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The Journal of Immunology
The American Association of Immunologists, Inc.
1451 Rockville Pike, Suite 650
Rockville, MD 20852
301-634-7197 phone
Email: [email protected]

Journal Facts

  • Publisher: The Journal of Immunology (The JI) is owned and published by The American Association of Immunologists, Inc.
  • Editor-in-Chief: Gail A. Bishop, Ph.D., [email protected]
  • Editorial Board: The Journal of Immunology Editorial Board. All Editors are practicing scientists.
  • The Staff: The JI Staff Members
  • Impact factor:
    • Two-year: 5.426 (2021 Journal Citation Reports)
    • Five year: 6.173 (2021 Journal Citation Reports)
  • Citations: The JI is cited more than any other immunology journal (2021 Journal Citation Reports)
  • Cited Half-Life: 12.7 years (2021)
  • Number of research articles published/year: 519 (2021)
  • Number of pages published/year: 6,129 (2021)
  • Around 1.7 million page views per month (2021)
  • Over 428,000 PDF downloads per month (2021)
  • Publication schedule: Printed and posted online twice each month
  • Issue dates: 1st and the 15th of each month
  • Average time from submission to initial decision (full-length manuscripts): 34 days (2021)
  • Acceptance rate: 52% for full-length articles, 26% for Cutting Edge articles (2021)
  • Online ISSN 1550-6606; Print ISSN 0022-1767

Journal Scope and Content

Full-Length Articles: The JI publishes peer-reviewed manuscripts describing novel findings in all areas of experimental immunology, including both basic and clinical studies.

Articles are published in the following sections:

  • Allergy and Other Hypersensitivities
  • Antigen Recognition and Responses
  • Autoimmunity
  • Clinical and Human Immunology
    Manuscripts submitted to the Clinical and Human Immunology section will be reviewed mindful of the limitations in sample size and depth of mechanistic analyses that may be inherent to these types of studies.
  • Immune Regulation
  • Immune System Development
  • Immunogenetics
  • Immunotherapy and Vaccines
  • Infectious Disease and Host Response
  • Innate Immunity and Inflammation
  • Molecular and Structural Immunology
  • Mucosal Immunology
  • Systems Immunology
    Manuscripts submitted to the “Systems Immunology” section should center on analyses of novel large data sets, generated by the authors, which will serve as useful resources for future work in the field. The authors’ informatics analyses should allow them to draw concrete conclusions, supported by the data, about the biology of the system(s) under study. Alternatively, manuscripts may describe a novel method of data analysis, which could be applied to publicly available data sets. The latter type of manuscript must convincingly demonstrate the utility of the new analysis method to reveal novel biological insights about the system(s) under study. However, it is not necessary for either type of manuscript to include definitive mechanistic analysis or experiments beyond those necessary for the acquisition of reproducible and meaningful data sets.
  • Transplantation
  • Tumor Immunology
  • Novel Immunological Methods (see Editorial)
    Manuscripts submitted to the Novel Immunological Methods section should provide a new approach to important immunological problems. The manuscript should validate the technique, reagent, or genetically manipulated line of mice (and provide data on that) and indicate their utility for solving an immunologically interesting problem, but it is not necessary for the manuscript to solve that problem. The manuscript is evaluated on whether the technique, reagent, or line of mice is better than what is currently available and could therefore advance the field, as well as the usefulness of the technique, reagent, or line of mice to the field.

As a point of reference, descriptions of the following would only be appropriate if they provide innovative insight into unresolved immunological problems, reveal novel structural features that are unique in an immunologically relevant manner, or represent major breakthroughs in the field:

  • New reagents
  • T cell or B cell epitopes
  • Peptide binding motifs for previously uncharacterized MHC products
  • Structures of MHC allelic products or MHC-peptide complexes not previously crystallized or homologs from previously uncharacterized species
  • Three-dimensional structures of allergens or other antigens, antibody-defined epitopes, or antigen-antibody complexes
  • Comparative analysis of proteins of immunological interest (intra- or inter-species comparisons)
  • Research techniques
  • Clinical case reports

Those wishing to report the identification of epitopes may do so at the Immune Epitope Database and Analysis Resource.

Brief Reviews: The JI publishes a small number of invited reviews on a regular basis. These reviews are four to six journal pages in length, including illustrations and references. They cover a focused area on the advancing edge of immunology and provide a balanced view of current research that can be understood by researchers outside of that specialty. Authors interested in submitting a manuscript to Brief Reviews should submit a proposal, including an outline of the proposed review, by e-mail to the Editor-in-Chief. See the collected Brief Reviews page.

Cutting Edge Articles: Cutting Edge is the rapid publication section of The JI, presenting short reports describing significant advances in an area of immunology. Manuscripts submitted for consideration in this section should present scientifically sound and novel research in a clear and concise fashion, and contain conclusions of unusual interest to immunologists that are justified from the data presented. Chief criteria for acceptance are scientific novelty and quality, originality, clarity, and conciseness. In addition to research articles, the Cutting Edge section publishes invited brief commentaries on controversial subjects of broad interest to immunologists.

Immunology Notes And Resources is a feature where items of general interest to the immunology community may be published, such as articles on nomenclature or other significant items that may impact scientific research. These articles are published at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief, who may seek advice from other editors or experts in the field. Submissions can be made by e-mail to the Editor-in-Chief.

In This Issue: A small number of articles regarded by reviewers and editors as the top 10% in their field are highlighted in this section.

Letters to the Editor: The Editor-in-Chief invites brief letters (250 words or less) of general interest, commenting on work published in The JI within the previous 3 months. A limited number of letters will be selected for publication. The authors of the original work will be invited to respond, and both the original letter and the authors' response will be published together. If you are interested in commenting on a published article, e-mail the Editor-in-Chief.

Pillars of Immunology: In the first issue of each month, The JI reprints articles that have come to be regarded as classics in the field. An invited commentary accompanies each reprinted article and a podcast is recorded of the commentary writer discussing the impact of the featured article on his or her own work and on the field in general. Podcasts can be found here. Suggestions for significant articles may be made by e-mail to the Editor-in-Chief. See the collected Pillars Of Immunology page.

Pillars of Immunology commentaries represent the perspectives of their authors and are not meant to serve as definitive historical documents.

Translating Immunology: These invited articles highlight immunological discoveries that have led to a treatment, drug, or diagnostic device. See the collected Translating Immunology page.

In Next in The JI, The Journal of Immunology publishes articles online ahead of print. The articles incorporate author proof corrections but are not paginated and may be different in other respects from the version published in an issue. The date of online release is posted on each article and is the official date of publication. More about "Next in The JI."

Last Updated 2/26/2024
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