Acta Biotheoretica promotes theoretical biology, encompassing mathematical biology and the philosophy of biology, and paying special attention to the methodology of formation of biological theory.

The journal welcomes papers on all kinds of biological theories. The range of coverage includes philosophy of biology, biomathematics, computational biology, genetics, ecology and morphology. Articles can present the process of theory formation in verbal or mathematical form. The journal sometimes presents purely methodological papers devoted to the historical origins of the philosophy underlying biological theories and concepts.

Acta Biotheoretica also publishes critical book reviews, short commentaries on previous papers and short notes directing attention to interesting new theoretical ideas.

  • Promotes theoretical biology, encompassing mathematical biology and the philosophy of biology
  • Topics include philosophy of biology, biomathematics, computational biology, genetics, ecology and morphology
  • Also publishes (commissioned) book reviews, commentaries on previous papers and notes on interesting new theoretical ideas

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  • F.J.A. Jacobs
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Hybrid (Transformative Journal). How to publish with us, including Open Access

Journal metrics

1.774 (2020)
Impact factor
1.394 (2020)
Five year impact factor
23 days
Submission to first decision (Median)
49,872 (2021)

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This journal has 26 open access articles

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  5. Biological Abstracts
  6. CAB Abstracts
  8. CNKI
  10. Current Contents/ Agriculture, Biology & Environmental Sciences
  11. Dimensions
  12. EBSCO Biomedical Reference Collection
  13. EBSCO Discovery Service
  14. EMBiology
  15. Engineering Village – GEOBASE
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  19. Medline
  20. Naver
  21. OCLC WorldCat Discovery Service
  22. PhilPapers
  23. Portico
  24. ProQuest-ExLibris Primo
  25. ProQuest-ExLibris Summon
  26. SCImago
  27. SCOPUS
  28. Science Citation Index
  29. Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE)
  30. TD Net Discovery Service
  31. UGC-CARE List (India)
  32. Wanfang
  33. Zoological Record
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