All articles must address the following assessment criteria.
Insight: What contribution does the paper make to our insight on the biological mechanism/process/phenomena explored?
Innovation: To what extent does the technology used enable the biological insight?
Integration: To what extent does the paper demonstrate integration of technology and biology?
An 'Insight box' describing how the work described addresses these criteria (fewer than 120 words) must be provided on submission. Although there is no page limit for Full papers, appropriateness of length to content of new science will be taken into consideration by reviewers.
These articles are written by our highlights editor on exciting work of relevance to the readership. These articles do not undergo peer review.
These must also meet the insight, innovation and integration criteria described above but may be articles providing a personal view of part of one discipline associated with integrative biology (its present state, where it may be leading, etc) or a philosophical look at a topic of relevance.
Alternatively, Perspectives may be historical articles covering a particular subject area or the development of particular case studies, legislation, technologies, methodologies or other subjects within the scope of integrative biology. An Insight box should be provided on submission (fewer than 120 words).
These must be a critical evaluation of the existing state of knowledge on a particular aspect of the scope; the papers discussed should not only be critically assessed but also in terms of the insight, innovation and integration they introduce.
In addition, we are looking for reviews that challenge the views of other authors in the area in question and offer an alternative or more challenging view that can help stimulate further studies and research. Simple literature surveys will not be accepted for publication.
Potential review writers should contact the editorial office for a review proposal form before embarking on the writing of their review. An Insight box should be provided on submission (fewer than 120 words).
These are smaller, more focused versions of the Critical/Tutorial reviews described above and hence should address all the same criteria in a well-defined, specific topic area reviewing work no more than 24-36 months old.
Frontier reviews should cover only the most interesting/significant developments in that specific subject area. They may also cover processes, mechanisms, techniques and technologies that are too new for a full review or may address a subset of any of these aspects or a given area of research.
The review should be highly critical and selective in referencing published work. One or two paragraphs of speculation about possible future developments may also be appropriate in the conclusion section.
Frontier reviews should be brief, four journal pages are recommended (approximately 10 double-spaced, typed A4 pages) and should contain no more than two or three tables and a minimal number of figures. An Insight box should be provided on submission (fewer than 120 words).
While we expect full papers in Integrative Biology to present evidence of new biological insights, Technical innovations provide a venue for new methods that may not yet have revealed new insights, but that clearly have the potential to do so, and thus are of strong interest to the biomedical research community. Therefore Technical innovations must provide a sound utility of the technology in the biological world and have clear potential to enable new insights and impact biology research. Thus, these articles are additional submissions that demonstrate significant potential towards building the bridge between technology and biology - technology or methods that clearly provide new functions and that address a significant current challenge or obstacle to elucidating new biological insights.
Technical innovations will be judged on the potential of the method to allow biological insights rather than direct insights. The article should also include extensive biological validation of the method that has not been published elsewhere. The Insight box for these articles should describe how the work presented addresses these criteria (fewer than 120 words).