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Submission process

This page summarises the editorial steps applied to publish a research paper in Bioscience Horizons and describes in detail the peer-review process taking place between submission and publication. All submissions to the Bioscience Horizons are free of charge.

 

Research paper submission guidelines

Eligibility criteria

To be published in Bioscience Horizons scientific papers should follow the following criteria:

  • Research papers should be of exceptional relevance, accuracy and delivery.

  • Manuscripts must contain novel research findings or critical appraisal.

  • Research papers should be of substantial scientific interest.

  • Research papers should be appealing both to students, academics and researchers in the biosciences and to the general public.

  • Submitted research papers must describe work carried out while the author was an undergraduate or masters students.
    Graduate students can submit research articles regarding projects performed during their undergraduate degree, provided that it is submitted within 6 months from graduation.

  • The author must be able to obtain authorization for submission from their project supervisor or senior academic member of staff.

  • Main results and conclusions of the research must not have been submitted or published elsewhere.

Author guidelines

  1. Check eligibility criteria for submissions to the journal

  2. Format manuscript according to the formatting guide, based on the type of manuscript being submitted (research article, review, perspective piece or blog post).

  3. Obtain authorisation for submission from the project supervisor or senior academic member of staff.

  4. Submit the manuscript and supporting documents to biosciencehorizons@ucl.ac.uk

By submitting to Bioscience Horizons, the author agrees to our policies and our contributor agreement.

Submission checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all the following items. If authors do not adhere to these guidelines, submissions may be returned.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor it is before another journal for consideration.

  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word or OpenOffice document format.

  3. Where available, reference URLs have been provided.

  4. The submission follows the eligibility criteria described above.

  5. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Following submission

 

Provided that your submission adheres to the eligibility criteria, it will first be reviewed by Bioscience Horizons officers to determine progression to peer-review. Attractive and exciting papers will be forwarded to two or three referees to assess the manuscript for originality, clarity, validity, sound methodology and appeal to an undergraduate audience. Scientific merit will be evaluated by the Academic Board and experts in the field.

Bioscience Horizons operates a double-blind peer review where both author and reviewers remain anonymous unless otherwise requested.

The review period is expected to take no longer than ten weeks. Reviewers are asked to provide formative feedback, even if an article is not deemed suitable for publication in the journal. Based on the reviewer reports, the Academic Board will make a recommendation for rejection, minor or major revision, or acceptance. The submission offer will get back to the author with the decision of the Academic Board:

  • Acceptance. The paper is accepted and does not require revision from the author

  • Acceptance with minor revision. The paper is accepted provided that the author implements the manuscript by taking into consideration the referees' comments.

  • Acceptance with major revisions. The paper is accepted provided that the author provides further experiments taking into account the reviewer's comments. To be eligible for another review, the paper must be sent back with an accurate description of the improvements made.

  • Rejection. The paper is rejected with no possibility of sending a subsequent edited version.

Overall editorial responsibility rests with the journal Academic Board.

All reviewers must be independent of the submission and will be asked to declare all competing interests.

Before publication

 

 Formatting officers will edit and format the articles submitted before publication:

  • Papers are edited to ensure correct and engaging use of the English language. Bioscience Horizons does not accept papers in other languages other than English.

  • The paper's terminology and style should be appropriate for an undergraduate audience.

  • The paper's format (paper length, structure and appearance of figure and tables) is precisely checked.

The author should attentively follow the formatting guide before publication.

The edited paper will be sent to the author before final approval of typesetting. Authors will be notified via email of their publication to www.biosciencehorizons.com and will receive a PDF of the published paper.

UCL Open Access Student Journals do not charge authors of accepted Bioscience Horizons papers an Article-Processing Charge (APC). Bioscience Horizon authors of accepted papers will not be required to make an APC payment before publication of their article.

 

Other article types

This section provides details on the other type of submissions sent to Bioscience Horizons.
Bioscience Horizons accepts only original pieces. Before submission, authors should read the guidelines below and include their address, phone number, and e-mail address in the email to the journal.

Reviews

Review pieces provide an overview of a specific bioscience problem and should present a critical analysis of the literature on the topic.

Review articles undergo a double-blind peer-review process.
The author should refer to the formatting guide before submission.

Perspective pieces

Perspective pieces are a more theoretical type of publication where the author describes scientific ideas with a more personal approach, encouraging a conversation among students. 

Perspective pieces undergo a double-blind peer-review process.
The author should refer to the formatting guide before submission.

News & opinion

News and opinion blog articles educate the general public on bioscience topics and allow authors to express their views and writing style. 

​New articles cover technological and experimental scientific developments divulged in specialist journals.
Opinion articles present the author knowledgable opinion on ethical, philosophical, social and political implications of bioscience progress.

News and opinion articles do not undergo a process of peer review but are assessed by the editorial board in conjunction with the author.

Letters to the Editor

Bioscience Horizons Letters to the Editor are informal and concise commentaries about social, political, ethical, and philosophical current matters, views on articles previously published on Bioscience Horizons or anectodes from the author's experience.
Letters to the Editor do not undergo a process of peer review but are assessed by the editorial board in conjunction with the author.