BMC Proceedings: New Editor, New Scope. New Proceedings.

There are some big changes happening at BMC Proceedings, from a change of Editor to a broad expansion of the scope. Here we discuss the importance of conference proceedings, how they contribute to the dissemination of research, and what we can expect from BMC Proceedings in the future.

Greetings from BMC Proceedings.

Before we talk about anything else, an introduction is probably in order. My name’s Tom Rowles and, as of October 2016, I’m the Editor of BMC Proceedings. I’ve spent the last few months getting to know the journal and coming up with plans for the future, and I’d like to use this post to update you on some exciting changes which are currently happening.

What is BMC Proceedings?

Simply put, BMC Proceedings is an academic journal whose sole purpose is to publish conference proceedings, including full-length articles, abstracts and meeting reports. Our aim is to widely disseminate the valuable material that is collected and presented at academic meetings, as well as to try and capture and distil the essence of the conference, and to provide exposure to the valuable meetings and conversations that take place during the conference, though meeting reports.

Conferences are where research and medical communities come together, and we want to serve those communities by offering a service whereby conferences can extend their reach beyond the few days upon which the meeting takes place. Proceedings can do this, indefinitely extending the life of a conference, and providing a resource both for attendees, and those unable to make it.

We also feel that, for all of their worth, conferences tend to operate as a closed system. All of the valuable information that is presented at a meeting, however useful and relevant to your own research, is for naught if you are unable to attend. We therefore see our role as making conferences open-access, in the same manner that BioMed Central has done for full research publications, and ensuring that cutting-edge scientific research and debate, as well as the guidelines and consensus reports that are often debated at international meetings, reach the researchers and practitioners that need it, wherever they might be in the world.

New scope

Up until this point, BMC Proceedings has, similarly to all other journals in the BMC series, published only articles and proceedings dealing with either the biological or medical sciences. However, from February 14th 2017, both BMC Proceedings and BMC Research Notes will be considering submissions from all scientific and clinical disciplines. You can find out more about the change of scope in BMC Research Notes, as well as other exciting ongoing developments in that journal here.

What will this mean in practice? Well, from now on BMC Proceedings will consider publishing articles, abstracts and reports from meetings in the following fields:

  • Biology and life sciences
  • Clinical and medical
  • Medical and scientific education
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Bioethics and international health & human rights
  • Research methodology
  • Engineering
  • Geo-sciences and environmental/earth sciences
  • Marine biology
  • Chemistry
  • Materials sciences
  • Psychology
  • Paleontology

With such an extensive list of subject areas now suitable for consideration, is there anything that we won’t be considering? Well yes; we will still be unable to consider meetings on law (except for when they are directly related to international health & human rights), humanities and arts. However, if you are unsure as to whether your conference would be suitable for consideration as a proceeding then I would encourage you to contact us, and either myself or one of our supplements team will be able to advise you further.

Over the coming months and years we hope that BMC Proceedings can become a hub for research communities to present and share their conferences. We therefore hope that you can join us and, if you are organising a conference and looking for a means to broaden its impact, then please do get in touch at supplements@biomedcentral.com.

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