Comptes Rendus

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Before submitting

Who can submit an article to Comptes Rendus Biologies?

Please note that the procedure for submitting an article to Comptes Rendus Biologies is only for authors who have been previously invited by a member of the journal's editorial team.

Unsolicited submissions will not be considered.


What is published in Comptes Rendus Biologies?

Comptes Rendus Biologies publishes review articles, news & views about current research, historical perspective and texts reflecting the activity of the Academy of Sciences, in all fields of life sciences: biomodeling, molecular biology and genetics, developmental and reproductive biology, cell biology, biochemistry, neuroscience, immunology, pharmacology, ecology...

Researchers who win prizes from the French Academy of Sciences are contractually obliged to publish their research in CR Biologies within one year of receiving their prize.

For more information on the type of articles published, please refer to the journal's editorial policy. For any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact the members of the editorial team with whom you are in contact.


Commitments of the author

By sending his manuscript to Comptes Rendus Biologies, the corresponding author affirms that :

  • The article corresponds to the editorial policy of the journal;
  • The Code of Ethics and Good Practice of the journal has been respected, and in particular:
    • The article has not been submitted to any other journal (including in another language),
    • The corresponding author has the permission of any co-authors to submit their contribution in their names,
    • If the submitted text includes elements protected by the copyright of third parties (for example illustrations, tables, animations...), the author has obtained all necessary authorizations for their publication in CR Biologies, under the CC-BY 4.0 license;
  • The text conforms to the technical, computer, stylistic and bibliographic requirements described in the instructions to authors.


Send us your manuscript

Submission platform

Articles must be submitted through the Comptes Rendus Biologies submission site.

The corresponding author must create an account, or connect to an existing account if he/she already has one (NB: an account created for another series of the Comptes Rendus de l'Académie des sciences does not allow submission to CR Biologies, it is necessary to create a new account).

  • If you are submitting for the first time --> Create an account
  • If you already have a CR Biologies account --> Login

If you are having difficulty, contact for assistance.

You can also view the University of Montreal Library's tutorial that walks you through the registration and submission process.


Elements of the submission

As per the instructions to authors, your submission should include:

  • The full text of your article (including a short abstract and 5 to 7 keywords), in text format (Word, LibreOffice, LaTeX...),
  • The full text of your article (including a short summary and 5 to 7 keywords), in PDF format,
  • The illustrations and figures of your article, in high resolution and as separate files (one file per figure).

Please also indicate in the Editor's Comments section the name(s) of the editorial team member(s) with whom you are in contact regarding this manuscript.

Comptes Rendus Biologies strives to offer bilingual French-English articles: the choice of the main language of the article is left to the author. It is recommended to submit the translation of the article along with the original text, but it is not mandatory: if you do not wish to provide a translation yourself, our editorial teams will take care of it.


Review Process

All articles submitted to Comptes Rendus Biologies are reviewed by at least one or two experts who are members of the journal's editorial board or scientific committee or who are recommended by these committees. These experts evaluate the scientific and editorial quality of the article and provide feedback to the authors to improve the article. The final decision to accept the article, in its final version, is made by the journal's editorial board, including an editor-in-chief or guest editor.

The review process typically takes 3 to 4 weeks.


After acceptance

The editorial decision of acceptance or rejection is communicated to the author as soon as possible.

In case of acceptance, the author will have to sign a non-exclusive contract with the journal, for a diffusion of his article under a CC-BY 4.0 license. The author remains the owner of all his or her copyrights (for more information, see the instructions to authors).

The articles are then reviewed by the CR Biologies editorial team, which may contact the authors if necessary to obtain additional information or files (data and/or figures, in particular), and then formatted according to the journal's layout.

The PDF proofs of the text in its original language are sent to the corresponding author. They must be carefully checked and returned as soon as possible. At this stage, only strictly formal corrections are possible. If no response is received within 8 days, the article will be published with the editor's corrections only.

Please note that the translated version of the article (in French if the original version of the article is in English, in English if it is in French) will be made available to readers directly on the journal's website, but not formatted in PDF format.



Once the PDF proofs have been validated by the corresponding author, and the full text has been validated by the CR Biologies editorial team, the article is published on the journal's website. It has a DOI and can be cited immediately.