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Email sales@biologists.com

Institutional subscriptions

Institutional prices

Tier coding grid

The Company of Biologists operates a tiered pricing system. If you are unclear about the tier in which your organisation should be classified, please contact sales@biologists.com.

Tier 5 subscriptions and consortia agreements are negotiated individually with The Company of Biologists.

Subscriptions are accepted for a calendar year only.

Personal subscriptions

Individuals and Societies

Individual/Society online subscription rates are only applicable when a subscription is for personal use. By purchasing at this rate you are:

  • representing that the journal will be used only for personal, non-commercial purposes and
  • agreeing to our Copyright conditions and Terms and Conditions of use for personal subscribers

Subscriptions are accepted for a calendar year only.

  • VAT registered institutions and agents in the EU (excluding UK)
    VAT will not be charged on online and combined subscriptions, subject to the provision of a valid EU VAT number.
  • Non-VAT registered institutions, agents and individuals in the EU (excluding UK)
    VAT will be charged at the local rate on online and combined subscriptions.
  • UK institutions, agents and individuals
    VAT will be charged at 20% on all online and combined subscriptions.

The Company of Biologists Limited registered VAT number is GB 214 4240 10.

Full prepayment in the correct currency is required for all orders: USD ($) for orders delivered to USA or Canada; Euros (€) for orders delivered within Europe (excluding UK); GBP (£) for orders delivered elsewhere.

The following methods of payment are accepted:

  • By bank transfer to Barclays Bank PLC, 9 -11 St. Andrews Street, Cambridge, CB2 3AA. Sort code 20-17-19. SWIFT/BIC code BUKBGB22. Please quote your invoice and subscriber number (if known) when making payment and send remittance information to subscriptions@biologists.com.
    • GBP (£) to account number 93852636, IBAN GB81 BUKB 2017 1993 8526 36
    • USD ($) to account number 56473800, IBAN GB10 BUKB 2017 1956 4738 00
    • Euro (€) to account number 69383677, IBAN GB18 BUKB 2017 1969 3836 7
  • By credit card we only accept MasterCard or Visa.
  • By cheque payable to ‘The Company of Biologists Limited’.

Online access is subject to the completion of a Site Licence.

All orders are regarded as firm and subscription payments are not refundable after the first issue has been despatched or online access has been activated.

Institutional subscriptions

By purchasing a licence and by using the journals and websites of The Company of Biologists, you are agreeing to our Copyright Policy and the terms and conditions of use as set out in our Site Licence.

Site Licence

    Institutional prices for online subscriptions allow online access by authorised users on one contiguous campus community and network.  Extended licences are available for multi-campus or consortium.
Personal subscriptions

By purchasing a licence and by using the journals and websites of The Company of Biologists, you are agreeing to our Copyright conditions and the Terms and Conditions of use as set out below:

Our commitment to you:

Subscriptions are valid between 1 January and 31 December of any given year.

If you purchase an online subscription, a quality electronic version of your selected journal will be available before paper publication and distribution. We will try to keep our website available at all reasonable times, subject to necessary maintenance and unforeseen events.

The rights we will grant:

Our journals are protected by copyright and our copyright statements and disclaimers will apply. Please note that we do not accept responsibility for the work of our authors and also that, because our organisation is not-for-profit, we require to limit our liability to the amount of your subscription fee.

Users may:

  • Copy, download and store full text articles for their personal scholarly research and educational use
  • Use articles for teaching purposes and any other purposes permitted by our copyright statement. Each item must carry appropriate acknowledgement of the authors, journal, year, volume, issue, page citation and publisher

Users may not:

  • Remove or alter the authors’ names or the Publisher’s copyright notices or other means of identification or disclaimers as they appear on the websites or in the journal content
  • Systematically make print or electronic copies or multiple extracts or make multiple copies of any part of the content for any purpose other than that permitted by the copyright statement
  • Prepare derivative works or download, mount or distribute any part of the content on any electronic system or network, including without limitation the Internet and the World Wide Web, other than the Secure Network, except when permission has been obtained from The Company of Biologists
  • Alter, abridge or otherwise modify the content or any part of them for any purpose whatsoever
  • Users may not use open proxies. This is strictly prohibited
  • Share passwords or accounts with friends or colleagues

Users must seek and obtain permission from The Company of Biologists prior to all possible uses above. Contact: permissions@biologists.com.

Unauthorised use may lead to the termination of your subscription.

Users accessing the journal sites through a mobile device will be detected and automatically redirected to the mobile-optimised web interface. Access control will be the same as on the main journal websites. An institution’s subscription will give users access to all content through the institution’s wifi connection, with the added ability for users to access content when off campus using a simple authentication process.

