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About JBPPNI

This page includes information about the aims and scope of JBPPNI, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

Aims & scope

Journal of Brachial Plexus and Peripheral Nerve Injury is an open access, online journal encompassing all aspects of basic and clinical research findings, in the area of brachial plexus and peripheral nerve injury. Articles on diagnostic and imaging aspects of the peripheral nervous system are welcomed as well.

The peripheral nervous system is unique in its complexity and scope of influence. There are areas of interest in the anatomy, physiology, metabolism, phylogeny, and limb growth tropism of peripheral nerves.

The brachial plexus is an important peripheral nerve functional unit and is extensively studied as a model for nerve injury management. Current areas of interest in the brachial plexus include clinical as well as basic scientific elements that will enhance recovery from injury.

The purpose of the journal is to foster interdisciplinary discussion of disease entities to stimulate new thinking and generate novel techniques of peripheral nerve injury management.

Open access

All articles published by JBPPNI are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

Authors of articles published in JBPPNI are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.

For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. JBPPNI therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1170/$1960/€1410 for each article accepted for publication. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. Generally, if the submitting author's institution is a Member the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. For further details, see our article-processing charge page. A limited number of waivers for article-processing charges are also available at the editors' discretion, and authors wishing to apply for these waivers should contact the editors.

Indexing services

All articles published in JBPPNI are included in PubMed, the most widely used biomedical bibliographic database service, which is run by the US National Library of Medicine. Other bibliographic databases that index articles published in JBPPNI include:

  • Cases Database
  • Citebase
  • DOAJ
  • Google Scholar
  • Index Copernicus
  • OAIster
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • SCImago
  • Scirus
  • Scopus
  • SOCOLAR
  • Zetoc

The full text of all research articles is deposited in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and other digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).

The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.

All case reports published in this journal will also be indexed in Cases Database.

BioMed Central is working closely with Thomson Reuters (ISI) to ensure that citation analysis of articles published in JBPPNI will be available.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for publication

JBPPNI considers the following types of articles:

  • Research: reports of data from original research.
  • Reviews: comprehensive, authoritative, descriptions of any subject within the journal's scope. Opinion leaders that have been invited by the Editorial Board usually write these articles. They have an educational aim and are 2000-3000 words.
  • Case reports: reports of clinical cases that can be educational, describe a diagnostic or therapeutic dilemma, suggest an association, or present an important adverse reaction. All case report articles should be accompanied by written and signed consent to publish the information from the patients or their guardians.
  • Letters to the Editor: they can take three forms: a substantial re-analysis of a previously published article, or a substantial response to such a re-analysis from the authors of the original publication, or an article that may not cover 'standard research' but that may be relevant to readers.
  • Methodology articles: present a new experimental method, test or procedure. The method described may either be completely new, or may offer a better version of an existing method. The article must describe a demonstrable advance on what is currently available. The method needs to have been well tested and ideally, but not necessarily, used in a way that proves its value.
  • Short reports: brief reports of data from original research, usually about 1500 words.

Peer-review policies

Submitted manuscripts will be reviewed by two experts, who may be editorial board members or external experts. Reviewers will have four possible options: accept; accept after minor revision; ask author(s) to make revisions and resubmit; reject because scientifically unsound. When asking for revisions, reviewers have three possible goals: to tighten the arguments based on existing data, to identify where more data are needed and to improve the clarity and coherence of the paper. The Editor-in-Chief will examine the reviewers' recommendations and decide to accept or reject the submitted paper.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Journal of Brachial Plexus and Peripheral Nerve Injury, a personalized section of the site.

Reprints

High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.

Supplements

JBPPNI will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. All full length articles (proceedings, reviews or research articles) are indexed by PubMed. PubMed displays the title of the supplement only in the case of meeting abstract collections. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to JBPPNI should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in JBPPNI

Articles in JBPPNI should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. J Brachial Plexus Peripher Nerve Inj [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. J Brachial Plexus Peripher Nerve Inj 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in JBPPNI?

High visibility

JBPPNI's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.

Speed of publication

JBPPNI offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through JBPPNI, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.

Flexibility

Online publication in JBPPNI gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in JBPPNI are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on JBPPNI's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in JBPPNI may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in JBPPNI. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Authors of articles published in JBPPNI retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement).

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