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Zeitschrift für Naturforschung C

A Journal of Biosciences

Editor In Chief: Jürgen Seibel
Editorial Board: Achim Aigner, Wilhelm Boland, Uwe Bornscheuer, and Klaus Hoffmann

Zeitschrift für Naturforschung C – A Journal of Biosciences is proud to announce a new feature, the Editor’s Choice free access article. To download the featured article free of charge, please click the link below.

Vol. 74, Iss. 9-10: Special Section on Chemistry of Social Insects

Vol. 74, Iss. 3-4: Special Issue on Chemo-enzymatic cascade reactions

Vol. 72, Iss. 7-8: The Special Section is dedicated to the memory of Professor Lothar Jaenicke

Vol. 72, Iss. 7-8: 3,7-Isoquinoline quinones from the ascidian tunicate Ascidia virginea by Sven T. Possner, Frank C. Schroeder, Hans Tore Rapp, Volker Sinnwell, Stefan Franke and Wittko Francke

Vol. 72, Iss. 7-8: Effects of extracts and compounds from Tricholoma populinum Lange on degranulation and IL-2/IL-8 secretion of immune cells by Simon Merdivan, Kristina Jenett-Siems, Karsten Siems, Timo H.J. Niedermeyer, Nadin Schultze, Carmen Steinborn, Carsten Gründemann and Ulrike Lindequist

Vol. 72, Iss. 1-2: Structural diversity in echinocandin biosynthesis: the impact of oxidation steps and approaches toward an evolutionary explanation by Wolfgang Hüttel

Vol. 71, Iss. 9-10: The issue is dedicated to the memory of Professor Peter Böger

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A Journal of Biosciences: Zeitschrift für Naturforschung C (ZNC) is an international scientific journal and a community resource for the emerging field of natural and natural-like products.

The journal publishes original research on the isolation (including structure elucidation), bio-chemical synthesis and bioactivities of natural products, their biochemistry, pharmacology, biotechnology, and their biological activity and innovative developed computational methods for predicting the structure and/or function of natural products.

A Journal of Biosciences: Zeitschrift für Naturforschung C (ZNC) welcomes research papers in fields on the chemistry-biology boundary which address scientific ideas and approaches to generate and understand natural compounds on a molecular level and/or use them to stimulate and manipulate biological processes.


  • Bio-chemical synthesis and bioactivities of natural products
  • Isolation (including structure elucidation)
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmacology
  • Chemistry
  • Biology

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Original research articles, research notes, letters and review articles

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Alfred Klemm, then working at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Chemistry in Tailfingen, founded the Zeitschrift fuer Naturforschung together with Hans Friedrich-Freksa in 1946. In 1947 the Zeitschrift fuer Naturforschung was divided into two parts which were devoted to the physical sciences (Section A) and the chemical and biological sciences including biophysics (Section B). It was then only in 1973, that Section C was established for the biological sciences while Section B concentrated on chemistry. In Zeitschrift fuer Naturforschung CA Journal of Biosciences, as it is fully referred to now, research papers are presented in fields on the chemistry-biology boundary which address scientific ideas and approaches to generate and understand natural compounds on a molecular level and/or use them to stimulate and manipulate biological processes.

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Volume 76 (2021): Issue 1-2 (Jan 2021)


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  • Submission of your paper via our submission management tool following the Instructions_for_Authors (you will be guided through every step of the submission process)
  • Manuscript submissions are approved by the Editor, and, if found suitable for further consideration, peer reviewed by independent expert referees
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  • Accepted articles are published online ahead of print approx. 4 weeks after acceptance

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  • Manuscripts must be written in clear and concise English
  • Proposals of review articles are welcome. A brief outline of the review article and the senior author's CV should be sent to the ZNC editorial office
  • Before submitting your article please have a look at Publication Ethics Statement and our copyright agreement
  • Once your article is accepted you have the option to publish it open access
  • A Journal of Biosciences: Zeitschrift für Naturforschung C publishes 6 double issues per year/ volume
  • Our repository policy allows you to distribute 30 PDF copies of your published article to colleagues (the PDF has to include the information that it is an author's copy). Please also feel free to distribute the link to the online abstract
  • If you have any general questions please visit our FAQ page for authors
  • For more detailed information please contact the ZNC Editorial Office znc@degruyter.com

We look forward to receiving your manuscript!

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Effective 1st January 2016, authors from an institution affiliated with either the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU), the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries or some UK libraries participating in the Jisc Collections SMP  may publish primary research and review articles open access in any of De Gruyter’s OnlineOpen journals at a discount of 90% of the APC price. For more information and to confirm whether your institution is eligible please see the following:

The Netherlands: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1461
The UK: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1462
Switzerland:  https://www.degruyter.com/page/1463

Editor in Chief
J. Seibel, Würzburg

Advisory Board
A. Aigner, Leipzig
W. Boland, Jena
U. Bornscheuer, Greifswald
K. H. Hoffmann, Bayreuth

Editorial Board
D. Berkowitz, Lincoln, USA
H. Budzikiewicz, Köln
B. Dräger, Leipzig
M. González-Teuber, Santiago, Chile
J.-K. Liu, Wuhan, China
T. Opatz, Mainz
E. Rösch, Pforzheim
K.-D. Spindler, Ulm
D. Strack, Halle

Editorial Office
Ulrike Kitzing, De Gruyter, Genthiner Straße 13, 10785 Berlin, Germany
Email: znc [at] degruyter.com

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