Journal of Biology

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Journal of Biology  
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
J. Biol.
Discipline Biology
Language English
Publication details
Publication history
2002-2010 (merged with BMC Biology in 2010)
License Creative Commons

The Journal of Biology (JBiol) was a scientific journal published by BioMed Central. It was launched in 2002 with the aim to provide an open-access alternative to biology journals with high-impact factor such as Nature, Science and Cell. Because of stringent selection criteria, it published only a few research articles per year, in 2007, for instance, only four, with the rest being comment and short review articles.[1]. Although many of Journal of Biology research articles were highly cited, this may be a reason why it never reached the same recognition as its classic counterparts.

Journal of Biology was never indexed by Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge, and therefore didn't get an official impact factor. According to an unofficial calculation in 2007, the journal reached an impact factor of 20.1 doi:10.1186/jbiol57. After 8 years of publishing, and around one year after BioMed Central was taken over by Springer Journals, Journal of Biology was discontinued in April 2010 by being amalgamated with the existing Biomed Central journal BMC Biology.