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About International Archives of Medicine

This page includes information about the aims and scope of International Archives of Medicine, 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

International Archives of Medicine (IAM) is an open access journal publishing articles encompassing all aspects of medical science and clinical practice.

International Archives of Medicine will cease publication by BioMed Central as of 31st December 2014. The journal will continue in cooperation with a new publisher, iMedPub. Please contact info@imed.pub for information regarding the new publisher and submission process or visit the new submission system: http://yourls.imed.pub/iam 

To facilitate dissemination of research to a worldwide audience and provide a global outlook on medicine, IAM encourages submissions from all regions either developed countries with advanced health systems or developing countries with particular health challenges.

The journal aims to become a valuable reference for the publication of high quality, original research, review articles and case reports, for both medical education and medical research.

Open access

All articles published by International Archives of Medicine 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 International Archives of Medicine 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. International Archives of Medicine therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1325/$2255/€1675 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.

Indexing services

All articles published in International Archives of Medicine 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 International Archives of Medicine include:

  • CAS
  • Citebase
  • DOAJ
  • Embase
  • Google Scholar
  • Index Copernicus
  • OAIster
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • SCImago
  • 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.

International Archives of Medicine has an unofficial Impact Factor of 0.97. BioMed Central is working with Thomson Reuters (ISI) to ensure that citation analysis of articles published in International Archives of Medicine will be available.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for publication

International Archives of Medicine considers the following types of articles:

Original Research: reports of data from original research.

Reviews: comprehensive, authoritative, descriptions of any subject within the journal's scope. Reviews can cover any topical themes such as basic science and clinical reviews, ethics, pro/con debates, equipment reviews and thematic series to highlight specific topics in the field.

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.

Debate Articles: present an argument that is not essentially based on practical research. Debate articles can report on all aspects of the subject including sociological and ethical aspects.

Hypotheses: short articles presenting an untested original hypothesis backed solely by previously published results rather than any new evidence. They should outline significant progress in thinking that would also be testable, and be about 1500 words.

Letter to the Editor: these 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.

Meeting Reports: a short description of a conference that the author has attended. These articles are usually commissioned but reports and suggestions may also be submitted for the editors' consideration.

Short Reports: brief reports of data from original research, usually about 1500 words.

Peer-review policy

International Archives of Medicine has a 'closed peer' review policy. Submitted manuscripts will be reviewed by two experts in the field. Additional reviewers will be invited where the initial reviewers disagree. The journal aims to provide authors with an initial decision five weeks. The Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to make final decisions on acceptance and rejection.

Edited by Manuel Menéndez González, International Archives of Medicine is supported by an expert Editorial Board.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My International Archives of Medicine, 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

International Archives of Medicine 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 International Archives of Medicine should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in International Archives of Medicine

Articles in International Archives of Medicine 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. Int Arch Med [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. Int Arch Med 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in International Archives of Medicine?

High visibility

International Archives of Medicine'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

International Archives of Medicine 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 International Archives of Medicine, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.

Flexibility

Online publication in International Archives of Medicine 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 International Archives of Medicine are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on International Archives of Medicine's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in International Archives of Medicine 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 International Archives of Medicine. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Authors of articles published in International Archives of Medicine 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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