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Aims and scope

BMC Endocrine Disorders is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on the characterization, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of endocrine disorders. The journal welcomes clinical, basic and translational science studies that provide insights into the pathophysiology, molecular and cell biology, genetics, pharmacology, or epidemiology of endocrine disorders. Articles on surgical advancements and new technologies aiding in the diagnosis, monitoring and computational modelling of endocrine disorders are also considered.

More specifically:

The journal focuses on all types of endocrine diseases. These can be broadly categorized but not restricted to:

  • Diabetes (type 1, type-2 diabetes. LADA).
  • Obesity: (e.g. adipose tissue and metabolic homeostasis, brown adipose tissue and energy expenditure, leptin, endocrine control of energy balance).
  • Metabolic syndrome and metabolic disorders (T2DM, Mixed dyslipidemia, Hypertension and increased cardiovascular risk – CAD, endocrine control of energy balance, endocrine-disrupting chemicals).
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).
  • Autoimmune endocrine disorders (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Graves’ disease, type 1 diabetes mellitus).
  • Thyroid and parathyroid disorders (hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, hyperparathyroidism, osteitis fibrosa cystica).
  • Adrenal disorders (Cushing’s syndrome, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, primary aldosteronism, Addison’s disease).
  • Pituitary and bone diseases (e.g. Gigantism and Acromegaly, pituitary Cushing’s syndrome, Osteoporosis, osteogenesis imperfect, pituitary tumours, Dwarphism, congenital and acquired GH deficiency).
  • Neuroendocrine diseases (diabetes insipidus, Kallman syndrome, neuroendocrine tumours).
  • Endocrine tumours (thyroid cancer, pituitary tumours, pheochromocytoma, paraganglioma, ovarian cancer, ER/PR-positive breast cancer).
  • Endocrine disorders of the reproduction system (e.g. hyperandrogenaemia, hirsutism, ovarian and metabolic dysfunction, menstrual cycle dysregulation, PCOs, endometriosis, male and female infertility, menopause, gender-affirming treatment).
  • Endocrine disorders during pregnancy (e.g. diabetes mellitus, in-utero hyperglycaemia, thyroid function and miscarriage, stress hormones, endocrine disrupting chemicals -effects on mother, foetus and new-born).
  • The microbiome of Endocrine Disorders
  • Endocrinopathies Associated with Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor cancer treatment (Hypopituitarism, adrenocortical dysfunction, thyroid dysfunction and T1DM).
  • Immunity and inflammation in endocrine diseases (e.g. COVID-19).

BMC Endocrine Disorders considers papers describing all well-established clinical and experimental approaches. However, we are particularly interested in studies describing state-of-the art experimental designs and new technologies, as well as studies of interdisciplinary nature. A non-exhaustive list of subjects is below:

  • Tissue engineering, gene and cell therapy (e.g. stem-cell based therapy paracrine effects, direct cell-cell conversion/reprogramming, cell-cycle checkpoints release, 3D scaffolds, artificial organs, xenotransplantation).
  • In vitro modelling of endocrine disorders (e.g. induced pluripotent stem cells-based, gene editing, animal models, organoids and organ-on-chip models).
  • Immunotherapy of Endocrine Disorders
  • System-based approaches in Endocrine Disorders (e.g. Network Biology, ‘Omics’, Systems Genetics).
  • Surgical advancements
  • Medical Imaging (e.g. computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography, metabolic imaging, hyperpolarized 13C MRS/I).
  • Computational modelling, artificial intelligence and endocrine disorders (e.g. medical devices, instrumentation, diagnosis and risk prediction, personalized treatment, medical imaging, biomarkers modelling, biomechanical modelling, biophysical modelling, drug effect modelling).
  • Digital Technologies and Endocrine Disorders (e.g. medical sensors, mobile apps, remote medical care, patient follow-up, patient-related data, telemedicine, technology and assisted decision –making, robotic interventions, digital solutions in clinical workflows).


Open access

All articles published by BMC Endocrine Disorders 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.

