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Registered Report


Registered Reports are intended to strengthen the methodology and the transparency of research papers seeking to answer defined questions. Submission is a two-stage process. In the first, the authors submit a proposed study protocol. If the study protocol passes initial review, BMC Medicine will make a commitment to publish the results, regardless of the outcome, assuming that the methods and analysis in the final study conforms to the initially approved proposal, and that any conclusions are justified given the data.

The Registered Reports format in BMC Medicine is open to manuscripts reporting on quantitative and qualitative studies of any experimental design, that are well poised to have significant implications for future research, policy, and/or clinical and global health practice.  This format is also open to clinical trials and systematic reviews.

Find out more about this publication format and read our author and reviewer guidelines for additional information.

Reporting Standards

BMC Medicine follows the BioMed Central guidelines on standards of reporting for research. In particular, we strongly recommend that authors refer to the minimum reporting guidelines for health research hosted by the EQUATOR Network when preparing their manuscript.

Please note that for all Registered Reports of clinical trials BMC Medicine requires the submission of a populated SPIRIT checklist and figure. The figure should be included in the main body of the text and the checklist should be provided as an additional file; both the figure and the checklist should be referenced in the text. Both files can be downloaded here.

Reports of completed randomized controlled trials should follow CONSORT reporting standards.

It is understood that for some studies certain aspects of the report may not comply fully with the pre-specified checklist. The checklist will not be used as a tool for judging the suitability of manuscripts for publication in BMC Medicine, but is intended as an aid to authors to clearly, completely, and transparently let reviewers and readers know what authors did and found. Using these guidelines to write the report, completing the checklist, and constructing a flow diagram are likely to optimize the quality of reporting and make the peer review process more efficient. 

For information on how to submit your report, please view the slide presentation on this page.

For a PDF of the PowerPoint presentation click here.

For general information on how to prepare your manuscript for submission to BMC Medicine, please go here.

For additional information on Registered Reports, including relevant items on the submission and review process, Information for Authors, and Information for Reviewers, please go here.



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    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.

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    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.

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    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.