Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

This is the Journal of the National Institutes of Bioscience which is a platform where outputs from the strategic partnership can be published and shared.

The first publication is a special edition including a meeting report and speaker papers from an event held on the 6th September 2016: Genome Editing and the Future of Farming


Section Policies

Conference proceedings

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

National Institutes of Bioscience Journal adopts a peer review process to maintain a high academic standard. Initially, all articles will be assessed by the editor(s) before sending out to the advisory board for peer review. Manuscripts may be returned with suggested changes at each review stage. If you have any queries about the peer-review process, email (nib@roslin.ed.ac.uk).


Publication Frequency

The first publication is a special edition following the Genome Editing and the Future of Farming meeting held at The Roslin Institute on 6th September 2016.

Further publications will be issued as and when further meetings and events are held.


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.

This journal’s open access policy is in line with UK research funders’ policies.

This journal does not have Article Processing Charges (APCs) or article submission charges.



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Take Down Policy

Journals using the hosting platform http://journals.ed.ac.uk are encouraged to make every effort to ensure that published content does not infringe any person's rights, or applicable UK laws.

However, if you believe that content, in any of the journals hosted on this platform, may be illegal, please contact the Head of Library Research Support who will review the complaint and take appropriate action.

Research & Learning (Library & University Collections)
Floor F (East)Argyle House
Lady Lawson Street,
Edinburgh EH3 8SH

Email: edopenjournals@mlist.is.ed.ac.uk

Please note the Library is staffed 9-5pm Monday-Friday.

Making a complaint

In the body of the email please provide the following information:

  • Describe the infringement in as much detail as possible so that the specific content may be readily identified. The URL in the address bar will allow us to lookup the specific section.
  • Describe your relationship to the content, e.g. I am the author/creator of the material.
  • Describe the grounds for complaint, some examples are:
    • Unauthorised use by reason of reproduction and/or making available the material.
    • Breach of the moral right of [paternity/integrity/right not to have my work subjected to derogatory treatment].
    • Other complaints, e.g. defamation, breach of confidence, data protection.

On receipt of your complaint, the Library will:
  1. Make an initial assessment of its validity
  2. For all but spurious complaints, temporarily remove access to the item that is subject to complaint
  3. Acknowledge receipt of the complaint by email
  4. Contact the journal responsible for the publication of the content in question to invite a response
  5. Seek to verify your identity and authority as complainant
  6. Refer the complaint to the University's Legal Advisor for comment and advice

Potential outcomes:

When the Head of Library Research Support has verified the authenticity of your complaint and has been advised that it is ostensibly legitimate, the file will be permanently removed from public access.
If the Legal Advisor confirms that it does not breach any law then the item will be reinstated.

March 2017