The Biophysicist

The Biophysicist aims to highlight and nurture education, and its scholarship and development. The journal serves a worldwide, broad audience to make fundamental concepts and techniques in biophysics (and related disciplines), as well as evidence-based pedagogical practice accessible to individuals at all levels: K-12 and public outreach, undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students/trainees, active researchers, and scholars of biophysics teaching and learning. This goal will be achieved by both academic articles and informal reports that reflect the interdisciplinary nature of biophysics education and the activities of biophysicists in a variety of scientific fields.

Call for Papers

The Biophysicist is now accepting original manuscripts from the international science community and invites submissions from scientists and educators in biophysics and related disciplines.  The articles focus on fundamental concepts and techniques used in biophysics education, as well as evidence-based pedagogical practice, accessible to individuals at all levels. 



Research Articles are invited in the following categories

  • Novel Learning and Teaching Approaches
  • Laboratory and Computational Teaching Tools
  • Research-based Studies of Student Learning
  • Biophysics Learning Perspectives
  • Adapted Research Articles

Reports are invited in the following areas:

  • Biophysics and Related Disciplines
  • Biophysics in Society
  • Student Forum
  • Book Reviews

Accepted articles will be published at no charge
if submitted prior to January 1, 2020.

Articles are now being accepted.
Submit Your Article to The Biophysicist Today.



For questions and inquiries
 contact [email protected]


Editor in Chief


Sam Safran

Weizmann Institute of Science

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.

Editorial Board


Gundula Bosch

Johns Hopkins University


Andrew Feig

Wayne State University


Wolfgang Losert

University of Maryland


Phil Nelson

University of Pennsylvania


Les Satin

University of Michigan


Patricia Soto

Creighton Univeristy

Advisory Board


Linda Columbus

BPS Council


Jane Dyson

Editor-in-Chief, Biophysical Journal


Kathleen Hall

Chair, BPS Publications Committee


Gina MacDonald

Chair, BPS Education Committee