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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 – A Century of Comparative Biomechanics: Emerging and Historical Perspectives on an Interdisciplinary Field

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Special issue - A Century of Comparative Biomechanics

In celebration of JEB’s 100th anniversary, this Special Issue focuses on broad biological questions addressed through the lens of comparative biomechanics. Crosscutting through time, the series of Reviews, Commentaries and Research Articles addresses questions from the vantage points of the history of the field, today's research and the future of comparative biomechanics. Read the Editorial by Guest Editors Sheila Patek, Monica Daley and Sanjay Sane.

FREE online access to all articles.

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.

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As part of a new biodiversity initiative from The Company of Biologists, JEB now plants a native tree in a UK forest for each published Research and Review article. We are also funding the restoration and preservation of ancient woodland and dedicating these trees to our peer reviewers. All of these trees are represented together in a virtual forest. Read the Editorial to find out more about the launch of this initiative.


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JEB@100: an interview with Monitoring Editor Stuart Egginton

Stuart Egginton reveals how he overcame the challenges of being a comparative physiologist in a medical school and how he would tell his younger self to trust his instincts when pursuing new ideas

Find out more about the series on our Interviews page and see below for more interviews:

In the field

JEB authors often go to the ends of the earth to answer the questions that intrigue them - read about their experiences in the field.

Early-career researchers

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

Featured articles

Editors' choice

In their recent article, Jessica Hoynoski, John Dohn and colleagues show that some leeches avoid annoying stimuli instead of just ignoring them.

Reviews, Commentaries and Perspectives

CENTENARY ARTICLE: Neuroethology in South America: past, present and future by Daniel Tomsic & Ana C. Silva

CENTENARY ARTICLE: Reconciling the variability in the biological response of marine invertebrates to climate change by Zoe Dellaert & Hollie M. Putnam

CENTENARY ARTICLE: Stress in the social context: a behavioural and eco-evolutionary perspective by Kirsty J. MacLeod, Sinead English, Suvi K. Ruuskanen & Barbara Taborsky

100 years of discovery

Centenary activities

2023 marks the 100th anniversary of JEB.

See our Centenary webpage and the links below for information on how we are marking this historic milestone.


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