Reasons to publish

Open access 

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

Find the right journal...

Select the journal that suits your research best from over 390 open access journals published by BioMed Central, Chemistry Central, and SpringerOpen. The Journal Selector uses semantic technology to help you quickly choose the open access journal that is right for your manuscript. Matches to a journal are based on already published articles that are similar to your research, allowing you to match to similar articles from a database of over 300,000 articles.

Enter your abstract, description of your research, or a sample text and the Journal Selector provides a list of relevant open access journals.


Rapid publication

Online submission, electronic peer review and production make the process of publishing your article simple and efficient.

Quality, reputation and high standard of peer review

All BioMed Central journals have a high standard of peer review. The precise form of peer review is left to those responsible for editorial control of the individual journal. Each journal has its own peer review policy.

All BioMed Central journals boast strong Editorial Boards who help with policy and decision-making, and in some cases help with choosing referees and reviewing manuscripts.

Impact Factors and Thomson Reuters (ISI) citation tracking

Over 100 BioMed Central journals have Impact Factors and many more have been accepted by Thomson Reuters (ISI) for citation tracking and inclusion in Web of Science and will receive an Impact Factor in the next two years. Individual journal Impact Factors can be found in our general FAQ or by visiting the individual journal homepage.

High visibility and international readership in your field

Our open access policy ensures high visibility and maximum exposure for your work - anyone with online access can read your article.

Included in all major bibliographic databases

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

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

This means that articles can be freely redistributed and reused as long as the article is correctly attributed. For example, a published article can be posted on a personal or institutional homepage, emailed to friends and colleagues, printed and sent to people, archived in a collection, distributed on CD-ROM, included in course-packs, quoted in the press, translated and further distributed as often and widely as possible. Read the full Creative Commons license.

No space constraints

Publishing online means unlimited space for figures, extensive data and video footage.

Promotion of your articles

Articles are widely promoted through email updates, table of contents, email alerts, postings on the BioMed Central homepage, and press releases to the general and scientific press - all resulting in increasing levels of accesses for each article. BioMed Central journals are also promoted at many major scientific conferences to bring your work to the attention of professionals in your field. You can also promote your article via your own email lists, online links, listserves, distribution at conferences and any other innovative techniques you wish to adopt.

From broad to specialist interest journals

Whether you wish to publish in a broad interest or specialist interest journal, BioMed Central offers an open access journal to suit your manuscript. For our full list of journals visit our journal overview page.

Don't take our word for it!

BioMed Central aims to provide the highest possible standard of service to authors. See some comments from authors who have published their articles in BioMed Central's journals.

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