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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.

Methodologies for COVID-19 research and data analysis

Our collection on methodological approaches to medical research and data analysis related to COVID-19 is no longer accepting new submissions. You can continue to browse our published content, and remember all of our articles are open access and free to read! 

Editor

Assistant Editor

  • Kate Gaines, BMC, USA

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

    Content type: Commentary

  2. 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

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.

Featured article: Open science saves lives: lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic

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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Valuable data often go unpublished when they could be helping to progress science.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.

You can publish your data in BMC Genomic Data (genomic, transcriptomic and high-throughput genotype data) or in BMC Research Notes (data from across all natural and clinical sciences). 

More information about our unique article type can be found on the BMC Genomic Data and BMC Research Notes journal websites. 

BMC Series Focus Issues

June: Water and Sanitation.

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.


May: Understanding Mental Health

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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