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The latest news from the Biochemical Society


  Biochemists awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry for work on DNA repair

Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar have been jointly awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on mechanistic studies of DNA repair. 


   Biochemical Society Sponsored Seminar Series

Apply for a new Sponsored Seminar Series Grant and if successful, the Biochemical Society can assist with the costs associated with hosting a seminar series within your institution.

Grants of £250, £750, £1,000 or £1,500 will be awarded to successful applicants. 

Application deadline: 12 October 2015

  Biochemical Society 2017 Awards Nominations are now open

Do you know of an outstanding bioscientist that deserves recognition? Nominations can be submitted by both members and non-members of the Biochemical Society. 

Deadline for online nominations is 31 January 2016

  2015 release of Journal Citation Reports® shows the influence of content published by Portland Press

The Impact Factors and journal metrics for the range of molecular bioscience journals published by Portland Press, the knowledge hub for life sciences, have been announced. The 2015 Release of Journal Citation Reports® (Source: 2014 Web of ScienceTM Data) shows an increase in article influence scores indicating that the research being published and cited in Portland Press journals carries influence scores above the average in its field.

The announcement of these metrics comes in the middle of an exciting year for Portland Press. Having just migrated all its journals to new websites offering a range of new features and improved discoverability for authors’ work, further developments are planned for the remainder of 2015.


The Biochemical Society wants to reaffirm its commitment to the promotion of equality and diversity in the life science sector. It is especially concerned about the promotion of careers for women in science, but also believes in full integration and opportunities, irrespective of a person's race, class, sexuality, beliefs or innate ability. The Society believes that science, and indeed all human efforts, benefit from diverse inputs, and that everyone loses by disfavouring specific groups. Hence, the Society dissociates itself from the reported recent comments of Sir Tim Hunt, during his visit to South Korea. The Society recognises and espouses the right to free speech and the expression of diverse points of view, but this right comes with the proviso of responsible use, and the ensuing right to free debate.

Steve Busby - Chair, Biochemical Society and Anne Dell – Vice-Chair, Biochemical Society


New look for Portland Press journals

Portland Press, the wholly-owned trading subsidiary of the Biochemical Society has launched its journals on a new website. 


The new websites have been designed to adapt to the latest advances in online publishing and will offer improved services to  authors, readers and subscribers, including Biochemical Society members. Authors will enjoy greater visibility for their articles and readers will see an improved experience when searching for work published in the journals. 

The journals enjoying a new look are:

Clinical Science
Biochemical Journal
Bioscience Reports
Biochemical Society Transactions
Essays in Biochemistry

Biochemical Society members enjoy free full-text access to Biochemical Journal and Biochemical Society Transactions - members should visit the Members' Area to access 

As part of its commitment to advance biochemistry for the benefit of science and society, the Biochemical Society makes available via its publisher Portland Press, two resources, Cell Signalling Biology and Glossary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology entirely free of charge to the community and both of these also have a new look as part of the move. 

If you have any questions or feedback for us please do get in touch at editorial@portlandpress.com




  Congratulations to Professor Tim Dafforn, Trustee of the Biochemical Society on his appointment as Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. 
Professor Dafforn will ensure that the department’s policies and operations, and its contribution to wider government issues are informed by fit-for-purpose science, technology and engineering advice.

  Workshops brings together antimicrobial resistance researchers
The Learned Society Partnership on Antimicrobial Resistance is holding interdisciplinary networking workshops to bring together researchers who have an interest in antimicrobial resistance.

  Scientists honoured in Biochemical Society Awards
Eleven distinguished scientists and exceptional early career researchers have been honoured in the Biochemical Society’s annual Awards. 

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