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Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

Publication of research articles by BMC Proceedings is dependent primarily on their scientific validity and coherence as judged by our external expert editors and/or peer reviewers, who will also assess whether the writing is comprehensible and whether the work represents a useful contribution to the field.

BMC Proceedings allows Supplement Editors to oversee peer review of articles once an outline of the procedure (which must be compliant with BioMed Central’s standard procedures) and an academic board is approved by BioMed Central. BioMed Central will hold copies of reviews on file to ensure that rigorous standards of peer review are maintained.

Publication of individual articles in supplements to BMC Proceedings is dependent primarily on their scientific validity and coherence as judged by the Supplement Editors and peer reviewers, who will also assess whether the writing is comprehensible and whether the work represents a useful contribution to the field. The Series Editor retains overall editorial control of the Supplement content at all times and may request changes, corrections, rejections or withdrawals where articles do not meet Journal standards. Content proposals for BMC Proceedings will be analyzed by the Series Editor to assess the suitability of the content for publication. Proposals should be directed to supplements@biomedcentral.com in the first instance. In order to reach a decision about suitability, BioMed Central will need to receive the following information:

  • information about the meeting (title, location, dates, program, web address, expected number of delegates, any other relevant details)
  • the type of content to be submitted (full articles, short articles, abstracts)
  • the estimated number of articles/abstracts to be submitted for publication
  • the approximate length (word count) of each article/abstract (if known)
  • a sample of previously published proceedings (if available)
  • a description of the review process to be undertaken prior to submission (note that BioMed Central will provide peer review guidelines)
  • an estimation of when the articles/abstracts would be ready for submission
  • names of proposed Supplement Editors and review committee (if available)
  • print requirements (if any) including quantity and deadline for receipt of copies

BioMed Central aims to provide a decision about suitability within two weeks of an initial request.

Reviewers preparing reports on articles to be published in BMC Proceedings should not return reports to BioMed Central, but should submit these to the organising group for the proceedings. Any queries regarding reviews for BMC Proceedings can be directed to BioMed Central by email: supplements@biomedcentral.com.