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Bioinformatics and Biology Insights is an open access, peer reviewed international journal that considers articles on bioinformatics methods and their applications which must pertain to biological insights. Please see the Aims and Scope tab for further information.
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Submit your manuscript at https://peerreview.sagepub.com/bbi.
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Bioinformatics and Biology Insights is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on bioinformatics methods and their applications which must pertain to biological insights. All papers should be easily amenable to biologists and as such help bridge the gap between theories and applications.
It both complements SAGE Publishing's subject-specific journals in the area and also seeks to place bioinformatics in the broader context of biology. The journal welcomes all submissions in the field of bioinformatics and also submissions dealing with the relationship between bioinformatics and the broader field of biology. Submissions of original research, reviews, tutorials, rapid communications, expert commentaries, letters, application notes, and point–counter-point articles are welcomed for peer review. No word limits are imposed, but authors are reminded that excessive word-counts may attract adverse comment by peer reviewers and discourage readers.
The submission of tutorial-type articles is encouraged, in which methods which have been developed in the recent past are reviewed in such a way as to make them readily comprehensible for Biologists. Papers discussing methodologies are encouraged, providing they explicitly demonstrate that new biological insights have been gained or that earlier methods used to gain a new insight can be replaced.
This journal welcomes new manuscripts for peer review on the following topics:
- Computational biology and the broader field of biology
- Methods used in the analysis and annotation of structures
- The relationship between bioinformatics and the broader field of biology
Submit your manuscript at https://peerreview.sagepub.com/bbi
Please refer to the Submission Guidelines tab for more information before submitting your manuscript.
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|Thomas Dandekar, PhD||University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany|
|J.T. Efird, PhD||Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC USA|
|Fernando G. Alvarez-Valin, PhD||Universidad de la República Montevideo, Uruguay|
|Maia Angelova, PhD||Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, UK|
|Doris M. Benbrook, PhD||University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK, USA|
|Olaf R. P. Bininda-Emonds, DPhil||Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany|
|Alexander Bolshoy, PhD||University of Haifa, Israel|
|Jean-Francois Boulicaut, PhD||LIRIS CNRS UMR, INSA-Lyon, Villeurbanne, France|
|Werner Braun, PhD||University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, USA|
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|Wael El-Rifai, PhD||Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA|
|Hany A. El-Shemy, PhD||Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt|
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|Mario A. Fares, PhD||Institut of Molecular and Cell Biology of Plants, Spain|
|Thomas Ferrin, PhD||University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA|
|Jill E. Gready, PhD||Australian National University, Canberra, Australia|
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|Manuela Helmer-Citterich, PhD||University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy|
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|Robert E. Hurst, PhD||Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA|
|Robert L. Jernigan, PhD||Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA|
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This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.
This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).
Please read the guidelines below then visit the journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Bioinformatics and Biology Insights will be reviewed.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.
Please read the Manuscript Submission Guidelines below before submitting your manuscript here:
- Open Access
- Article processing charge (APC)
- What do we publish?
3.1 Aims & scope
3.2 Article types
3.3 Writing your paper
- Editorial policies
4.1 Peer Review Policy
4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
4.6 Research ethics and patient consent
4.7 Clinical Trials
4.8 Reporting guidelines
- Publishing policies
5.1 Publication ethics
5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
- Preparing your manuscript
6.1 Word processing formats
6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
6.3 Supplemental material
6.4 Reference style
6.5 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
7.1 How to submit your manuscript
7.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
7.3 Information required for completing your submission
7.5 Information required for completing your submission
- On acceptance and publication
8.1 SAGE Production
8.2 Continuous publication
8.3 Promoting your article
- Further information
1. Open Access
Bioinformatics and Biology Insights is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. Each article accepted by
peer review is made freely available online immediately upon publication, is published under a Creative
Commons license and will be hosted online in perpetuity. Publication costs of the journal are covered by
the collection of article processing charges which are paid by the funder, institution or author of each
manuscript upon acceptance. There is no charge for submitting a paper to the journal.
If, after peer review, your manuscript is accepted for publication, a one-time article processing charge
(APC) is payable. This APC covers the cost of publication and ensures that your article will be freely
available online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons license.
