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Edited By: Gary D. Glick

Impact Factor: 2.385

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 40/73 (Biophysics); 170/290 (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

Online ISSN: 1097-0282

Associated Title(s): Peptide Science

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Aims and Scope

Biopolymers publishes original research papers and review articles in the general area of macromolecular structure and function, as well as biologically relevant model systems. Manuscripts should report on studies that examine biological macromolecules (naturally occurring and designed), their interactions, reactions, and macromolecular assemblies at structural, chemical, and physical levels. The Journal strives to publish high-impact papers that will significantly enhance our understanding of the chemistry and/or the biology of the systems under investigation. Reports describing techniques that could be applied to the study of biological macromolecules will be considered for publication only if they will have broad utility to the biochemical and biophysical research community.

Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Molecular recognition; multi-component complexes and macromolecular assembly, including ordered aggregation
  • Molecular design, biomimics, model systems, and bio-nanotechnology
  • Biopolymer processing and degradation
  • Experimental and theoretical studies of biopolymer folding
  • Single molecule studies of biopolymers (e.g., fluorescence, optical tweezers, AFM, etc.)
  • Three-dimensional structures of biopolymers determined by X-ray, NMR, EM, other spectroscopic methods, as well as computational prediction
  • Bioenergetics of macromolecules and their interactions
  • Use of small molecules as either probes or models of structure and function, or as ligands that target biologically relevant receptors
  • Biomaterials

Function may include, for example:

  • DNA recombination, replication and repair
  • Catalysis
  • Molecular motors
  • Intracellular signaling and signal transduction
  • Chromatin structure and remodeling
  • RNA processing
  • Transcription
  • Translation
  • Protein/RNA sorting and trafficking


Primary Research Formats

The Research Article presents original research in the field of biopolymers, as outlined in the Aims and Scope of the journal. There is no limit to the length of Research Articles , however the manuscript should be subdivided into sections and may be further subdivided into subsections, as appropriate. Research Articles should contain the following sections:

  • Abstract – The abstract should present a brief summary of the paper, including question being addressed and the key findings of the study. The length should not exceed 200 words.
  • Introduction – The introduction should present the question being addressed and provide the necessary background information to put the study in broad context.
  • Results – This section should present the findings of the study and should be divided into subheadings to help guide the reader.
  • Discussion – The Discussion should explain the significance of the results in a broad biological context. This section should not be a summary of the Results section.
  • Materials and Methods – The information included in the Materials and Methods section should provide sufficient detail such that, together with cited references, it could be used to repeat the experiments described. The length of the Materials and Methods section should be kept to a minimum, citing previously published experimental procedures whenever possible.
  • References – References should be numbered consecutively in the order of their appearance and should be complete, including final page numbers (or digital object identification, DOI, number for online publications) and authors’ initials.

There is no limit to the number of figures and/or tables for Research Articles , however, the total number of figures and/or tables should be limited to include only those which are necessary for the proper presentation of the work. Inclusion of figures/tables is at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.

The Editors will also consider for publication Rapid Communications , which should be brief, timely, and of sufficient interest or urgency to warrant rapid publication. Rapid Communications should be no more than 2,000 – 2,500 words, including abstract and references. Such publication will not be a bar to publication of a fuller account of the work at a later date.

Reviews Formats

Biopolymers publishes Review articles that present a balanced summary of recent developments in areas of interest to our readership. Full-length Reviews are typically 4,000 – 5,000 words, and there is no limit to the number of figures/illustrations. Reviews are typically by arrangement with the Editor-in-Chief; however, proposals for Reviews may be submitted to for consideration.

Biopolymers also publishes short-format review articles. Minireviews are more focused than full-length reviews. Minireviews should be limited to 2,500 – 3,000 words, and there is no limit to the number of figures/illustrations. Proposals for Minireviews may be submitted to for consideration.


Online Submission

All manuscripts should be submitted using the Biopolymers online manuscript submission website, Please do not submit hard copies.

The journal to which you are submitting your manuscript employs a plagiarism detection system. By submitting your manuscript to this journal you accept that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published works.

To check for an existing user account, enter your e-mail address in the space beneath the box that reads “Password Help” on the right side of the screen.

If you are submitting an article for the first time and/or do not have an existing user account, carefully review the instructions posted under the heading “Resources” on the upper right hand side of log-in page; then click “Create Account” in the top right corner of the screen.

At the end of a successful submission, a confirmation screen with a manuscript number will appear and you will receive an e-mail confirming the manuscript has been received by the journal.

If you receive no confirmation, or you experience technical difficulties during the submission process, contact ScholarOne support using the Get Help Now link in the top right corner of the screen .

For general submission questions, contact Assistant Managing Editor Lisa Brodsky at

Authors must provide the name, affiliation, and email address of five potential impartial reviewers for consideration by the Editors. Authors will have an opportunity to suggest reviewers during the online submission process. Authors also have the option to suggest the Biopolymer Editorial Board Member of their choice to manage the peer review of their manuscript. Final assignment to manage the review of manuscripts will be at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.

OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at:

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.


Software and Formats

Manuscript text, table and figure files must be submitted separately.

  • Text Text files should be submitted in .DOC or .RTF format. Do not embed figures or tables in the main text file.
    The text of the manuscript should not contain footnotes.
  • Tables Tables should be created as text files and should be submitted in .DOC or .RTF format. Do not embed tables in the main text file.
    Please supply numbers and titles for all tables. All table columns should have an explanatory heading.
  • Figures To ensure the highest possible quality of the figures in the final published form of your manuscript, you must adhere to the specifications outlined below.

