOCKSS, CLOCKSS, Portico and the British Library for archiving.
For information about APC pricing for all RSC journals please click here.
RSC Chemical Biology publishes:
- Full papers
A complete study or preliminary report of exceptionally high quality and significance, whose interest to the chemical biology community warrants rapid publication. Authors should supply with their submission a justification of why the work merits urgent publication as a Communication; reviewers will be asked to judge the work on these grounds.
Communications are prioritised for rapid publication and are highly visible as they are published at the front of an issue. Although there is no page limit for a Communication, they will not normally exceed the length of four printed journal pages. Authors are encouraged to provide a succinct and relevant introduction to the research and to consider the use of the electronic supplementary information for additional material.
Full accounts of original research of exceptionally high quality and significance, appealing to the broad chemical biology community. Authors are encouraged to emphasise the importance and potential impact of the research presented. There are no restrictions on the length of a full Paper.
Reviews published in RSC Chemical Biology must be very high quality, authoritative, state-of-the-art accounts of the selected research field. Reviews are invited by the RSC Chemical Biology Editorial Board and Editorial Office.
Reviews may be shorter summaries highlighting important recent developments, or more detailed, balanced accounts, of the selected research field. Reviews should be timely and provide new insight to the existing literature as well as being of general interest to the chemical biology community. They should focus on key developments, rather than be comprehensive reviews of the literature, and can provide perspectives of the future development in the field.
Authors are encouraged to identify areas in the field where further developments are imminent or of urgent need, and of significance to the community in general. All Reviews undergo a rigorous and full peer review procedure, in the same way as full Papers.
Opinions are short, personal viewpoints on a topic of current interest to the community. They can be speculative in nature, and provided that they are not defamatory to the work of others, can be controversial and stimulate counter-opinion. They should contain rigorous, evidence-backed scientific justification, and bring significant and valuable insights to the field.
Opinions are typically three to four pages in length and are published by invitation of the RSC Chemical Biology Editorial Board or Editorial Office. Authors interested in submitting an opinion should contact the Editorial Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Opinions undergo a rigorous and full peer review procedure, in the same way as Full Papers.
Comments and Replies are a medium for the discussion and exchange of scientific opinions between authors and readers concerning material published in RSC Chemical Biology.
For publication, a Comment should present an alternative analysis of and/or new insight into the previously published material. Any Reply should further the discussion presented in the original article and the Comment. Comments and Replies that contain any form of personal attack are not suitable for publication.
Comments that are acceptable for publication will be forwarded to the authors of the work being discussed, and these authors will be given the opportunity to submit a Reply. The Comment and Reply will both be subject to rigorous peer review in consultation with the journal’s Editorial Board where appropriate. The Comment and Reply will be published together.
For general guidance on preparing an article please visit our Prepare your article page, the content of which is relevant to all our journals.
To learn more about the Royal Society of Chemistry's policies and processes, including licensing, peer review and formatting, please refer to our Resources for authors page.Journal specific guidelines
- Does the work present an important advance over existing chemical biology literature?
- Have you provided sufficient evidence/data to support your conclusions?
- Have you provided adequate characterisation data for your compounds? (Please check the supporting information section to ensure that the necessary requirements have been met and copies of relevant spectra have been provided where necessary.)
- Are the results discussed in the context of the literature?
- Are the references relevant and appropriately reflect the existing literature?
Peer Review and Editorial Process
RSC Chemical Biology strives for a rigorous, fair and rapid peer review procedure. On submission to the journal, manuscripts undergo an initial assessment by a team of professional editors to ensure they meet essential criteria for publication in the journal; those manuscripts which are successful in this review are passed to an associate editor for further consideration.
RSC Chemical Biology follows a single-anonymised peer review process, with manuscripts handled by a team of internationally recognised associate editors, all practising scientists in the field. It consists of the following stages:
- Phase 1: Your manuscript is initially assessed by an associate editor.
- Phase 2: The associate editor solicits the expertise of at least two reviewers to assess your article and submit a report.
- Phase 3: The associate editor handling your manuscript makes a decision based on the reviewer reports received. In the event that no clear decision can be made, another reviewer will be consulted.
Please refer to our processes and policies for full details including our appeals procedure.
RSC Chemical Biology is fully gold open access – articles can be downloaded free from the website with no barriers to access.
Online only: ISSN 2633-0679
Copyright is retained by authors when an open access licence is accepted, as with our standard licence to publish agreement. Full and accurate attribution to the original author is required for any re-use of the work. Find out more about copyright, licences and re-use permission.
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**The median time from submission to first decision including manuscripts rejected without peer review from the previous calendar year
***The median time from submission to first decision for peer-reviewed manuscripts rejected from the previous calendar year
- Anna Rulka, Executive Editor