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Biology Letters is a biological, peer-reviewed, scientific journal published by the Royal Society. It was split off as a separate journal from the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences in 2005 after having been published as a supplement.[1] 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. The Editor-in-Chief is Professor Rick Battarbee FRS (University College London[2]).

Biology Letters  
Biology Letters cover January 2016.jpg
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Biol. Lett.
Discipline Biology
Language English
Edited by Rick Battarbee FRS
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Monthly
ISSN 1744-9561 (print)
1744-957X (web)

Biology Letters has an average turnaround time of 4 weeks from submission to a first decision.


Contents and themesEdit

All submitted content is assigned to one of the following categories: Animal behaviour, Biomechanics, Community ecology, Conservation, Evolutionary biology, Evolutionary developmental biology, Genome biology, Global change biology, Marine biology, Molecular evolution, Neurobiology, Palaeontology, Pathogen biology, Physiology, Phylogeny, Population ecology, or Population genetics.

Biology Letters publishes research articles, opinion pieces, reviews, comments and invited reply articles.

In 2010 a study of bumblebee behaviour by pupils from Blackawton Primary School was accepted for publication.[3][4]


As of 2015 (2014 JCR index), Biology Letters has an impact factor of 3.248 and is ranked 16th in the Biology category.[5] The journal is indexed in Google Scholar, PubMed, Scopus and Web of Science.

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Frequently asked questions | Biology Letters". Retrieved 2016-03-03. 
  2. ^ "Professor Rick Battarbee". UCL Department of Geography. Retrieved 2016-03-03. 
  3. ^ "Primary school bee project published by Royal Society". BBC Online. 22 December 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Blackawton Primary School; et al. (22 December 2010). "Blackawton bees — Biology Letters". Biology Letters. Royal Society. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2010.1056. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "InCites™ [v2.25] - Sign In". Retrieved 2016-03-03.