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About BioPsychoSocial Medicine

This page includes information about the aims and scope of BioPsychoSocial Medicine, 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

BioPsychoSocial Medicine is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal that encompasses all aspects of the interrelationships between the biological, psychological, social, and behavioral factors of health and illness.

BioPsychoSocial Medicine is the official journal of the Japanese Society of Psychosomatic Medicine, and publishes research on psychosomatic disorders and diseases that are characterized by objective organic changes and/or functional changes that could be induced, progressed, aggravated, or exacerbated by psychological, social, and/or behavioral factors and their associated psychosomatic treatments.

The journal emphasizes a bio-psycho-social approach to illness and health, covering the behavioral sciences, social sciences, neuroscience, stress physiology and epidemiology, psycho-neuro-endocrinology/ immunology, and psycho-oncology, all of which are associated with mind-body interactions.

Open access

All articles published by BioPsychoSocial Medicine 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 BioPsychoSocial Medicine 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. BioPsychoSocial Medicine therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1170/$1990/€1480 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 BioPsychoSocial Medicine 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 BioPsychoSocial Medicine include:

  • CAS
  • Cinahl
  • Citebase
  • DOAJ
  • Google Scholar
  • Index Copernicus
  • OAIster
  • PsycINFO
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • 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.

BioPsychoSocial Medicine has an unofficial Impact Factor of 1.0. BioMed Central is working with Thomson Reuters (ISI) to ensure that citation analysis of articles published in BioPsychoSocial Medicine will be available.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for publication

BioPsychoSocial Medicine considers the following types of articles:

  • Research: reports of data from original research.
  • Case reports: reports of clinical cases that can be educational, describe a diagnostic or therapeutic dilemma, suggest an association, or present an important adverse reaction. All case report articles should be accompanied by written and signed consent to publish the information from the patients or their guardians.
  • Reviews: comprehensive, authoritative descriptions of any subject within the journal's scope. These are usually written by opinion leaders invited by the Editorial Board.
  • Short reports: brief reports of data from original research.

Peer-review policies

All manuscripts submitted to BioPsychoSocial Medicine will be peer reviewed by two experts. Based on the reviewers’ reports, the Editor will aim to make an initial Editorial decision within four weeks, which will be either, accept, accept with revisions, or reject. In the case of conflicting reviews, the Section Editor and the Editor-in-Chief will be responsible for making the final decision.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My BioPsychoSocial Medicine, 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

BioPsychoSocial Medicine 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 BioPsychoSocial Medicine should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in BioPsychoSocial Medicine

Articles in BioPsychoSocial Medicine 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. BioPsychoSocial Med [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. BioPsychoSocial Med 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in BioPsychoSocial Medicine?

High visibility

BioPsychoSocial Medicine'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

BioPsychoSocial Medicine 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 BioPsychoSocial Medicine, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.

Flexibility

Online publication in BioPsychoSocial Medicine 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 BioPsychoSocial Medicine are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on BioPsychoSocial Medicine's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in BioPsychoSocial Medicine 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 BioPsychoSocial Medicine. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Authors of articles published in BioPsychoSocial Medicine 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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