Theoretical Biology and Medical Modelling is an open access peer-reviewed journal adopting a broad definition of "biology" and focusing on theoretical ideas and models associated with developments in biology and medicine. Mathematicians, biologists and clinicians of various specialisms, philosophers and historians of science are all contributing to the emergence of novel concepts in an age of systems biology, bioinformatics and computer modelling. This is the field in which Theoretical Biology and Medical Modelling operates. We welcome submissions that are technically sound and offering either improved understanding in biology and medicine or progress in theory or method.
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Citing articles in Theoretical Biology and Medical Modelling
Articles in Theoretical Biology and Medical Modelling should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.
Article citations follow this format:
Authors: Title. Theor Biol Med Model [year], [volume number]:[article number].
e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Theor Biol Med Model 2009, 1:115.
refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.
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Annual Journal Metrics
92 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
53 days to first decision for all manuscripts
192 days from submission to acceptance
27 days from acceptance to publication
2.432 - 2-year Impact Factor
2.410 - 5-year Impact Factor
0.807 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
0.580 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)