Biology Letters

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Biology Letters is a Royal Society journal focussed on the rapid publication of short high quality research articles, reviews and opinion pieces across the biological sciences. This is a Plan S compliant Transformative Journal.

New articles are published online in Biology Letters on Wednesdays. You can sign up to receive email alerts or RSS feeds to get the latest table of contents delivered to your mailbox.

Biology Letters publishes the following article types: research, reviews, opinion pieces, and comments and invited replies. The journal also periodically publishes short collections of papers devoted to a specific topic. Browse the current selection on the Special Features page.

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Articles in this journal become free 1 year after publication. They enter the subscription paywall again between 11 and 70 years, after which they enter our free digital archive.

Biology Letters also publishes open access articles, which are denoted by an open padlock symbol.


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Open data

The Royal Society is committed to advancing science through the support of open data. It is a condition of publication that all raw data to support the conclusions made in the paper are deposited in a public repository, or available to readers in the supplementary material. Open data maximises the transparency and reproducibility of the work as well as fostering innovation across all areas of science. As a reader, if you are unable to gain access to the data you require, please feel free to contact the editorial office.

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