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Information for Authors and Reviewers

We welcome original manuscripts intended for a broad audience of professional biologists and advanced students. A wide variety of subject matter is suitable, including summaries of recent advances in biological research, opinion pieces on policy issues important to biologists, and essays on teaching biology. Other topics may include discussions of computers and biology, essays on biology history and philosophy, pieces on the practice of the biological profession, and letters about material previously published in BioScience.

How to Prepare a Manuscript for BioScience

All submissions to BioScience are now made through ScholarOne Manuscripts. Paper submissions are no longer accepted. To submit a manuscript, please go to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bioscience and create an account.

AIBS provides a PDF document, Information for Contributors (102 KB PDF), which should be consulted by authors who wish to submit to BioScience. Manuscripts submitted should comply with the format requirements detailed there. A comprehensive guide to BioScience style is available as well.

All material to be considered as supplementary data must be submitted at the same time as the main manuscript for peer review. Please indicate clearly the material intended as Supplementary Material upon submission. Also ensure that the supplementary material is referred to in the main manuscript at an appropriate point in the text. It must be supplied to the production department with the article for publication, not at a later date. It cannot be altered or replaced after the paper has been accepted for publication.

Files for supplementary material should be clearly marked as such and be accompanied by a summary of the file names and types. Please note that supplementary material will not be copyedited, so ensure that it is clearly and succinctly presented, and that the style of terms conforms with the rest of the paper. Also ensure that the presentation will work on any Internet browser.

A maximum of 5 files is acceptable to make up the supplementary material unit for an article. The maximum size per file should not exceed 2 MB (though text files should be a great deal smaller), and files must be as small as possible, so that they can be downloaded quickly. An HTML index page is usually created to link the supplementary data file(s) to the article. Please provide short (2-4 word) titles for each individual file; these will be used to create links to the files from the index page.

The following formats are acceptable: Plain text (.txt); HTML (.html, .htm); Jpeg (.jpg, .jpeg); QuickTime video (.mov); Microsoft AVI Vide (.avi); Adobe PDF (.pdf); Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet (.xls).

If you have further questions about manuscript preparation, please contact .

Policy on Authorship

  1. Authorship should be restricted to those individuals who have met each of three criteria: (a) made a significant contribution to the conception and design or the analysis and interpretation of data or other scholarly effort, (b) participated in drafting the article or reviewing and/or revising it for content, and (c) approved the final version of the manuscript.

  2. In the case of papers with multiple authors, the senior author (generally the first or last author) has the responsibility for: (a) including as coauthors all those who meet the three criteria defined in part 1 of this policy and excluding those who do not; and (b) obtaining from all coauthors their agreement to be designated as such, as well as their approval of the final version of the manuscript. Of course, any person can refuse to be a coauthor if he or she elects to do so.

  3. Coauthors assume full responsibility for all work submitted under their names and, as a coauthor, acknowledge that they meet each of the three criteria for authorship as defined in part 1 of this policy.

  4. Honorary or courtesy authorships are inconsistent with the principles of this policy and, as such, are unacceptable.

Published Authors' Rights

Through the standard Oxford University Press License to Publish agreement, you (if the original creator of the article) hold royalty-free rights to your work published in BioScience as described at http://www.oxfordjournals.org/access_purchase/self-archiving_policyb.html.

Note to All Other Parties

Please purchase permissions to reproduce BioScience content through the Copyright Clearance Center — see Copyright Permissions.

Instructions for BioScience Reviewers and Editorial Board Members

Editorial Board members and reviewers should log on at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bioscience to either write a review or decline an assignment.

Reviewers should disclose any information about employment affiliation and financial interests that is relevant to articles they are asked to review. If a reviewer has a conflict of interest, financial or otherwise, that could affect his or her ability to provide a fair review, he or she should decline to review.

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