Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Royal Society (Great Britain), Royal Society, The

Journal description

Proceedings B welcomes papers of high quality in any area of biological science. As a fast track journal, Proceedings B specialises in the rapid delivery of the latest research to the scientific community, normally within three months of acceptance. It is published on the 7th and 22nd of each month. Many more good manuscripts are submitted to us, than we have space to print, and we give preference to those that present significant advances of broad interest. Submission of preliminary reports, of papers that merely confirm previous findings, and of papers that are likely to interest only small groups of specialists, is not encouraged. All papers are sent to Editorial Board members for an initial assessment of their suitability, and may be returned to authors without in-depth peer-review if this assessment makes it seem unlikely that they will be accepted.

Current impact factor: 5.05

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 5.051
2013 Impact Factor 5.292
2012 Impact Factor 5.683
2011 Impact Factor 5.415
2010 Impact Factor 5.064
2008 Impact Factor 4.248
2007 Impact Factor 4.112
2006 Impact Factor 3.612
2005 Impact Factor 3.51
2004 Impact Factor 3.653
2003 Impact Factor 3.544
2002 Impact Factor 3.396
2001 Impact Factor 3.192
2000 Impact Factor 3.037
1999 Impact Factor 2.755
1998 Impact Factor 3.033
1997 Impact Factor 2.873

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 5.65
Cited half-life 8.50
Immediacy index 0.95
Eigenfactor 0.09
Article influence 2.29
Website Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences website
Other titles Biology letters., Proceedings., Proceedings - Royal Society. Biological sciences, Biological sciences, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London., Proceedings of the Royal Society
ISSN 1471-2954
OCLC 44150803
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details

Royal Society, The

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    • Author's post-print on institutional repository or not-for-profit open access repository after 12 months embargo
    • Publisher's version/PDF cannot be used
    • Published source must be acknowledged with citation close to title of article
    • Must link to publisher version close to title of article
    • If funding agency rules apply, authors may post articles in PubMed Central 12 months after publication
    • Eligible UK authors may deposit in Open Depot (after 12 months)
    • Publisher last contacted on 21/04/2015
  • Classification
    ‚Äč green

Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Cooperative breeders serve as a model to study the evolution of cooperation, where costs and benefits of helping are typically scrutinized at the level of group membership. However, cooperation is often observed in multi-level social organizations involving interactions among individuals at various levels. Here, we argue that a full understanding of the adaptive value of cooperation and the evolution of complex social organization requires identifying the effect of different levels of social organization on direct and indirect fitness components. Our long-term field data show that in the cooperatively breeding, colonial cichlid fish Neolamprologus pulcher, both large group size and high colony density significantly raised group persistence. Neither group size nor density affected survival at the individual level, but they had interactive effects on reproductive output; large group size raised productivity when local population density was low, whereas in contrast, small groups were more productive at high densities. Fitness estimates of individually marked fish revealed indirect fitness benefits associated with staying in large groups. Inclusive fitness, however, was not significantly affected by group size, because the direct fitness component was not increased in larger groups. Together, our findings highlight that the reproductive output of groups may be affected in opposite directions by different levels of sociality, and that complex forms of sociality and costly cooperation may evolve in the absence of large indirect fitness benefits and the influence of kin selection.
    Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 11/2015; 282(1819). DOI:10.1098/rspb.2015.1971
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    ABSTRACT: Life-history theory assumes that reproduction entails a cost, and research on cooperatively breeding societies suggests that the cooperative sharing of workloads can reduce this cost. However, the physiological mechanisms that underpin both the costs of reproduction and the benefits of cooperation remain poorly understood. It has been hypothesized that reproductive costs may arise in part from oxidative stress, as reproductive investment may elevate exposure to reactive oxygen species, compromising survival and future reproduction and accelerating senescence. However, experimental evidence of oxidative costs of reproduction in the wild remains scarce. Here, we use a clutch-removal experiment to investigate the oxidative costs of reproduction in a wild cooperatively breeding bird, the white-browed sparrow weaver, Plocepasser mahali. Our results reveal costs of reproduction that are dependent on group size: relative to individuals in groups whose eggs were experimentally removed, individuals in groups that raised offspring experienced an associated cost (elevated oxidative damage and reduced body mass), but only if they were in small groups containing fewer or no helpers. Furthermore, during nestling provisioning, individuals that provisioned at higher rates showed greater within-individual declines in body mass and antioxidant protection. Our results provide rare experimental evidence that reproduction can negatively impact both oxidative status and body mass in the wild, and suggest that these costs can be mitigated in cooperative societies by the presence of additional helpers. These findings have implications for our understanding of the energetic and oxidative costs of reproduction, and the benefits of cooperation in animal societies.
    Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 11/2015; 282(1819). DOI:10.1098/rspb.2015.2031
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    ABSTRACT: Metabolic programming occurs when variations in nutrition during a specific developmental window result in long-term metabolic effects. It has been studied almost exclusively in humans and other mammals but never in an ecological context. Here, we report metabolic programming and its functional consequences in a marine fish, red drum. We demonstrate that maternal provisioning of eggs with an essential fatty acid, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), varies with DHA content of the maternal diet. When offspring are reared on a DHA-replete diet, whole-body DHA content of offspring depends upon the amount of DHA that was in the egg. We further demonstrate that whole-body DHA content is correlated with traits related to offspring fitness (escape responses, routine swimming, growth, and survival). DHA content of red drum eggs produced in nature is in the range where the effects of metabolic programming are most pronounced. Our findings indicate that during a brief developmental window, DHA plays a role in establishing the metabolic capacity for its own uptake or storage, with protracted and possibly permanent effects on ecologically important survival skills of individuals and important implications for dynamics of populations and food webs.
    Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 11/2015; 282(1819). DOI:10.1098/rspb.2015.1414