The article processing charge (APC) is $1,848 USD for authors in North America and £1,399 for authors in
all other countries.*
*The article processing charge (APC) is payable upon acceptance after peer review and is subject to value
added tax (VAT) where applicable. If the paying author/institution is based in the European Union, to
comply with European law, VAT must be added to the APC. Providing a VAT registration number will
allow an institution to avoid paying this tax, except for UK institutions. Payments can be made in GBP or
Before submitting your manuscript to Bioinformatics and Biology Insights, please ensure you
have read the Aims & Scope
Bioinformatics and Biology Insights welcomes submissions of the following types:
- Commentaries discuss the findings, implications, and/or outcomes of specific
research or wider research on a general topic. They elaborate on or offer original
ideas about a specific paper or a widely-researched subject. Commentaries
differ from reviews in that they present the author’s original ideas and
suggestions instead of only collating and reporting the previous research.
- Written by the Editor-in-Chief, deputy Editor-in-Chief, Guest Editor or Associate
Editor of a journal, editorials are intended to inform readers of changes
concerning the journal, or to introduce supplements, special issues, or new ideas
relevant to the journal. In limited circumstances individuals other than the
individuals listed here may propose an editorial topic if they wish.
3. Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor should consist of one or two paragraphs totaling no more than 500 words,
no abstract, no subheadings and fewer than 8 references (one author, et al., no titles). If an
abstract is included, it will automatically be made the first paragraph. Letters should not include
figures or research material. Letters to the editor are not charged an APC.
A letter to the editor is a brief communication that addresses the contents of a published article.
Its purpose is to make corrections, provide alternative viewpoints, or offer counter arguments. Avoid
logical fallacies and ad hominem attacks. Letters to the editor must be written in a professional tone
and include references to support all claims if appropriate.
4. Meeting reports
- This manuscript type reports on a meeting with specific relevance to the journal
it is submitted to. Meetings can be international or national conferences or
5. Original Research
- These should detail original experiments/research conducted by the authors.
Any research on any topic is accepted, provided it falls within the aims and scope
of the journal. Original research must add to scientific knowledge on the subject
and must be completed in accordance with ethical principles. Research on
humans or animals must have applicable ethical approvals.
- A review is a detailed examination including the benefits and drawbacks of a
medicine, therapeutic technique, computer program, policy, or anything else
appropriate to the journal. They are substantially composed of a report on
previous research. Authors wishing to present original ideas in addition should
choose the Commentary type. All journals accept unsolicited review
manuscripts for peer review.
7. Short commentaries
- A short commentary is similar to a commentary but briefer at around 1,000
words excluding references.
8. Short reports
- Short reports present new research that adds to previous studies. This can be
reporting on the reliability or unreliability of research or informing readers of
new factors that may influence the outcome of the study. Authors must
acknowledge the work they build upon including any unpublished sources.
Manuscripts should be no longer than approximately 1,000 words excluding
9. Technical advances
- A broad-scoped category of manuscript reporting an advance within the journal's
scope. New procedures, experiments, standard practices, or computational
methods should be presented in technical advance articles. They report on
significant advancements in technology that the reader will benefit from learning
The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to
3.3.1 Making your article discoverable
When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title,
keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search
engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article,
write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway:
How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online
The journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by two expert reviewers. Bioinformatics
and Biology Insights utilizes a single-blind peer review process in which the reviewer’s name and
information is withheld from the author. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible,
while maintaining rigor. Reviewers make comments to the author and recommendations to the
Editor-in-Chief who then makes the final decision.
The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for
possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by
alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor / Board member will have no
involvement in the decision-making process.
Bioinformatics and Biology Insights is committed to delivering high quality, fast peer-review for
your paper, and as such has partnered with Publons. Publons is a third party service that seeks
to track, verify and give credit for peer review. Reviewers for Bioinformatics and Biology Insights
can opt in to Publons in order to claim their reviews or have them automatically verified and
added to their reviewer profile. Reviewers claiming credit for their review will be associated
with the relevant journal, but the article name, reviewer’s decision and the content of their
review is not published on the site. For more information visit the Publons website.
Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing
authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed
to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.
The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all
(i) Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition,
analysis or interpretation of data,
(ii) Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
(iii) Approved the version to be published,
(iv) Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public
responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have
participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the
When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the
individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully
meet the criteria for authorship.
Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone
does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for
authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International
Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an
Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person
who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.
4.3.1 Writing assistance
Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do
not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors
must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of
input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.
It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.
Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of
Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.
Bioinformatics and Biology Insights requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a
consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page
on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the
event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency
in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
It is the policy of Bioinformatics and Biology Insights to require a declaration of conflicting
interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all
Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of
your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists,
please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.
For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations.
Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical
Association Declaration of Helsinki.
Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct,
Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers
reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant
Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure
that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the
For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether
participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.
Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in
the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for
patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally
authorized representative. Please do not submit the patient’s actual written informed consent with
your article, as this in itself breaches the patient’s confidentiality. The Journal requests that you
confirm to us, in writing, that you have obtained written informed consent but the written consent
itself should be held by the authors/investigators themselves, for example in a patient’s hospital
record. The confirmatory letter may be uploaded with your submission as a separate file.
Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants
All research involving animals submitted for publication must be approved by an ethics
committee with oversight of the facility in which the studies were conducted. The journal has
adopted the Consensus Author Guidelines on Animal Ethics and Welfare for Veterinary Journals
published by the International Association of Veterinary Editors.
Bioinformatics and Biology Insights conforms to the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are
registered in a WHO-approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient
enrolment as a condition of consideration for publication. The trial registry name and URL, and
registration number must be included at the end of the abstract.
The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type
of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include
a completed CONSORT flow chart as a cited figure and the completed CONSORT checklist should
be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. Systematic reviews and metaanalyses
should include the completed PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and the completed
PRISMA checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. The
EQUATOR wizard can help you identify the appropriate guideline.
Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives.
SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to
refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the
Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.
Bioinformatics and Biology Insights and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism
or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of
our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles.
Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles
may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to
have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or
with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we
reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or
corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of
department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or
taking appropriate legal action.
5.1.2 Prior publication
If material has been previously published, it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE
journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be
considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in
doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.
Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s
Publishing Agreement. Bioinformatics and Biology Insights publishes manuscripts under
Creative Commons licenses. The standard license for the journal is Creative Commons by
Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC), which allows others to re-use the work without
permission as long as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial. For more
information, you are advised to visit SAGE's OA licenses page.
Alternative license arrangements are available, for example, to meet particular funder
mandates, made at the author’s request.
The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and
(La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please
visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines
Figures supplied in color will appear in color online.
This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images
etc) alongside the full-text of the article. These will be subjected to peer-review alongside the
article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplemental files,
which can be found within our Manuscript Submission Guidelines page.
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript
formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit
SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title,
keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search
engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your
article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author
Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.
Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and
telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should
be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the
submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must
match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the
required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files
(including reporting guidelines where relevant).
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process
SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID
provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher
and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission,
supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that
their work is recognized.
We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their
ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the
submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match
what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed on the manuscript should be the institution
where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the
research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this
stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded
any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any
illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further
information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our
Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
If your paper is accepted for publication after peer review, you will first be asked to complete the
contributor’s publishing agreement. Once your manuscript files have been checked for SAGE Production,
the corresponding author will be asked to pay the article processing charge (APC) via a payment link.
Once the APC has been processed, your article will be prepared for publication and can appear online
within an average of 30 days. Please note that no production work will occur on your paper until the
APC has been received.
Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the
production process. Proofs will made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal
SAGE Edit, or by email to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are
reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names,
affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest
statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this
stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorizing the change.
One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an open access journal is the speed to
publication. With no page count constraints, your article will be published online in a fully
citable form with a DOI number as soon as it has completed the production process. At this time
it will be completely free to view and download for all.
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is
as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help
you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.
In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich,
share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximize your article’s impact
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission
process should be sent to the Bioinformatics and Biology Insights editorial office as follows:
Erin O'Brien | Erin.OBrien@sagepub.com