The Company of Biologists moved to a continuous publication model in January 2018. This means that as soon as an article is ready to be published, it will be immediately released online rather than waiting for other articles in the issue to be completed, resulting in faster access to the final version of the article. This FAQs page provides further information on our new publishing model; if you have further queries, please get in touch.
What is continuous publication?
Issues will build gradually, with articles being added to the contents list as soon as they are ready. The ‘issue in progress’ is the issue that is open and that we are adding new articles to as soon as they are ready to be published. The most recent articles appear at the top of the relevant section. After about two weeks (around the 1st and 15th of each month), we close the issue and this issue then becomes the ‘latest complete issue’. Any new articles will then be placed in the next open issue.
Why did we introduce continuous publication?
We are committed to making research available for the community as quickly as possible, which is beneficial for both readers and authors.
What is the difference between continuous publication and the posting of accepted manuscripts?
Accepted manuscripts are peer-reviewed, author manuscripts that have not yet been copy-edited or professionally formatted. In our new continuous publication model, an accepted manuscript will still be posted in PDF form on our Accepted manuscripts page. We then publish the copy-edited and formatted article online as soon as it is ready; this is the version of record.
If I spot an error in my published article, can I still correct it?
As the final version of record, the article can no longer be adjusted for minor corrections or typos; for significant errors or inaccuracies, see our corrections and retractions policy.
Which journals are switching to continuous publication?
All five journals published by The Company of Biologists are switching to continuous publication: Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology, Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open.
Will the journals still have traditional page numbering?
No, consecutive page numbering within an issue is not compatible with the continuous publication model. However, to aid reading of the PDF, each individual article will still be numbered, starting from page 1. For citation purposes, each article will have a unique identifier that uses the last six digits of the DOI and will be clearly visible at the top of every page of the article – see below.
How should articles be cited?
Accepted manuscripts should be cited using the digital object identifier (DOI) as follows:
Author, A., Author, B. C. and Author D. E. (Year). Title of paper here. Journal name [Epub ahead of print] doi:xx.xxxx/xxx.xxxxxx
As articles will no longer have consecutive page numbering within an issue, page numbers will not be used in citations and will instead be replaced by the unique identifier and DOI.
Therefore, after the article has appeared in an issue, either in progress or in the latest complete issue, use the citation format:
Author, A., Author B. C. and Author D. E. (Year). Title of paper here. Journal name. Volume, article ID. doi: xx.xxxx/xxx.xxxxxx
Smith, T. and Evans, R. S. (2018). Transgenic mouse model of cutaneous adnexal tumors. Dis. Model. Mech. 310, dmm123456. doi: 10.1242/dmm.123456
Will continuous publication affect the number of issues published?
For Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology, we will still publish 24 issues per annum. Journal of Experimental Biology will also publish a 25th supplementary issue in 2018 that is free to read. Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open will still publish 12 fully Open Access issues per annum.
What does continuous publication mean for the email alerts I receive?
Under continuous publication we will offer you even more flexibility in the alerts you receive. You can choose to receive updates when new articles are published, or just an alert when each issue closes. Please go here to update your preferences at any time. If you would like to be kept up-to-date about any other journal or company news, such as calls for papers, upcoming special issues, journal meetings, or grant opportunities, please sign up here. Due to data protection regulations we are only allowed to email you about these important announcements if you give us consent to do so. We will never sell your details to third parties and we will only email you with news that we genuinely believe is relevant for you, about the journal of your interest, or the company’s charitable grants. You can also follow The Company of Biologists and all the different journals on Twitter.