Instructions for authors
BMC Biology is the flagship biology journal of the BMC series, publishing peer-reviewed research and methodology articles of special importance and broad interest in any area of biology, as well as commissioned reviews, opinion pieces, comment and Q&As on topics of special or topical interest.
Re-review opt-out In response to widespread frustration with delays to publication through iterative reviewing, we give our authors a choice (see our Editorial: Q&A: Re-review opt-out and painless publishing).
Each article type published by BMC Biology follows a specific format, as detailed in the corresponding instructions for authors; please choose an article type from the list on the left to view the instructions for authors.
The instructions for authors includes information about preparing a manuscript for submission to BMC Biology, criteria for publication and the online submission process. Other relevant information about the journal's policies, the refereeing process and so on can be found in 'About this journal'.
Minimum standards for reporting checklist
BMC Biology advocates full and transparent reporting. For all articles reporting original research, excluding commentaries, reviews, and the like, please ensure that your paper provides the information detailed in our Minimum Standards for Reporting Checklist. On submitting your article you will be asked to confirm you have included this information, or give reasons for any instances where it is not made available or not applicable.
BMC Biology publishes the following article types:
- Research articles
- Focus articles
- Forum articles
- Methodology articles
- Question and Answer articles
- Software articles
We use plagiarism detection
This journal is a member of, and subscribes to the principles of, the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Authors and referees are asked to declare any competing interests.
Copyright rests with the authors. For more information on copyright of articles, see our publisher's copyright and license policy.