Yale Journal of Biology & Medicine

The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine is a PubMed-indexed, open access, quarterly journal edited by Yale medical, graduate, and professional students and peer reviewed by an extensive network of experts in the fields of biology and medicine. The journal aims to showcase outstanding research articles from all areas of biology and medicine, to publish significant case reviews, and to provide both perspectives on personal experiences in medicine and reviews of the current state of biology and medicine.

To all interested authors: Starting in June 2015, YJBM began devoting entire issues to its focus topics. This means that all manuscripts in an issue will be related to the focus topic. As a result, we will not be considering off-topic manuscripts. Please keep an eye out for our future focus topics, and thank you for your understanding.

Upcoming focus topics:

  • March 2019: Attention Science (submission deadline: September 1st, 2018)
  • June 2019: Cycles and Clocks (submission deadline: December 1st, 2018)
  • September 2019: Organelles (submission deadline: March 1st, 2019)


Inspired by Charles Darwin’s voyage on the HMS Beagle (1831-1836), this cover depicts the variation in bill shape Darwin observed among the Galápagos Islands’ finches while on board. This observation led Darwin to postulate on evolution by natural selection, which culminated in his 1859 treatise, On the Origin of Species. Today we know through morphological and genetic evidence that the diversity of life on Earth share common origins with unique differences shaped by the selective pressures inherent in a species ecology, or relationship of a species to its environment. Depicted in the background is a generic phylogenetic tree representing this diversity of life, with the terminal branches representing extant species, and each node to which these branches can be traced, a common ancestral species. Original cover design by Peter Harris. Caption by Lisa Ogawa McLean and Parastou Yaghoubi. Deputy Editors: Lisa Ogawa McLean and Parastou Yaghoubi.

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YJBM Co-Editors-in-Chief:
Helen Beilinson
Fatima Mirza


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