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Though we have already found participants for the pilot, if the model proves successful, we are hoping to expand it further therefore if you are interested, please complete the form at the end of this page and we will contact you at a later date.

New Editorial Board Members Needed for Pilot

BMC Medicine is recruiting new Editorial Board Members with expertise within the public health field to join a new editorial initiative. To increase our engagement with the Editorial Board and community at large, we are starting a pilot for a collaborative editorial model whereby Editorial Board Members assess manuscripts in the area of public health alongside the in-house Editorial team (if successful, we’ll extend the initiative into other areas of medicine). As part of this pilot, we are recruiting new Editorial Board Members who will work closely with our in-house Editors to ensure that all manuscripts are subject to the same editorial standards and journal policies. 

Who are we looking for?

Any public health experts with a passion for open access, data sharing, and innovation in scientific publishing. We are particularly interested in recruiting Early Career Researchers (ECRs); i.e. individuals who completed their PhD or medical degree less than 10 years ago and hold a non-tenured position, in an effort to be more inclusive of the research community as a whole. Our Editorial Board Members should have a minimum of fifteen research papers published in reputable peer-review journals.

What are the responsibilities?

You will work together with internal, professional editors to serve the community by assessing, selecting and helping to improve the papers that the journal publishes. A key aspect of this is evaluating new submissions and managing the peer review process. As an Editorial Board Member you are responsible for the scientific quality of the manuscripts that you handle. You adhere to the ethos, editorial standards, policies and scope of the journal and ensure that manuscripts are handled efficiently and appropriately. 

An Editorial Board Member for BMC Medicine should be willing to handle a minimum of 3 manuscripts per month

We understand that Editorial Board Members are very busy people, so we try to ensure this role is not too onerous.  New members of our Board will be given access to training modules to help develop your editorial skills, and our in-house Editorial and administrative team will be on hand to provide additional support where required. 

What would be the benefits? 

As an Editorial Board Members at BMC Medicine, you will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from professional BMC Editors. Other benefits include: 

20% discounted Article Processing Charge (APC) when publishing with BMC Medicine or any other Journal within the BMC Series (for a complete list, please see:

For a full list of benefits and responsibilities, please see: 

How to apply?

If you are interested in joining BMC Medicine as an Editorial Board Member and get ‘under the hood’ of the journal’s editorial process, please complete this Google form. If you have any trouble completing this Form, please email your CV to  Please ensure to include 'BMC Medicine EBM Application Form' in the subject line of your email. We look forward to hearing from you.

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    medRxiv transfers

    BMC Medicine is happy to consider manuscripts that have been, or will be, posted on a preprint server. Authors are able to submit their manuscripts directly from medRxiv, without having to re-upload files.

    Portable peer review

    To reduce time spent on serial submissions and iterative reviewing, BMC Medicine offers to consider manuscripts on the basis of reviews received at other journals. We also support transfers of reviews obtained at BMC Medicine to other journals, including those outside of BMC and Springer Nature. Learn more from our portable reviews page.

    COVID-19 and impact on peer review

    As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

    Registered reports

    BMC Medicine is accepting Registered Reports. Find out more about this innovative format in our Submission Guidelines.