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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the scope of the journal BioDesign Research?

BioDesign Research is dedicated to information exchange in the interdisciplinary field of biosystems design. Its unique mission is to pave the way towards the predictable de novo design and assessment of engineered or reengineered living organisms using rational or automated methods to address global challenges in health, agriculture, and the environment. For more information, visit the Mission and Scope page.

What is the word limit for a submission?

For word limits and other guidelines based on article type, visit the Information for Authors page.

What kinds of content does the journal publish?

The journal publishes research articles, reviews, rapid reports, and perspectives on a continuous basis. For more information, visit the Information for Authors page.

How can I submit to the journal?

Submitting a manuscript is easy. Instructions on how to submit your research can be found on the Information for Authors page. The journal’s submission system can be found here.

If your manuscript is on bioRxiv, you can also directly transfer it to our submission system.

Is there a fee to submit or publish in the journal?

There is no submission fee. There is an article processing charge (APC) for accepted papers. However, from 2019-2022, all APCs will be paid by Nanjing Agricultural University. Authors whose work is accepted for publication in BioDesign Research before January 1, 2023 will therefore not be responsible for paying APCs.

Is the journal open access?

BioDesign Research is an open access (OA) journal, which means that articles can be read by anyone, anywhere and at anytime.

What kind of license or copyright policy does the journal use?

All BioDesign Research content publishes under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). While Nanjing Agricultural University holds an exclusive license to the content, the author(s) hold copyright and retain the right to publish.

What is BioDesign Research’s digital archiving policy?

BioDesign Research is archived in Portico, which provides permanent archiving for electronic scholarly journals, as well as via the LOCKSS initiative. BioDesign Research operates a fully open access publishing model which allows open global access to its published content.

What is the relationship between BioDesign Research and Science?

BioDesign Research is part of the Science Partner Journal (SPJ) program. The program is run by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the nonprofit publisher of the Science family of journals. The SPJ program features high-quality, online-only open access publications produced in collaboration with international research institutions, foundations, funders and societies. While BioDesign Research and Science share the same publisher and best practices they operate on separate submission and publication platforms and BioDesign Research is editorially independent, run by Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU).

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