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Focus and Scope

The Open Journal of Bioresources publishes bioresource papers that provide a concise description of a bioresource dedicated to human research - any collection of biological samples with associated data, biological related databases independent of physical samples or other collections of biomolecular and bioinformatics research tools - and where to find it. A bioresource paper is a publication that is designed to make other researchers aware of a bioresource that is of potential use to them for scientific purposes.

The bioresource paper describes the methods used to create the resource, how it is preserved/organised, its reuse potential, and criteria for access. It is important to note that a bioresource paper does not replace a research article, but rather complements it. When mentioning the bioresource behind a study, a research paper should reference the bioresource paper for further details. The bioresource paper similarly should contain references to any relevant research papers associated with the bioresource. This makes bioresources citable, provides them with a DOI and can serve as a marker paper, allowing authors to understand the impact of their resource.


Publication Frequency

The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.


Archiving Policy

The journal’s publisher, Ubiquity Press, focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

Ubiquity Press journals are indexed by the following services:

CrossRef, JISC KB+, SHERPA RoMEO, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), EBSCOHost, and Google Scholar. In addition, all journals are available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal also utilises CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

If the journal is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know by emailing support@ubiquitypress.com or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.


Publication Ethics

Ubiquity Press, the journal’s publisher, is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics  (COPE), the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP). The Press recognises its responsibility as a guardian of the scholarly record and takes an active role in establishing standards and policies in publication ethics.

The Editors of Open Journal of Bioresoources have committed to maintaining high editorial standards through rigorous peer review and strict ethical policies. The Editors follow the COPE code of conduct and refer to COPE for guidance as appropriate. The journal and the publisher ensure that advertising and commercial interests do not impact or influence editorial decisions.


Advertisement policy

The journal only displays advertisements that are of relevance to its scope and will be of interest to the readership (e.g. upcoming conferences). All advertising space is provided free of charge and the editor and publisher have the right to decline or withdraw adverts at any point.
If you wish to propose a potential advert then please contact the editorial team. All adverts are displayed in the right column of the journal and will need to fit a 120 pixel wide space. All advert images will have to be provided to the publisher.

FAQ

What kinds of bioresource can I publish?

All kinds of bioresources are welcome. For example:

  • Biobanks
  • Cohorts
  • Biological databases
  • Any collection of biomolecular or bioinformatic tools

What is a bioresource paper?

Bioresource papers provide a concise description of a bioresource dedicated to human research - any collection of biological samples with associated data, biological related databases independent of physical samples or other collections of biomolecular and bioinformatics research tools - and where to find it. A bioresource paper is a publication that is designed to make other researchers aware of a bioresource that is of potential use to them for scientific purposes.

The bioresource paper describes the methods used to create the resource, how it is preserved/organised, its reuse potential, and criteria for access. It is important to note that a bioresource paper does not replace a research article, but rather complements it. When mentioning the bioresource behind a study, a research paper should reference the bioresource paper for further details. The bioresource paper similarly should contain references to any relevant research papers associated with the bioresource. This makes bioresources citable, provides them with a DOI and can serve as a marker paper, allowing authors to understand the impact of their resource.

How do I submit a bioresource paper?

Please see our ‘how to submit a bioresource paper’ page.

How does the Open Journal of Bioresources peer review work?

Please see our overview of the peer review process.

What is the Bioresource Research Impact Factor project?

The BRIF (Bioresource Research Impact Factor) project is an ongoing international initiative currently developing suitable methods for recognising the specific contribution of bioresources (biobanks, cohorts, biological databases…) to Research (in scientific academic work). In particular, multi-sectorial activities involving both researchers and science editors are carried out to foster the definition of a standardized citation format for bioresources in journal articles.

More details about the BRIF initiative may be found at:
http://www.gen2phen.org/groups/brif-bio-resource-impact-factor

and in:

Mabile L, et al.; BRIF working group. Quantifying the use of bioresources for promoting their sharing in scientific research. GigaScience 2013,2:7

Which open license should I apply to associated data?

We recommend the following licenses for open data, if and where appropriate:

All of the above licenses carry an obligation for anyone using the data to properly attribute it. The main differences are whether this is a social requirement (CC0 and PDDL) or a legal one (CC-By and ODC-By). The less restrictive your license, the greater the potential for reuse.

What are the benefits of publishing bioresource papers?

Bioresource papers make your bioresource discoverable and traceable in academic work on the web. They provide your bioresource with a DOI that you can use as a unique persistent identifier. In addition, as a first description, Bioresource Papers provide your bioresource with a marker paper for permanence within the scientific record.

How do I cite bioresources?

Standards for bioresources citation are currently under development (more informaion at http://www.equator-network.org/library/reporting-guidelines-under-development/#19). Meanwhile, bioresource papers already facilitate the citation of bioresources. By citing the paper you also reward the author for sharing their resource, as these citations can be tracked as for any scholarly paper. You should therefore include a reference to the bioresource paper as the main way of citing the bioresource. In order for this to work it is essential that the citations are in the references section of the article and include the bioresource paper DOI.

References

Bevan, A. and Conolly, J. (2012) Intensive Survey Data from Antikythera, Greece. Journal of Open Archaeology Data 1(1), DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/4f3bcb3f7f21d

Bevan, A. and Conolly, J. (2012) The Antikythera Survey Project [data-set]. York: Archaeology Data Service [distributor] (http://dx.doi.org/10.5284/1012484)

Do I have to pay to publish in this journal?

Article Publication: 100.00 (GBP)
If this paper is accepted for publication, you will be asked to pay an Article Publication Fee to cover publications costs.

If you do not have funds to pay such fees, you will have an opportunity to waive each fee. We do not want fees to prevent the publication of worthy work.


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