Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Archives of Biological Sciences is a multidisciplinary journal that covers original research in a wide range of subjects in life science, including biology, ecology, human biology and biomedical research.

The Archives of Biological Sciences features articles in genetics, botany and zoology (including higher and lower terrestrial and aquatic plants and animals, prokaryote biology, algology, mycology, entomology, etc.); biological systematics; evolution; biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, including all aspects of normal cell functioning, from embryonic to differentiated tissues and in different pathological states; physiology, including chronobiology, thermal biology, cryobiology; radiobiology; neurobiology; immunology, including human immunology; human biology, including the biological basis of specific human pathologies and disease management.


 

Section Policies

Articles

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Peer Review Process

When a manuscript is submitted the Archives of Biological Sciences, it undergoes an initial prescreening by the Editor-in-Chief and appropriate members of the Editorial Board in order to determine whether or not the paper fits the scope of the journal. If the Editorial Board establishes that the manuscript meets the journal’s minimum standards for publication, the paper will then undergo the review process.

The Archives of Biological Sciences conducts a single-blind peer review process. In the main review phase, the Editor-in-Chief sends the received papers to two or three experts in the field. The reviewers’ evaluation form contains a checklist in order to help referees to cover all aspects that can decide the fate of the publication. In the final section of the evaluation form, the reviewers must include observations and suggestions for improvement that are sent to the authors, without the names of the reviewers.

All the reviewers of a paper remain anonymous to the authors and act independently before, during and after the evaluation process. They have different affiliations, and they are not aware of each other’s identities. If the decisions of the two (or three) reviewers are not the same (accept/reject), the paper is rejected. 

 

Publication Frequency

The Archives of Biological Sciences is published quarterly in open access electronic format.

 

Open Access Policy

Articles published in the Archives of Biological Sciences will be Open-Access articles distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

 

Editorial Process

When a manuscript is submitted the Archives of Biological Sciences, it undergoes an initial prescreening by the Editor-in-Chief and appropriate members of the Editorial Board in order to determine whether or not the paper fits the scope of the journal. If the Editorial Board establishes that the manuscript meets the journal’s minimum standards for publication, the paper will then undergo the review process.

After completion of the peer review process, which is described above, the manuscript enters the editing phase and is sent to the layout editor. If any additional corrections are required, the manuscript is returned to the author. After any minor technical corrections that do not require further peer review, the article obtains a DOI and is uploaded to the doiSerbia webpage (http://doiserbia.nb.rs/journal.aspx?issn=0354-4664).

 

Publishing Ethics

The Archives of Biological Sciences strives to ensure the accurate, timely, fair and ethical publication of a scientific paper. Therefore, it has adopted clear and strict guidelines for all parties involved in publication of a scientific paper: the author, the editor, the peer reviewers, and the publisher.

Authors' responsibilities

Authors must certify that their manuscripts are their original work.
Authors must certify that the manuscript has not previously been published elsewhere.
Authors must certify that the manuscript is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere.
Authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.
All Authors mentioned in the paper must have significantly contributed to the research.
Authors must state that all data in the paper are real and authentic.
Authors must notify the Editors of any conflicts of interest.
Authors must identify all sources used in the creation of their manuscript.
Authors must report any errors they discover in their published paper to the Editors.
Each author must disclose if another party had the right to review the paper prior to its circulation.

Reviewers' responsibilities

Reviewers should keep all information regarding articles confidential and treat them as privileged information.
Reviews should be conducted objectively, with no personal criticism of the author.
Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors.
Reviewers should also call to the Editor-in-Chief's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
Reviewers should not review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the articles.

Editors' responsibilities

Editors have complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article.
Editors are responsible for the contents and overall quality of the publication.
Editors should guarantee the quality of the articles and the integrity of the academic record.
Editors should publish errata pages or make corrections when needed.
Editors should base their decisions solely one the articles' importance, originality, clarity and relevance to publication's scope.
Editors should not reverse their decisions nor overturn the ones of previous editors without serious reason.
Editors should preserve the anonymity of reviewers.
Editors should ensure that all research material they publish conforms to internationally accepted ethical guidelines.
Editors should act if they suspect misconduct, whether a paper is published or unpublished, and make all reasonable attempts to persist in obtaining a resolution to the problem.
Editors should not reject articles based on suspicions, they should have proof of misconduct.
Editors should not allow any conflicts of interest between staff, authors, reviewers and board members.

