Development is a leading primary research journal in the field of developmental biology. It is published by The Company of Biologists, a not for profit publishing organisation dedicated to supporting and inspiring the biological community. From its initial launch in 1953 as the Journal of Embryology and Experimental Morphology to the present day, Development continues to publish cutting-edge research articles across the spectrum of plant and animal development, covering topics ranging from stem cells and nuclear reprogramming to evolutionary developmental and systems biology, from neurobiology to regional specification, morphogenesis and organogenesis, and from epigenetics to the aetiology of disease.
Development is edited by expert researchers in the field, and all articles are subject to rigorous peer review. In addition to primary research articles, Development also publishes a range of commissioned review-based articles aimed at synthesising the latest advances in the field, putting forward new hypotheses to provoke debate and inspire new research directions, and educating newcomers to the field. For more information on publishing in Development, please visit our submission, article types and journal policies pages.
Development offers Advance Online posting of accepted articles on its Advance Articles site, which is updated weekly, and issues are published twice a month online and in print.
What Development offers
- Editorial decisions made by expert academic editors
- Review, Primer, Hypothesis and At a Glance articles written by leaders in the field
- Fast publication, online and in print
- Avoidance of multiple rounds of review wherever possible; strong commitment to publishing invited revisions.
- Scoop protection: we won't reject your manuscript on the grounds that a competing paper has come out after yours was submitted.
- No page charges
- Free colour reproduction
- All articles freely available online six months after publication
- Open Access publication option
- Free electronic reprints
- Freely available online archive dating back to 1953
- Wide international circulation
Development uses a number of metrics that together provide a rich view of the journal's performance. These include:
- 2015 Impact Factor 6.1
- 5 Year Impact Factor 6.2
- Eigenfactor Score 0.098
- Article Influence Score 2.9
- h-index 271
- SJR indicator 5.2
- Immediacy index 1.3
- Cited half-life >10
- 2-year median 5
In 2009, Development was designated one of the 100 most influential journals of the past 100 years.
Development is abstracted and/or indexed (amongst others) by: BIOBASE, CAB abstracts, Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Current Contents, EMBASE, ISI Web of Science, Medline and SCOPUS.
Development [ISSN 0950-1991 (print), ISSN 1477-9129 (online)] is a continuation of Journal of Embryology and Experimental Morphology (ISSN 0022-0752)
Supporting the community
Development is a community journal that strives to support the members and the research of the developmental biology community. For example, Development supports younger researchers in the community through its Travelling Fellowship program through which it offers up to £2500 to graduate students and post-docs, who wish to make collaborative visits to other laboratories. The Company of Biologists, the publisher of Development, is also a generous financial supporter of the British Society of Developmental Biology and, through its Meetings Grants program, sponsors numerous meetings and workshops in the field, including Keystone Symposia, Gordon Conferences, EMBO workshops and the annual embryology course at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole. Development itself also sponsors speakers to attend international meetings. Through the Node, Development's community blog, the journal connects the developmental biology community to important information in their field.
Publishing in Development is free of any charges, and authors are provided with free electronic reprints of their papers. All of Development's content is also freely available to community members in developing countries through the HINARI initiative.
All Development's content – including the entire archive dating back to 1953 – is available online, and is fully browsable and searchable. All Development papers are freely available online six months after publication, and authors may choose to make their articles Open Access by paying a subsidized fee. In addition, Development deposits manuscripts in PubMed Central for those authors whose funding providers mandate deposition.
Development is also a participant of the LOCKSS/CLOCKSS projects, an international community initiative through which libraries and publishers work together to preserve their digital content for the long-term.