Aims & Scope

Nature Structural & Molecular Biology is an integrated forum for structural and molecular studies. The journal places a strong emphasis on functional and mechanistic understanding of how molecular components in a biological process work together. Structural data may provide such insights, but they are not a pre-requisite for publication in the journal.

Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids and other macromolecules
  • Structure and function of multi-component complexes
  • DNA replication, repair and recombination
  • Chromatin structure and remodeling
  • Transcription
  • RNA processing
  • Translation
  • Regulation of transcription and translation
  • Functions of noncoding RNAs
  • Protein folding, processing and degradation
  • Sorting and trafficking of proteins and RNA
  • Signal transduction and intracellular signaling
  • Membrane processes
  • Cell surface proteins and cell-cell interactions
  • Molecular basis of disease