FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions – IJBM

What type of articles is published in IJBM?

IJBM publishes peer-reviewed articles on the topics of basic, applied, and translational research on biology and medicine:

  • Review Articles
  • Original Articles
  • Short Reports
  • Rapid Communication
  • Case Series
  • Case Reports
  • Clinical Images
  • Letter to Editors

How  can I find the requirements and deadline for paper submissions?

You can find this information on the home page in the “Call for Paper” announcement. Please also check “Instruction for Author” page.

How can I submit my manuscript to IJBM?

You can submit your manuscript including cover letter, article text file and illustrations, to IJBM in two ways. You can use our “Submit Your Article” page, to submit your manuscript through our website. Alternatively you can submit your manuscript and other files as email attachments to editor@ijbm.org. In both cases you will receive immediate confirmation that we have received your files.

What are the turnaround times for submissions to the journal?

It is essential that authors submit a presubmission inquiry before submitting a full paper. Presubmission inquiries allow authors to find out within 2 working days whether their paper is likely to be broadly suitable for IJBM. If a full submission is sent to peer review, authors can expect the decision and reviews within 4 weeks of submission.

What is the journal's position on competing interests?

Competing interests are a factor in the consideration of a submitted manuscript. All authors are contacted via e-mail during the submission process and asked to declare whether they have any financial, personal, or professional interests that could be construed to have influenced the reporting of the experimental data or conclusions in their paper. See our “Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement”. Reviewers are also asked to declare any interests that might interfere with their objective assessment of a manuscript. Any relevant competing interests will be stated in the published article.

Do you charge authors for publications?

We charge authors at optimal cost and in differentiated structure counting for costs necessary for expertise, reviews, editing, web-related services, production of the published version, promoting indexing, postal delivery. Under IJBM’s existing policy certain categories of authors are eligible for a discount. Please find more details in “Instructions for Authors”.

When the author should pay the respective fee for publication?

Payments must be done only after final letter of acceptance of a paper to publication. You will receive an invoice with several payment methods you can choose from the letter of acceptance.

Do you send author(s) a hard copy of printed journal?

We send one printed copy via priority air mail to first/main author of the published article.

If I need more than one copy how I can order it?

If other authors would like to have a print edition, please contact us at editor@ijbm.org, the fee for additional issue is $25.

If submitted paper, how it can be withdrawn by an author from editorial cycle and printing?

Authors submitted their papers can withdraw their submissions within 2 subsequent calendar weeks. In case authors wish to withdraw paper her/his submission, they should notify in formal way with explaining reason to editor@ijbm.org. Requests on submission withdrawal after 2 weeks until the online printing of a corresponding paper will cost to the applicant a withdrawal fee in sum of $50. Any withdrawal letter after online printing of article is not acceptable.

What is the Journal Impact Factor?

The journal impact factor is a measure of citation frequency that reflects the average number of citations to articles published in science and social science journals. Originally developed by Eugene Garfield, the founder of the Institute for Scientific Information, the impact factor is now part of Thomson Reuters. Impact factors are calculated annually for those journals that are indexed in Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports. The impact factor for a journal is calculated based on a three-year period, and can be considered to be the average number of times published papers are cited up to two years after publication.

Google is going a bit more old school, ratcheting its engine back to dabble in math of a different kind, this time the math of Jorge Hirsch, whose h-index is slowly becoming an alternative to the impact factor. One of the main advantages of Google Scholar is that it is more comprehensive in its scope than Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science.

Many countries have developed their own science citation indexing systems. Russia, for instance, has developed the Russian Science Citation Index (RSCI).

Please note the following key points related to Journal Impact Factor:

  • Journal impact factor cannot be calculated for new journals. Impact factor can be calculated after completing the minimum of 3 years of publication.
  • Journal impact factor is a quotient factor and is not a quality factor. Journal impact factor is not related to quality of content and quality of peer review, it is only a measure of the frequency with which the "average article" in a journal has been cited in a particular year or period.