Posted on: March 20, 2014 by: Helen Hewertson
Bioscience Horizons is a fully expert-reviewed research journal, run by a small consortium of UK universities and published in association with Oxford University Press. It publishes research papers and reviews based on the outcome of undergraduate research projects, carried out in the UK and overseas. Publication is free and open access, with accepted manuscripts being made available online as soon as they are published.
The lead authors of the papers are the student researchers themselves. One of the aims of the journal is to ensure that students can engage fully with the publication process, from writing and submission to handling reviewers’ criticisms and dealing with editorial proofs. This enables them to complete the research cycle from inspired hypothesis through to full, citeable publication.
All submissions are sent for review by experts in the field. Our reviewers are asked to assess and comment on manuscripts just as they would for any other professional scientific journal, save that the quantity of work reported may be a little less than for professionally submitted articles. Accepted submission will become part of the mainstream research literature and must therefore reach the highest standards of originality and scientific integrity. Submissions failing to achieve this will be sent back to the authors for revision or rejected. Several papers published by BH already have impressive citation records in mainstream journals.
The 2014 volume of BH will be its seventh. Manuscripts are published on a continuous basis throughout the year, so submissions are welcomed at any time. In 2013, the Journal’s Management Board introduced its Chair’s prizes for the best research paper and the best review paper of the year. The 2013 winners were Lear Robertson (University of Leeds) for his review of mGlu5 as a potential therapeutic target for the treatment of fragile X syndrome, and Richard Sands (University of Lincoln), for his study of the effect of woodstack structure on invertebrate abundance and diversity. As these two fine publications illustrate, BH covers the complete range of biological disciplines studied at undergraduate level.