About BMC

A pioneer of open access publishing, BMC has an evolving portfolio of high quality peer-reviewed journals including broad interest titles such as BMC Biology and BMC Medicine, specialist journals such as Malaria Journal and Microbiome, and the BMC series.

At BMC, research is always in progress. We are committed to continual innovation to better support the needs of our communities, ensuring the integrity of the research we publish, and championing the benefits of open research.

BMC is part of Springer Nature, giving us greater opportunities to help authors connect and advance discoveries across the world.

About this blog

The Research in progress blog delivers insights and opinion on developments at BMC and in the world of open access publishing. It’s also a place to read about peer review, new technological developments, and advice for researchers on navigating the publication of their work. We also share the thoughts of scientists on how research work is changing, and what that means for researchers today.

Our posts are written by staff, and a variety of guest bloggers.


  • Alexandros Houssein

    Author profile image Alex is the Editor for BMC Biomedical Engineering and BMC Mechanical Engineering. He previously worked on a range of life and health science journals, including BMC Cancer and BMC Microbiology. Before joining Springer Nature in 2016, he completed his PhD at Imperial College London on low power bioelectronics and then served as a strategy consultant for the The Boston Consulting Group.

  • Anne Korn

    Anne worked as a freelance science writer and news manager before joining BioMed Central in 2015. Now, as Communications Manager, she works on promoting the content published in our journals.

  • mariusjung

  • Srimathy Sriskantharajah

    Author profile image Srimathy Sriskantharajah completed a BSc in Microbiology (UCL) and a PhD in environmental microbiology/ atmospheric chemistry (Royal Holloway University of London) before joining BioMed Central. Srimathy blogs about microbiology, infectious diseases and the environment amongst other things.