The Journal of the History of Biology is devoted to the history of the biological sciences, with additional interest and concern in philosophical and social issues confronting biology. While all historical epochs are touched upon, the journal pays particular attention to developments during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The journal serves both the working biologist who needs a full understanding to the historical and philosophical bases of the field and the historian of biology interested in following developments in the biological sciences.

  • Examines the history of the biological sciences
  • Devotes interest and concern to philosophical and social issues confronting biology
  • Pays particular attention to developments of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

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Editors-in-Chief
  • Karen A. Rader,
  • Marsha Richmond
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Hybrid. Open Access options available

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0.864 (2019)
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0.990 (2019)
Five year impact factor
68 days
Submission to first decision
469 days
Submission to acceptance
37,473 (2019)
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Volume 53

Issue 2, June 2020

Special issue: The Twentieth-Century Desire for Morphology

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This journal has 32 open access articles

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