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Editorial Colleges
Our Colleges and their Editorial Fellows
Editorial College by-laws
Official rules for all our editorial workflows
Journals Terms and Conditions
Expectations, Open Access policy, license and copyright, author obligations, referee code of conduct, corrections and retractions
SciPost Terms and Conditions
General terms and conditions pertaining to ownership, license to use, contributions, impermissible uses, etc.
Author guidelines
A simple guide on how to proceed as an author
Refereeing procedure
More details about submission procedure and refereeing protocols
Referee guidelines
A simple guide on how (if you are a referee) to act professionally, and (if you are an author) react constructively


SciPost Biology is our flagship title in biological sciences.

Publications in SciPost Biology provide details on groundbreaking results obtained in any (sub)specialization of the field.

Submissions to SciPost Biology have to meet our highest editorial standards, and are subjected to our most stringent form of open peer-witnessed refereeing.

An Editorially-selected minority of submissions demonstrating top-level scholarship have their extended abstracts published separately in SciPost Selections.

Implementing Genuine Open Access, SciPost Biology is a publishing venue in which uncompromising scientific quality meets the highest achievable standards of open accessibility.


SciPost Biology publishes breakthrough research articles in the whole field of Biology.

Specialties covered by this Journal

  • Animal Behavior and Cognition
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biophysics
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Ecology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Genetics
  • Genomics
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Paleontology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Physiology
  • Plant Biology
  • Scientific Communication and Education
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Systems Biology
  • Zoology


SciPost Biology is home to exemplary and visionary scholarship; as far as content is concerned, scientific quality is what matters.

The format is flexible and should reflect the nature of the content. Articles can be short letter-style communications of breakthroughs or in-depth reports of groundbreaking research. There is no minimum or maximum length: the article should however constitute a complete, self-contained unit.

The target audience is similarly flexible: it can be researchers in many different subject areas, or specialists in one. Broad interest is appreciated but not required.

Acceptance criteria

To be considered for publication in SciPost Biology, a submission has to meet at least one of the expectations and all of the general acceptance criteria listed below (in addition to our standard author obligations).

Expectations (at least one required) - the paper must:

  1. Detail a groundbreaking discovery;

  2. Present a breakthrough on a previously-identified and long-standing research stumbling block;

  3. Open a new pathway in an existing or a new research direction, with clear potential for multipronged follow-up work;

  4. Provide a novel and synergetic link between different research areas.

General acceptance criteria (all required) - the paper must:

  1. Be written in a clear and intelligible way, free of unnecessary jargon, ambiguities and misrepresentations;

  2. Contain a detailed abstract and introduction explaining the context of the problem and objectively summarizing the achievements;

  3. Provide sufficient details (inside the bulk sections or in appendices) so that arguments and derivations can be reproduced by qualified experts;

  4. Provide citations to relevant literature in a way that is as representative and complete as possible;

  5. Provide (directly in appendices, or via links to external repositories) all reproducibility-enabling resources: explicit details of experimental protocols, datasets and processing methods, processed data and code snippets used to produce figures, etc.;

  6. Contain a clear conclusion summarizing the results (with objective statements on their reach and limitations) and offering perspectives for future work.

Submission and Editorial Process

Authors should follow the authoring guidelines to ensure seamless processing of their manuscript. The SciPost Journals Terms and Conditions apply to all Submissions to SciPost Biology.

All incoming Submissions are thoroughly checked for plagiarism, and follow the peer-witnessed refereeing procedures outlined in Refereeing procedure.

Minimal number of reports: at least 2 substantial reports must have been received; all points raised must have been addressed either in resubmissions or in author replies before a recommendation for publication can be formulated.

All publication decisions are taken by the Editorial College (Biology), following the rules set out in the Editorial College by-laws.

Accepted submissions benefit from our top-quality production process, and from our industry-leading metadata handling facilities.

Genuine Open Access

Publications in SciPost Biology are Genuine Open Access. Take the time to understand what this means, and how we compare to other publishers. We do not profiteer from you or your contributions in any way. We are truly run by and for the academic community, entirely not-for-profit and without any competing interests.

As authors, you retain your copyright: all articles are published in your name under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License, allowing freedom to use, reproduce and distribute the articles and related content (unless otherwise noted), for commercial and noncommercial purposes, subject to the citation of the original source.

There are no subscription fees, nor are there Article Processing Charges (APCs). By publishing with us, you are contributing to implementing a healthier business model for academic publishing.