The criteria for acceptance are:
- Original, high quality research of broad interest within cell and developmental biology, molecular and structural biology, biochemistry, neuroscience, immunology, microbiology or genetics
- Compliance with appropriate ethical standards, please see our editorial policies for more information.
- Experimental protocols/procedure and statistical analysis performed to a high technical standard
All manuscripts are assigned to a specialist member of the Editorial Board, who advises the Subject Editor on the suitability of the manuscript for Open Biology based on scientific quality, interest and importance. Based on this, the Subject Editor decides whether the paper should be rejected or sent for full peer-review.
The Subject Editors are responsible for all final editorial decisions and make these decisions based on the reports received from the referees and Board Members.
Open Biology publishes research articles, reviews, invited perspectives, invited commentaries, comments and invited replies.
There are no charges for colour figures in Open Biology. There are also no length restrictions on submissions to Open Biology though we ask that submissions are as succinct as possible.
Reviews: We particularly encourage reviews that generate innovative and testable ideas, and constructive discussions and/or critiques of fields. Potential authors should bear in mind that Open Biology serves a broad audience; making your review accessible, and relevant, to such an audience is strongly encouraged.
Perspectives: Fellows and Foreign Members are invited to contribute a Perspective article on the occasion of their election to the Royal Society. Perspectives take the form of a review that provide the reader with an overview of the subject and give a personal insight into the advances and challenges the future may hold. Perspectives can only be written by a Fellow or Foreign Member of the Royal Society.
Commentaries: The aim of a Commentary is to draw attention to an Open Biology article and/or explain its significance to the non-specialist. It is a short, non-exhaustive, review-type article detailing the article's importance. It may also contain new and challenging ideas and should add value to the scientific literature.
Comments and replies: Comments bring attention to an oversight in a Open Biology article or propose an opposing view. They are often a critique, providing corrections or offering new analyses. Comments should not be used to raise potential serious errors which affect the validity of the scientific record - these should be reported to the journal editorial office and will be investigated. A correction or retraction may be issued if necessary. Comments are self-proposed by any reader shortly after the initial article is published (ideally within 6 months of online publication).The comment is peer-reviewed by the corresponding author of the original article, a referee from the original article, and another impartial referee. Comments will be published at the discretion of the Editor
Replies are a direct response to a comment. Once a comment is accepted the authors of the original article are invited to reply. If accepted for publication a reply will be published alongside its corresponding comment.
Before submitting your article please refer to our instructions for authors.
Preparing your article
In accordance with our preprint policy, we encourage authors to deposit early versions of articles in appropriate subject repositories or preprint servers.
Article turnaround times
Open Biology offers a fair and speedy review process without recourse to unnecessary rounds of revision
- Receipt to first decision 30 daysTop
Article processing charges
The publication charge (article processing charge) for authors is £1200/$1475/€1385. Charges are only made if an article is accepted for publication (there is no charge for submission). Prices are subject to VAT, where applicable. Under the open access publishing model, costs are covered primarily by article processing charges.
We also offer a membership scheme. Corresponding authors from member institutions will receive a 25% discount to their APC. If you think that your institution will benefit from membership please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please visit our FAQs.