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Reasons for publishing in BioMed Central's journals

· Open Access Open Access · Research articles published in BioMed Central's journals are freely available online via BioMed Central's website, the National Institutes of Health's electronic depository of full text articles, PubMed Central, as well as many other major international archives. In many of our journals, most of the non-research content is also open access. ·

Starting a new independent open access journal with BioMed Central

BioMed Central enables groups of researchers to start new, open access journals, or convert existing journals to open access. In all these journals, the entire content becomes open access, not just the research. Editorial control remains with the researchers, whilst BioMed Central provides them with a complete publishing system free of charge. There are many reasons to start a new, open access journal. Some researchers want to provide a "home" for a new branch of their speciality; some feel that nuances within contemporary research are poorly served by existing journals; others feel there are not enough journals in their field. For some researchers, however, the reason is to provide an open access alternative to existing journals. For more information and to view a list of launched independent open access journals go to www.biomedcentral.com/independent/starting

Online submission, electronic peer review and production make the process of publishing your article simple and efficient. Articles are published immediately upon acceptance. · High visibility and international readership in your field · BioMed Central's open access policy ensures high visibility and maximum exposure for your work - anyone with online access can read your article. Top-quality articles in BioMed Central's journals are accessed thousands of times over the course of a month. 450,000 BioMed Central registered users have signed up for regular email alerts. Users from all over the world access 5 million page views per month across BioMed Central's open access journals. · Impact Factors and Thomson Scientific (ISI) citation tracking · Many of BioMed Central's journals have been accepted by Thomson Scientific (ISI) for citation tracking and inclusion in Web of Science, and already have impressive Impact Factors. ·

Rapid publication

Open access is a sustainable model for the publication of biological and medical research

The traditional business model for scientific publishers relies on restricting access to published research, in order to recoup the costs of the publication process. This restriction of access to published research prevents full use being made of digital technologies, and is contrary to the interests of authors, funders and the scientific community as a whole. The traditional subscription-based model is also becoming increasingly unsustainable, as increasing amounts of research are being published whilst library budgets remain static. In contrast, BioMed Central's open access publishing model treats publication as the last phase of the research process. Article-processing charges (APCs) cover the cost of the publication process to allow free and immediate access to the research articles. APCs ensure transparency and allow publishers to compete to provide the best service at the best price. By coupling the cost of publication to research budgets, APCs ensure that the journal publishing system can scale to cope with an ever increasing volume of research. BioMed Central is committed to showing that open access provides a viable alternative that better fits the needs of the scientific community.

· All articles published in BioMed Central journals are included in PubMed and all major bibliographic databases so that your work can be found easily and cited by researchers and clinicians around the world. ·

Included in PubMed, Google and all major bibliographic databases

· This means that your article can be freely redistributed and reused by yourself and others as long as the article is correctly attributed. For example, you can post your article on your personal or institutional homepage and e-mail it to friends and colleagues. · No space constraints · Publishing online means unlimited space for figures, extensive data and video footage. · Tracking your manuscript ­ pre- and post-publication · You can access private information about where your manuscript is in the peer-review process and, if published, see the number of times it is viewed or downloaded. ·

You retain copyright, licensing the article under a Creative Commons license

BioMed Central Membership

BioMed Central Membership enables academic and research institutions, societies, groups, funders and corporations to actively support open access in scholarly publishing, and help ensure the most widespread dissemination of the research published by their investigators or members. All research students and faculty within a member organization can publish in journals published by BioMed Central without directly paying the full article processing charge. For more information on BioMed Central's membership programs go to www.biomedcentral.com/info/about/membership Contact Information BioMed Central, Middlesex House 34-42 Cleveland Street, London, W1T 4LB, UK Tel: +44 (0)20 7323 0323 Email: [email protected] Website: www.biomedcentral.com

When appropriate, articles are press released to the global media.

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"I was very pleased with the rapid turn-around and overall efficiency of the submission and publication process."

