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About Proteome Science

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Proteome Science, 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

Proteome Science considers manuscripts based on all aspects of functional and structural proteomics.

Proteome Science is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal considering research in proteomics. The journal is specifically interested in manuscripts that integrate functional or structural proteomic analysis with cell or developmental biology.

Proteome Science will consider studies in the area of structural biology, mass spectrometry, protein arrays, bioinformatics, HTS assays, protein chemistry, cell biology, signal transduction and physiology - as long as a component of the study relates to proteomics.

Open access

All articles published by Proteome Science 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 Proteome Science 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. Proteome Science 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 Proteome Science 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 Proteome Science include:

  • Biological Abstracts
  • BIOSIS
  • CAS
  • Citebase
  • DOAJ
  • Embase
  • EmBiology
  • Google Scholar
  • Index Copernicus
  • OAIster
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • 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.

Proteome Science is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI) and has an Impact Factor of 2.42.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for publication

Proteome Science considers the following types of articles:

  • Research - reports of data from original research.
  • 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.
  • Reviews - comprehensive, authoritative descriptions of any subject within the journal's scope. These articles are usually written by opinion leaders that have been invited by the Editorial Board.

Peer review policies

  • Peer review in Proteome Science is designed to ensure that the research published is "good science". The journal will consider manuscripts spanning a range of interests - detailed above - as long as the results and conclusions are scientifically justified and not misleading.
  • Manuscripts submitted to Proteome Science will generally be reviewed by two external experts.
  • For each manuscript, peer reviewers will have four possible options:(i) Accept without revision, (ii) Accept after revision, without expecting to check revisions (iii) Neither accept nor reject, until revisions are made (iv) Reject because scientifically unsound.
  • In deciding whether to accept or reject a manuscript, a reviewer asks him/herself whether the scientific community is better served by publishing or not publishing the manuscript. The suitability of a research article for publication in Proteome Science is assessed by peer reviewers, who base their decision primarily on the article's validity and coherence but who also consider its comprehensibility and level of interest to the reader.
  • When asking for revisions, reviewers have two possible goals: to ask authors to tighten their arguments based on existing data or to identify areas where more data are needed.
  • Proteome Science normally allows authors a maximum of two revisions of a manuscript.
  • Reviewers are asked to indicate whether a manuscript is not sufficiently clearly written for publication. In such cases authors, authors are asked to revise the manuscript, seeking assistance where necessary.
  • Reviewers are asked to indicate manuscripts they consider to be especially interesting or significant. These articles will be given greater prominence within Proteome Science and greater external publicity.
  • We aim to publish research as quickly as possible. Our electronic submission process is designed to facilitate rapid publication.

Edited by Martin Latterich, Proteome Science 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 Proteome Science, 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

Proteome Science 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 Proteome Science should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Proteome Science

Articles in Proteome Science 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. Proteome Sci [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. Proteome Sci 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Proteome Science?

High visibility

Proteome Science'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

Proteome Science 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 Proteome Science, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.

Flexibility

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

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

Authors of articles published in Proteome Science 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).

For further information about the advantages of publishing in a journal from BioMed Central, please click here.