    Figure files must be submitted in .TIFF or .EPS format. Vector-based figures (e.g., figures created in Adobe Illustrator) should be submitted in EPS format. To ensure the highest print quality, TIFF files must be submitted according to the following minimum resolutions:

  • 1200 dpi (dots per inch) for black and white line art (simple bar graphs, charts, etc.)
  • 300 dpi for halftones (black and white photographs)
  • 600 dpi for combination halftones (photographs that also contain line art such as labeling or thin lines).

    In addition to the above resolution guidelines, color figures must be submitted in CMYK colorspace. Do not submit color figures as RGB.

    Figures should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are referenced in the manuscript. Figure files should clearly indicate the figure number. All figures must have a corresponding figure legend. Figure legends should be compiled into a list and included at the end of the main text file.

    Considerations when preparing figures

    For line drawings (graphs, etc.), the figures must be drawn clearly with black ink. Line thicknesses should be such that the lines are clearly visible when the figure is reduced for publication. The text associated with graphs and figures should be large enough so as to be clearly visible when the figure is reduced for publication. Please use sans serif (such as Arial) font whenever possible.

    Stereo images must indicate final size requirement.

TeX/LaTeX Submission Upload Guidelines

Follow the guidelines below when uploading your TeX/LaTeX formatted submissions to the manuscript submission website:

  • ScholarOne Manuscripts supports LaTeX v7.4.5 and earlier.
  • The main body of the TeX/LaTeX document (i.e., a file ending with ".tex") should be designated as a Main Document, as always be uploaded first.
  • You must also upload a PDF of your main document as the system does not convert latex files to pdf for review.
  • TeX/LaTeX Suppl File: Any file that is part of a TeX/LaTeX document. Upload all supporting files. ALL style sheets, reference files, bibliography files, etc, that are referred to in the main .TEX file and select the appropriate file designation based on the file type.
  • All other files referenced by a main TeX/LaTeX document should be designated as a TeX/LaTeX Suppl File (including other .tex files).
  • Image files should be formatted and uploaded as an .eps or .pdf file type.
  • If any changes are made to the main LaTeX document after all of the supporting files have been uploaded, all files will have to be removed and re-uploaded.

Additional upload guidelines are provided on the ScholarOne Manuscripts upload page.


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Authors are asked to use the ACS (American Chemical Society) style of references.

Journal Article :
1. Fletcher, T. R.; Rosenfeld, R. N. J Am Chem Soc 1985, 107, 2203-2212.
(Notice no bold or italic or punctuation with journal title.)

2. Stothers, J. B. Carbon-13 NMR Spectroscopy; Academic: New York, 1972; Chapter 2.


There are no submission fees, page charges, or color charges associated with publication in Biopolymers . Color figures that are of importance and that enhance the presentation will be accepted for publication at the publisher's expense. Final decision on the use of color in figures will be at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.

Reprints: Reprints may be purchased at



Ethics Guidelines. Biopolymers abides by Wiley's ethics guidelines and by the guidelines produced by the Committee on Publication Ethics.Please contact the editorial office with any questions on ethics or authorship.

Copyright Transfer Agreement. No article can be published unless accompanied by a signed copyright from Author. A copy of the Publication Agreement appears in most issues of the journal. The Copyright Transfer Agreement is also available at this site. Only original papers will be accepted, and copyright in published papers will be vested in the Publisher.

Permission for Reproduction. It is the Author's responsibility to obtain written permission to reproduce material that has appeared in another publication.

Nomenclature The recommendations of the IUPAC-IUB Commission on Biochemical Nomenclature should be followed for the abbreviations of natural and synthetic amino acid derivatives, peptides, polypeptides, nucleic acids, and polynucleotides. Biochemical Nomenclature and Related Documents may be ordered from the Biochemical Society: Biochemical Society Book Depot, P.O. Box 32, Commerce Way, Colchester, Essex, England, CO2 8HP United Kingdom.

A list of phrases for indexing should be included with the manuscript on submission. These entries should be specific and cross-referenced. The index list should be typed on a separate sheet (different from the title page) and should have the title of the manuscript and the name(s) of the author(s) typed at the top of the page.

Links to Databases . Authors are encouraged to submit genetic and protein database information with their manuscript for the databases listed below. A hypertext link will appear in the online version of the published article in Wiley Online Library ( ).

  • Cambridge X-Ray
  • The Genome Database (GDB)
  • Protein Databank (PDB)
  • Genbank
  • Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM)
  • Molecular Modeling Database (MMDB)
  • Nucleic Acid Databank
  • Entrez Genomes
  • Entrez Proteins
  • European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

To create hypertext links authors must supply the gene name as it appears in the article, the database where the record appears, and the database specific identification number or name. Please follow the instructions in the Database Linking Submittal Form , and submit a copy of that form with your manuscript.

It is the responsibility of the author(s) to ensure that the database information that is provided with the manuscript is correct and up to date. The publisher will not submit new information to the databases. Incorrect information will result in the omission of hypertext links in the article.

For those articles containing gene and protein sequence information with a corresponding database record (see list of databases) hyperlinked database queries will be added to the online version for the full-text HTML version of the journal. The hypertext links will appear in the Special Content Links section of the Abstract page, the text of the abstract and throughout the full text of the article.

Note to NIH Grantees : Pursuant to NIH mandate, Wiley-Blackwell will post the accepted version of contributions authored by NIH grant-holders to PubMed Central upon acceptance. This accepted version will be made publicly available 12 months after publication. For further information, see

Self-Archiving Policy. Authors of articles published in Wiley journals are permitted to self-archive the submitted (preprint) version of the article at any time, and may self-archive the accepted (peer-reviewed) version after an embargo period. Please visit our Self-Archiving Policy page for details or refer to your Copyright Transfer Agreement.