JIB is an open access journal publishing original peer-reviewed research articles in all
aspects of integrative bioinformatics. JIB (ISSN 1613-4516) is indexed/tracked/covered by
PubMed (since 2008), DBLP Computer Science Bibliography and Google Scholar.
Molecular biology produces huge amounts of data in the post-genomic era. This includes
data describing metabolic mechanisms and pathways, structural genomic organization,
patterns of regulatory regions; proteomics, transcriptomics, and metabolomics. On the one hand,
analysis of this data uses essentially the methods and concepts of computer science; on the
other hand, the range of biological tasks solved by researchers determines the range and
scope of the data. Currently, there are about 1,000 database systems and various analytical
tools available via the Internet which are directed at solving various biological tasks.
The challenge we have is to integrate these list-parts and relationships from genomics
and proteomics at novel levels of understanding. Integrative Bioinformatics is a new area of
research using the tools of computer science and electronic infrastructure applied to
Biotechnology. These tools will also represent the backbone of the concept of a virtual cell.
The addresses primarily the scientists working in this emerging field consisting of software
engineering, molecular biology and molecular medicine and, hence, would discuss the
corresponding problems and present concepts.
Consequently, the topics will mainly but not exclusively cover data integration, method
integration and a combination of both as well as applications of theoretical/computational
tools and any other approach supporting an integrative view of biological systems.
Thus, the journal will focus on publication and review of tools in the following areas:
An international panel of known experts from different fields has been assembled to act as the
Editorial Board. All papers will be peer-reviewed. A publication time of less than 2 months is
The journal will only accept papers, which present new tools or new aspects of already JIB published tools. Furthermore, these tools must be available and usable via the internet and free of charge for academician. For accepted review publications you are invited to join JIBtools as an editor for a new topic.