Biology Open (BiO) is an online Open Access journal that publishes peer-reviewed original research across all aspects of the biological sciences. BiO aims to provide rapid publication for scientifically sound observations and valid conclusions, without a requirement for perceived impact.
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, led by Editor-in-Chief Jordan Raff, and Deputy Editors Anna-Katerina Hadjantonakis and John Speakman.
For authors who made their original submission to Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology or Disease Models & Mechanisms, there is a simple manuscript-transfer option should their paper not be accepted. Authors can request that their manuscripts be transferred for consideration in BiO. Under this service, existing peer review reports can be passed to BiO for a more-rapid publication decision. Where necessary, additional peer review may be undertaken.
Dynamic 3D visualization of nuclei during early embryogenesis
Using a newly developed image analysis pipeline consisting of nuclear segmentation, tracking, annotation and quantification modules, selected nuclei of a maternal-haploid Drosophila embryo are tracked from the syncytial blastoderm until gastrulation. Read the full Methods & Techniques paper by Wee Choo Puah, Rambabu Chinta and Martin Wasser here.
NEWS FROM BiO
Why are we introducing format-free submission?
We realise that submitting your paper to any journal can be a lengthy process. As an author, you are asked to comply with detailed journal-specific guidelines when you don't yet know whether your paper will be accepted or even peer-reviewed. We want to reduce that pain to submit.
What does this mean for you?
You can submit or transfer your paper to BiO in any format. From now on, we will only ask you to do what is absolutely necessary at submission. In practice, this means that other requirements will move to the revision stages - but we hope you won't mind at this point, given that we accept over 95% of revised manuscripts.
As part of this change, and recognising the importance of comprehensive Materials and Methods sections to aid transparency and reproducibility, we are also removing the Materials and Methods section from our length limit to an article. Click here to read more.