Biology International, the biannual peer-reviewed journal of the International Union of Biological Sciences, exists to advance scholarly discourse about the research, theory, and practice of research biologists and biology educators from around the world. In 2010, Biology International moved from a print format to an electronic, open access journal with a Creative Commons license for the fair use of its materials. Biology International primarily will be downloadable in a full color version in pdf format from the International Union of Biological Sciences website and will be listed with the Directory of Open Access Journals.
Biology International considers articles from a wide variety of interest areas and a diverse spectrum of biological disciplines. The International Union of Biological Sciences has major concerns about conservation, biodiversity, sustainability, health, agriculture, bioethics, indigenous knowledge, and biology education. We have a long history of working with universities, museums, herbariums, zoos, national parks, forest reserves, industries, NGOs, and governmental bodies in addressing these concerns. Particular issues have required IUBS to work closely with representatives of member countries, such as the maintenance and taxonomy of biological specimens, responsible collection and curation of biological organisms and artifacts, curbing trade of exotic specimens and abuses of bioprospecting and biopiracy, promoting bioremediation, respecting diverse cultures and historical legacies, promoting learner-center reforms in contemporary biology education and responsible development of biology educators, cultivating better standards of bioethical practice, and preventing destruction of ecosystems or the introduction and spread of invasive species If you are a biologist or biology educator who is convening an international conference that is addressing a subject of major interest to membership of the International Union of Biological Sciences (such as those identified above), please contact the Editor (John R. Jungck at firstname.lastname@example.org) with a prospectus that lays out the theme, potential authors, and timeframe to initiate a discussion about a potential future issue of Biology International.
Manuscripts are typically reviewed within two to three months of submission. Although we cannot promise invited authors of theme issues an automatic acceptance of their manuscripts, we can assure you that you will receive constructive comments from the Journal’s Editorial Board and assistance from us as manuscripts move through the publication acceptance process. For a Style Guide, prospective authors should follow the guidelines in the Publication Manual of the Council of Science Editors. The Council of Science Editors (CSE) is a nonprofit professional membership organization. CSE develops resources for identifying and implementing high-quality editorial practices. Formerly known as the Council of Biology Editors (CBE), in 1999 the organization voted to change its name to Council of Science Editors. All manuscript submissions to Biology International should be in a Word “.doc” file with top, bottom, left and right margins set to one inch, Times New Roman 12 point font, and double spaced. The body of the paper, title page, references, tables, figures, and author notes should all be contained in a single file. Manuscripts submitted to Biology International should not be currently under review by another journal, available in print (e.g., working paper series), or on the Internet. The Editors will acknowledge receipt of manuscripts and send copies of manuscripts to Editorial Board members for open review.