Current Opinion in Structural Biology

Current Opinion in Structural Biology





Editors::Tom L. Blundell





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Current Opinion in Structural Biology aims to stimulate scientifically grounded, interdisciplinary, multi-scale debate and exchange of ideas. It contains polished, concise and timely reviews and opinions, with particular emphasis on those articles published in the past two years. In addition to describing recent trends, the authors are encouraged to give their subjective opinion of the topics discussed.

In Current Opinion in Structural Biology we help the reader by providing in a systematic manner:

1. The views of experts on current advances in their field in a clear and readable form.
2. Evaluations of the most interesting papers, annotated by experts, from the great wealth of original publications.

Current Opinion in Structural Biology will serve as an invaluable source of information for researchers, lecturers, teachers, professionals, policy makers and students.

Division of the subject into sections

The subject of Structural Biology is divided into twelve themed sections, each of which is reviewed once a year. Each issue contains two sections, and the amount of space devoted to each section is related to its importance.

  • Folding and Binding
  • Nucleic acids and their protein complexes
  • Macromolecular Machines
  • Theory and Simulation
  • Sequences and Topology
  • New constructs and expression of proteins
  • Membranes
  • Engineering and Design
  • Carbohydrate-protein interactions and glycosylation
  • Biophysical and molecular biological methods
  • Multi-protein assemblies in signalling
  • Catalysis and Regulation

Selection of topics to be reviewed

Section Editors, who are major authorities in the field, are appointed by the Editors of the journal. They divide their section into a number of topics, ensuring that the field is comprehensively covered and that all issues of current importance are emphasised. Section Editors commission reviews from authorities on each topic that they have selected. The Editorial Board provides support to the Editors and the Section Editors with their comments and suggestions on names and topics.

Review articles in Current Opinion in Structural Biology are by invitation only.

Review Articles

Authors write short review articles in which they present recent developments in their subject, emphasizing the aspects that, in their opinion, are most important. In addition, they provide short annotations to the papers that they consider to be most interesting from all those published in their topic over the previous two years.

Editorial Overview

Section Editors write a short overview at the beginning of the section to introduce the reviews and to draw the reader's attention to any particularly interesting developments.

This successful format has made Current Opinion in Structural Biology one of the most highly regarded review journals in the field with an Impact factor of 9.344.


Structural Biologists in academia and industry who are interested in keeping abreast of advances in structural biology.

Abstracting and Indexing

BIOSIS, Biochemistry and Biophysics Citation Index, Chemical Abstracts, Current Contents/Life Sciences, EMBASE, Elsevier BIOBASE, MEDLINE®, Nucleic Acids Abstracts, Reference Update, SciSearch/Science Citation Index Expanded, Science Citation Index, Scopus
Editors: Tom L. Blundell Cambridge, UK, Keith Moffat Chicago, IL, USA, Editorial Board: Edward Baker Auckland, New Zealand, Nenad Ban Zürich, Switzerland, Maurizio Brunori Rome, Italy, Jane Clarke Cambridge, UK, Peter Colman Parkville, VIC, Australia, Elena Conti Munich, Germany, Valerie Daggett Seattle, WA, USA, William DeGrado San Francisco, CA, USA, Russell Doolittle La Jolla, CA, USA, David Eisenberg Los Angeles, CA, USA, Ten Feizi Harrow, UK, Juan Fernandez-Recio Barcelona, Spain, Dave Fernig Liverpool, UK, Samar Hasnain Liverpool, UK, Chuan He Chicago, IL, USA, Richard Henderson Cambridge, UK, Wim Hol Seattle, WA, USA, Barry Honig New York, NY, USA, Joel Janin Orsay, France, Michael Levitt Stanford, CA, USA, Barbara Mulloy London, England, UK, Richard Neutze Göteborg, Sweden, Martin Noble Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, Ruth Nussinov Tel Aviv, Israel and Frederick, MD, USA, Christine Orengo London, UK, Lynne Regan New Haven, CT, USA, Felix Rey Paris, France, Carol Robinson Oxford, UK, Michal Sharon Rehovot, Israel, Yigong Shi Beijing, China, Thomas Steitz New Haven, CT, USA, Raymond Stevens La Jolla, CA, USA, Natalie Strynadka Vancouver, BC, Canada, John Tainer La Jolla, CA, USA, Christopher Tate Cambridge, UK, Dan Tawfik Rehovot, Israel, Anna Tramontano Rome, Italy, Chandra Verma Singapore, Soichi Wakatsuki Menlo Park, CA, USA, Gabriel Waksman London, UK, Cynthia Wolberger Baltimore, MD, USA, Peter Wright La Jolla, CA, USA, Kurt Wüthrich La Jolla, CA, USA, Todd Yeates Los Angeles, CA, USA
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