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About BMC Medicine
This page includes information about the aims and scope of BMC Medicine, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.
BMC Medicine is the flagship medical journal of the BMC series, publishing original research, commentaries and reviews that are either of significant interest to all areas of medicine and clinical practice, or provide key translational or clinical advances in a specific field.
- Sabina Alam PhD
- Senior Editors
- Ursula D'Souza
- Claire Barnard
- Lin Lee
- Assistant Editor
- Joanna Denyer
- Medical Editor
- Jigisha Patel
- Deputy Medical Editor
- Stephanie Harriman
- Editorial Assistant
- Alessandro Recchioni
All articles published by BMC Medicine are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.
Authors of articles published in BMC Medicine are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.
For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.
Open access publishing is not without costs. BMC Medicine therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1515/$2475/€1820 for each article accepted for publication. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. Generally, if the submitting author's institution is a Member the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. For further details, see our article-processing charge page. A limited number of waivers for article-processing charges are also available at the editors' discretion, and authors wishing to apply for these waivers should contact the editors.
All articles published in BMC Medicine are included in:
- Biological Abstracts
- Current contents
- Google Scholar
- Index Copernicus
- PubMed Central
- Science Citation Index Expanded
BMC Medicine is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI) and has an Impact Factor of 6.68.
Publication and peer review process
To be appropriate for BMC Medicine, articles need to be of significant interest to all areas of medicine and clinical practice, or provide key translational or clinical advances in a specific field. This will be determined by peer review and by the advice of a member of the Editorial Board or somebody of equivalent standing. There are no restrictions on the length of an article, but authors should bear in mind that excessive length deters potential readers.
Articles that are sound but only of importance to those with closely related interests will not be considered for publication, but should this only become apparent after peer review, the authors will be offered the option of publication without further review in one of the BMC subject-specific journals.
Submitted manuscripts will be sent to peer reviewers, unless they are either out of scope or below threshold for the journal, or the presentation or written English is of an unacceptably low standard. They will generally be reviewed by two experts with the aim of reaching a first decision as soon as possible. Statistical reviewers are used where required. In addition, advice on whether the article is of sufficient significance for publication in BMC Medicine will generally be obtained from a member of the Editorial Board or a researcher of equivalent standing. Reviewers are asked to declare any competing interests and have to agree to open peer review, which works on two levels: the authors receive the signed report and, if the manuscript is published, the same report is available to the readers. The pre-publication history (initial submission, reviews and revisions - see, for example, pre-publication history) is posted on the web with the published article. In cases where there is strong disagreement either among peer reviewers or between the authors and peer reviewers, advice is sought from a member of the journal's Editorial Board. The journal allows a maximum of two revisions of any manuscript. All appeals should be directed to the Editor.
BMC Medicine operates an 'open peer review' policy meaning reviewers are asked to sign their reviews. The pre-publication history including all submitted versions, reviewers' reports and authors' responses will be linked to from the published article.
Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My BMC Medicine, a personalized section of the site.
Copyediting and proofs
All articles published in BMC Medicine are copyedited before publication of the final version.
Articles published in BMC Medicine are published immediately on acceptance in the form of a provisional PDF. Copyedited and fully formatted PDF and full-text (HTML) versions are made available shortly after that.
Edited versions will be sent by email and corrections should be returned within two working days. Please provide a typed list of corrections clearly indicating where the corrections should be made and please send this list by email.
The editing is designed only to correct such things as misused words, spelling errors, missing references or incomplete citation information.
High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.
BMC Medicine will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. For further information, please contact us.
All manuscripts submitted to BMC Medicine should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.
Citing articles in BMC Medicine
Articles in BMC Medicine should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.
Article citations follow this format:
Authors: Title. BMC Med [year], [volume number]:[article number].
e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. BMC Med 2009, 1:115.
refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.
Why publish your article in BMC Medicine?
BMC Medicine's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.
Speed of publication
BMC Medicine offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles are published with their final citation immediately upon acceptance in a provisional PDF form. The article will subsequently be published in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through BMC Medicine and BioMed Central.
Online publication in BMC Medicine gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).
Promotion and press coverage
Articles published in BMC Medicine are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on BMC Medicine's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.
In addition, articles published in BMC Medicine may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in BMC Medicine. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.
Authors of articles published in BMC Medicine retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement).
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