Research Articles should be fully documented reports of original research and are always peer reviewed. The total length of the article should not exceed 8000 words, including figure legends but not references, with no more than eight display items (figures and tables). Supplementary items (figures, tables, movies, datasets) may be published online at the discretion of the Editor and reviewers. Supplemental material is normally limited to 5 Mb per article. For more information on how to prepare a Research Article, please see the manuscript preparation page.
The Journal will also consider useful reports of negative results.
Methods & Techniques
These peer-reviewed articles describe a novel technique or an advance of an existing technique, and can include the validation and application of the technique. Methods should be described in sufficient detail to allow others to replicate and verify the protocol. Methods & Techniques should follow the standard format for Research Articles, as described above.
Should a reader have cogent criticisms of a paper published in BiO, the journal will consider publishing them in the form of a letter of no more than 1000 words with no more than 10 references. Correspondence authors will be required to pay an Article Processing Charge of $1000 (plus VAT if applicable). The authors of the original paper(s) under discussion are given the final right to reply, and any such response may be published together with the Correspondence. The Editor reserves the right to edit items of Correspondence/Response and they may be peer reviewed. As a courtesy, we usually share the contents of the Response with the Correspondence authors before publication, but it is intended that the Correspondence authors focus on the original papers (and not on the Response that results from their Correspondence).
To submit a Correspondence to the journal, please contact the Managing Editor with a brief description of the article.