Scholarly Publishing: “BioMed Central’s Editorial Policies – What’s New, What’s Not?”
From a BMC Blog Post:
Today, BioMed Central’s Biology and Medical Editors announce the launch of BioMed Central’s new editorial policies, providing authors, editors and peer reviewers with a transparent, convenient, and comprehensive resource for information that applies to all journals published by BioMed Central.
In creating this new resource, we have built on our existing commitment to maintaining editorial policies, reinforcing requirements of particular research fields (see here and here for examples) and upholding community standards and best practice. Policies that were already in place are now clearly displayed, including our policies on authorship, duplicate publication, reporting guidelines, ethics, and consent in line with guidance from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). We also provide a more detailed explanation of the peer review models that underpin BioMed Central’s commitment to maintaining a high standard of peer review across all of its journals.
In addition to bringing together this pre-existing information, we’ve outlined new policies too. We include a section on describing new taxa developed in partnership with external academics in the field.
We also provide additional information regarding our policies on confidentiality, misconduct, and image manipulation. We feel it is important to make this information publicly available to ensure that we act in a fair, consistent, and transparent manner.
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