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Journal policies

Journal Scope
Editorial Office Contact
Open Access
Peer Review
Ethics
Plagiarism
Consent
Animal Research
Conflict of Interest
Data Policy
ORCIDs

OPEN ACCESS

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
• List B Developing country charge*: £125 / $200/ €163
• List A Developing country charge*: £0 /$0 / €0

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

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Peer review process

All submissions to the journal are initially reviewed by one of the Editors. At this stage manuscripts may be rejected without peer review if it is felt that they are not of high enough priority or not relevant to the journal. This fast rejection process means that authors are given a quick decision and do not need to wait for the review process.

Manuscripts that are not instantly rejected are sent out for peer review, usually to two independent reviewers. Based on the feedback from these reviewers and the Editors’ judgment a decision is given on the manuscript. The average time from submission to first decision is 4 weeks.

If a paper is not acceptable in its present form, we will pass on suggestions for revisions to the author.

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Ethics

Authors should observe high standards with respect to publication ethics as set out by the Commission on Publication Ethics (COPE). Falsification or fabrication of data, plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the authors’ own work without proper citation, and misappropriation of the work are all unacceptable practices. Any cases of ethical misconduct are treated very seriously and will be dealt with in accordance with the COPE guidelines.

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Plagiarism

Manuscripts submitted to Biology Methods and Protocols may be screened with iThenticate anti-plagiarism software in an attempt to detect and prevent plagiarism. Any manuscript may be screened, especially if there is reason to suppose part or all of the text has been previously published. Prior to final acceptance any manuscript that has not already been screened may be put through iThenticate. More information about iThenticate can be found http://www.ithenticate.com/

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Consent from patients

Papers reporting experiments on patients or healthy volunteers must record the fact that the subjects' consent was obtained according to the Declaration of Helsinki and that it has been approved by the ethical committee of the institution in which the work was performed. Consent must be also recorded when photographs of patients are shown or other details are given that could lead to identification of these individuals.

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Animal research

The ARRIVE guidelines must be followed when preparing manuscripts for Biology Methods and Protocols.  Experiments with animals should be performed in accordance with the legal requirements of the relevant local or national authority and the name of the authorizing body should be stated in the paper. Procedures should be such that experimental animals do not suffer unnecessarily. The text of the paper should include experimental details of the procedure and of anaesthetics used. The journal reserves the right to reject papers where the ethical aspects are, in the Editor's opinion, open to doubt.

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Conflict of interest

Oxford University Press requires declaration of any conflict of interest upon submission online. If the manuscript is published, conflict of interest information will be communicated in a statement in the published paper.

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Data policy

We strongly encourage authors to make the data underlying their published research freely available to others, wherever legally and ethically possible. We request that authors make the availability and location of their data clear in a data availability statement after the Acknowledgements section of their article. Please see Manuscript Preparation for details.

Where specialised, subject-specific public repositories are available, we encourage authors to deposit their data in these. See biosharing.org for a curated list of databases in the life sciences. Where it is not possible to upload data to a public repository, authors may also upload datasets as Supplementary Material with their paper for publication.

Where none of these options are feasible, authors are required to make data their available upon reasonable request for the purposes of verification.

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ORCIDs

Biology Methods & Protocols supports ORCID in creating unique identifiers for researchers. We believe that major advances in digital technology will come from linked open data and that linking the correct scientist with the correct output is part of that process. We strongly encourage authors to register for ORCID, and provide us with their identifier so that we can link to it. You can sign up through ScholarOne during submission, or at ORCID.org. Visit here for more information.

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