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Scientific journals in biology

Every scientist needs publications in scientific journals. By sharing the results of your research with the scientific community, you increase the likelihood that the result of your work will find practical application or serve the interests of fundamental science.

Professors publish papers in order to share knowledge and keep academic status. Publications in high impact journals help to build great reputation in the scientific community. Call for papers is announced regularly.

PhD students need to publish papers in academic journals. It helps to build successful academic career. In some countries there is even requirements about the amount of scientific papers a PhD candidate need to publish in order to obtain a degree.

The publication of articles is important not only for scientists, but also for undergraduate and graduate students, because it allows you to introduce yourself in the scientific community. Having published papers in academic journals open up broad opportunities, including great chances for master or PhD degree. Call for papers is announced regularly by journals. Many scientific journals accept articles written by students in a case it is high level research.

It is important to mention the concept of the Hirsch Index, or Science Citation Index. It consists of the number of references to published articles and monographs. The higher the Hirsch index, the more authoritative and weighty the scientist's reputation in the scientific world.

Russia has its own citation index known as the RSCI (Russian Science Citation Index). This is not only a numerical indicator that determines the importance of research of a scientist, but also the largest database of scientific articles on a variety of topics.

What areas in biology scientific journals cover

Scientific journals cover all topics of modern biological science. Therefore, whatever type of scientific knowledge you devote your life, there will certainly be a journal in which you can share your discoveries with the scientific community. All areas of biological research covered in scientific journals can be divided into 3 broad categories:

  • Molecular and Cellular Biology, Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Journals such as Science and Nature;
  • Botany, Zoology, Anthropology, Paleontology - The American Journal of Botany, The Journal of Paleontology;
  • Medicine - The England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association.

The history of scientific journals: the first scientific journal on biology

The first scientific journal in history is considered to be the Journal des Scavans (Journal of Scientists), which was first published on January 5, 1665 in France thanks to the efforts of Theophrastus Renaudot and Denis de Sallot. The journal published essays and articles on the most relevant disciplines of those years - medicine, philosophy, literature and natural sciences. Soon the publication of the journal was discontinued due to criticism of the authorities, but in the winter of 1666 it continued to be published under the editorship of the Monastery of Cuers and the Abbot Jean Gallois.

Until 1723 the journal was published irregularly, but shortly before the Great French Revolution of 1789 it began to be published monthly until 1792, after which it was banned by the revolutionary authorities.

However, not only France stood at the origins of scientific periodicals. In 1665, the English journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society was published, and already in 1668 - the Italian journal Giornale de'Letterati. In 1682, the journal Acta Eruditorum began to be published in Germany, and then Monatsgesprache in German language.

Until the 18th century, new scientific journals did not appear, and only in 1737 Diario de los literates de Espana was established in Spain, and American Magazine in the USA in 1742.

All these journals published book reviews, news from the world of science and art, but were of interest only to a narrow niche of the intellectual elite. Mass distribution of periodicals began much later, when circulation increased, and the cost of subscriptions decreased and education became more accessible for all population. At the end of the 17th century, more than 50 scientific journals were already published in France. Therefore this country is considered to be the ancestor of the scientific periodicals as we know it today.

Current trends in scientific biological journals

Despite the fact that each area of biological science has its own journal, where you can find new and relevant results of the latest research, some areas are especially popular not only in the scientific community, but also in society as a whole. To illustrate:

  • Medical topics, as well as journals devoted to the study of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases;
  • Cellular and molecular biology;
  • Genetics;
  • Bioengineering.

Interest in these areas is driven by the search for potential drugs and research into currently incurable diseases. A comprehensive understanding of these problems will help rid humanity of these diseases and improve the quality of life for millions of people.

Another highly interesting topic for global society is virology in general and research on CoVID-19 in particular.

Russian scientific journals in biology

The most famous and popular Russian scientific periodicals devoted to biological topics are journals included in the list of journals of the Higher Attestation Commission (VAK).

The journals included in the list of peer-reviewed journals of the Higher Attestation Commission meet a number of specific requirements, such as:

  • the presence of peer review process;
  • information transparency;
  • inclusion in the RSCI system;
  • frequency of issues;
  • inclusion in one of the citation systems such as Scopus, PubMed, Web of Science, etc.

Among the respected Russian academic periodicals, the following list of journals should be mentioned:

  • Russian physiological journal;
  • Microbiology;
  • Paleontological journal;
  • Biochemistry;
  • Journal of Higher Nervous Activity;
  • Molecular biology;
  • Neurochemistry.

International scientific journals in biology

In 2009, a list of the 100 most influential biological science journals of the past 100 years was compiled. This ranking was presented by the American Special Libraries Association (SLA), with editor Tony Stankas from the University of Arkansas. Top positions in the list were taken by such journals as:

  • Science;
  • Nature;
  • Proceeding of the National Academy of Science of the USA;
  • The Journal of Zoology;
  • New England Journal of Medicine.

Nature was recognized as the journal of the century.