Supported operating systems include IOS (iPhone and iPod touch), Blackberry OS and Android smartphones.

Please note that full customer details including an email address are required.  Even when sending print copies to a consolidated shipping address.

The Company of Biologists have exclusive country representatives/agents for China and Japan.

We also have outsourced sales representation in Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka. Taiwan and Vietnam.

You may order directly through one of our representatives or direct via The Company of Biologists.  Where we have exclusive country arrangements, you will be re-directed to the local contact.

In the first instance, please contact


Tel +44 (0) 1223 632850

The Company of Biologists
Bidder Building
Station Road
CB24 9LF
United Kingdom

For USA, please write to:

Journal name
Air Business Ltd
c/o Worldnet Shipping Inc
156-15 146th Avenue, 2nd Floor
Jamaica, NY 11434

For UK and rest of world, email sales@biologists.com.

Please quote your subscription number when requesting a change of address.

If you require a back issue quotation, please contact sales@biologists.com.


Claims for missing print issues should be made immediately after receipt of a subsequent issue or within three months of the journal despatch date.

Claims for damage or shortage should be reported within three days of receipt of the journal issue, otherwise a claim cannot be considered.

Please contact sales@biologists.com, providing the following information:

Your subscriber number, your full name and address, the journal name and relevant volume and issue number.

Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology offer FREE online access to developing economies by participating in the following initiatives.


Over 6400 journals are now available free of charge to developing countries through the HINARI programme, organised by the World Health Organization and major publishers worldwide. This is one of the largest collections of biomedical and health literature, made available to health institutions in 108 countries, areas and territories and so contributing to improved world health.


Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE) enables developing countries to have access to one of the world’s greatest collections of research in the Environmental Sciences. OARE is an international public-private consortium coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Yale University and leading scientific publishers.
Over 2990 peer reviewed titles are now available in more than 100 low income countries.


AGORA was set up by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) together with major publishers. It provides 1900 journals to institutes in 107 counties in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science and social sciences.


HighWire offers access to countries appearing in the World Bank’s list of ‘low income economies’ plus Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Djibouti, Georgia, Indonesia and Turkmenistan. Users do not need to sign up for this service as HighWire’s software automatically detects the country they are connecting from and grants access accordingly.

Perpetual access

The Company of Biologists is a HighWire Press affiliated publisher and fully supports the LOCKSS Programme, a multi-institutional, multi-publisher initiative to create a permanent web publishing and access system.

LOCKSS replicates the traditional model of libraries keeping physical copies of books, journals, etc. in their collections, making it possible for libraries to keep copies of digital materials long-term. When libraries have custody of the content, they need not pay continued access fees for post-cancellation access.

LOCKSS provides libraries with the open source software and support to build their own collections and acquire a copy of the assets they pay for. LOCKSS preserves all formats and genres of web-published content. The intellectual content which includes the historical context (look and feel) is preserved. LOCKSS is OAIS compliant; the software migrates content forward in time; and the bits and bytes are continually audited and repaired.

Content preserved by libraries through LOCKSS becomes a part of their collection and they have perpetual access to 100% of titles preserved in their LOCKSS box.

Please see www.lockss.org for more information and to install a LOCKSS box.

Dark archive

The Company of Biologists has also partnered with CLOCKSS to preserve all their electronic journals at their geographically distributed network of redundant archive nodes located at 12 major research libraries around the world. This gives libraries the assurance that they will have a secure preservation solution and permanent access to our journals should a ‘trigger event’ ever occur.

Institutional subscriptions

Before activating your online subscription, subscribers must first read and agree to the terms of the relevant online licence agreement

Following payment in full of your subscription, you will receive an email confirming that your subscription has been activated. Please ensure that you send us your complete range of IP addresses, as these are entered by The Company of Biologists. Those using addresses not registered will not have access to our journals.

Some institutions use proxy servers to network their environment. This means that all the IP addresses of the computers people are using appear to our server as a single IP address. Under the terms of our site licence, use via open proxies and other non-authenticated proxy servers are prohibited.

Please note IP addresses/ranges are limited to the geographical area of the subscriber’s address. This means that, for example, an institution that has offices in both London and New York cannot share a subscription via IP if the account holder is in London. To get access, the New York office would also need its own subscription.

