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About Journal of Physiological Anthropology

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Journal of Physiological Anthropology, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

Aims & scope

Journal of Physiological Anthropology is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes research on the physiological functions of modern mankind, with an emphasis on the bio-cultural effects on human adaptability to the current environment.

The objective of the Journal of Physiological Anthropology is to evaluate physiological adaptations to modern living environments, and to publish research from different scientific fields concerned with environmental impact on human life.

Topic areas include, but are not limited to:

  • environmental physiology
  • bio-cultural environment
  • living environment
  • epigenetic adaptation
  • development and growth
  • age and sex differences
  • nutrition and morphology
  • physical fitness and health


  • environmental adaptation
  • physiological polytypism
  • whole body coordination
  • functional potentiality
  • technological adaptability
  • human diversity

JPA is an official journal of the Japan Society of Physiological Anthropology (JSPA).

The aim of the Society is to investigate what sorts of selective pressures are being exerted upon modern humans, and what sorts of responses do these pressures elicit. One of the main aims is to conduct research into humans in modern society because rapid advances in Science and Technology are having a profound effect on the human community, in terms of not only lifestyle and culture, but the physiological capabilities of the human body as well.

JSPA partially covers the cost of Article Processing Charges on behalf of authors.

Open access

All articles published by Journal of Physiological Anthropology are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

Authors of articles published in Journal of Physiological Anthropology are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.

For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Journal of Physiological Anthropology therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1000/$1565/€1275 for each article accepted for publication. If the corresponding author's institution is a Member, the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

Indexing services

All articles published in Journal of Physiological Anthropology are included in:

  • DOAJ
  • Embase
  • Google Scholar
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • Scopus

The full text of all research articles is deposited in digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).

The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.

Journal of Physiological Anthropology is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI) and has an Impact Factor of 1.27.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for publication

Journal of Physiological Anthropology considers the following types of articles:

  • Research: reports of data from original research and clinical trial outcomes. For studies involving human participants a statement detailing ethical approval and consent should be included in the methods section.
  • Reviews: comprehensive, authoritative descriptions of any subject within the scope of the journal.
  • Commentaries: short, focused and opinionated articles on any subject within the journal's scope
  • Short reports: brief reports of data from original research.
  • Methodology articles: present a new experimental method, test or procedure. The method described may either be completely new, or may offer a better version of an existing method.

Peer-review policies

Journal of Physiological Anthropology operates a double-blind peer-review policy. All submitted manuscripts are evaluated by the Editor-in-Chief and suitable manuscripts are sent for peer review. The reports of at least two reviewers are considered when deciding on acceptance or rejection of a manuscript; a further reviewer is invited in cases where these reviewers disagree. The journal aims to provide authors with a first decision within six weeks. Final decisions will be made by the Editors-in-Chief.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Journal of Physiological Anthropology, a personalized section of the site.

Copyediting and proofs

Journal of Physiological Anthropology will copyedit manuscripts before they are published.

Following the acceptance of an article, it is published in Journal of Physiological Anthropology as a provisional PDF file with minimal delay (subject to formatting checks, copyediting and author verification). Fully formatted PDF and full-text (HTML) versions are made available shortly after that.


High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.


Journal of Physiological Anthropology will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Journal of Physiological Anthropology should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Journal of Physiological Anthropology

Articles in Journal of Physiological Anthropology should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. J Physiol Anthropol [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. J Physiol Anthropol 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Journal of Physiological Anthropology?

High visibility

Journal of Physiological Anthropology's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.

Speed of publication

Journal of Physiological Anthropology offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Journal of Physiological Anthropology and BioMed Central.


Online publication in Journal of Physiological Anthropology gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Journal of Physiological Anthropology are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Journal of Physiological Anthropology's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in Journal of Physiological Anthropology may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Journal of Physiological Anthropology. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Authors of articles published in Journal of Physiological Anthropology retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright policy and license agreement).

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