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BMC, research in progress

A pioneer of open access publishing, BMC has an evolving portfolio of high quality peer-reviewed journals including broad interest titles such as BMC Biology and BMC Medicine, specialist journals such as Malaria Journal and Microbiome, and the BMC Series.

Expanding beyond biomedicine into the physical sciences, mathematics and engineering disciplines, BMC now offers a wider portfolio of subject fields on a single open access platform.

At BMC, research is always in progress. We are committed to continual innovation to better support the needs of our communities, ensuring the integrity of the research we publish, and championing the benefits of open research. BMC is part of Springer Nature.

BMC Annual Report 2018

Editors' picks

Impacts of parental separation on school children

Children whose parents have separated may be more likely to have low social wellbeing at school, particularly if they experienced separation between ages two to five years, research suggests.

BMC Pediatrics 2019

Some hyper-realistic masks more believable than human faces

Images of synthetic hyper-realistic masks could be mistaken for those of real faces. The study also found that a viewer’s ability to accurately discriminate a mask from a real face may also be affected if the mask is designed to mimic a different race to the observer.

Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications 2019

BMC Research Notes Launches Data Notes

Data is becoming increasingly more important. Researchers tell us they want to share their data to progress research, to receive more credit and visibility for their work and to comply with funder policies.  To help our authors do this, we have launched the data note.

Open Access Funding Support Service

Did you know that there almost 250 open access article processing charge (APC) funds available to researchers worldwide? At BMC, we offer a free advice service to help our authors to discover and apply for funding. On our support pages you can find our OA checklist along with a list of research funders and institutions that make APC funding available.

Retrospectively registered trials

The Editors’ dilemma

Prospective clinical trial registration aims to address publication and reporting bias. Unfortunately, not all clinical trials are registered before they start. Here we discuss the dilemma faced by editors when receiving submissions reporting a clinical trial that was not registered prospectively, and a new policy for increasing transparency when a trial was registered after participant recruitment has begun.

Through the looking glass

Citizen science

In this blog, Poppy Lakeman Fraser, Senior Programme Coordinator for the Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) initiative, explains what citizen science actually is and how researchers rely on this form of data collection.