Biology Open (BiO) is an online author-pays Open Access journal that publishes peer-reviewed original research across all aspects of the biological sciences, including cell biology, developmental biology and experimental biology. BiO aims to provide rapid publication for scientifically sound observations and valid conclusions in these allied fields. It is published by The Company of Biologists, a not-for-profit publishing organisation dedicated to supporting and inspiring the biological community.
BiO was launched with the aim of addressing some big issues in publishing. The Directors of The Company of Biologists, practicing scientists, saw a problem for some authors finding homes for papers that were sound, but lacked perceived impact. They also wished to address the issue of reviewer fatigue in the community.
In an in-depth survey of authors, we found:
- 64% of authors are concerned about the speed of peer review and publication
- 56% of authors feel publication delays harm their paper's impact
- 61% of cell science authors face significant challenges finding a home for their papers
Since its launch in 2011, BiO has published more than 600 peer-reviewed papers that have been accepted on the basis that they are technically sound and their conclusions are supported by the data shown – rather than on the perceived importance of the findings.
The scope of BiO reflects The Company of Biologists' acknowledged expertise in cell biology, developmental biology and experimental biology. BiO extends the service delivered by our sister journals – Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology and Disease Models & Mechanisms. Papers rejected from these journals can be transferred, strictly with the authors' approval, to BiO, via a simple one-click manuscript-transfer option. We believe this helps the author community by providing a welcoming home for their papers and helping to avoid additional rounds of submission and review.
All articles published in BiO are published under an Open Access model: the journal’s costs are covered primarily by article publication charges (rather than subscription fees). Therefore, we ask that authors of accepted Research Articles pay a publication charge of $1495 per article (plus VAT if applicable).
BiO offers advance online posting of articles on its Advance Articles site, which is updated weekly, and issues are published monthly online. All articles are deposited in PMC by the publisher for immediate release.
What BiO offers
- Submissions handled by expert academic Editors
- Competitive decision speeds
- Strong commitment at first decision – over 95% of invited revisions accepted
- Rapid publication, including advance posting of accepted articles
- Open Access publication of all articles – easy online payment system
- Wide international readership
- Altmetrics and usage statistics for all articles
- Post-publication commenting option
- Strong ethical approach to publishing best practice
- Simple solutions for data sharing and access
- Manuscripts deposited on preprint servers welcome
- Two-way integration with bioRxiv
- Easy one-click transfer option from other Company journals
- Not-for-profit publisher
BiO uses a number of metrics that together provide a rich view of the journal's performance. These include:
- 2015 Impact Factor 2.135
- 5 Year Impact Factor 2.330
- Eigenfactor Score 0.00630
- Article Influence Score 0.968
- Cited half-life 2.6
- Immediacy index 0.385
Online ISSN 2046-6390.
BiO is abstracted and/or indexed (amongst others) by: Biological Abstracts, BIOSIS, CAB abstracts, Chemical Abstracts, Thomson Reuters Web of Science, PMC, PubMed and Scopus. BiO is a member of OASPA (Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association) and is indexed in the DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals).
Supporting our community
BiO is a journal that strives to support the members and research of the biological sciences community. The journal aims to achieve this not only through the rapid publication of sound research, but also through other means, such as sponsoring international meetings and workshops. It is published by The Company of Biologists – a not-for-profit organisation that provides a range of awards and charitable grants. For example, BiO sponsors numerous meetings and workshops in the field, including Keystone Symposia, Gordon Conferences and EMBO workshops. BiO also sponsors speakers to attend international meetings.
All BiO's content is available online, and is fully browsable and searchable. All BiO papers are published as Open Access articles under the unrestrictive CC-BY licence. All articles are deposited by BiO in PMC for immediate release.
BiO is also a participant of the LOCKSS/CLOCKSS project, an international community initiative through which libraries and publishers work together to preserve their digital content for the long-term.