Nat Kelly Nat Kelly20 March 2023 Journals
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Biology is an open access journal covering all areas of the biological sciences, such as neurobiology, bioethics, physiology, etc. Here, we’ll be taking a look at the history of this journal, as well as its aims and scope.

Biology: a brief history

Biology released its inaugural issue in 2012, publishing just 49 articles. One of these happens to be this journal’s most cited paper, FLEXBAR—Flexible Barcode and Adapter Processing for Next-Generation Sequencing Platforms, with 416 citations. Two years later, in 2014, it was indexed by PubMed and Scopus.

In 2018, Biology launched its first awards project, the Biology Travel Awards. This supports young researchers in the field, granting two prizes and waiving the publication fees for the top 35 candidates. From 2019 to 2021, this journal established 34 new sections, also receiving its first impact factor (3.796) in this time.

In 2021, Biology published its 1000th paper and appointed two Editors-in-Chief, Prof. Dr. Jukka Finne and Prof. Dr. Andrés Moya. The same year, Editor’s Choice Articles were also established on its website. This journal celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2022.

Some words on Biology

“Biology is a journal investigating the fundamental processes and mechanisms operating at different levels of life. It does not simply present observational and descriptive results but tries to present deeper explanations of biological phenomena.

As befits journals with broad scopes, Biology is designed to attract the attention of all those interested in understanding biological processes at all scales. It aims to make the results of such research clear and accessible to the widest possible readership.

Biology also aims to make its results reproducible by making them freely accessible. Over the past few years, we have sought to focus the journal on broad areas of biological research and to recruit an increasing number of relevant scientists to Biology’s editorial board. The objective is, of course, to achieve a rigorous and efficient peer-review process.”

  • Andres Moya, Editor-in-Chief

Want to learn more?

Biology is a journal with a broad scope that aims to serve as a hub of wide-ranging biological research. Its goal is to provide rigorous peer review and enable rapid publication of cutting-edge research to educate and inspire the scientific community worldwide. Scientists are encouraged to publish their experimental and theoretical results in as much detail as possible. And there is no restriction on the length of the papers. Full experimental details must be provided. This is so that results can be reproduced. If you want to learn more about MDPI’s open access policies, please visit our site for details.

Thinking of submitting your manuscript to Biology?

Manuscripts should be submitted online at The submitting author is generally the corresponding author and is responsible for the manuscript during the submission and peer-review process. To submit your manuscript, register and log in on the submission website. Once you have registered, click here to go to the submission form for Biology. All co-authors can see the manuscript details in the submission system. To do so, they must register and log in using the e-mail address provided during manuscript submission.

What’s next?

Biology aims to keep producing multidisciplinary research that will help us understand an array of biological systems. No distinction is made between biology, biochemistry, immunology, paleontology, zoology, and all other biological sciences. Thus, it provides a coherent overview of all topics under this designation, contributing a vast amount of research in this field.

If you’re interested in future conferences or submitting research to Biology, please visit their website.