Aims and Scope

Metallomics Research is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal publishing significant and novel contributions on the roles of metals, metalloids, and other trace elements in biological function. The journal welcomes investigations from a broad range of research fields including analytical chemistry, biochemistry, toxicology, epidemiology, nutrition, pharmacology, medical sciences, environmental sciences, health sciences, agriculture sciences, and plant biology. Studies about metal/metalloid-dependent processes in health and disease or metal-related drugs are strongly encouraged. Studies about other trace element-dependent biological processes are also welcome. Article types include Regular Articles, Reviews, and Notes. Metallomics Research also welcomes themed issues edited by Guest Editor(s).

The official journal of the Japan Society for Biomedical Research on Trace Elements, Metallomics Research is published quarterly online. The journal welcomes original, innovative and high-quality submissions in English from members and non-members of the society and provides authors around the world with rapid but rigorous peer review. Metallomics Research articles are available freely online to an international audience interested in metallomics.

Subject areas

  • Chemistry
  • Earth Sciences and Astronomy
  • Biology, Life Sciences and Basic Medicine
  • Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • General Medicine, Social Medicine, and Nursing Sciences
  • Clinical Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Nanosciences and Materials Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Sciences

Manuscript type

The journal welcomes 3 manuscript types, all of which are subject to peer review.

Regular Articles

Metallomics Research publishes Regular Articles that contain original and significant research undertaken by the authors. There are no restrictions on length.


Metallomics Research publishes both Regular Reviews and Invited Reviews. Regular Reviews can be submitted by any author or authors and provide overviews and cogent summaries of scientific discoveries including recent results of the author(s). Invited reviews are submitted by invitation from the Editorial Board, and encompass recent important scientific discoveries in metallomics. There are no restrictions on length.


Metallomics Research publishes short communications called Notes that contain new and important facts that are limited in scale or scope or derived from incomplete or partial studies. Informational data sets obtained from the fields of health sciences or small-scale clinical studies are also considered for publication. Notes should not exceed 3,000 words.

Article processing charges (APC)

There are many costs associated with publishing scholarly journals, such as those of managing peer review, copy editing, typesetting and online hosting. To cover these costs in the absence of journal subscriptions, authors (or their representatives) are asked to pay article processing charges (APCs).

The journal charges an APC of 50,000 JPY per article for JSBRTE members and 70,000 JPY per article for non-members (prices include any relevant taxes). When there are multiple authors in an article, if the first author or the corresponding author is a member, it will be treated as a member price.
There is no charge for Invited Reviews. The Invited Regular Article is half the member price.
These prices may be revised due to rising publishing costs. Payment must be received before each article is published.

There is no additional charge to publish figures in color in the online version. There is a color charge only when authors choose color for any reprints that are ordered; more details are provided after acceptance. The journal does not charge submission fees.

Basic charge (JPY)

  • When there are multiple authors in an article, if the first author or the corresponding author is a member, it will be treated as a member price.
  • There is no additional charge to publish figures in color.
  • Prices include any relevant taxes.
  • The Invitation manuscript (Regular Article) charge is half the member price.
  • Prices may be revised due to rising publishing costs.

Waiver policy

Waivers are provided automatically when the corresponding author is from a “Group A” Research4Life country. In cases of demonstrated financial hardship, the journal will consider a pre-submission application for a waiver from any corresponding author. Applications cannot be made after the peer review process has begun. When the author submits, please indicate your exemption request in the Remarks section of the submission form.

The ability of an author to pay the APC does not influence editorial decisions. To avoid any possibility of undue influence, Editors involved with the decision-making process for articles are not involved in any deliberations on waivers.

The journal is fully Open Access and publishes articles under a Creative Commons (CC) license, which allow users to use, reuse and build upon the material published in the journal without charge or the need to ask prior permission from the publisher or author.

Appropriate attribution can be provided by simply citing the original article and providing the license terms, as in the following.

example :

Haraguchi H: Metallomics Research ― Good Luck on New Publication. Metallomics Res. 2021; 1: rev1-13. doi: https://doi.org/10.11299/metallomicsresearch.MR202108. licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License.

Copyright and licensing

Authors retain copyright but are required to sign a License to Publish to grant the JSBRTE permission to reproduce the work in the journal under a Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 (Attribution 4.0 International) license. This license allows users to share and adapt an article, even commercially, as long as appropriate credit is given.

Some funding bodies require articles funded by them to be published under a specific Creative Commons license. Before submitting your work to the journal, check with the relevant funding bodies to ensure that you comply with any mandates.