Focus and Scope
The Open Journal of Bioresources publishes articles that provide a concise description of a bioresource dedicated to research or a network of such bioresources; the Journal offers two sections according to the domain(s) of research mainly covered by the bioresources described: human or agronomic and environmental ; the section "human" is devoted to bioresources mainly used for human and biomedical research; the section " agronomic and environmental" may include resources of animal, plant, microorganisms origin ; in both sections the bioresource(s) can be - any collection of biological samples with associated data, biological databases independent of physical samples or other collections of biomolecular and bioinformatics research tools - and the manuscript must describe where to find it. A bioresource article is a short (about 1000 words), highly structured publication designed to introduce other researchers to a bioresource or to a network of bioresources that might be useful for their scientific purposes.
The bioresource article describes the methods used to create the resource, how it is stored/organised, its potential and the conditions for its re-use including access criteria. It is important to note that a bioresource article does not replace a research article, but complements it. When mentioning the bioresource from which a study is derived, a research article should refer to the bioresource article for more details. Similarly, the bioresource document should contain references to all relevant research articles associated with the bioresource. This makes the bioresources accessible, provides them with a DOI and can serve as a marker, allowing authors to understand the impact of their resource.
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. There is no embargo on the journal’s publications. Submission and acceptance dates, along with publication dates, are made available on the PDF format for each paper.
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.
Authors are encouraged to publish their data in recommended repositories. For a list of generic and subject specific repositories that meet our peer review criteria, see here.
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.
The Open Journal of Bioresources is indexed by the following services:
Scopus, Chronos, Center for Open Science, OpenAIRE, ExLibris, Journal TOCs, CNKI, sparrho, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), CrossRef, JISC KB+, SHERPA RoMEO, EBSCOHost, Cengage Learning and Google Scholar. In addition, all journals are available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.
OJB's 2020 Scopus CiteScore is 1.1. The journal is at the 31% (32/46) percentile of Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology journals.
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Core journal statistics for the 2021 volume:
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|Time from submission to publication8||219 days|
1Number of new articles received by the journal
2Number of peer review invitation emails that were sent out
3Number of completed peer review reports received
4Total number of articles rejected (including desk rejects)
5Number of articles rejected prior to peer review
6Number of articles that received a 'Accept for publication' decision
7Number of acceptances, as a percentage, against the total number of final decisions
8'Mean' average from submission to publication for all publications in the volume
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.
Annotation and post-publication comment
The journal platform permits readers to leave comments on the publication page, via the Disqus service. Readers will need a Disqus account to leave comments. Comments may be moderated by the journal, however, if they are non-offensive and relevant to the publication subject, comments will remain online without edit.
The journal platform also includes in-browser annotation and text highlighting options on full text formats via hypothes.is. Readers will require a hypothes.is account to create annotations, and will have the option to make these publicly available, available to a group, or private.
- What kinds of bioresoure can I publish?
- What is a bioresource paper?
- How do I submit a bioresource paper?
- How does the Open Journal of Bioresources peer review work?
- What is the Bioresource Research Impact Factor (BRIF) project?
- Which open license should I apply to associated data?
- What are the benefits of publishing bioresource papers?
- How do I cite a bioresource?
- Do I have to pay to publish in this journal?
All kinds of bioresources are welcome. For example:
- Biological databases
- Any collection of biomolecular or bioinformatic tools
Bioresource papers provide a concise description of a bioresource dedicated to research or a network of such bioresources; the Journal offers two sections according to the domain(s) of research mainly covered by the bioresources described: human or agronomic and environmental ; the section "human" is devoted to bioresources mainly used for human and biomedical research; the section " agronomic and environmental" may include resources of animal, plant, microorganisms origin ; in both sections the bioresource(s) can be - any collection of biological samples with associated data, biological databases independent of physical samples or other collections of biomolecular and bioinformatics research tools - and the manuscript must describe 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.
Please see our ‘how to submit a bioresource paper’ page.
Please see our overview of the peer review process.
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:
Mabile L, et al.; BRIF working group. Quantifying the use of bioresources for promoting their sharing in scientific research. GigaScience 2013,2:7
We recommend the following licenses for open data, if and where appropriate:
- Creative Commons Zero (CC0)
- ODC Public Domain Dedication and License (PDDL)
- Creative Commons Attribution (CC-By)
- ODC Attribution (ODC-By)
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.
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: 350.00 (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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If you wish to propose a potential advert then please contact the editorial team. All advert images will have to be provided to the publisher.