Biology Open (BiO) is an online-only Open Access journal that publishes peer-reviewed original research across all aspects of the biological sciences. BiO aims to provide rapid publication of papers reporting scientifically sound observations and valid conclusions, without a requirement for perceived impact. The paper should clearly address a non-trivial scientific question. Useful reports of negative results will also be considered for publication. In addition, BiO publishes Methods & Techniques papers – peer-reviewed articles that describe a novel technique or an advance of an existing technique.
By focusing on the timely publication of good-quality sound research, BiO will facilitate dialogue and build a valuable body of work that supports the efforts of the research community. The impact of each paper will be decided by the community itself through usage and discussion.
Authors are encouraged to submit work of appropriate scope and focus directly to BiO, in which case peer review will be undertaken and managed by an international board of research-active academic editors within each discipline.
BiO offers a simple one-click manuscript-transfer option for papers rejected from our sister journals – Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology and Disease Models & Mechanisms, In addition, we have an agreement in place with the journal eLife, who, upon request from the authors, will transfer articles should they be rejected.
Under this service, any existing referees' reports from the original peer review can also be passed to BiO, for a more-rapid publication decision. BiO also accepts the transfer of peer review reports from submissions to other, non-Company, journals. Where necessary, additional peer review may be undertaken.
The Editors of BiO make their editorial decisions independent of the other Company of Biologists’ journals. The criteria for acceptance are very different. BiO Editors and Reviewers are asked to confirm that the experimental work is properly conducted and that the conclusions are adequately supported by the data. We do not require any assessment of the potential impact of a paper. We therefore encourage authors to submit their manuscripts to BiO, even if they have received negative reviews. The transfer of reviews - both positive and negative - can lead to a more-rapid decision and often helps identify simple revisions that would allow a paper to be accepted.
We aim to notify authors of the Editor's decision within ten working days of submission or transfer.
Article Publication Charge
To provide Open Access, the costs of publication in BiO are covered in part by charging a fee to the authors or the research supporters for each accepted article. This Author Publication Charge is $1350 (plus VAT if applicable), increasing to $1495 for new submissions from January 1st 2016, and covers peer review, journal production, online systems employed for the purposes of submitting, trafficking and hosting articles, and the cost of archiving significant volumes of data, including supplementary material files, in perpetuity.
BiO has a small budget for the complete or partial waiving of publication charges for authors in developing countries and others in genuine financial hardship. Corresponding authors based in the countries listed here will be granted a full waiver upon application. Funds for waivers are limited, however, as the journal would not be sustainable without income from author charges to cover its costs.
The decision to publish a paper in BiO is wholly independent of payment or ability to pay, and is based solely on the validity and supportability of the work detailed in each manuscript. Editors and reviewers do not have access to information regarding authors' financial contributions.
Author copyright and article licence
The Company of Biologists applies the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence to all articles and associated material published in BiO. Authors retain ownership of the copyright for their article, but undertake to allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy articles, provided that the original authors and source are cited. No permission is required from the authors or the publishers under the CC-BY licence. The full guidance that applies to this licence can be found at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/