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Instructions to authors


Editorial Office Contact
Article Types
Open Access
Basic Formatting Guide
Research Resource Identifiers (RRIDs)
Language Editing
Journal Policies


Biology Method & Protocols publishes methodology and protocol papers in the biological sciences. It primarily publishes in the areas of genetics and heredity, biochemistry, molecular biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, marine and freshwater biology and cell biology. This includes but is not limited to genome research, genome bioinformatics, computational biology, human molecular genetics, GWAS, developmental genetics, cancer genetics, neurogenetics, therapy of genetic disease, nucleic acids and proteins, gene regulation, chromatin and epigenetics, RNA and structural biology, protein-nucleic acid interaction, recombinant DNA expression, microarray technology, ribosomes and protein translation, targeted gene modification, plant and animal ecology, plant and animal evolution, micro and macro evolutionary processes, ecosystem ecology, conservation ecology, evolutionary ecology, theoretical ecology, and behavioural ecology.

Biology Method & Protocols encourages papers describing novel software papers.  Such papers should describe the software and one application of it.  We encourage authors to make their code available wherever possible. 

Papers should contain enough information and detail for the method to be reproduced in full.  Papers should describe the method and demonstrate one application of it. 

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How to contact the editorial office

All manuscripts are submitted and reviewed via ScholarOne. New authors should create an account prior to submitting a manuscript for consideration. Questions about submitting to the journal should be sent to the editorial office at biomethods.editorialoffice@oup.com

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Methods Article: Reports a method or technique with at least one application of the method. Software descriptors are welcome in this article type. Methods are expected to be reported in sufficient detail to make them easily replicable. 

Methods articles should be ordered into sections as follows: Title page, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Funding, Acknowledgements, References, Figure Legends. Materials and Methods should contain a description of the method with sufficient detail to make it easily reproducible. The results section should describe the results of at least a validation study. In the discussion section the advantage over existing approaches should be discussed.

Results and Discussion can be combined into one section.

Review Article: Provide an introduction to, and update on, recent progress in methods, which is accessible to a researcher not directly working in that discipline.

In order to make the publishing process as simple as possible, Biology Methods & Protocols does not require authors to submit manuscripts in a particular style or format beyond the basic guidelines here

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All content published in Biology Methods & Protocols is made freely available online under an open access model. After a manuscript is accepted for publication, the corresponding author will be required to complete a mandatory licence to publish form. 

Authors can use the following licences for their articles:

Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY)
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial licence (CC-BY-NC)

Please click here for more information about Creative Commons licences.

The open access charges are:

• Regular charge: £250 / $400 / €325
• Reduced Rate Developing country charge*: £125 / $200/ €163
• Free Developing country charge*: £0 /$0 / €0

*Visit our developing countries page (click here for a list of qualifying countries).

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(i) On the first page please include the title of paper, author names, and the address (including email) of the corresponding author. If there are multiple corresponding authors then nominate one for communication with the editorial office.

(ii) We suggest a maximum length of 250 words for the Abstract. Avoid reference citations and abbreviations in the Abstract.

(iii) Tables and figures should be accompanied by a legend. Please use a common image format for figures (e.g. pdf, eps, gif, tif, jpg).  The initial submission can have figures and text in one file, rather than separate files if desired. Further information on figures can be found here: ttp://oxfordjournals.org/en/authors/figures.html

(iv) Videos can be published in the online article, with a still image of the video appearing in the print version. Please visit here for instructions on how to submit the correct files.

(v) References can be formatted in any readable style at submission, although authors are responsible for their accuracy.

(vi) Acknowledgments and details of funding sources should be included at the end of the text. Please refer to your funding organizations to acknowledge their support.  PubMed Central links will require a specific grant number to be referenced.

(viii) Please list all author contributions upon submission of the manuscript.

(ix) Please also define non-standard abbreviations at the first occurrence and number figures and tables consecutively.

(vii) Please include a statement of data availability after the Acknowledgements section of your article. For example: Data available at doi:10.5061/dryad.XXXX; Data available at GEO Series accession number GSE123456 and Proteome Xchange database PXD1234567;  Data available in supplementary material; Data not publically available. Where datasets have a DOI, please cite the data in the text, and place the citation in the reference section. Our data availability policy can be found here [link].

