Biophysics and Physicobiology (BPPB) is the official
on-line journal of the Biophysical Society of Japan (BSJ). Biophysics
has long been developed in a field of physics using physical methods and
theories to study the structures and functions of biological systems.
Biophysics now spans all scales of biological organization, from the
molecular scale to whole organisms and ecosystems, and hence biophysical
research demonstrates significant overlaps with biochemistry,
physiology, cell biology, nanotechnology, bioengineering, computational
biology, systems biology, theoretical biology and so forth. The current
activity of biophysics has evidently grown over the first idea in
"biophysics", the term originally introduced in the 19th century. BSJ
would like to cover the current trend and the future direction of this
field with a term “physicobiology” .
Biological systems are bounded by the physical principles and
laws, but at the same time the systems apparently exploit these
principles and laws, reaching a compromise among them. Technology in
biophysics has grown to the level of single molecule and omics analyses
that can approach to clarify this detail balance in biology and physics.
Physicobiology is going to be driven by de novo researches that clarify
how physical factors, such as force, heat, electromagnetic field,
stochasticity and so forth that completely obey the physical principles
and laws, play a significant role in the biological systems. BSJ
believes that the next direction of the biophysics is this
physicobiology and would like to lead the direction by transforming the
journal to Biophysics and Physicobiology.
Biophysics and Physicobiology has been
selected for coverage in ESCI. As of 28th September, 2018, Biophysics and
Physicobiology（BPPB), the international journal
of the Biophysical Society of Japan, was selected for one of the Journals to be
indexed in Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI). ESCI is a new index in the
Web of Science for journals of regional importance and of newly emerging
fields. The journals in ESCI are collected in Web of Science and have an
imporved visibility from the world. ESCI paves the way for the journals of
being indexed with Impact Factor, too. For the detail of ESCI, visit the website of Clarivate Analytics.