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Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

BMC Biology operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous. The benefit of single-blind peer-review is that it is the traditional model of peer review that many reviewers are comfortable with, and it facilitates a dispassionate critique of a manuscript.

BMC Biology considers articles across all fields of biology that are of interest to a broad readership of biologists and/or represent an exceptional advance within a specific field. Manuscripts are initially assessed by our in-house editors and, if appropriate, in consultation with relevant members of our authoritative Editorial Board, and those that are deemed of interest are sent for peer review. Peer reviewers are asked to assess the scientific soundness of articles, with special attention to whether sufficient detail is provided for a proper assessment, and they may also comment on the interest levels and the extent of the advance reported. Editorial Board Members may provide advice on manuscripts submitted but are not involved in the final decisions. The overall editorial responsibility for the journal is with the Chief Editor.

Re-review Opt Out Policy

We operate a re-review opt out policy for papers that are clearly suitable for publication in BMC Biology, subject to revisions. In these instances, this possibility is communicated in the decision letter, and upon resubmission, authors choose whether the reviewers from the previous round of review see their revisions. If the authors choose not to have the paper re-reviewed, the revisions will be assessed by the in-house editorial team. When there is uncertainty as to whether a paper will meet our expectations for publication due to the nature and/or scope of the revisions required, we may invite revision without the opportunity to opt out of re-review. For any questions regarding the policy, please contact us at bmcbiologyeditorial@biomedcentral.com.

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