Marek Smieja McMaster University, Canada

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About BioMed Central

BioMed Central is an independent publishing house committed to providing immediate open access to peer-reviewed biomedical research. BioMed Central publishes over 180 online open access journals covering the whole of biology and medicine. All the original research articles in journals published by BioMed Central are immediately and permanently available online without charge or any other barriers to access. BioMed Central views open access to research as essential in order to ensure the rapid and efficient communication of research findings. BioMed Central is committed to maintaining high standards through full and stringent peer review. Authors who publish original research articles in journals published by BioMed Central retain copyright over their work. BioMed Central supports PubMed Central and other digital repositories, and encourages self-archiving by authors.

(*also publishes some subscription-only content)

A Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica Impact Factor: 0.72 AIDS Research and Therapy Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials Annals of General Psychiatry Annals of Surgical Innovation and Research Arthritis Research & Therapy* Impact Factor: 4.04 Asia Pacific Family Medicine Australia and New Zealand Health Policy B Behavioral and Brain Functions

BioMed Central's open access journals

BMC Medicine BMC Microbiology Impact Factor: 2.98 BMC Molecular Biology Impact Factor: 3.37 BMC Nephrology BMC Neurology Impact Factor: 1.90 BMC Neuroscience Impact Factor: 2.99 BMC Nursing BMC Ophthalmology BMC Oral Health BMC Palliative Care BMC Pediatrics BMC Pharmacology BMC Physiology BMC Plant Biology Impact Factor: 3.23 BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth BMC Proceedings BMC Psychiatry BMC Public Health Impact Factor: 1.63 BMC Pulmonary Medicine BMC Research Notes BMC Structural Biology Impact Factor: 3.06 BMC Surgery BMC Systems Biology BMC Urology BMC Veterinary Research BMC Women's Health Breast Cancer Research* Impact Factor 4.37 C Cancer Cell International Carbon Balance and Management Cardiovascular Diabetology Cardiovascular Ultrasound Cases Journal CBD Lipid Signaling Cell Communication and Signaling Cell Division Cerebrospinal Fluid Research Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health Chinese Medicine Chiropractic & Osteopathy Clinical and Molecular Allergy Clinical Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health Comparative Hepatology Conflict and Health Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation Cough Critical Care* Impact Factor: 3.83 D Diagnostic Pathology Dynamic Medicine E Emerging Themes in Epidemiology Environmental Health

Epidemiologic Perspectives & Innovations Epigenetics & Chromatin F Fibrogenesis and Tissue Repair Frontiers in Zoology G Genetic Vaccines and Therapy Genome Biology* Impact Factor: 6.59 Genome Medicine Geochemical Transactions Impact Factor: 1.84 Globalization and Health Gut Pathogens H Harm Reduction Journal Head & Face Medicine Health and Quality of Life Outcomes Health Research Policy and Systems Human Resources for Health I Immunity & Ageing Immunome Research Implementation Science Infectious Agents and Cancer International Archives of Medicine International Breastfeeding Journal International Journal for Equity in Health International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity International Journal of Health Geographics International Journal of Mental Health Systems International Seminars in Surgical Oncology J Journal of Autoimmune Diseases Journal of Biological Engineering Journal of Biology Journal of Biomedical Discovery and Collaboration Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Impact Factor: 1.87 Journal of Circadian Rhythms Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research Journal of Foot and Ankle Research Journal of Hematology & Oncology Journal of Immune Based Therapies and Vaccines Journal of Inflammation Journal of Medical Case Reports Journal of Molecular Signaling Journal of Nanobiotechnology Journal of Negative Results in BioMedicine Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation Journal of Neuroinflammation Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition

Journal of Translational Medicine Impact Factor: 2.94 Journal of Trauma Management & Outcomes L Lipids in Health and Disease M Malaria Journal Impact Factor: 2.47 Microbial Cell Factories Impact Factor: TBA Molecular Brain Molecular Cancer Impact Factor: 3.69 Molecular Cytogenetics Molecular Neurodegeneration Molecular Pain Impact Factor: 4.13 N Neural Development Nonlinear Biomedical Physics Nutrition & Metabolism Nutrition Journal O Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases Impact Factor: 1.30 Osteopathic Medicine and Primary Care Ovarian Research P Parasites & Vectors Particle and Fibre Toxicology PathoGenetics Patient Safety in Surgery Pediatric Rheumatology Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine Plant Genomes and Systems Biology Plant Methods Population Health Metrics Proteome Science R Radiation Oncology Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology Impact Factor: 2.37 Respiratory Research Impact Factor: 3.62 Retrovirology Impact Factor: 4.04 S Saline Systems Scoliosis Source Code for Biology and Medicine Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy T Theoretical Biology and Medical Modelling Thrombosis Journal Thyroid Research Tobacco Induced Diseases Trials Impact Factor: 1.44 U UroOncology V Virology Journal W World Journal of Emergency Surgery World Journal of Surgical Oncology

Algorithms for Molecular Biology Impact Factor: 1.63 BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders Impact Factor: 1.32

About open access

All research articles published in BioMed Central's journals are open access and in many of our journals, most of the non-research content is also open access. This means: 1. The article is universally and freely accessible via the Internet. 2. They are immediately deposited and permanently archived in PubMed Central, the free-access repository of peer-reviewed research in the life sciences run by the USA's National Institutes of Health, as well as other national archives. 3. The authors retain copyright of their articles and license the article under a Creative Commons license whereby they grant any third party the right to use the article freely as long as its integrity is maintained and its original authors, citation details and publisher are identified.

BioData Mining Biology Direct Impact Factor: 3.29 BioMedical Engineering OnLine BioPsychoSocial Medicine Biotechnology for Biofuels BMC Anesthesiology BMC Biochemistry BMC Bioinformatics Impact Factor: 3.49 BMC Biology Impact Factor: 5.06 BMC Biotechnology Impact Factor: 2.75 BMC Blood Disorders BMC Cancer Impact Factor: 2.71 BMC Cardiovascular Disorders BMC Cell Biology Impact Factor: 3.09 BMC Chemical Biology BMC Clinical Pathology BMC Clinical Pharmacology BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine BMC Dermatology BMC Developmental Biology Impact Factor: 3.34 BMC Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders BMC Ecology BMC Emergency Medicine BMC Endocrine Disorders BMC Evolutionary Biology Impact Factor: 4.09 BMC Family Practice BMC Gastroenterology Impact Factor: 1.98 BMC Genetics Impact Factor: 1.58 BMC Genomics Impact Factor: 4.18 BMC Geriatrics BMC Health Services Research Impact Factor: 1.36 BMC Immunology Impact Factor: 2.67 BMC Infectious Diseases Impact Factor: 2.02 BMC International Health and Human Rights BMC Medical Education BMC Medical Ethics BMC Medical Genetics Impact Factor: 2.42 BMC Medical Genomics BMC Medical Imaging BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making BMC Medical Physics BMC Medical Research Methodology

Overview of journals published by BioMed Central

The journals published by BioMed Central can be grouped into the following broad categories: · The BMC series: a group of open access, peer-reviewed research only journals that spans most areas of biomedicine and is editorially administered by BioMed Central. · Independent journals: a group of open access, peer-reviewed research and review journals that are editorially administered by groups of independent researchers. · Other journals: a group of journals that differ from the above two, either because they have a printed version or because they charge a subscription for their non-research content (whilst still offering open access to their research content) such as Genome Biology.

Journal of Brachial Plexus and Peripheral Nerve Injury Reproductive Health

"Instant and free open access online without registration hassles, an increasingly reputable journal in the field, and a broad scope to account for vast topics are just a few characteristics of BMC Medical Education."

Shaheen Emmanuel Lakhan Harvard Medical School, USA

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