The Journal of Physiology

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The Journal of Physiology  
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Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
J. Physiol.
Discipline Physiology
Language English
Edited by Kim E. Barrett
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Biweekly (24 issues per year)
Hybrid and delayed, after 1 year
ISSN 0022-3751 (print)
1469-7793 (web)
LCCN 49034373
OCLC no. 1754742

The Journal of Physiology is a biweekly peer-reviewed scientific journal that was established in 1878 and is published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of The Physiological Society. It covers research on all aspects of physiology, with an emphasis on human and mammalian physiology, including work at the molecular level, at the level of the cell membrane, single cells, tissues or organs, and systems physiology. The journal is produced both on paper and online. Accepted articles are first published online, ahead of print. The full archive back to 1878 up to issues published 12 months from the current date is freely available online. The editor-in-chief is Kim E. Barrett. According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2015 impact factor of 4.731, ranking it seventh out of 83 journals in the category "Physiology"[1] and 46th out of 256 journals in the category "Neuroscience".[2]


The Journal of Physiology was first published in 1878 and edited by Michael Foster. In 1893–94 Foster's colleague John Newport Langley took over as editor. Langley remained the proprietor and editor until his death in 1925, when The Physiological Society bought the journal from his widow. Charles Scott Sherrington was appointed the first chairman of the editorial board in 1926. In 2003 The Physiological Society moved publishing to Blackwell, now Wiley-Blackwell. The journal is published online via the Wiley Online Library.

Previous Editors-in-Chief and Chairmen of The Editorial Board[edit]

  • M Foster (1878–1906)
  • J N Langley (1878–1926)
  • C S Sherrington (1926–35)
  • E B Verney (1938–43)
  • G L Brown (1943–47)
  • R C Garry (1947–50)
  • R S Creed (1950–56)
  • A F Huxley (1956–57)
  • J M Peterson (1957–60)
  • R D Keynes (1960–61)
  • B Katz (1961–63)
  • G S Brindley (1963–65)
  • D H Smyth (1965–68)
  • I M Glynn (1968–70)
  • W F Widdas (1970–72)
  • R H Adrian (1972–74)
  • D K Hill (1974–76)
  • P F Baker (1976–77)
  • T A Sears (1977–78)
  • B R Jewell (1978–81)
  • S Thomas (1981–82)
  • K M Spyer (1982–85)
  • E S Petersen (1985–87)
  • A V Edwards (1987–89)
  • C A R Boyd (1989–91)
  • N B Standen (1991–94)
  • R E J Dyball (1994–97)
  • D A Eisner (1997–2000)
  • B H Hirst (2000–02)
  • S O Sage (2002–05)
  • W A Large (2005–11)[3]
  • D J Paterson (2011–16)


  1. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Physiology". 2015 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2016. 
  2. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Neuroscience". 2015 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2016. 
  3. ^ The position of Editor-in-Chief was created in 2005. Before then, The Journal was led by the Chairman of The Editorial Board

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