Biological Theory is devoted to theoretical advances in the fields of evolution and cognition with an emphasis on the conceptual integration afforded by evolutionary and developmental approaches. The journal appeals to a wide audience of scientists, social scientists, and scholars from the humanities, particularly philosophers and historians of biology.

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Editor-in-Chief
  • Stuart A. Newman
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64 days
Submission to first decision
210 days
Submission to acceptance
73,029 (2020)
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  • COVID-19 and impact on peer review

    As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

  • About the journal owner: Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI)

    The Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI) is an independent center of advanced studies in the life and sustainability sciences. The mission of the KLI is to enable scientific reasoning that can contribute to understanding and sustaining life in its biological, cognitive, social, and cultural diversity. The KLI is committed to contribute by addressing pressing challenges of our time through inter and transdisciplinary research. Especially, we believe that theories are crucial to: give meaning to data, connect ideas, facilitate dialogue, stimulate learning, inform new research, and inspire action.

    The KLI supports conceptual and formal research as well as philosophical and historical work that addresses broad and interrelated questions about life. It does not put disciplinary boundaries to creativity and welcome proposals engaging with these questions from the natural and social sciences as well as from philosophy, history and social studies thereof.

    The KLI has founded Biological Theory and decides about the Editorial leadership. The Editor in Chief makes content decisions independent of the KLI.

     The KLI also publishes the book series Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology with Mit Press

  • Editorial Policies & Peer Review

    Original Articles:

    Articles are single anonymous reviewed by at least two independent international reviewers. The Editor-in-Chief makes all final decisions for all submitted papers based on these reviews.

    Feature Articles  (Trend, Profile, Concept, Historical Essay, Essay Review)

    Feature articles are single anonymous reviewed by at least two independent international reviewers. The Editor-in-Chief makes all final decisions for all submitted papers based on these reviews.

    Classics in Biological Theory

    The introductory essays for the Classics feature are reviewed by the section editor for the feature, the EIC, and an Associate Editor or member of the Editorial Board if additional expertise is deemed necessary.

    Procedure Editorials (in house submissions)

    Editorials  by the EiC or by a Guest Editor of a Thematic Issue are reviewed by at least one Associate Editor.

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