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Introducing the New BMC Research Notes

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Since it launched in 2008, BMC Research Notes has been a place where researchers can publish research outputs that are useful for the community but can otherwise end up hidden in a researcher’s notebook or as a footnote in a dataset.

In order to re-affirm the importance of publishing these kinds of outputs, the journal is renewing its focus on publishing note articles and to making potentially dark data such as observations and short null results available.

Article Types

To increase clarity and simplicity, we have reduced the number of article types and created the ‘Research note’, the journal's’ main article format suitable for all submissions except case reports. 

‘Research note’ has a word limit of 2,000 words making it a true note article structured as introduction, main text and limitations. Please visit the article criteria for more information.

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We're Expanding Our Scope

As the journal is becoming more specialized with its focus on research notes, we want to open it up to research outputs from all scientific and clinical disciplines. We are delighted to expand our scope to welcome submissions on physical and computer sciences, engineering and mathematics.

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Why Publish in BMC Research Notes?

The journal provides quality outputs with the potential to open up new ways of thinking and testing that are of value to the research community.

By publishing research notes and data, short and concise, we are taking the focus away from story-telling and providing a way to communicate research in an easy-to-digest format.

Whilst we aim to bring dark data out of the shadows, we are not dropping our high standards. BMC Research Notes will apply the same threshold and editorial rigor as all other BMC-series journals.

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Provide the Puzzle Piece Others Are Looking For

We encourage you to submit those notes from your notepad; that experiment that didn’t quite work out; that algorithm that didn't provide expected results, and your hard-learnt lessons in the field.

Turn those data already collected into a publication and potentially provide the puzzle piece others are looking for.

The BMC Series

The BMC series is a collection of high-quality, peer-reviewed journals focusing on the needs of the research communities which they serve.

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Unlock Your Research Notes

​​​​​​​All the content you publish is instantly open access - readily available for people to read and disseminate whilst you retain author's copyright.

Institutional Membership

​​​​​​​Visit the membership page to check if your institution is a member and learn how you could save on article-processing charges (APCs).


Article Processing Charges (APC)

Read more on our article processing charges (APCs) chargeable only upon acceptance, as well as the range of publishing services we provide and the different funding options available.

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