The Info List - Biology Letters

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BIOLOGY LETTERS is a peer-reviewed , biological, scientific journal published by the Royal Society
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 decision.

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 * 2 History * 3 Indexing * 4 External links * 5 References


As well as the conventional, short research articles, Biology Letters 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
BBC News
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 of the Royal Society
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 in print.


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.