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Publishing in BioMed Central’s journals


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Ruth King, Journal Publisher, BioMed Central speaking at Open Access Africa 2010

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Publishing in BioMed Central’s journals

  1. 1. Publishing in BioMed Central’s journals Ruth King Journal Publisher, BioMed Central
  2. 2. About BioMed Central  Largest global publisher of peer-reviewed open access journals  Launched first open access journal in 2000  Now publishes >200 OA titles  >80,000 peer reviewed OA articles published  All research articles published under Creative Commons license  Costs covered by 'article processing charge' (APC)
  3. 3. Range of journals
  4. 4. Innovative journals
  5. 5. Peer review cascade High rejection rate Moderate rejection rate Low rejection rate
  6. 6. Peer review “I felt, as an author and as a reviewer, that the peer review process was extremely fair.” Ricardo Z.N. Vencio “Very efficient in reviewing and publishing manuscripts.” Demelash Biffa “I had a wonderful experience with BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. All the crew were very nice to us…..It was a friendly process.” Ade Fatai Adeniyi
  7. 7. Transparency in peer review  Open vs Closed
  8. 8. More transparency
  9. 9. Experiment!  Author selects suitable reviewers from Editorial Board  Published if three Ed Board members agree to review  Open peer review  Reviewers’ reports are public
  10. 10. Framework
  11. 11. Maximum exposure Open access + Indexed PubMed, PubMed Central, Scopus … + Promoted Article alerts, Blogs, Twitter, Press release …
  12. 12. Visibility
  13. 13. Open access journals have high rankings in the JCR  Malaria Journal - 2/17 Tropical Medicine  BMC Systems Biology 3/29 Mathematical & Computational Biology  Breast Cancer Research - the 2nd highest ranking breast cancer specific journal
  14. 14. More benefits for authors..  Online submission, electronic peer review and production  Articles published as soon as they are ready  No space constraints: Useful for figures, extensive data and video footage  No charges for colour
  15. 15. Tips for getting published  Ensure that the scientific message is clear and arguments built up logically  Be concise: lengthy discussions and descriptions can distract from the key message(s)  Ensure claims are supported and don’t overstate your findings  Clearly and explicitly state the aims of the study and questions you have addressed  Put your work into the context of the literature: be sure to cite the relevant key references and cite them in the correct context  Pay attention to journal policies
  16. 16. Getting published - title and abstract Your advert to help attract peer reviewers, readers and citations! Be specific and concise Avoid jargon and abbreviations Include keywords Includes detailed and precise info about: - Key aims of the study and why the questions you asked are important - Key methods and materials used - Results presented - Conclusions drawn
  17. 17. Cover letter  What is the scientific question you are addressing?  What is the key finding that answers this question?  What is the nature of the evidence you provide in support of your conclusion?  What are the three most recently published papers that are relevant to this question?  What significance do your results have for the field?  What significance do your results have for the broader community (of scientists and/or the public)?  What other novel findings do you present?  Is there additional information that we should take into account?
  18. 18. Thank you!