Biology Direct offers a novel system of peer review, allowing authors to select suitable reviewers from the journal's Editorial Board; making the peer-review process open rather than anonymous; and making the reviewers' reports public, thus increasing the responsibility of the referees and eliminating sources of abuse in the refereeing process.
Biology Direct serves the life science research community as an open access, peer-reviewed online journal, providing authors and readers with an alternative to the traditional model of peer review.Biology Direct considers original research articles, hypotheses, comments, discovery notes and reviews in selected subject areas, and will eventually cover the full spectrum of biology.
Subject areas already launched include:
Genomics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology - Edited by Eugene Koonin, Laura Landweber, & David Lipman.
Immunology - Edited by Neil S Greenspan & David R Kaplan.
Mathematical Biology - Edited by Marek Kimmel.
The key aim of Biology Direct is to provide authors and readers with a novel system of peer review. This includes making the author responsible for selecting potentially suitable reviewers for their manuscript, from the journal's Editorial Board; making the peer review process open rather than anonymous; and making the reviewers' reports public, thus increasing the responsibility of the referees and eliminating sources of abuse in the refereeing process.
Edited by Eugene V Koonin, Laura F Landweber and David J Lipman, Biology Direct is supported by an international Editorial Board.
All articles published by Biology Direct are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.
Authors of articles published in Biology Direct are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.
Open access publishing is not without costs. Biology Direct therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1210/$1865/€1385 for each article accepted for publication. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. Generally, if the submitting author's institution is a Memberthe cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. For further details, see our article-processing charge page. A limited number of waivers for article-processing charges are also available at the editors' discretion, and authors wishing to apply for these waivers should contact the editors.
Following publication in Biology Direct, the full-text of each article is deposited immediately and permanently archived in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and also in repositories in e-Depot, the National Library of the Netherlands' digital archive of electronic publications. Biology Direct is included in PubMed and all major bibliographic databases. A complete list of indexing web services that include BioMed Central's journals can be found here.
Biology Direct aims to publish original research articles, hypotheses, and reviews from the full spectrum of biology; the first subject areas launched are Genomics, Bioinformatics, Systems Biology and Immunology and Mathematical Biology. Further subject areas will be launched from time to time until the full spectrum of biology is covered. Subjects covered will include any aspect of molecular, cellular, organismal or population biology, as well as methods, theoretical and computational biology, comparative biology, and evolution. The journal aims to publish primarily articles that address salient aspects of fundamental problems in biology and, ideally, offer new perspectives on such problems.
Biology Direct considers the following types of articles:
Research: reports of data from original research.
Reviews: authoritative, critical discussions of any subject within the scope of the journal. These articles are usually written by opinion leaders that have been invited by the Editorial Board, but proposals (directed to one of the Editors in Chief) are welcome.
Hypotheses: short articles presenting an untested original hypothesis backed solely by previously published results rather than any new evidence.
Opinions: brief articles that express expert opinions and new views on major subjects within the scope of the journal.
Discovery notes: brief reports of specific discoveries made by computational analysis of nucleic acid and/or protein sequences, structures or other data, with novel observations and conclusions about the function, organization, or evolution of proteins, genes or genomes.
M Madan BabuLMB, United Kingdom
Sanathanam BalajiNIH, United States of America
Valerian DoljaOregon State University, United States of America
Frank EisenhaberBioinformatic Institute, Singapore
Michael GalperinNCBI, NLM, NIH, United States of America
J Peter GogartenUniversity of Connecticut, United States of America
Dan GraurUniversity of Houston, United States of America
Martijn HuynenNijmegen Center for Molecular Life Sciences & Center for Molecul, Netherlands
Lakshminarayan IyerNIH, United States of America
I King JordanGeorgia Institute of Technology, United States of America
Jerzy JurkaGenetic Information Research Institute
Gáspár JékelyMax Planck Institute, Germany
Fyodor KondrashovCenter for Genomic Regulation, Spain
John LogsdonUniversity of Iowa, United States of America
Manyuan LongUniversity of Chicago, United States of America
Purificacion Lopez-GarciaCentre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
Kira S MakarovaNLM, NIH, United States of America
Katerina D MakovaPennsylvania State University, United States of America
William MartinUniversity of Duesseldorf, Germany
Sergei MaslovBrookhaven National Laboratory, United States of America
Robert MurphyCarnegie Mellon University, United States of America
Arcady MushegianStowers Institute for Medical Research, United States of America
Anton NekrutenkoPenn State University, United States of America
Andrei OstermanBurnham Institute, United States of America
Pav PevznerUCSD, United States of America
Sandor PongorInternational Centre for Genetic Engineering and biotechnology, Italy
Mark RaganUniversity of Queensland, Australia
Andrey RzhetskyUniversity of Chicago, United States of America
Chris SanderMemorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, United States of America
Janet SiefertRice University, United States of America
Shamil R SunyaevBrigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, United States of America
Sarah A TeichmannMRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, United Kingdom
Erik van NimwegenUniverstity of Basel, Switzerland
Itai YanaiHarvard University, United States of America
Igor ZhulinUniversity of Tennessee, United States of America
Genomics, bioinformatics and systems biology
Ruben AbagyanScripps Institute, United States of America
Christoph AdamiKeck Graduate Institute, United States of America
Orly AlterUniversity of Utah, United States of America
David ArdellUppsala University, Sweden
Joel BaderJohns Hopkins University, United States of America
Vineet V BafnaCSE, United States of America
Eric BaptesteDalhousie University, Canada
Stephan BeckUniversity College London, United Kingdom
Mikhail BlagosklonnyNYMC, United States of America