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Journal of Experimental Biology is the leading primary research journal in comparative physiology and publishes papers on the form and function of living organisms at all levels of biological organisation, from the molecular and subcellular to the integrated whole animal.

Our authors and readers reflect a broad interdisciplinary group of scientists who study molecular, cellular and organismal physiology in an evolutionary and environmental context.

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SPECIAL ISSUE – Building New Paradigms in Comparative Physiology and Biomechanics

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Special issue - Building New Paradigms

In a series of Reviews, Commentaries and Research articles, this special issue aims to generate new questions or illuminate paradigm shifts in experimental biology through the collation, data mining and analysis of existing literature and emerging datasets – covering a range of topics including biomechanics, muscle physiology, ecophysiology, endocrinology, neurobiology and cardiovascular physiology.

Free online access to all articles.

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Open Access publishing options

We recognise the benefits of Open Access publishing and, as one of the very first Transformative Journals, we offer several publishing options to all of our authors, whatever their funder or financial status.

Read more about the OA options we offer our authors.


In the field: an interview with Martha Muñoz

Martha Muñoz talks about her fieldwork in Indonesia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and the Appalachian Mountains, USA, including a death-defying dash to the top of a 2500 m mountain through an approaching hurricane.

Find out more about the series in our Editorial and see below for more interviews.


Early-career researchers

Read our interviews with early-career researchers and find out more about how JEB supports junior scientists

Featured articles

Editors' choice

Delicate bat wing membranes are spanned by thread-like muscles, and now Jorn Cheney & colleagues show how the muscles actively tension the wing membrane to allow Jamaican fruit bats to fly faster.

Reviews and Commentaries

Hearing without a tympanic ear by Grace Capshaw, Jakob Christensen-Dalsgaard & Catherine E. Carr

Understanding how variable thermal environments affect the molecular mechanisms underlying temperature-sensitive phenotypes: lessons from sex determination by Ryan T. Paitz, Anthony T. Breitenbach, Rosario A. Marroquín-Flores & Rachel M. Bowden

The physiological cost of colour change: evidence, implications and mitigations by Ateah Alfakih, Penelope J. Watt & Nicola J. Nadeau 

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