About Biology Open
Biology Open (BiO) is an online Open Access journal that publishes rigorous, high-quality research across the breadth of the biological and biomedical sciences. We provide 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 Steven Kelly, 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 sciences.
BiO is committed to supporting and inspiring early-career researchers. We proudly display our First Person interviews on our homepage, provide funds to sponsor early-career meetings, and create career development opportunities through our Meeting Reviews and Future Leader Reviews programme.
BiO, together with The Company of Biologists, strives to ensure that the profits from the hard work of scientists inspire future scientific discovery and help develop the next generation of researchers. Surplus generated from publishing is returned by the Company to the community in the form of meeting grants, Travelling Fellowships and grants to scientific societies.
Online ISSN 2046-6390.
What BiO offers
- Submissions handled by expert academic Editors
- Format-free submission
- Competitive decision speeds
- Strong commitment at first decision – over 90% of invited revisions accepted
- Rapid publication, including advance posting of accepted articles.
- Open Access publication of all articles
- Altmetrics and usage statistics for all articles
- Integration with Publons Reviewer Recognition Service
- Support for early-career development
- Not-for-profit publisher
- Read & Publish agreements for institutions and library consortia
BiO is a signatory of the DORA declaration, which makes a number of recommendations for improving the way in which the quality of research output is evaluated. In accordance with the recommendations, BiO uses a number of metrics that together can provide a rich view of the journal's performance. In addition, Altmetrics data and usage statistics are available for individual articles.
- 2020 Impact Factor: 2.422
- Five-year Impact Factor: 2.647
- Two-year citation median: 2.0
- Eigenfactor score: 0.00853
- Article Influence Score: 0.801
- Immediacy index: 0.753
- h-index: 41
- Scopus CiteScore: 3.7
- SJR indicator: 0.936
- SNIP: 0.682
BiO is abstracted and/or indexed by (amongst others): Biological Abstracts, BIOSIS, CAB abstracts, Chemical Abstracts, Clarivate Analytics Web of Science, Medline, 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).
BiO provides transparency around costs, APC pricing and publishing metrics in line with the Plan S Price and Transparency Framework developed by Information Power. More details can be found on our transparent metrics page.
All BiO content is available online, and is fully browsable and searchable. All BiO papers are published as Open Access articles under the unrestrictive CC-BY license. BiO deposits all articles in PMC and PubMed for immediate release, on behalf of the authors.
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.