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About Breast Cancer Research
This page includes information about the aims and scope of Breast Cancer Research, 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
Breast Cancer Research is an international, peer-reviewed online journal, publishing original research, reviews, editorials and reports. Research articles of exceptional interest are published in all areas of biology and medicine relevant to breast cancer, including normal mammary gland biology, with special emphasis on the genetic, biochemical, and cellular basis of breast cancer. In addition, the journal publishes clinical studies with a biological basis, including Phase I and Phase II trials.
All Research articles and Corrections articles published by Breast Cancer Research 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. In addition, the journal also publishes reviews and other article types that are only available by subscription.
Authors of Research articles and Corrections articles published in Breast Cancer Research 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.
In addition to research articles Breast Cancer Research also publishes Meeting reports, Reviews and Viewpoints all of which are only available by subscription. BioMed Central holds the copyright to such subscription content according to the terms of BioMed Central's Copyright Licensing Agreement.
Open access publishing is not without costs. Breast Cancer Research therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1290/$2090/€1545 for each Research articles and Corrections article accepted for publication. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. Generally, 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. For further details, see our article-processing charge page. A limited number of waivers for article-processing charges are also available at the editors' discretion, and authors wishing to apply for these waivers should contact the editors.
All articles published in Breast Cancer Research 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 Breast Cancer Research include:
- Current contents
- Global Health
- Google Scholar
- Index Copernicus
- PubMed Central
- Science Citation Index
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).
Breast Cancer Research is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI) and has an Impact Factor of 5.87.
Publication and peer review process
Criteria for publication
Research articles: reports of data from exceptional original research. These articles will form the major content of the journal. Breast Cancer Research invites research articles of exceptional interest in all areas of biology and medicine relevant to breast cancer. Articles explore the biological basis of breast cancer and the clinical application of this knowledge. Clinical studies will usually be phase I and II clinical trials.
Reviews: provide a full and factual account of recent developments within an area of research and are usually commissioned by the journal. In-depth reviews provide substantial coverage of a subject in a single longer article, and multi-author thematic series explore a subject in a series of concise, narrowly focused review articles coordinated by a leading authority in the field.
Editorials: short articles focusing on interesting research articles recently published in Breast Cancer Research, explaining the implications of the article and putting it in context. They are commissioned by the journal.
Letters: may discuss material published in Breast Cancer Research or particular issues of general interest to the readership. Letters are not usually peer reviewed but on occasion we may invite replies for publication in the same issue.
Meeting reports: These discuss recent conferences from the author's point of view; they are not meant to be comprehensive. Only selected conferences will be covered. The reports aim to provide readers of the journal with an efficient updating service, focusing on new data from biological and translational research. If you would like to report on a meeting, please contact the Editorial Office
Viewpoints: short opinion pieces focusing on the latest high-impact research.
Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Breast Cancer Research, a personalized section of the site.
Copyediting and proofs
All articles published in Breast Cancer Research are copyedited before publication of the final version.
Research articles and Corrections articles published in Breast Cancer Research are published immediately on acceptance in the form of a provisional PDF. Copyedited and fully formatted PDF and full-text (HTML) versions are made available shortly after that.
Edited versions will be sent by email and corrections should be returned within two working days. Please provide a typed list of corrections clearly indicating where the corrections should be made and please send this list by email.
The editing of Research articles and Corrections articles is designed only to correct such things as misused words, spelling errors, missing references or incomplete citation information.
High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.
Breast Cancer Research 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.
All manuscripts submitted to Breast Cancer Research should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.
Citing articles in Breast Cancer Research
Articles in Breast Cancer Research 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. Breast Cancer Res [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. Breast Cancer Res 2009, 1:115.
refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.
Why publish your article in Breast Cancer Research?
Breast Cancer Research's open access policy allows maximum visibility of research 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
Breast Cancer Research 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 are published with their final citation immediately upon acceptance in a provisional PDF form. The article will subsequently be published in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Breast Cancer Research, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.
Online publication in Breast Cancer Research 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 Breast Cancer Research are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Breast Cancer Research's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.
In addition, articles published in Breast Cancer Research 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 Breast Cancer Research. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.
Authors of research articles published in Breast Cancer Research 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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