Aims and scope

Biology Direct serves the life science research community as an author driven open peer review journal, providing authors and readers with an alternative to the traditional model of peer review.

Biology Direct considers original research articles, hypotheses, comments, discovery notes, application 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.


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Eugene Koonin, NCBI, NLM, NIH, USA
Laura Landweber, Princeton University, USA
David Lipman, NCBI, NLM, NIH, USA

Unique model of peer review

Biology Direct offers a novel system of peer review, allowing authors to select suitable reviewers from the journal's Editorial Board; making the peer-review process open rather than anonymous; and making the reviewers' reports public, thus increasing the responsibility of the referees and eliminating sources of abuse in the refereeing process.

Journal sections

Biology Direct publishes in the following sections:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Genomics
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Non-coding DNA & RNA
  • Structural & Molecular Biology
  • Systems Biology

For details of Section Editors and Editorial Board members, please see our Editorial Board page.

Impact Factor

Biology Direct has an Impact Factor of 4.658, meaning the journal is now ranked in the first quartile of the biology category in the JCR.