Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Proteolysis provides an Open Access publishing option for authors to publish papers, that describe their original research and provide novel insights on proteolysis and proteolytic pathways and significantly contribute to the fields of:

  • Proteolytic pathways in cellular regulations (e.g., apoptosis and cell cycle regulation)
  • Post-translational proteolytic processing and protein degradation
  • Proteolytic events in diseases and proteomics studies
  • Characterization of viral, microbial, plant and mammalian proteinases
  • Proteinases in host-pathogen interactions
  • Natural proteinase inhibitors
  • Drug design studies of proteinases inhibitors
  • Proteinases and their inhibitors in medicine and medical applications
  • Tools, new methods and laboratory applications for scientific research in the area of proteolytic events and proteinases.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Overview Papers must be concise and self-contained. Manuscripts should be written in English, carefully proofread and polished. Submissions that do not meet these criteria may not be considered for review. All claims should be supported either by empirical experiments or theoretical analyses. Any experiments reported should be reproducible. Papers describing theoretical results should also discuss their practical utility. Papers should report on what was learned in doing the work. Authors must clearly acknowledge the state-of-the-art contributions to the field. If a paper introduces new terminology or techniques, it should also explain why current terminology or techniques are insufficient.

Originality Submitted papers should represent the results of primary scientific research and should not have been published previously or be pending publication in another journal. Research that has been published at workshops or conferences will be considered. Authors must notify the Journal of Proteolysis about previous or pending conference publication at the time of submission.

Reviewing The Journal of Proteolysis is committed to rigorous yet rapid reviewing. Authors will be notified of the required review period in special circumstances when a longer review period may be necessary. Reviewers of the Journal of Proteolysis make recommendations to accept or reject. If a paper requires substantial revisions, the editor may recommend that the author submit a revised version. A paper may be revised and resubmitted at most once. If a paper is accepted, the editor may require minor revisions which should be completed in up to three months. Upon receiving a revised paper the editor may ask the reviewers to re-review the revised paper. Electronic publication will occur immediately upon receipt of the final version of an accepted paper.

The Journal of Proteolysis request the reviewers to inform the editors about any potential or perceived personal, professional or financial competing interests that may influence their review.


Open Access Policy

The Journal of Proteolysis provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public, supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. All papers and reviews published in the Journal of Proteolysis are free to download for readers worldwide.


Publication Fees

The Journal of Proteolysis is committed to the global participation in open access publishing. To provide continuing open access, expenses incurred for peer review, journal production, and online hosting are recovered in part by charging a publication fee to the authors for each paper they publish. The Journal of Proteolysis policy is to keep the publication fees as low as possible and at the moment they are one of the lowest among of bio-med oriented academic journals.

Publication fees (effective till December 31, 2014):

  • Regular research paper – $1500 (USD)
  • Short communication – $1250 (USD)
  • Review – $2000 (USD)

Editors and reviewers have no access to author’s payment options; recommendations to publish are only based on editorial criteria. The detailed information on applicable publication fees is made available to registered authors during the manuscript submission process.