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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Aims and scope

BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of the prevention, diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal disorders, as well as related molecular genetics, pathophysiology, and epidemiology. Studies investigating the systemic nature of rheumatic diseases, not related to specific musculoskeletal manifestations, are encouraged to submit to BMC Rheumatology.  

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

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Editors' highlights

Take a look at the articles that the journal's Editors wish to highlight to you for reading and sharing. 

Announcement: we are recruiting Editorial Board Members

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.

Supporting the UN's Sustainable Development Goals

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BMC Series Focus Issues

December: HIV

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. 

November: Infection and health

The BMC Series journals would like to dedicate their November focus issue to the recent research into infections and health highlighting four key topics within research on infection - the biology, recent advances in detection and diagnosis, the risk factors and incidence reports and finally on the advances in treatment and combating of infection.  Browse the articles in the focus issue further to learn more.

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