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About Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology, 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

Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology (RB&E) aims to act as a forum for the dissemination of results from excellent research in the reproductive sciences.

RB&E represents a global platform for reproductive and developmental biologists, reproductive endocrinologists, immunologists, theriogenologists, infertility specialists, obstetricians, gynecologists, andrologists, urogynecologists, specialists in menopause, reproductive tract oncologists, and reproductive epidemiologists.

The journal scope covers gametogenesis, fertilization, early embryonic development, embryo-uterus interaction, reproductive development, pregnancy, uterine biology, endocrinology of reproduction, control of reproduction, reproductive immunology, neuroendocrinology, and veterinary and human reproductive medicine (except Case Reports). All vertebrate species are covered.

RB&E also covers clinical subjects such as the pathophysiology of reproduction (e.g. sterility, infertility and abnormal pregnancy, and reproductive tract infections), age-associated changes and disorders of the reproductive tract (e.g. peri- and postmenopausal periods, urinary incontinence and other pelvic floor disorders, impact of hormone replacement therapy), reproductive tissue cancers (e.g. prostate, ovary, uterus, cervix, breast), and the impact of environmental and occupational hazards on reproduction.

Open access

All articles published by Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology 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 Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology 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. Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1230/$2095/€1555 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 Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology 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 Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology include:

  • Biological Abstracts
  • BIOSIS
  • CAS
  • Citebase
  • Current contents
  • DOAJ
  • Embase
  • EmBiology
  • Google Scholar
  • Index Copernicus
  • MEDLINE
  • OAIster
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • SCImago
  • Scopus
  • SOCOLAR
  • Zetoc
  • Zoological Record

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.

Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI) and has an Impact Factor of 2.41.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for publication

Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology considers the following types of articles:

  • Research: reports of data from original research and clinical trial outcomes.
  • Reviews: comprehensive, authoritative descriptions of any subject within the scope of the journal.
  • Database articles: present an argument that is not essential 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.
  • 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.

Peer review policies

Contributors to RB&E benefit from fast and professional peer review, resulting in rapid publication of excellent research - the priority of the RB&E peer review policy. In most instances at least three reviewers are involved in the review of research articles. The Editorial Office has more than three hundred registered experts covering various fields of RB&E scientific interests. The review process is strictly anonymous, and the time from online manuscript submission to editorial decision is between three to four weeks (2 week review period with additional 1 to 2 weeks for recruitment of reviewers and editorial processing). RB&E allows authors a maximum of two revisions of an article, assuming resubmitted manuscripts show significant improvement.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology, 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

Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology 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 RB&E should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology

Articles in Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology 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. Reprod Biol Endocrinol [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. Reprod Biol Endocrinol 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology?

High visibility

Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology'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

Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology 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 Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.

Flexibility

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

In addition, articles published in Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology 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 Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Authors of articles published in Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology 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).

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