As authors of articles published in BMC Endocrine Disorders you are the copyright holders of your article and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate your article, according to the BMC license agreement.

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

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. BMC Endocrine Disorders therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1690.00/$2490.00/€1990.00 for each article accepted for publication, plus VAT or local taxes where applicable.

If the corresponding author's institution participates in our open access membership program, some or all of the publication cost may be covered (more details available on the membership page). 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.

BMC provides a free open access funding support service to help authors discover and apply for article processing charge funding. Visit our OA funding and policy support page to view our list of research funders and institutions that provide funding for APCs, and to learn more about our email support service.

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Indexing services

All articles published in BMC Endocrine Disorders are included in:

  • CAS
  • CNKI
  • DOAJ
  • Dimensions
  • EBSCO Academic Search
  • EBSCO Biomedical Reference Collection
  • EBSCO CINAHL
  • EBSCO DIscovery Service
  • EBSCO STM Source
  • Embase
  • Gale
  • Google Scholar
  • Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China
  • Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition
  • MEDLINE
  • Naver
  • OCLC WorldCat Discovery Service
  • PROQUEST Biological Science Database
  • PROQUEST Calcium and Calcified Tissue Abstracts
  • ProQuest Central
  • ProQuest Health & Medical Collection
  • ProQuest Health Research Premium Collection
  • ProQuest Medical Database
  • ProQuest Natural Science Collection
  • ProQuest SciTech Premium Collection
  • ProQuest-Exlibris Primo
  • ProQuest Summon
  • OAIster
  • PubMed Central
  • Reaxys
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • SCImago
  • Scopus
  • Semantic Scholar
  • TD Net Discovery Service
  • UGC-CARE List (India)

The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by BioMed Central on SpringerLink.

Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

In cases where the journal is unable to find sufficient peer reviewers, the services of a publishing partner, Research Square, may be used to identify suitable reviewers and provide reports to avoid further delays for authors. Reviewers recruited by Research Square are paid a small honorarium for completing the review within a specified timeframe. Honoraria are paid regardless of the reviewer recommendation. With Research Square, a double-blind peer review system is in operation.

In cases where reports have been obtained by Research Square, the peer review reports will be unsigned unless the reviewer opts in to sign the report.

BMC Endocrine Disorders operates a transparent peer-review system, where, if the article is published, the reviewer reports are published online alongside the article under a Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 but the reviewer is not named.

The benefit of transparent peer review is that it increases transparency. In addition, published reports can serve an educational purpose in helping facilitate training and research into peer review.

Manuscripts submitted to BMC Endocrine Disorders are assessed by our editors. All published articles are peer-reviewed. Overall editorial responsibility for the journal is with the Editor with Editorial Board Members acting as handling editors.

BMC Endocrine Disorders is part of the BMC series which publishes subject-specific journals focused on the needs of individual research communities across all areas of biology and medicine. We do not make editorial decisions on the basis of the interest of a study or its likely impact. Studies must be scientifically valid; for research articles this includes a scientifically sound research question, the use of suitable methods and analysis, and following community-agreed standards relevant to the research field. 

Specific criteria for other article types can be found in the submission guidelines.

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Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to BMC Endocrine Disorders should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Appeals and complaints

Authors who wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint should follow the procedure outlined in the BMC Editorial Policies.

Citing articles in BMC Endocrine Disorders

Articles in BMC Endocrine Disorders 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. BMC Endocr Disord [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. BMC Endocr Disord 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal

Benefits of publishing with BMC

High visibility

BMC Endocrine Disorders's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. 

Speed of publication

BMC Endocrine Disorders 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.

Flexibility

Online publication in BMC Endocrine Disorders gives you 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 BMC Endocrine Disorders are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be highlighted on BMC Endocrine Disorders’s pages and on the BMC homepage.

In addition, articles published in BMC Endocrine Disorders 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 BMC Endocrine Disorders. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BMC is available here.

Copyright

As an author of an article published in BMC Endocrine Disorders you retain the copyright of your article and you are free to reproduce and disseminate your work (for further details, see the BMC license agreement).

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