Upon revision papers should be submitted in an editable file format (i.e. not PDF) and figures should be submitted as separate, high-resolution, files.

For information on Latex files, please see: http://www.oxfordjournals.org/en/authors/latex-files.html

Figures / Illustrations

For information on how to submit figure files, please see the Oxford Journals page on figures http://oxfordjournals.org/en/authors/figures.html. You can also send queries about figure files to biologymethods.oup@cenveo.com

Supplementary data

Submit all material to be considered as Supplementary Material online at the same time as the main manuscript. Ensure that the supplementary material is referred to in the main manuscript at an appropriate point in the text. Supplementary material will be available online only and will not be copyedited, so ensure that it is clearly and succinctly presented, and that the style conforms with the rest of the paper. Also ensure that the presentation will work on any Internet browser. It is not recommended for the files to be more than 2 MB each, although exceptions can be made at the editorial office’s discretion.

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Biology Methods & Protocols supports and encourages the use of Research Resource Identifiers (RRIDs) to promote research resource identification, discovery, and reuse. RRIDs help researchers identify suitable reagents and tools and support the replicability of research. We ask authors to use RRIDs to cite the resources used in your research where applicable in the text, as you would a regular citation or Genbank Accession number.

Antibodies: Please cite the vendor, catalogue number and RRID
Software Tools/Databases: Please cite the name of the resource, resource website (if available), and RRID
Model Organism: Please cite the RRID

Please also include the RRIDs in the list of keywords for your manuscript.

Finding Research Resource Identifiers (RRIDs):

1. Go to the Resource Identification Portal

2. Search for your research resource (please the section titled “Search Features and Tips” for more information)
3. Click on the “Cite This” button to obtain the citation and insert the citation into your manuscript text.

If you have a resource that is not found within the Portal, we encourage you to register the resource with the appropriate resource authority. Information on how to do this is provided in the “Resource Citation Guidelines” section of the Portal. If you experience any difficulties obtaining identifiers, please contact rii-help@scicrunch.org for assistance.

Example Citations:

Antibody:  "Sections were stained with a rabbit polyclonal antibody against ERK1 (Abgent Cat# AP7251E, RRID:AB_2140114)."
Software tool:  "Images were analyzed using CellProfiler Image Analysis Software, V2.0, ( http://www.cellprofiler.org/;   RRID:nif-0000-00280)
Model organism:  "Subjects in this study were Fgf9Eks/Fgf9+  mice ( RRID:  MGI:3840442)"

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Language editing, if your first language is not English, to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers is optional. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. For further information on this service, please click here. Several specialist language editing companies offer similar services and you can also use any of these. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services.  

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Authors will receive a link to the PDF proof of their manuscript on our online system by email, and it is essential that a current email address is supplied with all manuscripts. Proofing instructions will accompany the PDF file but the proof should be checked immediately upon receipt and uploaded in accordance with covering instructions. Only essential corrections should be made at the proof stage.

Third-party copyright

In order to reproduce any third party material, including tables, figures, or images, in an article authors must obtain permission from the copyright holder and be compliant with any requirements the copyright holder may have pertaining to this reuse. When seeking to reproduce any kind of third party material authors should request the following:

• non-exclusive rights to reproduce the material in the specified article and journal;
• print and electronic rights, preferably for use in any form or medium;
• the right to use the material for the life of the work; and
• world-wide English-language rights.

It is particularly important to clear permission for use in both the print and online versions of the journal, and we are not able to accept permissions which carry a time limit because we retain journal articles as part of our online journal archive.

Third-party content in Open Access papers

If your paper contains material for which you do not have Open Access re-use permissions, please state this clearly by supplying the following credit line alongside the material:

Title of content. Author, Original publication, year of original publication, by permission of [rights holder].

This image/content is not covered by the terms of the Creative Commons licence of this publication. For permission to reuse, please contact the rights holder.

Further guidelines on clearing permissions can be found here

Permissions regarding reuse of OUP material

Crossref Funding Data Registry

In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here.

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For Biology Methods and Protocols, manuscripts arrive at OUP and go through the production process until the final versions are ready to publish. These are then published into the current open issue online, as the journal publishes continuously by issue.


All contributors of published articles will have free online access to the PDF and HTML version of their article, to which links can be created from an institutional or firm website. These free links will be sent to the corresponding author by email upon publication.

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