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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

The Company of Biologists launches new journal websites

The Company of Biologists has migrated its leading journals to the hosting platform of Silverchair, improving user experience and maximising the discoverability of their content for the biological community.

The Silverchair Platform now hosts The Company of Biologists’ five influential journals: Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology, Disease Models & Mechanisms, and Biology Open. The journal websites, available via have been given an updated, modern design, with additional functionalities, such as split-screen view for easy data reference. Moving platforms has also given the Company’s journals access to a range of partner integrations via the Silverchair Universe.

Silverchair prides itself on offering its clients easy-to-use tools for site creation and updating. The Company of Biologists is also pleased to offer its institutional customers an enhanced administrator functionality.

“We have enjoyed collaborating with The Company of Biologists team on their migration and are thrilled to see their important content now launched on the Silverchair Platform,” said Thane Kerner, Silverchair CEO. “The Company of Biologists joins a community of nonprofit publisher peers who need a cost-effective, independent platform that offers them the agility to create new sites, collections, and products as quickly as their needs change and new opportunities emerge.”

“We’d like to thank both Silverchair and our internal teams for all the work and effort that has gone into this important project”, said Claire Moulton, Publisher at The Company of Biologists. “We believe that joining this platform gives us greater flexibility as we evolve the ways in which we present content to our communities, enhancing our service to readers and authors.”

About The Company of Biologists

The Company of Biologists is a not-for-profit publishing organisation dedicated to supporting and inspiring the biological community. The company is run by distinguished practising scientists and it exists to profit science, not shareholders. We inspire new thinking and support the community of biologists. We ensure the profits from the hard work of scientists inspire future scientific discovery and develop the next generation.

About Silverchair

Silverchair is the leading independent platform partner for scholarly and professional publishers, providing both advanced technology and a team dedicated to strategy, service, and growth. The Silverchair Platform delivers distinctive sites and unique products to host publishers’ high-value content and drive usage for greater reach and impact. We support our clients’ missions through close collaboration, self-serve tools, and a flexible, omni-format content solution to empower their product vision.

For more information contact:

  • Jitske de Vries, Marketing Manager, The Company of Biologist (
  • Stephanie Lovegrove Hansen, Senior Marketing Manager, Silverchair (