BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders at EULAR 2014!

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This year, the 15th Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR) is being held in Paris, on 11-14 June, and BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders will be attending.


EULAR is one of the major events in the calendar of world rheumatology and brings together researchers and clinicians from all areas of rheumatology.

If you would like to meet to discuss your work, the current state of your field, publishing in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, or if you are interested in working with the journal as a member of our Editorial Board, then please feel free to contact Executive Editor Catia Cornacchia, who would be more than happy to meet.

Hope to see you in Paris!

An exciting opportunity to join the editorial board of BMC Surgery


Do you work in the surgery field, and have you thought about contributing to an editorial board? If so then this post is for you…

Regular readers of the BMC-series blog and followers of BMC Surgery will know that the journal recently underwent an editorial restructuring which we believe will allow us to better reflect the latest research that is happening in the field. For those that missed the news this blog, posted at the time of the restructure, will bring you up to speed.

As a part of this restructuring we introduced a Case Reports section to the journal, and we now have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated surgeon or surgical researcher to …

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BMC Medical Genetics and BMC Medical Genomics heads to Milan for ESHG 2014


This year’s annual European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG) meeting will be held in Milan from Saturday 31st May until Tuesday 3rd June. The meeting attracts over 3000 delegates, both clinicians and academics, from all corners of the globe and of the field.

BMC Medical Genetics and BMC Medical Genomics will be attending this conference. In the spirit of the capital of Italian style, we will be looking into what’s hot right now in human genetics research and showing off our own fashion-forward brand of accessible open-access, high quality publishing. If you will also be attending and would like to talk about your work and find out about opportunities to contribute to the journal then please get …

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Why do ‘alternative’ teenagers self-harm?

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In this guest blog, Robert Young, a senior investigator at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, discusses his latest research into the self-harming behaviors of ‘alternative’ teens published in BMC Psychiatry this week.

I’ve just travelled the 30 metres from my temporary research office to the Music therapy room in the basement of the Ulm Child & Adolescent Psychological Services building. In front of me are two German ‘Alternative’ teens, both referred to the clinic to help control their self-injuring behaviours.

The first is blasting out (in English) the Linkin Park song ‘In The End’, while the second energetically accompanies on the drums. Paul Plener, my psychiatrist co-author, is on bass guitar, while the resident music therapist leads on …

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What is the BMC series?

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Open, inclusive and trusted

Almost 14 years ago the BMC-series was launched as a ground-breaking series of journals built on the new concept of open access. Like many teenagers, now seems to be the time to reflect on what we value, who we are and what we want to achieve.

Unrestricted by the page budgets of print journals, the goal of the BMC series was a complete and unbiased scientific record. The journals would  publish technically sound work, conducted according to good scientific standards, that added value to the scientific literature, but which tended to be overlooked by high impact journals due to lack of an exciting story. The journals combined a thorough peer review process with the (then) novel …

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BMC Clinical pathology at The 2014 Controlling Cancer Summit.

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BMC Clinical Pathology is excited to be attending the Biomarker Discovery and Assay Development day during the 2014 Controlling Cancer Summit held in London, UK, on 12-14 May.

In addition to attending the scientific sessions, Editors Christopher Foote and Magdalena Morawska are very interested in meeting with researchers to discuss their work and interests. Please feel free to approach us if you are interested in getting involved with the journal and joining our Editorial Board.

We look forward to meeting you in London!

All change at BMC Surgery


New section structure aims to better serve the surgical field.

At BMC Surgery, we recognise that change can be a good thing.

A few years ago, we made a major change to the way in which we handle manuscripts by appointing a group of academic Section Editors to drive the editorial assessment of new submissions according to the subject area of the study. Under this system, all manuscripts are assessed and managed through the peer-review process by expert academic Section Editors in consultation with a group of subject-specific Associate Editors. This allows for a detailed assessment of the science behind a manuscript early in the peer-review process, and means that expert reviewers can be identified quickly by professionals who themselves …

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Highlights of the BMC-series: April 2014


A history of lions • Genetics of strawberry flavor • Mechanisms of bacterial adherence • Fossil snakefly •  Surveillance leads to rabies reduction • Masculinity and marital violence • Lifestyle medicine for depression

Evolutionary Biology: A history of lions

Mitochondrial DNA from museum-preserved lion specimens, including the extinct Barbary lion (Panthera leo leo) and Iranian lion (P. l. persica), as well as lions from West and Central Africa were sequenced and data analysed spanning the historical range of lions. Integrating analysis of mitochondrial DNA from both modern and extinct populations suggests that lions migrated from Africa into Asia more recently than previously thought. The paper highlights that currently the only two lion conservation units recognised by International …

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BMC Pediatrics is attending the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting…


This year, the annual Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) meeting is being held in Vancouver, British Columbia from Saturday May 2nd to Tuesday May 6th, and BMC Pediatrics will be attending. PAS is the largest conference focusing on child health, and brings together researchers and clinicians from all areas of child health, with approximately 3800 presenting their work.


The Executive Editor of BMC Pediatrics, Peter O’Donovan, will be there so please feel free to get in touch with him if you would like to meet. We would be delighted to hear about your work, the current state of your field of research, or ways in which you can get involved with the journal– including the possibility of joining …

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Better off together: BSCB-BSDB joint conference


Last month saw the annual joint Spring conference of the annual British Society of Cell Biology and British Society of Developmental Biology at the University of Warwick. BMC Cell Biology and BMC Developmental Biology were lucky enough to attend.

As is often the case, although a national conference it attracted a diverse range of speakers and delegates from across Europe and beyond, while still maintaining the friendly atmosphere of a small conference.

As a joint conference both subjects were split equally, leading to a diverse range of talks. These including the excellent plenary talks Kai Simons on raft structures within cell membranes and from Janet Rossant, talking about the contribution of the trophectoderm layer of …

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