Editorial Policy of the Journal

Biological Communications invites for publication original manuscripts that are neither previously published, nor being under consideration for publication elsewhere. The criteria for selection are scientific excellence, originality and interest across disciplines within Biology and, more broadly, Life Sciences. The main findings of the article should not have been reported in the mass media before publication. Submissions should be prepared in a format that corresponds with the journal’s requirements.

The authors of accepted articles sign License Agreement with Saint Petersburg State University’s Publishing House granting partial rights to the Licensee. The authors retain the right for distribution of their articles in the final format in the way of self-archiving at their personal home pages, institutional repositories, or professional networks like Academia or ResearchGate.

The published articles thus appear under immediate Open Access free from any article processing charges. The recommended size of a submission is between 15−60 thousands characters, including spaces. Biological Communications accepts color illustrations free of charge; however, we reserve the right to charge authors for extra volume and outnumbered figures.

The manuscripts are usually reviewed by three referees, who may open their names to the authors. The current manuscript acceptance rate in Biological Communications is 46 %.


Press release embargo policy

Biological Communications is an official scientific journal of Saint Petersburg State University, therefore the right to first press release belongs to Saint Petersburg State University, and the press releases are made by its Press Office. All accepted articles are embargoed for any printed and electronic media (including authors’ personal web-sites) until the date following the first press release by Saint Petersburg State University.