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About Systematic Reviews
This page includes information about the aims and scope of Systematic Reviews, 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
Systematic Reviews encompasses all aspects of the design, conduct and reporting of systematic reviews. The journal aims to publish high quality systematic review products including systematic review protocols, systematic reviews related to a very broad definition of health, rapid reviews, updates of already completed systematic reviews, and methods research related to the science of systematic reviews, such as decision modeling. The journal also aims to ensure that the results of all well-conducted systematic reviews are published, regardless of their outcome.
It is a long-term goal of the journal to ensure all systematic reviews are prospectively registered in an appropriate database, such as PROSPERO, as these resources for registration become available and are endorsed by the scientific community.
Systematic Reviews defines healthcare according to the WHO Definition of Health.
All articles published by Systematic Reviews 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 Systematic Reviews 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.
Open access publishing is not without costs. Systematic Reviews therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1520/$2590/€1920 for each article accepted for publication. 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. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.
Systematic Reviews is involved in a pilot study of new technology enabling the setting of article processing charges (APCs) at an article-type level within a journal instead of charging at a flat rate. APCs on this journal are as follows for the duration of the pilot:
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All articles published in Systematic Reviews are included in:
- Google Scholar
- PubMed Central
The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.
BioMed Central is working closely with Thomson Reuters (ISI) to ensure that citation analysis of articles published in Systematic Reviews will be available.
Publication and peer review process
Authors and peer reviewers are requested to make use of the PRISMA Statement, a checklist and flow diagram intended to improve the reporting of systematic reviews and meta-analyses.
Systematic Reviews operates an 'open peer review' policy meaning reviewers are asked to sign their reviews. The pre-publication history including all submitted versions, reviewers' reports and authors' responses will be linked to from the published article.
Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Systematic Reviews, a personalized section of the site.
Copyediting and proofs
High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.
Systematic Reviews 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. For further information, please contact us.
All manuscripts submitted to Systematic Reviews should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.
Citing articles in Systematic Reviews
Articles in Systematic Reviews 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. Sys Rev [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. Sys Rev 2009, 1:115.
refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.
Why publish your article in Systematic Reviews?
Systematic Reviews'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
Systematic Reviews 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 Systematic Reviews and BioMed Central.
Online publication in Systematic Reviews 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 Systematic Reviews are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Systematic Reviews's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.
In addition, articles published in Systematic Reviews 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 Systematic Reviews. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.
Authors of articles published in Systematic Reviews retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright policy and license agreement).
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