Biology Direct serves the life science research community as an open access, peer-reviewed online journal, providing authors and readers with an alternative to the traditional model of peer review. Biology Direct considers original research articles, hypotheses, comments, discovery notes and reviews in subject areas currently identified as those most conducive to the open review approach, primarily those with a significant non-experimental component.


  • Eugene Koonin, NCBI, NLM, NIH
  • Laura Landweber, Princeton University
  • David Lipman, NCBI, NLM, NIH


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Unique model of peer review

Biology Direct offers a novel system of peer review, allowing authors to select suitable reviewers from the journal's Editorial Board; making the peer-review process open rather than anonymous; and making the reviewers' reports public, thus increasing the responsibility of the referees and eliminating sources of abuse in the refereeing process.

Journal sections

Biology Direct publishes in the following sections:

  •  Bioinformatics
  •  Evolutionary Biology
  •  Genomics
  •  Mathematical Biology
  •  Non-coding DNA & RNA
  •  Structural & Molecular biology
  •  Systems Biology

For details of Section Editors and Editorial Board members, please see the Editorial Board page.

Thematic series

Beyond the tree of life

Edited by Dr Maureen O'Malley and Dr Yan Boucher
Published: 30 June 2011

Evolution and cancer: A mathematical biology approach

Edited by Prof Marek Kimmel
Published: 20 April 2010

Evolutionary Biology 150 years after the 'Origin': is a post-modern synthesis in sight?

Edited by Dr Eugene Koonin
Published: 24 April 2009

Origin and early evolution of life

Edited by Dr Eugene Koonin
Published: 9 July 2008

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  • CAS
  • DOAJ
  • Embase
  • EmBiology
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • Scopus

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ISSN: 1745-6150