Author Guidelines

Note to NIH Grantees. Pursuant to NIH mandate, Wiley 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

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education is a peer-reviewed international journal sponsored by the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology that is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of biochemistry and molecular biology and promoting the scholarship of molecular bioscience education. The journal is committed to the publication of new ideas, literature reviews and original research on topics relative to these goals. The journal aims to be a central source of scholarly materials for researchers, teachers and students involved in biochemistry and molecular biology education.

Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education should be submitted online at Files uploaded to this system are ultimately used in the final production through a paperless system. For complete instructions go to and follow the instructions for creating an account and submitting a manuscript. When submitting your article, upload as many files as needed for your manuscript. These files will be combined into a single PDF document for the peer review process. Microsoft Word format is preferred for manuscript submission. Electronic versions in ASCII or PDF files are not acceptable. Each figure must be uploaded separately as an image file using TIFF or EPS formatting. Each image file must include all subparts (A, B, C, etc.) of the figure. Subparts should not be uploaded individually. Figures saved as PDF or prepared in Word, Excel, Microsoft Publisher, PowerPoint and Corel Draw are not acceptable files. Tables should appear at the end of the manuscript text in the main document and should not be uploaded as separate image files. A figure legend/list of captions should appear at the end of the manuscript text as well. All submissions should have a complete title page and abstract in the main document file. General correspondence concerning a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education submission may be directed to:
Dr. Phillip A. Ortiz, The State University of New York, State University Plaza, Albany, NY 12246, USA; Tel: 518-391-9046; email:

Focus and Types of Manuscripts

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education publishes articles on all aspects of biochemistry and molecular biology education. Articles are welcomed on innovative teaching techniques and practice in all areas related to these fields, which include assessment of the effectiveness of new educational approaches. Articles are also encouraged on research in biochemistry and molecular biology education. Short reviews will be accepted or solicited from time to time on key areas of biochemical knowledge from workers active in the field. Reviews should preferably not exceed ~4000 words with 5 diagrams or tables, and references listed should be representative rather than comprehensive. Articles providing details of simple, tried and tested, laboratory experiments are especially encouraged. Accounts should give adequate experimental detail and must provide evidence of their educational impact on students. "Study questions" are helpful. See below for more detailed instructions for submission of laboratory experiments. Those interested in secondary school outreach may submit papers aimed at increasing awareness of college and university faculty toward possibilities for contributing to the ongoing education of secondary school teachers. The focus of additional articles considered for publication include corrections of textbook errors, computer assisted learning, and short papers on multimedia materials such as computer graphics-based tutorials on macromolecular structure and Java- and Shockwave-based tutorials on most aspects of biochemistry and molecular biology (the materials themselves should be made available as "supplemental materials" linked to the online version of the paper or in Lastly, the journal will occasionally accept "Idea to Explore" manuscripts in which novel, but yet not thoroughly evaluated, pedagogical techniques are described.   Before submission of a short review, "Idea to Explore", or review of a textbook or other educational material,  the authors should engage the editor in a conversation to determine if the topic is of interest.  

Manuscript Preparation

Authors should work to keep manuscripts to less than 4500 words (i.e., ~5 typeset pages).  One strategy for keeping below this limit is to construct the manuscript so that some content is placed in ‘Supplemental materials’.  Such materials are not printed, but are included in the online version of the journal and linked to the published paper.  Please note that manuscripts that exceed 4500 words may be considered for publication, however they will be accepted only when such an excess is strongly justified.

All manuscripts are considered with the understanding that they have not been published previously in print or electronic format and that they are not under consideration by another publication or medium. Contributions should be written concisely in English and should be typed using double-spacing with 30–40 mm margins. All articles should include a brief, informative abstract or summary that will appear at the beginning of the paper. Three or four keywords should also be included for searching purposes, as well as a running title of less than 60 characters. Brief articles are likely to be published more rapidly than longer ones because the number of printed pages per year is fixed. Authors should familiarize themselves with the style of articles by perusing a recent issue of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education. If an author believes their manuscript could benefit from English language polishing, they wish to consider having it professionally edited by a service such as the one Wiley offers at Although every effort is made by the publisher and editorial board to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make it clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles and advertisements herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor or advertiser concerned. Accordingly, the publishers, the editorial board and editors and their respective employees, officers and agents accept no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the consequences of any such inaccurate or misleading data, opinion or statement. Abbreviations such as those used in the Biochemical Journal ( may be used without definition; other abbreviations should be defined.


References should be cited in the text in numerical order in square brackets (e.g. [1] or [1–3]). If a reference is cited more than once the same number should be used each time. The references should be listed at the end of the article in numerical order in the following form:
Journal article
[1] S. Gal, J. W. Klein (2000) A case for college molecular biology classes: a right to her genes, Biochem. Mol. Biol. Educ. 28, 267–271.
[2] W. Strunk Jr., E. B. White (1979) The Elements of Style, 3rd ed., Macmillan, New York.
Edited book
[3] S. Letheridge, C. R. Cannon, Eds. (1980) Bilingual Education: Teaching English as a Second Language, Praeger, New York.
Article or chapter in edited book
[4] A. S. Gurman, D. P. Kniskern, in A. S. Gurman, D. P. Kniskern, Eds. (1981) Handbook of Family Therapy, Brunner/Maazel, New York, pp. 742-775.
[5] T. E. Chaddock, in: E. E. Daniel, Ed. (1974) Proceedings of the Fourth International Symposium on Gastrointestinal Motility, Mitchell Press, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, pp. 83–92.
[6] F. Yu, X.-S. Wu (1992) Physics Review Letters 68 2996 (hep-th/9112009).
[7] World Index of Molecular Visualization Resources: 2001).
To ensure the highest quality print production, your figures must be submitted in TIFF format 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)

