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Call for papers – Chemical Biology of Metals

A banner listing the details for the collection, including a dealdine of 6 March 2023, and a submission link

RSC Chemical Biology is delighted to welcome papers for its latest online themed collection on ‘Chemical Biology of Metals’, guest edited by Christopher J. Chang (University of California, Berkeley, USA); Angela Casini (Technical University of Munich, Germany); Hongzhe Sun (University of Hong Kong, China); and Hui Chao (Sun Yat-Sen University, China).

 Contributions are welcome which investigate the fundamental inorganic chemistry of life and/or use inorganic chemistry for medicine. New chemical methods for sensing and imaging, metalloproteomics, metal-based therapeutics and diagnostics, as well as structural and functional consequences of novel protein and nucleic acid metallobiochemistry in vitro and in living systems, are welcome for this themed collection on emerging topics in chemical biology of metals research.

 The deadline for submissions is 6 March 2023. Submit your work to the collection now!

Promotion of the collection is scheduled for mid-2023, with articles published online as soon as they’re accepted.

Authors are welcome to submit original research in the form of a Communication or Full Paper.  Articles can be submitted via our website: When submitting your manuscript, please mention that it is intended for this themed collection in the “notes to the editor” box. The Editorial Office reserves the right to check suitability of submissions for both the journal and the scope of the collection, and inclusion of accepted articles in the final themed collection is not guaranteed.

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About RSC Chemical Biology:

Led by Hiroaki Suga (University of Tokyo), RSC Chemical Biology is dedicated to publishing and disseminating the most exceptionally significant, breakthrough findings of interest to the chemical biology community. All submissions are handled by our experienced and internationally recognised Associate Editors. For more information on the journal, please visit the journal homepage.

As a gold open access journal, there are no barriers to accessing content and your research article will reach an international audience. Articles accepted for publication in this themed collection will have their article processing charges waived.

RSC Chemical Biology is now indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), PubMed Central, Scopus and Web of Science: Emerging Sources Citation Index. Find out more about the journal and submit your work at

The first RSC Chemical Biology Emerging Investigators collection

Photographs of the six corresponding authors on the articles in this collection

We’re pleased to announce that our first Emerging Investigators collection has now been published online!

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RSC Chemical Biology is committed to supporting and recognizing the excellent work of early career researchers. We are thus proud to present our first annual Emerging Investigators collection. The collection showcases research carried out by internationally recognised, up-and-coming scientists in the early stage of their independent careers who are making outstanding contributions to their respective fields. Each contributor was recommended by an expert in their field for carrying out work with the potential to influence future directions. The collection encompasses the entire scope of the journal.

Looking forward, we will soon be inviting for an Emerging Investigators Collection that will be published in 2023, and you are encouraged to recommend a colleague at the beginning of their career by contacting the Editorial Office. To be considered, a scientist must be a research group leader with less than 10 years of independent research (although the timescale is flexible in cases of career breaks and personal circumstances).

Congratulations to all the featured researchers on their work. Join us in celebrating their contributions!


RSC Chemical Biology Emerging Investigators Collection and Outstanding Paper Award 
RSC. Chem. Biol., 2022, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/D2CB90027K


Contributors to the RSC Chemical Biology Emerging Investigators Collection 2022 
RSC. Chem. Biol., 2022, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/D2CB90028A


The CSY-protecting group in the microwave-assisted synthesis of aggregation-prone peptides 
Truc Lam Pham, Jennifer Zilke, Christine Charlotte Müller and Franziska Thomas
RSC. Chem. Biol., 2022, 3, 426–430, DOI: 10.1039/D1CB00252J

A light-initiated chemical reporter strategy for spatiotemporal labeling of biomolecules 
Feifei Wang, Hao Kong, Xiangfeng Meng, Xiao Tian, Changjiang Wang, Lei Xu, Xiang Zhang, Lei Wang and Ran Xie
RSC. Chem. Biol., 2022, 3, 539–545, DOI: 10.1039/D2CB00072E

A dual-responsive doxorubicin–indoximod conjugate for programmed chemoimmunotherapy 
Zhaoxuan Yang, Jiaqi Huang, Yaying Lin, Xiangjie Luo, Haojin Lin, Hongyu Lin and Jinhao Gao
RSC. Chem. Biol., 2022, 3, 853–858, DOI: 10.1039/D1CB00257K

Fluorescent metabolic labeling-based quick antibiotic susceptibility test for anaerobic bacteria
Juan Gao, Juanxiu Qin, Chenling Ding, Yuan Gao, Junnan Guo, Min Li, Chaoyong Yang and Wei Wang
RSC Chem. Biol., 2022, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/D2CB00163B


Proteomic characterization of phagocytic primary human monocyte-derived macrophages
Regan F. Volk, José L. Montaño, Sara E. Warrington, Katherine L. Hofmann and Balyn W. Zaro
RSC. Chem. Biol., 2022, 3, 783–793, DOI: 10.1039/D2CB00076H

Improved ClickTags enable live-cell barcoding for highly multiplexed single cell sequencing
Xinlu Zhao, Shiming Sun, Wenhao Yu, Wenqi Zhu, Zihan Zhao, Yiqi Zhou, Xiuheng Ding, Nan Fang, Rong Yang and Jie P. Li
RSC. Chem. Biol., 2022, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/D2CB00046F

Structural insights into inhibition of the drug target dihydroorotate dehydrogenase by bacterial hydroxyalkylquinolines 
Samantha M. Horwitz, Tamra C. Blue, Joseph A. Ambarian, Shotaro Hoshino, Mohammad R. Seyedsayamdost and Katherine M. Davis
RSC. Chem. Biol., 2022, 3, 420–425, DOI: 10.1039/D1CB00255D

One-step asparaginyl endopeptidase (OaAEP1)-based protein immobilization for single-molecule force spectroscopy
Xuan Ding, Ziyi Wang, Bin Zheng, Shengchao Shi, Yibing Deng, Hanyang Yu and Peng Zheng
RSC Chem. Biol., 2022, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/D2CB00135G