The Journal of Mathematical Biology focuses on mathematical biology - work that uses mathematical approaches to gain biological understanding or explain biological phenomena.

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. Authors are encouraged to include a brief summarising discussion of the main results to make them accessible to readers with biology background.

Areas of biology covered include, but are not restricted to, cell biology, physiology, development, neurobiology, genetics and population genetics, population biology, ecology, behavioural biology, evolution, epidemiology, immunology, molecular biology, biofluids, DNA and protein structure and function. All mathematical approaches including computational and visualization approaches are appropriate.

State-of-the-art survey papers, including prospective discussion or speculation, are particularly welcome.

  • Fosters the contribution of mathematical modeling and reasoning to the understanding of biological systems
  • Serves as a forum for the presentation of biologically inspired problems
  • Official Journal of the European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology

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  • Anna Marciniak-Czochra,
  • Mark Lewis
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2.164 (2021)
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2.375 (2021)
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63 days
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266,055 (2021)

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  • The Karl-Peter Hadeler Prize

    The Karl-Peter Hadeler Prize of the Journal of Mathematical Biology (JoMB) recognizes outstanding publications in the journal.

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  • Call for Papers: Topical Collection on Epidemic Modelling in Honour of Fred Brauer

    Fred Brauer, one of the pioneers in mathematical epidemiology, passed away on October 17, 2021, leaving a legacy of exceptional contributions to the field of epidemic modelling including his independent and collaborative research, and his mentorship of multiple generations of researchers in the field.

    We are pleased to edit a topical collection for the Journal of Mathematical Biology in his honour. The topical collection covers all areas of epidemiological modelling defined broadly but focuses on using mathematical approaches to gain epidemiological understanding or explain epidemiological phenomena. 

    Submission Deadline: 31 August 2022

    Guest Editors: Jianhong Wu, York University; Carlos Castillo-Chavez, Arizona State University; Zhilan Julie Feng, Purdue University; Christopher Kribs, University of Texas at Arlington; Shigui Ruan, University of Miami.

  • New Editor-in-Chief, Professor Thomas Hillen

    Thomas Hillen (he/him) is a professor in the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at the University of Alberta. He joined the Journal of Mathematical Biology as co-Editor-in-Chief in January 2022.

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