The Biochemical Journal is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published by Portland Press and was established in 1906 by Benjamin Moore, holder of the first UK chair of biochemistry at the University of Liverpool, with financial support from Edward Whitley, an heir of the Greenall Whitley brewers. The two served as the first editors and the journal was initially published by the Liverpool University Press.
The journal was acquired by the Biochemical Club(later named the Biochemical Society) in October 1912, shortly after the society’s foundation. At that time, the journal had 170 subscribers. From 1913, it was published in conjunction with Cambridge University Press, with William Bayliss and Arthur Harden chairing the editorial board.
In its infancy, the journal was published at irregular intervals, with between three and twelve issues appearing annually in a single volume. Beginning in 1949, the journal published two volumes annually, with four to five parts per volume. The volume frequency increased rapidly over the years, reaching its current frequency of eight volumes in three parts in 1974 (24 issues per year).
To mark the centenary of the journal in 2006, a free online archive was established including articles back to the first issue in 1906. All papers are available in PDF format, and recent papers are also available in a proprietary format called Enhanced Electronic Serials Interface-View (EESI-View).
The journal won the first Charlesworth Award for Best Online Journal in 2007. In 2009, the journal launched a new technological innovation: the Semantic Biochemical Journal. The software used, called Utopia Documents, transforms the content of the journal by dynamically linking documents to research data, enabling readers to interact with and manipulate the information in the journal’s scientific papers more effectively. The software turns static images, tables, and text into objects that can be linked, annotated, visualized, and analyzed interactively.
The Biochemical Journal covers all aspects of biochemistry, as well as cell and molecular biology.
The journal is abstracted and indexed in the following databases: BIOBASE, BIOSIS, CAB International, Chemical Abstracts Service, Current Contents, EMBASE, International Food Information Service, MEDLINE/Index Medicus, ProQuest Information & Learning, and the Science Citation Index.
Image Caption: Front cover of the journal ‘Biochemical Journal’. Credit: Wikipedia