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The Journal of Experimental Biology  
Former names
The British Journal of Experimental Biology
J. Exp. Biol.
Discipline Comparative physiology, integrative biology
Language English
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency 24 per year
After 6 months
ISSN 0022-0949 (print)
1477-9145 (web)
OCLC no. 1754580

The Journal of Experimental Biology is a peer-reviewed scientific journal in the field of comparative physiology and integrative biology. It is published by the Company of Biologists from editorial offices in Cambridge, United Kingdom.


The journal was established in Edinburgh in 1923, entitled The British Journal of Experimental Biology (Br. J. Exp. Biol.: ISSN 0366-0788). It was published by Oliver and Boyd and edited by F. A. E. Crew and an Editorial Board of nine members including Julian Huxley.[1] However, the journal soon ran into financial trouble and was rescued in 1925 by G. P. Bidder, the founder of the Company of Biologists.[2][3] Following the appointment of Sir James Gray as the journal's first Editor-in-Chief in 1925, the journal was renamed The Journal of Experimental Biology in 1929 (ISSN 0022-0949).

Since the journal's establishment in 1923, there have been seven Editors-in-Chief: Sir James Gray (1926–1955), J. A. Ramsay (1952–1974), Sir Vincent Wigglesworth (1955–1974), John Treherne (1974–1989), Charlie Ellington (1989–1994), and Bob Boutilier (1994–2003). As of 2004, Hans Hoppeler (Bern) is the journal's current Editor-in-Chief.

The journal has published ground-breaking work in the areas of biomechanics, skin transplantation,[4] and neurophysiology,[5] and has published work by Nobel Prize winners Peter Medawar and August Krogh.

The modern journal[edit]

The journal currently publishes papers on a wide range of subjects ranging from biomechanics and metabolic physiology to neurophysiology and neuroethology. Besides peer-reviewed research, the journal features additional material such as "Inside JEB" providing information about some of each issue's content,[6] "Outside JEB" discussing literature published in other journals,[7] "JEB Classics" revisiting key papers published in the journal's past,[8] and "Commentaries" which review topics of current interest.[9] Issues from 1923 are available online via the journal website and HighWire Press as PDFs, with text versions available from 2000 on. Content older than 6 months is available for free and all articles are available to readers in developing countries via the Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative.

In 2009, The Journal of Experimental Biology was included in the School Library Association's top 100 journals in Biology and Medicine over the last 100 years.[10]


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