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Biology Digest
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Biology Digest
Biology Digest is a comprehensive abstracts journal covering all the life sciences. Each monthly issue contains 225 abstracts that are, in essence, individual digests of articles and research reports gathered from worldwide sources. Important information is retained in the abstracts to give a precise, inclusive summary of the original material.

Biology Digest was specially created to meet the needs of high school and undergraduate college students and is now used in more than 3,000 schools worldwide. It provides easy access to new scientific developments at a comprehension level appropriate for students. However, Biology Digest has proved to be useful to biologists at all levels—professional and amateur alike.

“Finally, an abstracting service for student scientists and their educators. Biology Digest is an impressive publication, gleaning timely information from about 350 technical journals and offering comprehensible digests at the high school and undergraduate level. Academic libraries will surely want it, as will high school or public libraries with life science orientation.” 

 —Library Journal 

Hot Science: Biology in the News
The Biology Digest Hot Science section features articles covering the latest life science developments "ripped from the headlines."

Feature Articles
Each issue of Biology Digest contains an original, full-text feature article written specifically for Biology Digest and illustrated with numerous photographs, tables, and charts. Feature articles provide interesting in-depth information about current topics in the life sciences. Full-text reprints of all Biology Digest feature articles may be ordered from One to nine copies, $2.25 each; 10-30, $1.75 each; 31 copies or more, $1.50 each.

Book Reviews
Lengthy reviews of five newly published books pertaining to natural science are included in each monthly issue of Biology Digest. Books for review are selected for their wide appeal and relevance to the life-sciences curriculum.

Free Teacher’s Guide
A Biology Digest guide for educators is available free online or in print from Plexus Publishing. Teaching with Biology Digest is full of practical ideas and tips for using biology abstracts in the life sciences classroom. Download the guide or request your free print copy from

Calling All Teachers!!
If you use Biology Digest in your curriculum, please share your experiences with us! All suggestions for improving Biology Digest will be thoroughly reviewed and the most innovative and helpful ideas for using biological abstracts in the classroom will be posted here and incorporated in the next revision of Teaching with Biology Digest. Send your ideas, comments, and suggestions to

Calling All Writers!!
If you have an article for Biology Digest, or an idea for one, about a life sciences topic, especially one that is frequently in the news, please contact Lauree Padgett, Production Coordinator, at, (609) 654-6500, ext. 138. Articles should be 2,500-5,000 words in length and include five to 10 graphics (a minimum of five photographs) and a “Further Reading” list. Payment upon publication is $250. Click on Feature Article Titles or refer to page ix in the current volume of Biology Digest for a title list.

Biology Digest is also available on CD-ROM as part of the ScienceSource collection. For more information on ScienceSource contact NewsBank, Inc. at (800) 762-8182 or e-mail

Plexus Publishing, Inc.
Monthly (September—May)/ISSN 0095-2958

Volume 38 (2011/12)
1 year $179 in U.S. and Canada/$189 outside U.S. and Canada in U.S. funds

Volume 37 (2010/11)
$159 in U.S. and Canada/$169 outside U.S. and Canada in U.S. funds

(New subscribers qualify for the special introductory price of $149 or may purchase volumes 37 & 38 as the “Get Started Package” for $248.)

Online access to Biology Digest ... and more!

NewsBank ScienceSource Collection
Biology Digest and its companion databases, including Physical Sciences Digest, are available electronically through a special arrangement with NewsBank, Inc. 

  • Web delivered 
    • Easily accessed through two search levels 
    • Caters to skills of both novice and experienced users 
  • A comprehensive science resource 
  • Supports both today's science curriculum and personal research 
  • Coverage of life, earth, physical, medical, health, and applied sciences 
  • Features Biology Digest from 1987 forward 
  • Also includes: 
    • Physical science abstracts 
    • Computer abstracts 
    • Encyclopedia entries 
    • Scientist biographies 
For more information on the ScienceSource Collection, contact NewsBank, Inc. at (800) 762-8182 or e-mail


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