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August 2023

Biology Open (BiO) is an Open Access journal that publishes rigorously conducted high-quality research across the breadth of the biological and biomedical sciences. It provides timely, thorough, constructive and fair peer review, with a focus on supporting researchers and reducing the pain to publish.

Our international board of research-active academic Editors, led by Editor-in-Chief Daniel Gorelick, comprises leaders in their respective fields. The BiO team is committed to Open Access publishing as a mechanism to widen access, promote equality and ensure sustainability in publishing in the biological and biomedical sciences.

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As part of a new biodiversity initiative from The Company of Biologists, BiO now plants a native tree in a UK forest for each published Research and Review article. We are also funding the restoration and preservation of ancient woodland and dedicating these trees to our peer reviewers. All of these trees are represented together in a virtual forest.

Read the Editorial to find out more about the launch of this initiative.

BiO included in Read & Publish agreements

Over 600 institutions in 40 countries have a Read & Publish agreement with The Company of Biologists. BiO is included in those agreements with the five-journal package.

Corresponding authors at institutions with the five-journal package can publish an uncapped number of Open Access Research and Methods & Techniques Articles in BiO (and the other Company journals) without paying the Article Processing Charge.

Find out whether your institution has a Read & Publish agreement that includes BiO and whether you can publish in BiO for free.

Hear from BiO authors who have already benefitted from publishing in BiO under a Read & Publish agreement.

Future Leader Reviews

Basement membrane dynamics and mechanics in tissue morphogenesis by Uwe Töpfer

Basement membranes (BMs) are critical for morphogenesis. Uwe Töpfer provides an overview of the mechanisms by which BMs can be remodelled to regulate the shape of tissues and organs.

A Year at the Forefront Reviews

A Year at the Forefront of Gliding Locomotion by Pranav C. Khandelwal, Mohamed A. Zakaria and John J. Socha

This review further challenges the previous notion of gliding as a relatively simple form of aerial locomotion. It reinforces the concept of gliding as a sophisticated behaviour that involves the interdependent aspects of morphology, sensing, environment and selective pressures.

A Year at the Forefront of Hydrostat Motion  by Andrew K. Schulz,Nikole Schneider, Margaret Zhang and Krishma Singal

A review of the new innovations, technologies and hypotheses surrounding the structures, functions and mechanisms of hydrostats.

Recently published in BiO

A functional sgRNA-CRISPR screening method for generating murine RET and NTRK1 rearranged oncogenes by Laura Schubert, Anh T. Le, Trista K. Hinz, Andre C. Navarro, Sarah K. Nelson-Taylor, Raphael A. Nemenoff, Lynn E. Heasley and Robert C. Doebele

Addressing questions concerning tumor initiation and experimental therapeutics requires immunocompetent systems. Doebele and colleagues present a broadly adaptable method for screening sgRNA pairs that induce gene rearrangements encoding murine oncogenic receptor tyrosine kinases.

Preferential killing of melanoma cells by a p16-related peptide by Julia K. Soo, Joanna T. Castle and Dorothy C. Bennett

The prospect for metastatic melanoma patients remains poor, despite novel therapies; co-therapies are needed. Bennett et al. describe a peptide that efficiently kills metastatic melanoma cell lines but spares normal fibroblasts.


Find out more about the changes at the helm of Biology Open from departing Editor-in-Chief Steve Kelly and Director of The Company of Biologists Laura Machesky, and meet new Editor-in-Chief Daniel Gorelick.

Introducing Daniel Gorelick – a new Editor-in-Chief for Biology Open

So long, and thanks for all the papers about fish (and other organisms too) by Steven Kelly

A new Editor-in-Chief and new future for Biology Open by Laura Machesky

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