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Open Access Periodicals


  • Biology Direct. v. 1- , 2006- . London: BioMed Central. Continually updated. Open Access. ISSN 1745-6150.”Biology Directconsiders original research articles, hypotheses, comments, discovery notes and reviews in subject areas currently identified as those most conducive to the open review approach, primarily those with a significant non-experimental component. Subsequently, new sections will be added.” Authors select reviewers from the BMC board and reviewer comments are publicly available. To date, the subjects covered by this new model focus on molecular biology and ‘omics. The journal’s website is at
  • Biology Open: BiOv. 1- , 2011- . Cambridge, UK: Company of Biologists. Monthly. Open Access. ISSN 2046-6390 (online).”Biology Open is an online-only Open Access journal that publishes original research across all aspects of biological science, including cell science, developmental biology and experimental biology.” Many of the articles in this journal were originally submitted to the other Company of Biologists periodicals. The journal is available at

  • BMC Biology. v. 1- , 2003- . London: BioMed Central. Continually updated. Open Access. ISSN 1741-7007.”BMC Biology is the flagship biology journal of the BMC series, publishing peer-reviewed research and methodology articles of special importance and broad interest in any area of biology, as well as reviews, opinion pieces, comment and Q&As on topics of special or topical interest.” Articles are available at

  • Database: The Journal of Biological Databases and Curationv. 1- , 2009- . New York: Oxford University Press. Irregular. Open Access. ISSN 1758-0463 (online).Provides an Open Access platform for the presentation of novel ideas in database research and biocuration, and aims to help strengthen the bridge between database developers, curators, and users.” Articles available at
  • F1000 Biology Reports. 2009- . London: Faculty of 1000. Open Access. ISSN 1757-594X.”Publishes short commentaries by the world’s top scientists in which the hottest biology papers/clusters of papers identified by Faculty of 1000 are put into a broader context.” Articles are available at
  • Genome Biologyv. 1- , 2001- . London: BioMed Central. Monthly. Price varies. ISSN 1474-7596.”Genome Biology publishes research articles, new methods and software tools, in addition to reviews and opinions, from the full spectrum of biology, including molecular, cellular, organism or population biology studied from a genomic perspective, as well as sequence analysis, bioinformatics, proteomics, comparative biology and evolution.” Research articles are Open Access, while access to reviews, opinion pieces, and meeting reports requires a subscription. Free content available at