Position Statements

We have issued a number of position statements on issues relevant to the molecular biosciences and the broader science sector, to outline our stance on these important topics.

Position statements are developed by our Policy Advisory Panel alongside expert contributors, and are used as a basis for our engagement with policymakers on issues affecting our community.

The Biochemical Society supports the use of animals in research when properly regulated and when alternatives are not available.

We actively support progress towards a reduction in the use of animals by refining experiments and developing new ways to replace and minimise the use of animals wherever possible.

We are signatories to the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research, a commitment to provide the public with accurate and up-to-date information about how animals are used in research and the role they play in scientific discovery. This is alongside a long-standing commitment to require details on where and how animals were used for papers published in our journals, in accordance with ARRIVE guidelines.

We have endorsed the Royal Society of Biology’s (RSB) position on the use of animals in scientific research, which outlines both the benefit that comes from using animals in research, and the commitment to reduce the use of animals in research as technology allows. We are also part of the RSB’s Animal Science Group, a forum for discussion on animal science policy issues made up of a broad spectrum of UK bodies involved in animal research.

The Biochemical Society is concerned at the growing rate of antimicrobial resistance, and believes that sustained research funding is needed to drive the development of rapid diagnostics, and new antimicrobials and alternative approaches to combating infection.

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The Biochemical Society is committed to ensuring equal opportunities in the molecular biosciences, and we believe that a lack of diversity across the scientific community represents a loss of potential talent to the UK.

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The Biochemical Society recognises the advantages of harnessing genetic modification for the improvement of crops, feed and food to contribute to global food security. We support the use of molecular biology for targeted and precise crop improvement alongside maintenance of regulatory control, and recognise our responsibility in fully evaluating these technologies and deploying them where appropriate.

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The Biochemical Society and Portland Press support open scholarship and are committed to transitioning to open scholarship across its activities.

Our open scholarship position statement builds on our open science position statement from 2019.

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The Biochemical Society recognises there is a need to improve the ways in which the output of scientific research is evaluated, and encourages a move away from reliance on the Journal Impact Factor.

We have signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment, which lays out a set of recommendations to improve research assessment and is aimed at funding agencies, institutions, publishers, researchers and organisations that supply metrics to assess research outputs.

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