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The Biophysicist Article Types

The Biophysicist accepts articles in a variety of formats. Learn more about the different article types below.

Research Articles

Novel Learning and Teaching Approaches: Biophysics includes both experimental and theoretical studies at the molecular, cellular, and systems levels. Articles and tutorials describing novel approaches to the teaching of specific subject matter, active learning methods, assessment techniques or curricular design will provide insights into the intellectual infrastructure in the field. This helps ensure that biophysics-related biology, chemistry, engineering, or physics topics can be taught effectively. Scholarly articles on the intellectual history of biophysics or on the scientific impact of key biophysics papers are also welcomed.

Laboratory and Computational Teaching Tools: Articles that outline new research technologies, approaches and internet-based resource collections, including in-vivo, chemical, physical, and computational studies, with an emphasis on assessments of student learning needs and/or the impact of such teaching tools on biophysics learning. These can include videos, computer simulations, programs or interactive online resources.

Research-based Studies of Student Learning: Studies of innovative problem-solving approaches, exploratory or “flipped” instruction, as well as curricular units that have been reformulated to improve their effectiveness in facilitating learning or addressing student misconceptions, are all encouraged.

Biophysics Learning Perspectives: Mini-reviews and tutorials that pedagogically survey a subfield of contemporary biophysics (e.g., single-molecule spectroscopy, mechanobiology, protein folding dynamics and structure, macromolecular interactions). The Perspectives will be geared towards students, educators, and researchers learning new fields.

Adapted Research Articles: APL (Adaptation of Primary Literature) allows beginners in a field to comprehend fundamental research papers of important impact using condensation, definition of terms, and inclusion of extended “boxes” depicting the chemical, biological, mathematical, experimental, or physical background needed to properly understand key concepts. The papers can be written by the original authors or by others (with appropriate permissions obtained for quoting text, figures etc.).


Biophysics and Related Disciplines: Reports on the role of biophysics in related areas (e.g., chemistry, physics, biology, engineering, technology, and health) with a focus on recent advances that impact biophysics from the scientific literature of those fields.

Biophysics in Society: Profiles of the scientific findings of biophysics and biophysicists in the news. Reports of activities in the biophysics community in both academia and industry that focus on careers, graduate student mentoring, postdoc searches and mentoring of faculty in teaching institutions. Accounts of activities aimed at outreach (K-12, general community), diversity and inclusion, and best educational practices. Editorial opinion pieces and book reviews on texts or other educational publications.

Student Forum: Contributions from students and postdoctoral trainees on issues important to them to provide their unique perspective on biophysics and the current state of scientific training.

Book Reviews and Comments: Short notes on articles that have previously been published in The Biophysicist.

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