Aims and scope
Proceedings B is the Royal Society’s flagship biological research journal, accepting original articles and reviews of outstanding scientific importance and broad general interest. The main criteria for acceptance are that a study is novel, and has general significance to biologists. Articles published cover a wide range of areas within the biological sciences, many have relevance to organisms and the environments in which they live. The scope includes, but is not limited to, ecology, evolution, behavior, health and disease epidemiology, neuroscience and cognition, behavioral genetics, development, biomechanics, paleontology, comparative biology, molecular ecology and evolution, and global change biology.
Many more good manuscripts are submitted than we have space to print, and we give preference to those presenting significant advances of broad interest. Submission of preliminary reports, of articles that merely confirm previous findings, and of articles that are likely to interest only small groups of specialists, is not encouraged. Articles will only be considered where they have clear relevance to fundamental biological principles and processes. All articles are sent to an Editorial Board member for an initial assessment, and may be returned to authors without in-depth peer review if the paper is unlikely to be accepted because it is either too specialized, not sufficiently novel, or is deficient in other respects.Top
Due to the very high volume of submissions received to Proceedings B, we are unable to consider presubmission enquiries to the journal. We ask authors to thoroughly read the journal's scope and the author information prior to submission to the journal.Top
Articles submitted to Proceeedings B must adhere to the Royal Society's editorial policies.Top
The criteria for selection are: work of outstanding importance, scientific excellence, originality and interest to a wide spectrum of biologists.
All manuscripts are assigned to a specialist member of the Editorial Board, who assesses the paper for its suitability in Proceedings B, based on scientific quality, interest and importance and relevance to a broad readership. Many good papers are rejected at this stage, often on the ground of being insufficiently novel or too specialised, due to an extremely high competition for space.
If sent to peer review, the final decision will be made by an Editor, whose decision will be based on the reports received from the referees and/or Editorial Board members.
Proceedings B articles are published regularly online and every two weeks in print. Along with all Royal Society journals, we are committed to archiving and providing perpetual access.
Although papers are limited to ten journal pages in length (with a per-page charge for articles exceedings six pages), there is the facility for including Electronic Supplementary Material (ESM).
Contents of the ESM might include details of methods, derivations of equations, large tables of data, DNA sequences and computer programs. However, the printed version must include enough detail to satisfy most non-specialist readers. Supplementary data up to 10Mb is placed on the Society's website free of charge. Larger datasets must be deposited in recognised public domain databases by the author.
Proceedings B has an international Editorial Board with expertise across the biological sciences.Top
Abstracting and indexing
Proceedings B is indexed in PubMed, PubMed Central, Thomson ISI and Scopus, as well as many other indexes.Top