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About BMC Proceedings

This page includes information about the aims and scope of BMC Proceedings, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information.

Aims & scope

BMC Proceedings is an online, open access journal publishing proceedings of conferences, including both peer-reviewed full-length articles and collections of meeting abstracts. Devoted specifically to conference publications, including large collections of articles, meetings of specialized interest and conferences of a cross- or multi-disciplinary nature, each collection is published as a supplement. Content is not restricted to any particular discipline within biomedicine.

Open access

All articles published by BMC Proceedings 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 Proceedings 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.

Publication charges

Open access publishing is not without cost. BMC Proceedings therefore levies charges for all supplements accepted for publication. Publication charges are quoted for publication of supplements on a case-by-case basis, and will depend largely on the number of articles or abstracts to be published. Publication charges for articles in supplements cannot be covered by BioMed Central membership and waivers cannot be granted. Requests for quotations should be directed to

Indexing services

All articles published in BMC Proceedings are included in:

  • DOAJ
  • Google Scholar
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central

The full text of all research articles is deposited in digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).

The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.

Preparation and submission of manuscripts

A supplement organizer is appointed for each conference collection, and will distribute the Instructions for Authors to those invited to submit articles. Manuscripts should be submitted directly to the supplement organizer and not via BioMed Central’s online submission system.

Publication and peer review process

Publication of research articles by BMC Proceedings is dependent primarily on their scientific validity and coherence as judged by our external expert editors and/or peer reviewers, who will also assess whether the writing is comprehensible and whether the work represents a useful contribution to the field.

BMC Proceedings allows Supplement Editors to oversee peer review of articles once an outline of the procedure (which must be compliant with BioMed Central’s standard procedures) and an academic board is approved by BioMed Central. BioMed Central will hold copies of reviews on file to ensure that rigorous standards of peer review are maintained.

Publication of individual articles in supplements to BMC Proceedings is dependent primarily on their scientific validity and coherence as judged by the Supplement Editors and peer reviewers, who will also assess whether the writing is comprehensible and whether the work represents a useful contribution to the field. The Series Editor retains overall editorial control of the Supplement content at all times and may request changes, corrections, rejections or withdrawals where articles do not meet Journal standards. Content proposals for BMC Proceedings will be analyzed by the Series Editor to assess the suitability of the content for publication. Proposals should be directed to in the first instance. In order to reach a decision about suitability, BioMed Central will need to receive the following information:

  • information about the meeting (title, location, dates, program, web address, expected number of delegates, any other relevant details)
  • the type of content to be submitted (full articles, short articles, abstracts)
  • the estimated number of articles/abstracts to be submitted for publication
  • the approximate length (word count) of each article/abstract (if known)
  • a sample of previously published proceedings (if available)
  • a description of the review process to be undertaken prior to submission (note that BioMed Central will provide peer review guidelines)
  • an estimation of when the articles/abstracts would be ready for submission
  • names of proposed Supplement Editors and review committee (if available)
  • print requirements (if any) including quantity and deadline for receipt of copies
BioMed Central aims to provide a decision about suitability within two weeks of an initial request.

Reviewers preparing reports on articles to be published in BMC Proceedings should not return reports to BioMed Central, but should submit these to the organising group for the proceedings. Any queries regarding reviews for BMC Proceedings can be directed to BioMed Central by email:

Production process

All content will be published in full-text and fully formatted PDF versions on the journal's website.

Supplement organizers should be aware that in order to keep publication costs down BioMed Central will expect that much of the administration will be handled by the supplement organizers.

This will involve:

  • ensuring that all article submissions are rigorously peer reviewed, and that copies of all reviewers' comments are deposited with BioMed Central
  • distributing BioMed Central's instructions for authors and copyright and license agreement
  • collecting the articles and submitting these as a batch by agreement with BioMed Central
  • providing BioMed Central with evidence that all authors have agreed to our copyright and license policy
  • ensuring that authors have checked the full-text version of each article
  • providing any corrections that may be necessary to BioMed Central
  • checking and confirming that corrections have been completed satisfactorily


High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to BMC Proceedings should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in BMC Proceedings

Articles in BMC Proceedings should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal supplement. 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 Proceedings [year], [volume number][(Suppl 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 Proceedings 2009, 1(Suppl 2):S3.

refers to article S3 from Volume 1 Supplement 2 of the journal.

Why publish your supplement in BMC Proceedings?

High visibility

BMC Proceedings's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal and helps conferences reach a wide, global audience in the scientific community. 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 Proceedings offers a fast publication schedule, aiming to publish within 6-9 weeks of submission of the final article. Articles and abstracts are published in both fully browseable web form and as formatted PDFs, and are made available through BMC Proceedings and BioMed Central. Articles are indexed in PubMed and included in PubMed Central; abstract supplements are indexed by supplement title in PubMed.


Online publication in BMC Proceedings 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).


On publication of a new set of proceedings or abstracts, announcements will be made on the BioMed Central homepage and on subject-related BMC journal homepages, as well as in our regular email update to BioMed Central users. These announcements aim to bring the proceedings to the attention of BioMed Central’s wide readership. For current traffic and email circulation figures, please contact us.

Articles or entire proceedings published in BMC Proceedings may be promoted in other ways to increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles.

Authors of articles published in BMC Proceedings retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright policy and license agreement).

For information about publishing in other BioMed Central journals, please see our supplements information.

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