Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

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Proceedings B is the Royal Society’s flagship biological research journal, accepting original articles and reviews of outstanding scientific importance and broad general interest. The main criteria for acceptance are that a study is novel, and has general significance to biologists. Articles published cover a wide range of areas within the biological sciences, many have relevance to organisms and the environments in which they live. The scope includes, but is not limited to, ecology, evolution, behavior, health and disease epidemiology, neuroscience and cognition, behavioral genetics, development, biomechanics, paleontology, comparative biology, molecular ecology and evolution, and global change biology.

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Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences operates Transparent Peer Review which means that pre-publication reviewer reports, decision letters, and author responses for certain articles can be displayed publicly even if their standard review policy would preclude it.

  • Reviewers can choose to sign their reviewer reports with their name or as anonymous
Review policy on Publons

Prior to Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences' adoption of Transparent Peer Review, the following review policy applied.

  • Allows reviews to be publicly displayed
  • Allows reviewers to display the title of the article they reviewed
  • Does not allow reviewers to sign or publicly display reviews of rejected publications subsequently published in another journal
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