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Molecular Systems Biology


Molecular Systems Biology publishes research and technological advances that reveal novel system-level insights in all areas of the molecular life sciences. Published jointly by Nature Publishing Group and EMBO, the journal offers immediate open access to its content. The Journal has a dedicated blog, The Seven Stones.



Molecular Systems Biology publishes full-length papers describing original research in the field of molecular systems biology, focusing on the analysis, integration and modeling of molecular and cellular phenomena.


Subject categories are listed on the journal's website.


Founded: 2005
Editorial offices: EMBO, Heidelberg
Published by EMBO and Nature Publishing Group
Published Open Access online

Licenses and copyright

Molecular Systems Biology does not take copyright from authors – authors retain the copyright to their work and grant EMBO an exclusive license to publish it. The only copyright held by EMBO is on the fully rendered published article in the journal.


The journal applies a number of licences to control the re-use of the content, including CC-BY 2.0 and CC-BY NC. We are aiming to offer more liberal licences for all OA content soon.


Impact Factor (2012): 11.3 (Thomson Reuters)
Immediacy Index (2011): 1.621 (Thomson Reuters)
SJR (2011): 5.8 (JournalM3trics)
SNIP (2011): 2.2 (JournalM3trics)
h5 (2007-2011): 66 (Google Scholar)