Nature Structural & Molecular Biology

Nature Structural & Molecular Biology is a monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal publishing research articles, reviews, news, and commentaries in structural and molecular biology, with an emphasis on papers that further a "functional and mechanistic understanding of how molecular components in a biological process work together".[1]

It is published by the Nature Publishing Group and was established in 1994 under the title Nature Structural Biology, obtaining its current title in January 2004. Like other Nature journals, there is no external editorial board, with editorial decisions being made by an in-house team, although peer review by external expert referees forms a part of the review process.

Articles are archived online in text and PDF formats; access is by subscription only.[2]

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal had a 2014 impact factor of 13.309, ranking it 7th out of 289 journals in the category "Biochemistry & Molecular Biology",[3] 2nd out of 73 journals in the category "Biophysics",[4] and 12th out of 184 journals in the category "Cell Biology".[5]

Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
Nat Struct Mol Biol cover
DisciplineStructural biology, molecular biology
Edited byInês Chen
Publication details
Former name(s)
Nature Structural Biology
Publication history
Nature Structural Biology (1994–2003); Nature Structural & Molecular Biology (2004–present)
Standard abbreviations
Nat. Struct. Mol. Biol.
ISSN1545-9993 (print)
1545-9985 (web)
OCLC no.52847740


  1. ^ Nature Structural & Molecular Biology: About the Journal (accessed 5 January 2011)
  2. ^ Nature Structural & Molecular Biology: Guide to Authors (accessed 5 January 2011)
  3. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology". 2014 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2015.
  4. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Biophysics". 2014 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2015.
  5. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Cell Biology". 2014 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2015.

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