As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times. Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.
Aims and scope
Peer Review Taxonomy
This journal is participating in a pilot of NISO/STM's Working Group on Peer Review Taxonomy, to identify and standardize definitions and terminology in peer review practices in order to make the peer review process for articles and journals more transparent. Further information on the pilot is available here.
The following summary describes the peer review process for this journal:
- Identity transparency: Single anonymized
- Reviewer interacts with: Editor
- Review information published: Review reports. Reviewer Identities reviewer opt in. Author/reviewer communication
We welcome your feedback on this Peer Review Taxonomy Pilot. Please can you take the time to complete this short survey.
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- Jennifer Harman, BioMed Central, UK
- Arwa Tawfiq, BioMed Central, UK
Senior Editorial Board Members
Steven Gray, St James's Hospital, Ireland
Craig P. Hersh, Brigham and Women's Hospital, USA
Michele Mondoni, ASST Santi Paolo e Carlo, Italy
Ernest Nadal, Catalan Institute of Oncology, Spain
Giovanni Sotgiu, University of Sassari, Italy
Giulia Stella, IRCCS Fondazione Policlinico San Matteo, Italy
Fabrizio Luppi, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
The Editorial Board Member of the month for September 2021 is Dr Pritesh Jain, a Postdoctoral Scientist in the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Canada. In an interview with BMC Pulmonary Medicine, Dr Jain talks about the focus of his research and shares his insights about the present and future of Pulmonary Medicine, as well as peer review and publishing. Read the interview here.
We are recruiting new Associate Editors to join our international editorial board, helping to provide expertise on a wide range of different subject disciplines.
The BMC Series Editorial site serves as a home for editorial board resources and as an online community, facilitating interaction and networking between the editorial board and the BMC series in-house team.
Get credit for your data!
Valuable data often go unpublished when they could be helping to progress science. Hence, the BMC Series introduced Data notes, a short article type allowing you to describe your data and publish them to make your data easier to find, cite and share.
BMC Series Focus Issues
With Stem Cell Awareness day on the 13th October this year we have compiled an article collection from across different BMC Series journals covering aspects of basic stem cell biology; in vitro differentiation studies; stem-cell based therapy studies for various conditions in animal models; technical advancements and ethical issues.
In recognition of World Patient Safety Awareness day on 17th September, the BMC Series presents a focus issue on Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in research. We have collated free-to-read content from across our journals - showcasing patient perspectives, research into the study of PPI, and engaging public partners as co-authors in research.
BMC Series Blog
Annual Journal Metrics
76 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
53 days to first decision for all manuscripts
184 days from submission to acceptance
17 days from acceptance to publication
716 Altmetric Mentions
Transparency and Openness
TOP Factor Score - 9