About us

Bioscience Horizons (ISSN:1754-7431) is an open-access peer-reviewed journal publishing outstanding undergraduate and master’s international research in the biosciences free of charge. 
The journal produces insightful and original opinion pieces and news articles that disseminate bioscience awareness to the general public and contribute to scientific progress. Our submissions come from all around the world.

 

Bioscience horizons is a UCL project in association with UCLpress. The journal is managed by UCL students supervised by a board of academics from different universities in the UK.

All articles published in Bioscience Horizons are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC-BY) 4.0 international licence agreement (read the licence here) and published open access, making them immediately and freely available to read and download. The CC-BY licence agreement allows authors to retain copyright while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of the work.

Further information regarding this can be found here and licensing terms and conditions can be found in the UCL Open Access Student Journal’s Editorial Policy.

Bioscience Horizons operates double-blind peer review, where both the reviewers and authors are anonymised during the review. Authors should submit an anonymous version of the manuscript, stripped of all identifying references to the author(s) for peer review. Further information regarding peer review can be found on the editorial policy pages.

As mentioned above, UCL Open Access Student Journals do not levy an Article-Processing Charge (APC) for submission or publication in Bioscience Horizons. Contributors to Bioscience Horizons will not be required to make an APC payment for the submission or publication of their article.

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Our mission

 

Bioscience Horizons aims to provide a platform for discussion on questions in the field of the biosciences between students engaging in research, their peers and the general public.
We introduce student editors and authors to careers in science communication and publishing. Bioscience Horizons intends to contribute to our editors and authors academic and professional development through manuscripts review, publication and management of an online journal, thus equipping them with essential transferable skills.
The journal aims to promote the link between teaching and research in higher education through the liaison between students and academics and to favour networking opportunities among students and with researchers in the field.

Bioscience Horizons publishes the finest student research in the area of bioscience, including but not restricted to:

  • Anatomy

  • Biochemistry

  • Bioinformatics

  • Biotechnology

  • Botany

  • Cell biology

  • Developmental biology

  • Ecology

  • Genetics

  • Immunology

  • Microbiology

  • Molecular biology

  • Neuroscience

  • Pharmacology

  • Physiology

  • Zoology

 

Our story

Bioscience Horizons was established in 2008, published by a consortium of UK universities (Nottingham, Leeds, Reading, Bath, Birmingham and Chester) in partnership with Oxford University Press. In 2014, the journal went international, attracting submissions from universities all over the world. In 2008, Bioscience Horizons received an award for publishing innovation and received a Highly Commended certificate from the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers. Bioscience Horizons ceased publication under Oxford University Press at the end of 2018.


From January 2020, the journal was taken up by University College London in association with UCLpress and the administration handed over to UCL undergraduates supervised by the academics part of the consortium. UCL aims to develop Bioscience Horizons’ vision thus remaining faithful to its fundamental principles.