Supporting communities at The Company of Biologists

Throughout all fields of biology there are vibrant, active and engaged communities. Social media, email, video chat and webinars mix with personal interactions as the basis of collaborations.

Developing a scientific research question

When writing a research manuscript, a fundamental step is to figure out the question. Many journals won’t accept a purely descriptive manuscript, which is why it’s so important to address a non-trivial scientific question or hypothesis.

An interview with preLighter Meng Zhu

A photo of Meng in the lab

In February our preprint highlights service preLights celebrated its second birthday. To mark the occasion, we met with Cambridge-based preLighter Meng Zhu. Read the interview below, originally produced for our WeChat channel, to find out why Meng came to the UK, her thoughts on preprints and her life in Cambridge as an international student.

Why is stupidity in scientific research important?

As relevant today as it was 11 years ago, Martin Schwartz’s essay on the importance of stupidity in scientific research has reached over 1 million people to date.

In an excerpt of his 2008 Journal of Cell Science essay, Martin’s message resonates as loudly now as it did then.

Workshop – Evo-Chromo

The Company of Biologists Workshop ‘Evo-Chromo: Towards an Integrative Approach of Chromatin Dynamics Across Eukaryotes’ took place at Wiston House, West Sussex, UK, from 4 to 7 November 2018.

When fieldwork meets a global pandemic


“Eventually food transport was going to be stopped, so the field team were airlifted back to Cayenne.”

That was how lockdown started for members of Lauren O’Connell’s lab. Lauren is Assistant Professor of Biology at Stanford University, USA, and her lab studies how genetic and environmental factors contribute to biological diversity and adaptation.

How to promote your research

Publishing your paper is just the start of communicating your research to the world. Some researchers feel uneasy about self-promotion, but chances are your existing network is interested in what you’re doing – you just need to tell them! Sharing your work is useful and professional. Follow our 10 tips to get started.

What does the COVID-19 pandemic mean for The Company of Biologists?

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On Monday 23 March 2020, the Prime Minister of the UK addressed the nation in what is thought to be the most-watched moment in British television history. The speech outlined new restrictions to help slow the spread of COVID-19 as we were all told: “You must stay home”.

Monday 23 March 2020 was also the first day that The Company of Biologists became a fully remote office. In a regular working week, a number of staff members work at home but only for one or two days. Never before has the company been a fully remote office, so how are we doing it?

Read & Publish at The Company of Biologists

There’s no doubt that Open Access is shaping the future of academic publishing. A number of changes are on the horizon, with publishers, authors and institutions all responding to new guidelines.

The Company of Biologists is embracing this move with a series of pilot Read & Publish Agreements with leading consortia and academic institutions. But, what exactly are they?

What happens at a Journal Meeting organised by The Company of Biologists?

From stem cells to human development group

Who better to tell you than someone who has been to one? Antonio Barral Gil, a PhD student in Miguel Manzanare’s Lab at CNIC (The Spanish Center for Cardiac Research) in Madrid, attended Development’s Meeting “From stem cells to human development” in September 2018.

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