What is Biology Letters?
Biology Letters is a scientific journal publishing short high-quality papers from across the biological sciences. The service provides rapid publication and rigorous peer review.Top
Are you still part of Proceedings B?
No. Since January 2005, Biology Letters has been an independent journal from Proceedings B with its own board and Editor. Articles published before 2005 are cited as part of Proceedings B (see below) and can be found in volume 270 and volume 271.Top
What is your Impact Factor?
Biology Letters has been given an Impact Factor for 2015 of 2.823.Top
How are Biology Letters published and archived?
Until 2013, Biology Letters was published first online and subsequently in print six times a year. We now operate under a continuous publication model whereby articles are published online and go directly into an issue. Continuous publication emphasizes the online version as the authoritative record and ensures peer-reviewed papers can be cited immediately. As for all Royal Society journals, we are committed to archiving and providing perpetual access.Top
What is included in the 2500 word limit?
Biology Letters considers articles of up to 2500 words including all text (references, legends, acknowledgements, cover page etc) and up to 4 displays (ie figures and tables), of which no more than 2 should be figures. This would be equivalent to four published journal pages. Text within a table is not included in the word count.
Authors have the option to include electronic supplementary material, such as additional figures or more detailed methods. However, the article should stand alone. Electronic supplementary material should not exceed 10Mb, and should be submitted along with the main article via our online submission system.
How should Biology Letters be cited?
Articles published from the first issue of 2013 will follow a continuous publication format and will be cited as follows:
Holland JG, Guidat FS, Bourke AFG. 2013 Queen control of a key lifehistory event in a eusocial insect. Biol Lett 9: 20130056. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2013.0056
The citation will no longer use page numbers to cite an article within a volume, but instead will use a unique article identifier. This identifier comprises of the last eight digits of the DOI (or “digital object identifier”, see (crossref.org/02publishers/doi_display_guidelines.html), and will be visible on every page of the article near the top of the right-hand margin. Several journals, such as BMJ, PLoS ONE and Physical Review Letters, already use this style of citation so we hope our readers will be able to adopt the new notation easily.
Articles published in Biology Letters between 1st Jan 2005 and 31 December 2012 should be cited as follows:
Biol. Lett. (doi:10.1098/rsbl.2005.0999)
Once in print:
Biol. Lett. 1, 283-285.
The DOI should also be included:
Papers published in print prior to 31st Dec 2004 are part of Proceedings B and should be cited as follows:
Proc. R. Soc. B. (Suppl.) 271, S395-S398
The DOI should also be included:
What is the DOI?
The DOI is a unique, permanent code assigned any digital item such as a journal article. Since 1999, each article published in Royal Society journals has been assigned a unique DOI. The DOI is used by many of the major science publishers and has become an industry standard. Each DOI is assigned and maintained in a central registry managed by the International DOI Foundation. Utilising a DOI, a referenced article can be electronically located - the DOI is resolved to find the current URL of the item. For further information, please see here.Top
How do I seek permission to reproduce material from Biology Letters?
Biology Letters has partnered with Copyright Clearance Center's RightsLink service. To seek permission please search the relevant article and click on the permissions link. For further information please see our permissions guidelines.Top
What is the journal's policy on open access?
All journal articles are free one year after publication. Royal Society Publishing also offers an open access journal service. The service offers authors the opportunity to pay a fee to have their paper made freely available on the web immediately if it is accepted for publication by any Royal Society journal.
For more information visit the open access FAQs page.
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Which content is free?
Articles in this journal become free 1 year after publication. They enter the subscription paywall again between 11 and 70 years, after which they enter our free digital archive.Top