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Submission checklist

Authors of research articles, please use the research submission system.

Thank you for agreeing to contribute to BMC Biology.

Many thanks for agreeing to contribute an article to BMC Biology. We want to make the submission process as easy as possible for you. Should you encounter any problems during the process or have any questions, please contact the editor who commissioned your article, or get in touch with the editorial office at, Tel: +44 (0) 20 3192 2013.

1. Instructions for Authors and peer review policy
For further information on manuscript formatting and details of the copyright agreement please see our Instructions for authors.

If you are planning to submit a TeX file, please submit your TeX file as the main manuscript file and your bib/bbl file as a dependent file. Please also convert your TeX file into a PDF and submit this PDF as an additional file with the name 'Reference PDF'. This PDF will be used by internal staff as a reference point to check the layout of the article as the author intended.

2. How to upload your manuscript
On the following pages, we will guide you through the various stages of uploading your manuscript files. Don't worry if you make a mistake, you can go back and amend your details using the buttons at the top of each page.

3. Acceptable manuscript formats
If your files are not in one of the following formats below please do not continue with your article submission. Contact the editorial office for further information.

  • Main manuscript
    Formats: DOC, DOCX , RTF (rich text format) , DVI , PDF , TEX
    Tables less than 2 pages (about 90 rows) should be included at the end of the manuscript. Longer tables should be submitted, and referred to in the text, as additional files. TeX files must use the BioMed Central TeX template.
  • PDF files cannot be processed in production. If your manuscript is accepted, you will be required to re-submit an editable file.

  • Figure files
    Formats: EPS , PNG , TIFF (for photographs and screen dumps) , JPEG (for photographs and screen dumps) , PDF (for line drawings) , BMP , DOC, DOCX , PPT, PPTX
    Must be separate files, not embedded in the main manuscript.
  • Additional files
    May be any standard type of file, eg. movies, datasets, large tables etc.
    Files must be named with the three letter file extension appropriate to the file type (eg .pdf, .xls, .txt)
    Additional material files should include necessary material that cannot be included in the PDF version of the published article, such as large datasets or movies . Tables should ordinarily be included in the manuscript file, unless they are exceptionally large (more than 2 manuscript pages or 90 rows). The manuscript file should include a short description of any additional files and software necessary to view them.
  • Please refer to the Instructions for Authors for further information about suitable file types.

    4. Article-processing charges
    The publication costs for commissioned articles in BMC Biology are covered by the journal, so authors do not need to pay an article processing charge.