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About BioMedical Engineering OnLine

This page includes information about the aims and scope of BioMedical Engineering OnLine, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

Aims & scope

BioMedical Engineering OnLine is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that is dedicated to publishing research in all areas of biomedical engineering.

BioMedical Engineering OnLine is aimed at readers and authors throughout the world with an interest in using tools of the physical sciences to advance and understand problems in the biological and medical sciences. There are biomedical engineers in countries throughout the world, and the results of their work are scattered and often difficult to access. This publication promotes the rapid and free accessibility of articles for biomedical engineering researchers everywhere. The result is a worldwide community of biomedical engineers who are linked together by their various research interests and their values in promoting benefits to all of humanity.

Open access

All articles published by BioMedical Engineering OnLine are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

Authors of articles published in BioMedical Engineering OnLine are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.

For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. BioMedical Engineering OnLine therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1325/$2255/€1675 for each article accepted for publication. If the submitting author's institution is a Member, the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

Indexing services

All articles published in BioMedical Engineering OnLine are included in PubMed, the most widely used biomedical bibliographic database service, which is run by the US National Library of Medicine. Other bibliographic databases that index articles published in BioMedical Engineering OnLine include:

  • CABS
  • Citebase
  • Compedex
  • DOAJ
  • Embase
  • EmBiology
  • EmCare
  • Google Scholar
  • Index Copernicus
  • MEDLINE
  • OAIster
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • SCImago
  • Scopus
  • SOCOLAR
  • Zetoc

The full text of all research articles is deposited in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and other digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).

The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.

BioMedical Engineering OnLine is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI) and has an Impact Factor of 1.61.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for publication

BioMedical Engineering OnLineconsiders the following types of articles:

  • Research: presenting new work based on the highest standards of basic or applied academic research.
  • Book reviews: presenting short summaries of the strengths and weaknesses of a book. They should evaluate its overall usefulness to the intended audience. Please contact Francisco Azuaje (fj.azuaje@ulster.ac.uk) with your Book review proposal.
  • Letters to the Editor: can take three forms: a substantial re-analysis of a previously published article, or a substantial response to such a re-analysis from the authors of the original publication, or an article that may not cover 'standard research' but that may be relevant to readers.
  • Reviews: presenting a comprehensive and authoritative description and evaluation of a current scientific or research area within the journal scope, these articles are usually written by opinion leaders that have been invited by the Editorial Board.

Peer review policies

All articles are reviewed by at least three experts from the relevant field. The reviewers consider the technical aspects of the material presented, in terms of scientific validity and usefulness. Authors are given every opportunity to alter their submission and/or to respond to the comments.

Edited by Kenneth R. Foster, BioMedical Engineering OnLine is supported by an expert Editorial Board.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My BioMedical Engineering OnLine, a personalized section of the site.

Reprints

High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.

Supplements

BioMedical Engineering OnLine will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. All full length articles (proceedings, reviews or research articles) are indexed by PubMed. PubMed displays the title of the supplement only in the case of meeting abstract collections. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to BioMedical Engineering OnLine should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in BioMedical Engineering OnLine

Articles in BioMedical Engineering OnLine should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. BioMed Eng OnLine [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. BioMed Eng OnLine 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in BioMedical Engineering OnLine?

High visibility

BioMedical Engineering OnLine's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.

Speed of publication

BioMedical Engineering OnLine offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through BioMedical Engineering OnLine, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.

Flexibility

Online publication in BioMedical Engineering OnLine gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in BioMedical Engineering OnLine are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on BioMedical Engineering OnLine's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in BioMedical Engineering OnLine may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in BioMedical Engineering OnLine. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Authors of articles published in BioMedical Engineering OnLine retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement).

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