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Information for BMC Series reviewers

The BMC Series is a collection of high-quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals covering all scientific and clinical disciplines, focusing on the needs of the research communities that they serve. 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, technically sound and make an original contribution to the literature.

We ask reviewers to provide our Editorial Board Members with the information they need to constructively and fairly make a decision on a manuscript and guide authors on how they can strengthen their manuscript to the point where it might be acceptable for publication. 

The methods must be appropriate and properly conducted, and the conclusions drawn must be fully supported by the data. We ask that referees do not assess the importance or significance of a paper - the research community will make this judgement after publication. The review should consider the following questions:

  • Is the paper technically sound?
  • Are the claims fully supported by the experimental data? If not, what further evidence is needed?
  • Is the statistical analysis of the data sound?
  • Does the availability of data adhere to the expected standards of your research community?
  • Are the claims appropriately discussed in the context of previous literature?
  • Could the manuscript be revised to address any potential limitations?