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Royal Society launches new open access journal Lusty, Charles 06 Jul 2011 10:10 UTC

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Launch of a new open access journal from the Royal Society
Open Biology ( is a new, fast, open access journal covering biology at the molecular and cellular level. This selective, online Royal Society journal will publish original, high quality, peer-reviewed research in cell biology; developmental and structural biology; molecular biology; biochemistry; neuroscience; immunology; microbiology; and genetics. The criteria for acceptance will be scientific excellence, importance and originality.

Importantly, the Open Biology Editors and Editorial Board ( are practising scientists who aim to provide a journal that will serve their respective communities.  They will actively engage in identifying excellent papers, selecting referees and  steering the overall direction of the journal. Our intention is to publish research of the highest quality and to ensure a fair and speedy review process without recourse to unnecessary rounds of revision.  Articles will include a minimum of supplementary material, presented separately from the main text.

Author benefits include:
- rapid publication in a Royal Society journal
- rigorous and constructive peer-review
- immediate open access
- e-only continuous publication model, which allows immediate citation of articles
- author retention of copyright and liberal reuse rights via Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC by 3.0)
- publisher deposit of articles in PubMedCentral
- information on individual article downloads
- high levels of author service and support
- media promotion of articles
- free online colour

If you would like your research peer-reviewed fairly, published rapidly and disseminated widely, please submit your next research article to Open Biology. For further information on the journal, browse the Open Biology web pages ( or contact Victoria Millen (

Open Biology represents the Royal Society's first fully open access journal.  You can find out more about the Royal Society's policy on open access by visiting our website (


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