Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Open Biology: an open access journal from the Royal Society

Competition in open access publishing is increasing with the launch of two similarly named online open-access journals. Open Biology (Royal Society Publishing) will start receiving submissions this July whilst Biology Open (BiO; The Company of Biologists), discussed in the previous post, is set to launch in the autumn of 2011. Like BiO, Open Biology will cover a broad range of subject areas from cellular biology, immunology and neuroscience to microbiology and genetics. The article processing charge of the latter has been set at £1200 (€1560) to cover costs, although authors in developing countries can take advantage of waivers to reduce this charge. Published articles will be available free in PubMedCentral and UKPMC. Neither journal should be confused with the existing title ‘The Open Biology Journal’ (Bentham Open).

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Biology Open: a new OA journal from the Company of Biologists

The Company of Biologists has announced BIOLOGY OPEN (BiO), a new online only, Open Access journal publishing original research across all aspects of the biological sciences including cell science, developmental biology and experimental biology.

Launching in Autumn 2011, BiO aims to "provide rapid publication for peer reviewed, scientifically sound observations and valid conclusions in these allied fields.  By focusing on the timely publication of sound research rather than that with perceived impact or importance, Biology Open is designed to facilitate dialogue and build a valuable body of work supporting the efforts of the research community.  The impact of each paper will be decided by the community through usage and discussion.  

The journal will also consider useful reports of negative results.  Authors will be able to submit direct or benefit from our manuscript rapid-transfer system if their original submission was to one of The Company of Biologists’ flagship journals, DevelopmentDisease Models & MechanismsJournal of Cell Science and The Journal of Experimental Biology".

The APC for articles which are published in BiO has been set at $1,350.  Accepted papers will be deposited in PMC at the time of publication and mirrored to UKPMC.