Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

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  • Published by: The Royal Society
  • ISSN: 1471-2954
  • Last checked date: 03/2020
  • Scope: Proceedings B is the Royal Society‚Äôs flagship biological research journal, accepting original articles and reviews of outstanding scientific importance and broad general interest. The main criteria for acceptance are that a study is novel, and has general significance to biologists. Articles published cover the breadth of the biological sciences; many but not all articles have direct relevance to organisms and the environments in which they live. The scope of articles that we publish includes, but is not limited to: behaviour, development, physiology, ecology, evolution, genetics, genomics, global change, conservation, morphology, biomechanics, neuroscience, cognition and paleobiology. Authors are encouraged to submit articles not only in these fields, but in all branches of biology.
  • Additional free text: Proceedings B is making the review process as transparent as possible by publishing peer review reports for all submissions. This is done so by making the reviewer reports, decision letters and associated author responses accessible alongside published articles. The journal strictly maintains referee anonymity, and although we do encourage reviewers to sign their reports, this will be voluntary. Authors do have recourse to opt out of open peer review only if sufficient reason is provided to the handling editors. Referee reports will be made public under an open access licence (CC-BY).
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  • Main subject area: Biology
  • Breadth of subject area: All of biology
  • Peer review?

  • Peer review type: Conventional
  • Peer review openness: Reports published anon
  • 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 3 months
  • Speed from acceptance to publication: Less than a month
  • Other?

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