Vector-based figures (usually created in Adobe Illustrator) should be submitted as EPS. Do not submit figures in the following formats: JPEG, GIF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF. Graphs must show an appropriate grid scale. Each axis must be labeled with both the quantity measured and the unit of measurement. Color figures must be submitted in a CMYK colorspace. Do not submit files as RGB. All color figures will be reproduced in full color in the online edition of the journal at no cost to authors. Since Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education has a limited budget for printed color figures, authors may be requested to pay some of the cost of reproducing color figures in print. Upon acceptance of the manuscript, the Publisher will provide price quotes. Authors are encouraged to submit color illustrations that highlight the text and convey essential scientific information. For best reproduction, bright, clear colors should be used.

Detailed Instructions for Submissions of Laboratory Experiments

Authors submitting manuscripts for consideration that describe laboratory experiments, should in addition to the general authors guidelines, adhere to the following:
1. Preference is given to inquiry driven rather than recipe/cookbook experiments;
2. Experiments should be described in full detail including background theory, any pre-laboratory preparation by the student such as a discussion of appropriate background laboratory skills or problem sets, expected data analysis and discussion, and expected data presentation (including suggested worksheets, etc.) and write-up by the students. Authors should explain how the experiment serves as a teaching tool including the pedagogical reasons for using it. The description of the experiment should clearly indicate the allotted time or number of time blocks required to conduct the experiment.
3. The authors must submit representative data obtained by students. If the experiment requires a student team, appropriate distribution of labor should be discussed.
4. The authors should include
      i. Discussion as to typical student pitfalls that might be encountered in the laboratory.
      ii. Set-up sheets with sufficient detail to allow a technician to set up the reagents and equipment required for the laboratory.
      iii. Reference to online materials sites that provide either simulations of the protocols or equipment used or detail useful to the experiment.
      iv. References to the scientific literature where the technique or principles illustrated by the laboratory are used in a research setting.
      v. Discussion of how the experiment might be used in a linked series of laboratories to more appropriately mimic a "research" environment.
5. Authors should outline ethical and safety issues including hazardous reagents or conditions and describe disposal of reagents and products.

Ethics of Experimentation

Contributors are expected to conform to generally accepted international standards of animal and human experimentation, and to provide evidence of institutional review and approval of animal and human experimental protocols. In cases of dispute the currently accepted journal guidelines will be followed.

Conflict of Interest

Authors are required to disclose any financial interests, direct or indirect (dual commitment), that might affect the conduct or reporting of the work they have submitted. Such financial interests may take the form of corporate appointments, consultancies, stock ownership, other equity interests or patent licensing arrangements with companies mentioned in or related to the subject matter of the article being submitted. If the authors are uncertain about what might be a dual commitment, they should err on the side of full disclosure. Such financial interests should be disclosed to the Editor-in-Chief in the cover letter, on a separate conflict of interest page in the manuscript and on the conflict of interest forms accompanying the article at the time of submission. The conflicts of interest disclosed on the conflict of interest form should be the same as those disclosed on the conflict of interest page in the manuscript. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to ensure that all coauthors provide the necessary disclosure information.

Manuscript Peer Review Process

All manuscripts are subject to peer review by at least two members of the Editorial Board. On the basis of these independent reports the Editor-in-Chief communicates the initial decision to the authors. This process is normally complete within four weeks of submission. Revisions must include responses to all comments from the reviewers and are expected within one month of the original decision. Most manuscripts that are judged by the reviewers to be both within the journal's scope and ultimately commendable for publication require at least one revision before acceptance.

Production Process

All material accepted for publication is subject to copyediting. Authors will receive page proofs of articles before publication, and should answer all queries and carefully check all editorial changes at this stage. Authors are asked to check for misprints or syntactic errors and not to otherwise revise the manuscript.

Early View

Once a corrected proof is received by the publisher from the author and reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief, individual articles are published on-line in the EarlyView service maintained by the publisher. This makes articles available before the print version and reduces publication time to about 2 months.
Articles are available as HTML full-text, and includes a digital object identifier (DOI) and a collaborative reference linking service through which readers can click on a reference citation and immediately access article content. Once articles are published electronically, it is not possible for authors to make further changes before the print version appears. The print version will indicate the on-line publication date.


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If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the non-standard CTA

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education non-standard CTA to sign. The terms and conditions of the non-standard CTA can be previewed below:

Terms and Conditions. Please do not complete this PDF until you are prompted to login into Author Services as described above.

Note to Contributors on Deposit of Accepted Version

Funder arrangements

Certain funders, including the NIH, members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Wellcome Trust require deposit of the Accepted Version in a repository after an embargo period. Details of funding arrangements are set out at the following website: contact the Journal production editor if you have additional funding requirements.


Wiley has arrangements with certain academic institutions to permit the deposit of the Accepted Version in the institutional repository after an embargo period. Details of such arrangements are set out at the following website:

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

Note to NIH Grantees

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

About the Editor

Phillip Ortiz

Weizmann Institute of Science