Journal of Mathematical Biology
J Math Biol
Published/Hosted by Springer.
ISSN (printed): 0303-6812. ISSN (electronic): 1432-1416.
The aim of the Journal of Mathematical Biology is on the one hand to foster the contribution of mathematical modelling and reasoning to the understanding of biological systems and the explanation of biological phenomena and on the other hand to be a forum for the presentation of biologically inspired problems of a mathematical nature. Consequently papers should either provide biological insight as a result of mathematical analysis or identify and open up challenging new types of mathematical problems that derive from biological knowledge (in the form of data or theory or simulation results). Mathematical ideas methods techniques and results are welcome provided they show sufficient potential for usefulness in a biological context. Areas of biology covered include but are not restricted to biofluids cell biology physiology neurobiology and behaviour development ecology population biology genetics and evolution epidemiology immunology molecular biology DNA and protein structure and function. It is understood that research in mathematical biology may rely on advanced computational methods and visualization tools as well as on the more traditional analytical and stochastic approaches. The Journal of Mathematical Biology aims to offer its readers occasionally (in approximately every second issue) papers in which state-of-the-art surveys are combined with visionary speculation on topics and problems that in the author's opinion deserve serious attention. Ideally such papers should be motivated by biological questions and interpretations and at the same time address substantial mathematical issues. They should provide a stimulus for future developments and consequently have a relatively long citation half-life. To write such an article one needs to be an expert with a broad overview of the field and its neighbouring areas. Even then a considerable amount of time and energy is involved. As a reward and token of appreciation the journal offers for such published papers a complimentary subscription for one year. Usually the editors will actively encourage potential authors but anyone planning to write such an article should not hesitate to contact any of the managing editors. A refereeing procedure is followed in all cases primarily in order to obtain constructive feedback from outside which will contribute to the potential impact.
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