BMC Medical Ethics is an online journal publishing research articles after full peer review. All articles are published, without barriers to access, immediately upon acceptance. The journal is published by BioMed Central Ltd, Floor 6, 236 Gray’s Inn Road, London, WC1X 8HB, United Kingdom.
Scope: BMC Medical Ethics is an Open Access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on relation to the ethical aspects of biomedical research and clinical practice, including professional choices and conduct, medical technologies, healthcare systems and health policies.
Criteria for publication: Publication of research articles by BMC Medical Ethics is dependent primarily on their validity and coherence, as judged by peer reviewers, who are also asked whether the writing is comprehensible and how interesting they consider the article to be. If an article is of broad interest, the authors may be asked if they would prefer it to be published in BMC Medicine, and the article may be highlighted in a variety of ways as a service to our readers and contributors.
Speed of publication: BMC Medical Ethics offers a very fast publication schedule while 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 electronically in manuscript form immediately upon acceptance. A fully structured web version, and accompanying laid out PDF, will be published within a few weeks of acceptance.
Flexibility: As an electronic-only journal, BMC Medical Ethics offers authors the opportunity to publish large data sets, large numbers of 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 papers).
Submission of manuscripts: Manuscripts must be submitted to BMC Medical Ethics electronically using the online submission system. Full details of how to submit a manuscript are given in the instructions for authors.
Instructions for authors: