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Short Communications are Open Biology's report-style article that enables authors to rapidly communicate findings of broad interest in a shorter and concise format.

In scholarly literature, there are many different kinds of articles published by journals. The most common are original research articles and are often the first thing you think of when you hear the words ‘journal article’. In reality, research work often results in a whole mixture of different outputs and it’s not just the final research article that can be published. Finding a home to publish supporting work in different formats can help you start publishing sooner, allowing you to build your publication record and research profile.

In Open Biology, we launched Short Communication articles as a way to provide authors with the flexibility to publish a small number of experiments and their key findings in a concise and shorter format and present their findings as a ‘single-point’ story rather than in a traditional long-format research article. 

The aim of a Short Communication is to draw attention to a topic and/or explain its significance to the non-specialist. It is a short, non-exhaustive, report-style article detailing the importance and often application of a technique. This allows authors to publish the results of a small number of experiments and preliminary results, it may also contain new and challenging ideas and should add value to the scientific literature. The conclusion should be clear and justified, and the findings novel and judged to be of high importance. Short Communication articles are self-proposed by any reader and are peer reviewed. As they’re relatively short, we believe that the format is useful for researchers with results that are time sensitive (for example, those in highly competitive or quickly-changing areas of cell biology) and benefit from a fast turnaround time. 

For a limited time, we are offering a 30% discount on the open access article processing charge for Short Communication articles submitted to Open Biology (August to January 2024 inclusive).*

Recent Short Communication articles in Open Biology

Planar cell polarity: intracellular asymmetry and supracellular gradients of Frizzled
José Casal, Freya Storer and Peter A. Lawrence

Optogenetic manipulation of cyclic guanosine monophosphate to probe phosphodiesterase activities in megakaryocytes
Yujing Zhang, Pascal Benz, Daniel Stehle, Shang Yang, Hendrikje Kurz, Susanne Feil, Georg Nagel, Robert Feil, Shiqiang Gao and Markus Bender

A transgenic zebrafish for in vivo visualization of cilia
Hongyu Zhang, Zhuoya Huang, Liuliu LV, Yuye Xin, Qian Wang, Feng Li, Lina Dong, Changxin Wu, Philip W. Ingham and Zhonghua Zhao

Substrate recognition determinants of human eIF2α phosphatases
George Hodgson, Antonina Andreeva and Anne Bertolotti

How to submit your Short Communication? 

Authors interested in submitting will need to follow the Royal Society Publishing instructions for authors when preparing articles for submission. All submissions will be handled by our dedicated editorial board. Find out more about the benefits of publishing in Open Biology

*Terms and conditions - 

For new Short Communication articles submitted to Open Biology from 1 August 2023 to 31 January 2024 (inclusive), the Article Processing Charge for open access publication will be reduced to £1050. 

Manuscripts submitted outside this time will not receive a discount. This discount is only available to new submissions and not revised manuscripts received during this time. Manuscripts that receive a reject and resubmit decision will not have this discount applied if a resubmission is submitted after 31 January 2024. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts.


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