List each IP address, or partial IP address, following these rules:

  • The only characters allowed are numbers, dashes (-), or asterisks (*)
  • There should be 4 segments (containing max 3 characters) and no segment of an IP address can be blank
  • The allowed values for the first segment are 1-223
  • The allowed values for segments 2, 3, 4 are 0-254
  • The first segment cannot contain a range (-)
  • The first and second segments cannot contain a wildcard (*)
  • The third and fourth segments cannot both contain a range (-)

EXAMPLE using both the wildcard character (*) and the range character (-):

Main site: All addresses beginning with 10.175.4 – use asterisk, in this case 10.175.4.*
Department: All addresses between 192.168.55.* and 192.168.60.* – use asterisk, in this case 192.168.55-60.*
Department: All addresses between and – use dashes, in this case

Update IP addresses
In the event that your institute’s IP addresses require amending or should you wish to expand your IP range over and above that currently registered, please contact sales@biologists.com quoting your subscriber number.

Usage reports available for the journals are COUNTER (www.projectcounter.org) compliant. COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources) is an international initiative serving librarians, publishers and intermediaries by setting standards that facilitate the recording and reporting of online usage statistics in a consistent, credible and compatible way.

Development usage reports
Journal of Cell Science usage reports
Journal of Experimental Biology usage reports

Shibboleth is a means of allowing access to subscribed content and is increasingly used by libraries signed up to their National Federation. The Company of Biologists has made Shibboleth available through HighWire for the UK, Germany, USA, Australia and Japan.

Users do not require individual usernames and passwords, as access is arranged by authorised IP addresses. Librarian or institutional administrators may change their username, password or contact details by following the link below:

How to change your password or contact details

Forgotten your username and/or password
Institutional usernames and passwords are for the use of the librarian or institutional administrator only and should not be shared with library users.

Personal subscriptions

Following payment of your online subscription in full, you will receive an email confirming your subscriber number. You will need this in order to active your online subscription, which need only be done once.

You will create your own password during the activation process. You are the only one licenced to use this password.

Activate your subscription

By paying for your subscription, you are agreeing to our Copyright conditions and Terms and Conditions of use for individual subscribers.

You may reset your password by following the following link Forgotten user name/password

Institutional subscriptions

When this happens, the IP address for your machine is not being recognised by our server. This could be caused by:

  • Your institutional subscription has expired or has not yet been activated
  • The person who activated the online subscription has not registered all the necessary IP addresses for your institution
  • The person who activated the online subscription does not realise that some subnets of your institution are routed through a proxy server that has not been authorised by The Company of Biologists

Talk to your librarian and let them know you are having difficulties or email sales@biologists.com.

If your institution has a subscription you will automatically have access to the Tables of Contents, Abstracts, Full Text searching, Full Text display, PDFs, Medline and GenBank links and future Tables of Contents. You will also see a button at the top of the page confirming you are signed in as part of an institution.

The subscription fee allows for unrestricted internet access at one location. Any user connecting from an authorised computer on your institutional network will be allowed access to the journals online. This includes visitors or members of the public accessing via terminals located on site and under the control of the subscribing institution. It also includes members using their home computers, provided such use can be authenticated by the institution via password controlled access to an institutional proxy server authorised by the Site Licence.

For the most part, an institutional subscription authorises use at a localised site. A site is an organisational unit, which may be academic or non-academic and is defined to be within one metropolitan boundary, i.e. within a city.
For organisations located in more than one city, each city office is considered a different site.

You will have access to all back years of the database; only the current year will be unavailable.

Institutional subscribers may supply interlibrary loan requests from other institutions via fax or paper document delivery under CONTU (National Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyright Works) guidelines. Redistribution of journal content to non-authorised users in electronic or digital form is not allowed unless prior approval of The Company of Biologists has been obtained.

Personal subscriptions

You may reset your password by following the link Forgotten user name/password

When you purchase an online subscription to our journals, you will receive an email containing your subscriber number which will instruct you on how to activate your subscription. You will create your own password during the activation process.
You are the only one licenced to use this password.

Without a subscription you have access to the Table of Contents, Abstracts and Full Text searching (but not Full Text viewing) at no cost and without having to register. Access to individual articles can be purchased. Archived content is made accessible after six months without fee or registration.

If you do not hold a subscription to our journal(s) then you may purchase short-term access on a pay-per-article basis where a PDF link to the article is available from the journal’s website.

Individual print copies may also be ordered via document supply services such as the British Library Document Supply Centre.

Alternatively, we can supply you with the single issue in which the article appeared, if it is from the current or previous two volumes. Contact sales@biologists.com.

Visit our journal websites

Development Journal of Cell Science The Journal of Experimental Biology Disease Models & Mechanisms Biology Open

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