Publisher’s responisbilties

All submitted articles are subject to strict peer-review process by at least two reviewers that are experts in the area of the particular paper.
The factors that are taken into account in review are relevance, soundness, significance, originality, readability and language.
The possible decisions include acceptance, acceptance with revisions, or rejection. If authors are encouraged to revise and resubmit a submission, there is no guarantee that the revised submission will be accepted. Rejected articles will not be re-reviewed.
The paper acceptance is constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.

 

Conflict of Intereset

When submitting a manuscript, the corresponding author has to disclose any actual or perceived conflicts of interest on the part of any author. A declared conflict of interest does not imply any unethical behavior. A declared conflict informs all parties about relationships that could affect scientific judgment. Potential conflicts of interest include affiliations, financial relationships, personal relationships, or funding sources that could be perceived as influencing an author’s objectivity regarding the content of the manuscript. A conflict of interest disclosure is published at the end of the article.

 

Procedures for dealing with unethical behavior

The editor is responsible for deciding which articles submitted to the journal will be published. The editor is guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by legal requirements in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. Articles that have been published shall remain extant, exact and unaltered as long as it is possible. However, very occasionally, circumstances may arise where an article is published that must later be retracted. The main reason for withdrawal or retraction is to correct the mistake while preserving the integrity of science; it is not to punish the author.

Retraction policy

Article Withdrawal: Only used for OnLine First articles, which are early versions of articles and sometimes contain errors, or may have been accidentally submitted twice. Occasionally, but less frequently, the articles may represent infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submission, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data.

Article Retraction: Legal limitations of the publisher, copyright holder or author(s), infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submission, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or the like require retraction of an article. Occasionally a retraction can be used to correct errors in submission or publication.

Standards for dealing with retractions have been developed by a number of library and scholarly bodies, and this practice has been adopted for article retraction by the Archives of Biological Sciences: In the electronic version of the retraction note, a link is made to the original article.

In the electronic version of the original article, a link is made to the retraction note where it is clearly stated that the article has been retracted. The original article is retained unchanged, save for a watermark on the PDF indicating on each page that it is “retracted.”

 

Self-archiving Policy

The Archives of Biological Sciences allows authors to deposit Author's Pre-print, Author's Post-print (accepted version) and Publisher's version/PDF in an nstitutional repository and non-commercial subject-based repositories, such as PubMed entral, Europe PMC or arXiv, or to publish it on author's personal website and epartmental website, at any time after publication. Publisher copyright and source must be acknowledged for deposit of Author's Post-print or Publisher's version/PDF, and a link must be made to the article's DOI.

 

OnLine First

After copyediting is completed, manuscripts obtain DOI and are published online as OnLine First on the doiSerbia web page (http://doiserbia.nb.rs/journal.aspx?issn=0354-4664). These articles are pre-print versions of the submission.

 

Indexing

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Zoological Record
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0.57
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Journal Impact Factor:

0.648 (2017)

0.352 (2016)

0.367 (2015)

0.718 (2014)

0.607 (2013)

0.791 (2012)

0.360 (2011)

0.356 (2010)

0.238 (2009)

 

Publication Charges

The Archives of Biological Sciences does not charge any manuscript processing and/or publishing fees.

 

Cover Design

The cover page has been designed by Ms Milica Simonović. The cover page illustrations are solicited from authors of accepted papers published in the current issue.

 

Disclaimer

The views expressed in the published works do not express the views of the Editors and Editorial Staff. The authors take legal and moral responsibility for the ideas expressed in the articles. Publisher shall have no liability in the event of issuance of any claims for damages. The Publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.

 

Ethics Statement

Studies involving animals (live vertebrates) must be performed in strict accordance with internationally-accepted standards and regulations. Authors must obtain prior approval from their Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee or equivalent Institutional Ethics Committee at submission as a separate supplementary file. The Ethics Statement must be declared in the manuscript under the first heading of the Materials and Methods section.

For experiments (biochemical research) involving human subjects, authors must present an Institutional Review Board (IRB) statement. Authors must identify the committee approving the experiments and include with their submission a statement confirming that Informed Consent was obtained from all subjects. This must be declared in the manuscript under the first heading of the Materials and Methods section.