Aims and scope
BioPsychoSocial Medicine is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal that encompasses all aspects of the interrelationships between the biological, psychological, social, and behavioral factors of health and illness.
BioPsychoSocial Medicine is the official journal of the Japanese Society of Psychosomatic Medicine, and publishes research on psychosomatic disorders and diseases that are characterized by objective organic changes and/or functional changes that could be induced, progressed, aggravated, or exacerbated by psychological, social, and/or behavioral factors and their associated psychosomatic treatments.
The journal emphasizes a bio-psycho-social approach to illness and health, covering the behavioral sciences, social sciences, neuroscience, stress physiology and epidemiology, psycho-neuro-endocrinology/ immunology, and psycho-oncology, all of which are associated with mind-body interactions.
All articles published by BioPsychoSocial Medicine 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.
As authors of articles published in BioPsychoSocial Medicine you are the copyright holders of your article and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate your article, according to the BioMed Central license agreement.
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Open access publishing is not without costs. BioPsychoSocial Medicine therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1370/$2145/€1745 for each article accepted for publication. If the corresponding author's institution participates in our open access membership program, some or all of the publication cost may be covered (more details available on the membership page). We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.
BioMed Central provides a free open access funding support service to help authors discover and apply for article processing charge funding. Visit our OA funding and policy support page to view our list of research funders and institutions that provide funding for APCs, and to learn more about our email support service.
BioPsychoSocial Medicine offers a discount on the article-processing charge, if the first author of an article is a member of the Japanese Society of Psychosomatic Medicine. Please visit the Society website for further information.
All articles published in BioPsychoSocial Medicine are included in:
- Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)
- PubMed Central
The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by BioMed Central on SpringerLink.
We are working closely with relevant indexing services including Web of Science (Thomson Reuters) to ensure that articles published in BioPsychoSocial Medicine will be available in their databases when appropriate.
BioPsychoSocial Medicine operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous.
The benefit of single-blind peer review is that it is the traditional model of peer review that many reviewers are comfortable with, and it facilitates a dispassionate critique of a manuscript.
All manuscripts submitted to BioPsychoSocial Medicine should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.
Citing articles in BioPsychoSocial Medicine
Articles in BioPsychoSocial Medicine 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. BioPsychoSocial Med [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. BioPsychoSocial Med 2009, 1:115.
refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.
Appeals and complaints
If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Editor who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure. For complaints that cannot be resolved with the Editor, the authors should contact the Publisher.
Why publish your article in BioPsychoSocial Medicine
BioPsychoSocial Medicine's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience.
Speed of publication
BioPsychoSocial Medicine 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 will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF.
Online publication in BioPsychoSocial Medicine gives you 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 BioPsychoSocial Medicine are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be highlighted on BioPsychoSocial Medicine’s pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.
In addition, articles published in BioPsychoSocial Medicine 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 BioPsychoSocial Medicine. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.
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