- We welcome all research related to musculoskeletal health, publishing Article Collections on topics including osteoarthritis, work, and diagnostic imaging.
- With over three million downloads by one million researchers in 2020, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders ensures high visibility for your article..
- We are the largest Open Access publication in the ‘Orthopedics’ and ‘’Rheumatology’ categories of Clarivate’s Journal Citation Report.
Call for Papers: Patient and Public Involvement (PPI)
BMC Rheumatology and BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders welcome submissions on PPI in rheumatic and musculoskeletal research. The Editorial Board hopes that this will be a rich learning experience for both the public and researchers, and we've designed the Call for Papers to reflect this.Read More
Call for papers: Robotic surgery
In order to recognize the significant growth and advancement of robotic surgery over the past several decades, we hereby welcome original submissions on ‘Robotic surgery’ aiming to present a collection of primary research articles and reviews on the topic.Read More
Call for Papers: Digital Health
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders welcomes submissions on Digital Health technologies in rheumatic and musculoskeletal care. Topics of interest include E-health, artificial intelligence, big data, mobile apps and wearable sensors.Read More
NEW: Advances & challenges in imaging rheumatic & musculoskeletal disorders
This Article Collection showcases original contributions on imaging in rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders. Explore selected articles within this innovating speciality.
Publication date: March 2021.
Why publish your article in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders?
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Aims and scope
- Ciarán Martin Fitzpatrick, BioMed Central, UK
Peer Review Taxonomy
This journal is participating in a pilot of NISO/STM's Working Group on Peer Review Taxonomy, to identify and standardize definitions and terminology in peer review practices in order to make the peer review process for articles and journals more transparent. Further information on the pilot is available here.
The following summary describes the peer review process for this journal:
- Identity transparency: Single anonymized
- Reviewer interacts with: Editor
- Review information published: Review reports. Reviewer Identities reviewer opt in. Author/reviewer communication
We welcome your feedback on this Peer Review Taxonomy Pilot. Please can you take the time to complete this short survey.
Take a look at the articles that the journal's Editors wish to highlight to you for reading and sharing.
We are recruiting new Editorial Board Members to join our international community of experts, helping to provide expertise on a wide range of subjects within the area of musculoskeletal disorders.
BMC is committed to supporting efforts to achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by helping researchers to disseminate and showcase their work. We aim to support policy-makers, governments, and humanitarian organizations in making evidence-based decisions to advance good health and wellbeing (SDG 3) and reduce inequalities (SDG 10).
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Get credit for your data!
Valuable data often go unpublished when they could be helping to progress science. Hence, the BMC Series introduced Data notes, a short article type allowing you to describe your data and publish them to make your data easier to find, cite and share.
BMC Series Focus Issues
Microbial resistance has become a major threat to human health in the 21st century. In order to provide the public with a general understanding of the situation of drug-resistant pathogens, and to alert and prevent this threat, the BMC Series Journals dedicate their first focus issue in 2022 to research on antimicrobial resistance.
For World AIDS day, the BMC Series Journals dedicate this month's focus issue to research on HIV and AIDS highlighting recent advancements in understanding the biology of the disease, the continued breakthroughs in diagnosis and treatment and also shed some light on what life with HIV is like.
Annual Journal Metrics
71 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
54 days to first decision for all manuscripts
161 days from submission to acceptance
14 days from acceptance to publication
2.355 - 2-year Impact Factor
2.996 - 5-year Impact Factor
1.396 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
0.837 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)
2,686 Altmetric mentions
Research Data Helpdesk
Authors can receive free advice on how and where to share their research data, according to their specific research community from a team of research data editors.