Biology Letters is a peer-reviewed, biological, scientific journal
published by the Royal Society. It focuses on the rapid publication of
short high quality research articles, reviews and opinion pieces
across the biological sciences.
Biology Letters has an average
turnaround time of twenty four days from submission to a first
The Editor-in-Chief is Professor Rick Battarbee FRS (University
College London) who is supported by an international Editorial
Board of practising scientists.
1 Contents and themes
4 External links
Contents and themes
As well as the conventional, short research articles,
has recently published
Special Features and Mini Series. While
Special Features are a collection of up to 20 articles on a specific
theme and published across multiple issues, Mini Series include up to
six articles that are published in one issue. Examples of topics in
these formats include ocean acidification, fossils,
extinction, enhanced rock weathering and the evolutionary
ecology of species ranges.
Content in the journal is regularly covered in the mainstream and
social media. At the time of writing, a paper on Goffin’s cockatoos
making tools to reach food  was featured in, The Guardian, New
Scientist and The New York Times. Research describing the missing-link
among dinosaurs  was reported by BBC News,
CNN and The Times.
The 2010 a study of bumblebee behaviour by pupils from Blackawton
Primary School  is the journal's most downloaded paper.
The journal was split off as a separate journal from the Proceedings
Royal Society B: Biological Sciences in 2005 after having been
published as a supplement. Originally it was published quarterly,
then bimonthly, and since 2013 it has been published monthly. The
journal publishes short articles from across biology both online and
As of 2017 (2016 JCR index),
Biology Letters has an impact factor of
3.1 and is ranked 17th in the
Biology category. The journal is
indexed in Google Scholar, PubMed, Scopus and Web of Science.
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^ "Professor Rick Battarbee". UCL Department of Geography. Retrieved
^ "Editorial Board". Retrieved 2017-09-18.
Special Features and Mini Series". Retrieved 2017-09-18.
^ "Ocean acidification". Retrieved 2017-09-18.
^ "Putting fossils in trees: combining morphology, time, and molecules
to estimate phylogenies and divergence times". Retrieved
Biology of extinction". Retrieved 2017-09-18.
^ "Enhanced rock weathering". Retrieved 2017-09-18.
^ "Evolutionary ecology of species ranges". Retrieved
^ "Goffin's cockatoos make the same tool type from different
materials". Retrieved 2017-09-18.
^ "A dinosaur missing-link? Chilesaurus and the early evolution of
ornithischian dinosaurs". Retrieved 2017-09-18.
^ "Primary school bee project published by Royal Society". BBC Online.
22 December 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
Blackawton Primary School; et al. (22 December 2010). "Blackawton
Biology Letters. Royal Society.
doi:10.1098/rsbl.2010.1056. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
^ "Frequently asked questions
rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
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