Physiological and Biochemical Zoology
Frequency: 6 issues/year; ISSN: 1522-2152; E-ISSN: 1537-5293
ISI-JCR ranking: #25 out of 152 in Zoology
Impact Factor: 2.050 2013 ISI-JCR
Editor in Chief: Theodore Garland, Jr.; Coeditors: Mark Chappell, Timothy E. Higham, Wendy Saltzman
Physiological and Biochemical Zoology primarily publishes original research papers (not submitted elsewhere) in animal physiology and biochemistry, with a specific emphasis on studies that address the behavioral, ecological, and/or evolutionary aspects of morphological, physiological, and biochemical mechanisms. Studies at all levels of biological organization from the molecular to the whole organism are welcome, and work that integrates levels of organization to address important questions in behavioral, ecological, evolutionary or comparative physiology is particularly encouraged. Subdisciplines of interest include nutrition and digestion, salt and water balance, epithelial and membrane transport, gas exchange and transport, acid-base balance, temperature adaptation, metabolic energetics and regulation, structure and function of macromolecules, chemical coordination and signal transduction, nitrogen metabolism and excretion, locomotion and muscle function, biomechanics, circulation, comparative and mechanistic endocrinology, sensory physiology, and neural coordination. Regardless of the specific area of focus, submitted manuscripts should be of interest to the broad general readership of PBZ, address important biological questions, and test clearly articulated and substantive hypotheses. Multispecies comparative studies should give due consideration to phylogeny when conducting statistical analyses and drawing evolutionary interpretations (see, for example, Garland and Adolph 1994 Physiological Zoology 67, 797-828). All papers should clearly state the broader scientific relevance and implications of the work.
PBZ publishes a broad range of paper types, including Research Papers, Brief Communications, Technical Comments, Comments on Published Papers, Education and Outreach, Book Reviews, Invited Perspectives, Reviews, In Memoriam papers for distinguished scholars, and Special Collections, which can range from conference papers to symposium summaries, and potentially involving a Guest Editor. All papers are subject to double-blind peer review. All categories might not be represented in every issue of PBZ.
Papers that are primarily descriptive and/or relevant only to the taxon being studied do not fit within the editorial scope of PBZ.