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The BMC-series journals

The BMC Series is a collection of high-quality, peer-reviewed journals covering all scientific and clinical disciplines, focusing on the needs of the research communities which they serve.

The BMC Series:

  • Offers an efficient and fair peer review service
  • Provides a home for all publishable research within the series
  • Innovates in approaches to peer review and publication
  • Promotes transparency and open research
  • Partners with our authors, editors and reviewers to make scientific knowledge widely available

Publish with the BMC Series to make connections across the research community.

The journals

The subject-specific journals

Most of the journals in the BMC Series focus on a subject or discipline, such as BMC Evolutionary Biology or BMC Public Health. The full list of the subject journals currently in the series can be found below. Each journal has a professional Editor who is the main point of contact and has overall editorial responsibility for the journal, working closely with a group of senior academics, the Section Editors.

The BMC Series subject-specific journals do not make editorial decisions on the basis of the interest of a study or its likely impact. Studies must be scientifically valid; for research articles this includes a scientifically sound research question, the use of suitable methods and analysis, and following community-agreed standards relevant to the research field. Specific criteria for other article types can be found in the submission guidelines.

The flagships

BMC Biology and BMC Medicine are highly selective journals, publishing articles of special importance and broad interest. Their editorial threshold and structure are different from the other journals in the series and they are run by separate editorial teams. The Chief Editor for each journal, found on the ‘Editorial Team’ page, has overall responsibility for the journal. Contact details can be found on each journal site.

BMC Research Notes

BMC Research Notes publishes scientifically valid research outputs that cannot be considered as full research or methodology articles. The journal supports the research community across all scientific and clinical disciplines by providing an open access forum for sharing data and useful information; this includes, but is not limited to, updates to previous work, additions to established methods, short publications, null results and data management plans. BMC Research Notes is overseen by a professional Editor.

BMC Proceedings

BMC Proceedings publishes proceedings of conferences, including peer-reviewed full-length articles, collections of meeting abstracts and meeting reports across all scientific and clinical disciplines. Each collection is published as a supplement and is handled by a Supplement Editor, in line with the standards required for the BMC Series. Oversight for the journal is provided by a professional Editor.

The people

Editors and Editorial Boards on the subject-specific journals

Each of the subject-specific journals in the BMC Series has a professional Editor employed by BioMed Central. The Editors all have scientific backgrounds, most with PhD and post-doc experience. To find the Editor of a journal, please see the journal homepage.

The Editors work closely with academics across the research community. Each journal is divided into subject sections with one or more Section Editors, senior academics, overseeing each section and supporting the development of the journals. The Editors work with teams of academic Associate Editors on peer-review and editorial decision making.

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Dr Maria Hodges – Executive Editor, BMC Series

Maria manages a team of in-house editors on the BMC Series journals, including the editors for BMC Cancer, BMC Genomics and BMC Plant Biology. She joined the BMC Series in July 2018.

Previously, Maria was the Scientific Publications Manager for Cancer Research UK, managing the British Journal of Cancer and developing the scientific publishing strategy for CRUK. Before this, Maria was Acting Editor for Genome Medicine and an Editor for Nature Structural & Molecular Biology. Maria has a PhD in biochemistry from Cancer Research UK (London Research Institute). 

If you have a concern or question which cannot be resolved with the individual journal Editor or which is about the BMC Series more widely, then please do contact Maria.

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Tim Shipley – Executive Editor, BMC Series

Tim manages a team of in-house editors on the BMC Series journals. He joined BMC in 2009 after completing his PhD in Diabetes and Obesity at Imperial College London, UK.  

Previously, Tim has held the role of Editor on a number of clinical medicine journals within the BMC Series, and is interested in improving reproducibility and reducing publication bias in published research.

If you have a concern or question which cannot be resolved with the individual journal Editor or which is about the BMC Series more widely, then please do contact Tim.

Reviewer discount

If you review for a journal in the BMC Series then you are entitled to a 15% discount on the article processing charge for your next submission to the BMC Series. This discount must be claimed within 1 year of completing your review and discounts cannot be combined.

Further information for reviewers can be found here.

The subject-specific journals in the BMC Series



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