Journal of Theoretical Biology

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Journal of Theoretical Biology
DisciplineTheoretical biology
Edited byDenise Kirschner, Mark Chaplain, Akira Sawaki
Publication details
2.691 (2020)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4J. Theor. Biol.
OCLC no.645600912

The Journal of Theoretical Biology is a biweekly peer-reviewed scientific journal covering theoretical biology, as well as mathematical, computational, and statistical aspects of biology. Some research areas covered by the journal include cell biology, evolutionary biology, population genetics, morphogenesis, 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 is published by Elsevier and, as of 2021, the editors-in-chief are Denise Kirschner (University of Michigan Medical School), Mark Chaplain (University of St. Andrews), and Akira Sawaki (Aichi Cancer Center, Nagoya). Lewis Wolpert served as editor-in-chief for more than 55 years.[3]

According to the Journal Citation Reports the journal has a 2020 impact factor of 2.691.[4]

Notable articles[edit]

The following are the most highly cited articles (more than 2,000 citations at April 2021) that have been published in the journal:

  • Hamilton, W.D. (1964). "The genetical evolution of social behaviour. I". Journal of Theoretical Biology. 7 (1): 1–16. doi:10.1016/0022-5193(64)90038-4. PMID 5875341. S2CID 5310280. A classic paper dealing with inclusive fitness.
  • Pielou, E.C. (1966). "The measurement of diversity in different types of biological collections". Journal of Theoretical Biology. 13: 131–144. doi:10.1016/0022-5193(66)90013-0. Information content of collections of biological species.


  1. ^ "Journal of Theoretical Biology". NLM Catalog. NCBI. Archived from the original on 21 September 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  2. ^ Poli, Roberto (1 September 2011). "Analysis-Synthesis". Metanexus. Archived from the original on 11 September 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Lewis Wolpert Prize for top paper". Archived from the original on 19 April 2021. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Journal of Theoretical Biology". 2020 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Clarivate Analytics. 2020.

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