Journal of Theoretical Biology

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Journal of Theoretical Biology  
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Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
J. Theor. Biol.
Discipline Theoretical biology
Language English
Edited by Denise Kirschner, Yoh Iwasa, Lewis Wolpert
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Biweekly
ISSN 0022-5193
LCCN 64006601
OCLC no. 645600912

The Journal of Theoretical Biology is a biweekly peer-reviewed scientific journal covering theoretical biology, dealing with theoretical issues, as well as mathematical and computational aspects of biology. Some research areas covered by the papers published in the journal are population genetics, morphogenesis, evolutionary biology, and immunology.

The journal was established in 1961.[1] Its founding editor-in-chief was English biologist James F. Danielli, who remained editor until his death in 1984.[2] The Journal of Theoretical Biology is published by Elsevier and, as of 2014, the editors-in-chief are Denise Kirschner (University of Michigan Medical School), Yoh Iwasa (Kyushu University), and Lewis Wolpert (University College London). According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2013 impact factor of 2.303.[3]

The most-cited paper in the journal is W.D. Hamilton's 1964 paper on kin selection entitled The Genetical Evolution of Social Behavior.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Journal of Theoretical Biology". NLM Catalog. NCBI. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Poli, Roberto (1 September 2011). "Analysis-Synthesis". Metanexus. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Journal of Theoretical Biology". 2013 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2014. 

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