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Featured article: Shifting research culture to address the mismatch between where trials recruit and where populations with the most disease live: a qualitative study
In the UK there is a poor alignment between clinical research activity and local prevalence of disease. Rai et al explored how chief investigators choose sites for their trials and suggest ways to encourage them to recruit from areas with the heaviest burden of disease.
In this Commentary, Besançon et al express concerns about the violation of some of the Open Science principles and its potential impact on the quality of research output during the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors call for a wider adoption of Open Science practices and hope this article serves as a reminder that science should always be a rigorous process, reliable and transparent.
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Read the stories behind the research. Recent content includes:
- International representation in Neurology journals: no improvement in over a decade (April 2021)
- Enhancing the recruitment of minorities in clinical trials (May 2021)
- A Story of an Outbreak Caused by an Outbreak: Zika and SARS-CoV-2 (May 2021)
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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Valuable data often go unpublished when they could be helping to progress science.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
In celebration of World Environment Day on the 5th June, the BMC Series presents a focus issue on Water and Sanitation. We have collated open-access content from across our journals to highlight research into clean water, investigating links between water and health and our overall relationship with water.
With Mental Health Awareness Month in May, the BMC Series presents a focus issue on ‘Understanding Mental Health’. We have brought together content to highlight research into understanding and improving mental health.
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18 June 2021
Annual Journal Metrics
79 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
57 days to first decision for all manuscripts
196 days from submission to acceptance
19 days from acceptance to publication
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