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is an academic journal covering the science and business of biotechnology
Biotechnology is a field of applied biology that involves the use of living organisms and bioprocesses in engineering, technology, medicine and other fields requiring bioproducts. Biotechnology also utilizes these products for manufacturing purpose...
is a continuation of Bio/Technology
; ISSN 0733-222X), which was founded in 1983 and renamed in 1996. It is published monthly by the Nature Publishing Group
Nature Publishing Group is an international publishing company that publishes academic journals, online databases, and services across the life, physical, chemical and applied sciences and clinical medicine...
, a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd
Macmillan Publishers Ltd, also known as The Macmillan Group, is a privately held international publishing company owned by Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. It has offices in 41 countries worldwide and operates in more than thirty others.-History:...
. Like other Nature
journals, there is no external editorial board; editorial decisions are made by an in-house team, although peer review
Peer review is a process of self-regulation by a profession or a process of evaluation involving qualified individuals within the relevant field. Peer review methods are employed to maintain standards, improve performance and provide credibility...
by external expert referees forms a part of the review process.
Nature Biotechnology's 2010 impact factor
The impact factor, often abbreviated IF, is a measure reflecting the average number of citations to articles published in science and social science journals. It is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field, with journals with higher impact factors deemed...
was 31.1, making it the highest cited original research journal in the category of Biotechnology and Applied Microbiology. In comparison, the impact factor of general science journal Nature
Nature, first published on 4 November 1869, is ranked the world's most cited interdisciplinary scientific journal by the Science Edition of the 2010 Journal Citation Reports...
for the same period was 36.101.
The current editor of Nature Biotechnology
is Andrew Marshall. The founding editor of Bio/Technology
was Christopher Edwards, who served from 1983 through early 1994. Douglas McCormick edited Bio/Technology from mid 1984 through late 1993. Susan Hassler then became editor, followed by Marshall.