Biology Letters

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General information ?

  • Published by: The Royal Society
  • ISSN: 1744-957X
  • Last checked date: 03/2020
  • Scope: The scope of Biology Letters is vast - publishing high-quality research in any area of the biological sciences. However, we have particular strengths in the biology, evolution and ecology of whole organisms. We also publish in other areas of biology, such as molecular ecology and evolution, environmental science, and phylogenetics.
  • Additional free text: CC BY licence applies to the articles that are made available for open access. All other articles are subject to the Royal Society "Standard Licence to publish".
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  • Main subject area: Biology
  • Breadth of subject area: All of biology
  • Peer review?

  • Peer review type: Conventional
  • Peer review openness: Closed, single blind
  • Selectivity: Somewhat selective (IF ~3-8)
  • Open access?

  • Free to read option: Paper can be free for anyone to read
  • Allows green OA: Yes
  • Has waivers: For society members etc
  • Has membership system: Institutional membership
  • Access type: Hybrid
  • Licence: All papers are CC BY
  • Level of APC: $1600-2500
  • Speed?

  • Speed to first decision: Less than a month
  • Speed from acceptance to publication: Less than a month
  • Other?

  • Ownership of publisher: Society
  • Length restrictions: Strong
  • Provides altmetrics: Altmetric
  • CrossMark implemented: Yes
  • Has a 2015 impact factor: Yes
  • Copyedits: Yes