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Biology and Environment

Biology and Environment: Proceedings of The Royal Irish Academy is a broad spectrum, peer-reviewed journal publishing biological and environmental research on topics relevant to the island of Ireland and internationally.

The journal should be essential reading for researchers interested in the relationships between organisms and the environment from both practical (applied) and fundamental perspectives. There is considerable flexibility in the types of articles that we publish, which include original experimental work, reviews, data papers, opinion pieces and commentaries (either as full papers or short communications) as well as book reviews and meeting reports. We particularly encourage submissions from early-stage researchers and practitioners that may be publishing a scientific paper for the first time.

Biology and Environment (B&E) is owned, managed and published by the Royal Irish Academy (RIA). By publishing in B&E, authors indirectly support membership and networking activities of the RIA. In doing so, they provide two types of benefits to the scientific community: first, by advancing knowledge through the publication of new research, and second, by supporting numerous activities run by the RIA that strengthen the scientific community in Ireland. For enquiries and further information please contact

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Edited by Professor Bruce Osborne 

Print ISSN: 0791-7945
Online ISSN: 2009-003X
Frequency: 1 Volume, 3 Issues/Year

Free compilation of all Praeger Reviews published in Biology and Environment

In 2010, Biology and Environment published the first in its series of ‘Praeger Reviews’, commissioned articles written by international experts that focus on biological and environmental research topics. A free online supplement gathering together all Praeger Reviews published to date is free to download here.

Subscription information:

Institutional subscriptions available via Project MUSE. Please email

Individual 1 year subscription available here.

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Instructions to Authors  

Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy is available online at Project MUSE.

The archive for Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, excluding the most recent year, is available in JSTOR.

Journal Impact Factors


2022= 0.7

2021= 0.4

2020= 1.1

2019= 0.6

5 years

2022= 0.7

2021= 1.0

2020= 1.2

2019= 0.9

Biology and Environment is a broad spectrum, peer-reviewed journal publishing biological and environmental research on topics of Irish interest for an international readership. The journal should be essential reading for those researchers concerned with the disciplines on the island of Ireland.

Special issues of the journal are open access and have addressed Small Water Bodies, the Water Framework DirectiveEuropean vegetation in the 21st century, the flora and fauna of Atlantic islandsthreatened Irish freshwater fishesthe BurrenBiodiversityCyanobacterial symbiosis, and the ecology of old mine sites.

Biology and Environment has been listed in Thomson Reuters, the Web of Science, which will ensure that it will remain a key Irish journal, publishing research of national and international importance.

The Academy is extremely grateful to the following for their support of the journal: 




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