Biological Trace Element Research provides a much-needed central forum for the emergent, interdisciplinary field of research on the biological, environmental, and biomedical roles of trace elements. Rather than confine itself to biochemistry, the journal emphasizes the integrative aspects of trace metal research in all appropriate fields, publishing human and animal nutritional studies devoted to the fundamental chemistry and biochemistry at issue as well as to the elucidation of the relevant aspects of preventive medicine, epidemiology, clinical chemistry, agriculture, endocrinology, animal science, pharmacology, microbiology, toxicology, virology, marine biology, sensory physiology, developmental biology, and related fields.

  • A central forum for interdisciplinary research on the biological, environmental, and biomedical roles of trace elements
  • Publishes human and animal nutritional studies devoted to fundamental chemistry and biochemistry
  • Covers relevant aspects of preventive medicine, epidemiology, clinical chemistry, agriculture, endocrinology, animal science and more
  • 100% of authors who answered a survey reported that they would definitely publish or probably publish in the journal again
  • Biological Trace Element Research is a Transformative Journal (TJ). When a paper is accepted for publication, authors can choose to publish using either the traditional publishing route or  immediate gold Open Access (Funding available! Please see:  https://www.springer.com/journal/12011/open-access-publishing)

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  • John B. Vincent,
  • Forrest H. Nielsen
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2.639 (2019)
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2.570 (2019)
Five year impact factor
23 days
Submission to first decision
79 days
Submission to acceptance
471,001 (2020)
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