Author Archives: Stephen Robinson

The virtues and vices of protein citrullination

Royal Society Publishing has recently published a special Theo Murphy meeting issue from Philosophical Transactions B entitled – The virtues and vices of protein citrullination compiled and edited by Maria A Christophorou, Priyanka Sharma and Xuesen Zhang

The articles can be accessed directly at at

Purchase the print issue at the reduced price of £40 by contacting

The Company of Biologists appoint SPUR Infosolutions as exclusive partner in India

The Company of Biologists are delighted to announce that they have signed an exclusive agreement with SPUR Infosolutions to represent us in India.

 SPUR Infosolutions is experienced in working with librarians and in addressing the information needs of the institutional marketplace. This new partnership provides The Company of Biologists with opportunities to increase our visibility and to expand subscriptions and Read & Publish initiative throughout India.

The full announcement is available online

The Company of Biologists appoint Library Information Service (LIS KOREA) as exclusive representative in South Korea

The Company of Biologists are delighted to announce that they have signed an exclusive agreement with Library Information Service (LIS KOREA) to represent us in South Korea.

 LIS KOREA has many years of experience of working with librarians in a range of settings as well as extensive knowledge of the library subscription and information services marketplaces. This partnership will enable us to better inform the Korean library and research community of our high-quality journals and the benefits of our Read & Publish initiative.

It would be great if you could share the news with your network. The full announcement is available online

Launch of The Forest of Biologists

The Company of Biologists is excited to announce the launch of The Forest of Biologists, a bio-positive publishing initiative. The Company of Biologists will be planting a tree for each Research Article and Review article published in its five journals, as well as preserving ancient woodland to recognise the important work of all peer reviewers. All of these trees are represented together in a virtual forest. This initiative has been created in collaboration with the Woodland Trust, the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity.

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Company of Biologists joins Jisc’s Publications Router service

The Company of Biologists joins Jisc’s Publications Router service

The Company of Biologists is delighted to announce that they are now providing full-text Open Access (OA) articles for distribution to UK institutional repositories via Jisc’s Publications Router service. This means that the version of record is delivered automatically to authors’ institutions, usually within seven weeks of acceptance, together with rich and authoritative metadata.

The Jisc Publications Router service is available to Jisc-member higher education institutions with compatible systems.

Steve Byford, Product Manager (Open Research Services) at Jisc says:

“The launch of The Company of Biologists’ feed to Publications Router adds to the range of content that it is delivering automatically straight into institutions’ open repositories. This enables them to capture, curate and showcase their researchers’ articles from a growing list of publishers of all sizes, and to do so as efficiently as possible. This helps them meet their open access objectives and to demonstrate their compliance with funder policies.”

Richard Blount, Regional Sales Manager (Europe and Australasia) at The Company of Biologists says:

“The three-year Read & Publish agreement that we signed with Jisc in 2022 is proving very popular. 44 Jisc-member institutions are already participating, including all 30 that took part in the 2-year pilot that preceded it. We are excited to be enhancing the service that we offer to UK higher education institutions by delivering our full-text Open Access articles automatically to repositories via Jisc’s Publications Router service, and this new partnership follows our participation in the OA Switchboard which is available to Jisc-member institutions free of charge until the end of 2023.”

Claire Moulton, Publisher at The Company of Biologists, says:

 “The Company of Biologists has a long-standing commitment to Open Access and a track record of innovation. Our journals were the first in the world to be afforded Transformative Journal status by Plan S and, thanks to the success of our Read & Publish initiative, we exceeded our public commitment to grow OA content by over 5% during 2021. We are also keen to participate in services such as Jisc’s Publications Router which help to accelerate the transition to OA.”

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The Astbury Conversation

A prestigious line up of speakers has been announced for a two-day online symposium, that this year will be free to attend.

Seeing into Cells is the theme of the 2022 Astbury Conversation

In line with previous events we will have a Nobel Prize winner as a keynote speaker. Richard Henderson was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2017, joining past speakers Brian Kobilka (Nobel Prize 2012) and Michael Levitt (Nobel Prize 2013).

Richard will speak on recent innovations in cryo-electron microscopy and deliver the the plenary public lecture:

 “Zooming in on the molecules of life”

Other speakers include:

Marc Baldus (Utrecht University’s Bijovet Center for Biomolecular Research)

Wendy Barclay (Imperial College London)

Bernd Bukau (Center for Molecular Biology of Heidelberg University)

Bridget Carragher (New York Structural Biology Center)

Alf Honigmann, Tony Hyman (Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics)

Syma Khalid (University of Oxford)

Wanda Kukulski (University of Bern)

For researchers wanting to know about the latest developments, or those simply interested in learning more about the hidden – but fascinating – world of macromolecules, the Astbury Conversation will help provide new insights and understanding.

Thanks to the support of sponsors, registration is free. More details at