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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.

Featured article: Novel citation-based search method for scientific literature: a validation study

Janssens et al developed CoCites, a citation-based search method that is designed to be more efficient than traditional keyword-based methods. The method uses the expert knowledge of authors to rank related articles, does not depend on keyword selection and requires no special expertise to build search queries. The method is transparent and reproducible.

Featured article: The TRANSFER Approach for assessing the transferability of systematic review findings

Munthe-Kaas et al describe the TRANSFER Approach, which supports review authors in collaborating with decision makers to ensure an informed consideration, from the beginning of the review process, of the transferability of the review findings to the review context.


  1. Authors: Lehana Thabane, Jinhui Ma, Rong Chu, Ji Cheng, Afisi Ismaila, Lorena P Rios, Reid Robson, Marroon Thabane, Lora Giangregorio and Charles H Goldsmith

    Content type: Commentary

  2. Authors: Sarah Crowe, Kathrin Cresswell, Ann Robertson, Guro Huby, Anthony Avery and Aziz Sheikh

    Content type: Commentary

Call for Papers: Methodologies for COVID-19 research and data analysis

BMC Medical Research Methodology announces this upcoming collection focusing on methodological approaches to medical research and data analysis related to COVID-19. Find more information and explore recent publications here.

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Aims and scope

BMC Medical Research Methodology is an open access journal publishing original peer-reviewed research articles in methodological approaches to healthcare research. Articles on the methodology of epidemiological research, clinical trials and meta-analysis/systematic review are particularly encouraged, as are empirical studies of the associations between choice of methodology and study outcomes. BMC Medical Research Methodology does not aim to publish articles describing scientific methods or techniques: these should be directed to the BMC journal covering the relevant biomedical subject area.

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Assistant Editor

  • Kate Gaines, BMC, USA

Section Editors

Meet the editors

Livia Puljak, MD, PHD is a full professor at the Catholic University of Croatia in Zagreb, Croatia. Her research interests are focused on methods in evidence-based medicine, clinical epidemiology and pain. She joined BMC Medical Research Methodology as Section Editor 2018.

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