Comptes Rendus

Before Comptes Rendus Biologies

The electronic journal Comptes Rendus Biologies is one of the heirs of the Comptes Rendus hebdomadaires des séances de l'Académie des Sciences printed journal, founded in 1835 by Arago. A single, multidisciplinary journal for 130 years, Comptes Rendus was subdivided in 1966 into several series to better reflect the increasing specialization of scientific activity.

In addition to the original series, the current CR Biologies has several ancestors:

  • Comptes rendus hebdomadaires des séances de l'Académie des sciences. Série D - Sciences naturelles (1966-1980)
  • Comptes rendus de l'Académie des sciences. Série 3 - Sciences de la vie (1981-1996)
  • Comptes rendus Biologies (since 1996)
Learn more about the history of the Comptes rendus of the French Academy of Sciences.

Browse old issues

The old issues of Comptes rendus have been digitized by the French National Library in a partnership with the French Academy of Sciences. These digitized files are available in the Gallica digital library, which offers a nearly complete collection for biology:

The articles of CR Biologies published between 1996 and 2019 are available on the ScienceDirect platform of Elsevier, former publisher of the journal:

  • Articles published in paper format and digitized afterwards (from 1996 to 2001): articles in restricted access, a subscription to ScienceDirect is necessary to consult them. For any particular request, please contact us;
  • Electronic articles (from 2002 to 2019): these articles are available in open access, with the kind permission of Elsevier. These latest issues will soon be available on our website.


Learn more about the digitization of Comptes Rendus.