Journal of Biological Rhythms

Journal of Biological Rhythms

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Official Publication of the Society for Research on Biological Rhythms

William J. Schwartz Dell Medical School, University of Texas, Austin

eISSN: 15524531 | ISSN: 07487304 | Current volume: 31 | Current issue: 6 Frequency: Bi-monthly
Journal of Biological Rhythms primarily offers papers describing original research into all aspects of biological rhythms. Emphasis is placed on circadian and seasonal rhythms, but papers on other rhythms are also published. In addition to original research papers, the Journal publishes reviews, commentaries, editorials, letters, and other items of interest related to biological rhythms. Research in circadian, seasonal, and other biological rhythms is interdisciplinary. Authors have backgrounds in, and use the approaches of, ecology, neurobiology and behavior, psychology and psychiatry, endocrinology, developmental biology, pharmacology, cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and mathematical modeling. The work presented is relevant to each of these disciplines, and others. Rhythms are placed within the context of the functional significance of these rhythms for the health and well-being of relevant organisms, including humans.

Every other month, the Journal presents work at the leading edge of understanding the basic nature, mechanisms, and functions underlying the generation, entrainment, and expression of biological rhythms in plants, animals, and humans.

Some of the important topics discussed include

  • Sleep-Wake Cycles

  • Impact and Role of Rhythms in Health and Disease

  • Rhythms and Depression

  • Jet Lag and Shift Work

  • Hormonal and Metabolic Rhythms

  • Behavioral and Performance Rhythms

  • Reproductive Cycles

  • Photoperiodism, Seasonal Cycles, and Annual Cycles

  • Plant Rhythms and Their Mechanisms

  • Hibernation and Migration

  • Cellular Clock Mechanisms

  • Neuroanatomy and Neurobiology of Circadian Systems

  • Melatonin and Pineal Gland

  • Molecular Basis of Circadian Timing

  • Identification of Genes Underlying Rhythmicity

  • Control of Gene Expression by Clock Proteins

  • Comparison of Rhythm Mechanisms among Life Forms

  • Mechanisms of Photoreception and Photoentrainment

  • Information Transfer from and among Clock Cells

  • Mathematical Models of Circadian Oscillators

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) 

Journal of Biological Rhythms (JBR) publishes original reports in English describing original research into all aspects of biological rhythms. Emphasis is placed on circadian and seasonal rhythms, but papers on other rhythms are also published. In addition to original research papers, the Journal publishes reviews, commentaries, editorials, letters, and other items of interest related to biological rhythms. Authors use genetic, biochemical, physiological behavioral, and modeling approaches to understand the nature, mechanisms, and functions of biological rhythms in plants and animals. They also study human rhythms in experimental,  clinical, and real world settings. Preliminary or incomplete studies will not be considered. Research reported in the journal must meet the highest standards of experimental design and data analysis. Opinion papers and reviews of significant timely issues will also be considered.

William J Schwartz Dell Medical School, University of Texas, Austin
Deputy Editor
David R. Weaver University of Massachusetts Medical School
Advisory Board
Charles A. Czeisler Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Serge Daan University of Groningen
Jay C. Dunlap Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College
Russell G. Foster University of Oxford
Susan S. Golden University of California, San Diego
Michael Menaker University of Virginia
Michael H. Hastings University of Cambridge
Michael Rosbash Brandeis University
Amita Sehgal University of Pennsylvania
Rae Silver Columbia University
Joseph S. Takahashi University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Michael W. Young Rockefeller University
Editorial Board
Charles N. Allen Oregon Health and Science University
Deborah Bell-Pedersen Texas A & M University
Eric L. Bittman University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Diane B. Boivin McGill University
Steven A. Brown University of Zurich
Vincent M. Cassone University of Kentucky
Nicolas Cermakian McGill University
Derk-Jan Dijk University of Surrey
Jeanne F. Duffy Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Patrick Emery University of Massachusetts Medical School
Carolina Escobar National Autonomous University of Mexico
M. Fernanda Ceriani Leloir Institute
Daniel B. Forger University of Michigan
Diego A. Golombek National University of Quilmes
Carla B. Green University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Paul E. Hardin Texas A & M University
Stacey L. Harmer University of California, Davis
Samer Hattar Johns Hopkins University
Charlotte Helfrich-Förster University of Würzburg
Barbara Helm University of Glasgow
Hanspeter Herzel Humboldt University Berlin
Erik D. Herzog Washington University in St. Louis
John B. Hogenesch Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Todd C. Holmes University of California, Irvine
Roelof A. Hut University of Groningen
Horacio O. de la Iglesia University of Washington
Carl H. Johnson Vanderbilt University
David J. Kennaway University of Adelaide
Achim Kramer Charité Berlin
Charalambos P. Kyriacou University of Leicester
Katja A. Lamia Scripps Research Institute
Jennifer J. Loros Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College
Andrew S. Loudon University of Manchester
Elizabeth S. Maywood MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge
C. Robertson McClung Dartmouth College
Johanna H. Meijer Leiden University Medical Centre
Martha W. Merrow Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich
Ralph E. Mistlberger Simon Fraser University
Valérie Mongrain University of Montréal
Randy J. Nelson Ohio State University
Hitoshi Okamura Kyoto University
Terry L. Page Vanderbilt University
Stuart Peirson University of Oxford
Till Roenneberg Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich
Frank A. J. L. Scheer Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Alena Sumová Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Paul H. Taghert Washington University in St. Louis
David K. Welsh University of California, San Diego
Kenneth P. Wright, Jr. University of Colorado
Takashi Yoshimura Nagoya University
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    Aschoff J (1965) Response curves in circadian periodicity. In Circadian Clocks, J Aschoff, ed, pp 95-111, North-Holland, Amsterdam.

    Pittendrigh CS and Daan S (1976) A functional analysis of circadian pacemakers in nocturnal rodents: The stability and liability of spontaneous frequency. J Comp Physiol A 106:223-252.

    Richter CP (1965) Biological Clocks in Medicine and Psychiatry, Charles C Thomas, Springfield, IL.

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