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BMC Global and Public Health is an open access, transparent peer review journal publishing outstanding and influential research and opinion of broad interest to all professional communities involved in global and public health research, policy-making, implementation and delivery worldwide. We are dedicated to supporting our authors by providing global visibility, innovative formats, widespread promotion, and opportunities for impact on future research, practice, and policy.

Our publishing process: Our responsive team of professional editors provide excellent service by ensuring rigorous manuscript processing and communication to authors throughout the entire publishing experience. Upon submission, our in-house editors work with carefully selected reviewers and where necessary our Editorial Board of leading international experts to ensure a high quality and constructive editorial and peer review process.

High visibility and global reach: All content such as high-impact research, reviews and opinion is freely available open access immediately upon publication. Papers that are published in BMC Global and Public Health are featured on our website with article-level metrics. Selected articles are promoted via press coverage, marketing campaigns, and social media. 

Flexible formatting: To facilitate the submission process, we are flexible with regard to the format, style and length of initial submissions. Journal-specific formatting is required only once manuscripts reach the later stages of the publication process.

Portable peer review: To reduce time spent on serial submissions and iterative reviewing, BMC Global and Public Health offers to consider manuscripts on the basis of reviews received at other journals. We also support transfers of reviews obtained at BMC Global and Public Health to other journals, including those outside of BMC and Springer Nature. Learn more from our peer review policy page.

Scoop protection: BMC Global and Public Health offers "scoop protection", meaning that if other researchers publish similar findings after submission, or post them on a preprint server, this will not be a reason for rejection. However, the submission can still be rejected on other grounds.

Why publish your article in BMC Global and Public Health?

  • We are committed to advancing health, health equity and policy making worldwide.
  • We promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity, with appropriate community representation among journal stakeholders and topics covered, to help us give a voice to the communities we aim to serve. 
  • We help address the world’s challenges of sustainable development by advancing the Sustainable Development Goals that are encompassed within the journal’s scope.

Aims and scope

BMC Global and Public Health publishes impactful research, key advances and expert opinion in all areas of global and public health. The journal aims to promote health and well-being, to advance health equity and policy making, and to connect and support the global and public health communities around the world. Areas of interest of the journal include disease epidemiology, population health, health equity, environmental and occupational health, health policy, reproductive, maternal and child health, oral health, mental health and social determinants of health. In order to engage the communities in open discussion, the journal publishes a unique set of high-impact content including Research, Systematic Reviews, Registered Reports, as well as Reviews, Comments, Forums, Perspectives and Matters Arising.

Open access

All articles published by BMC Global and Public Health 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 Global and Public Health 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 (APC)

Authors who publish open access in BMC Global and Public Health are required to pay an article processing charge (APC). The APC price will be determined from the date on which the article is accepted for publication.

The current APC, subject to VAT or local taxes where applicable, is: £1690.00/$2390.00/€1990.00*

*This journal is part of Springer Nature’s country-tiered APC pricing pilot. Find out more about the APC applicable to your country.

Visit our open access support portal and our Journal Pricing FAQs for further information.

Open access funding

Visit Springer Nature’s open access funding & support services for information about research funders and institutions that provide funding for APCs.

Springer Nature offers agreements that enable institutions to cover open access publishing costs. Learn more about our open access agreements to check your eligibility and discover whether this journal is included.

Requests for APC waivers and discounts from authors will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and may be granted in cases of financial need (see our open access policies for journals for more information). All applications for discretionary APC waivers and discounts should be made at the point of manuscript submission; requests made during the review process or after acceptance are unable to be considered.

Presubmission enquiries

Authors who are seeking editorial input on whether their manuscripts would be appropriate for BMC Global and Public Health can send us a presubmission enquiry. Presubmission enquiries should include a title, an abstract and a cover letter explaining the significance of the advance and the potential interest to our readership. All presubmission enquiries should be sent by e-mail to

Indexing services

All articles published in  BMC Global and Public Health are included in:

  • Baidu
  • CNKI
  • Dimensions
  • DOAJ
  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • Google Scholar
  • Naver
  • OCLC WorldCat Discovery Service
  • Portico
  • ProQuest-ExLibris Primo
  • ProQuest-ExLibris Summon
  • TD Net Discovery Service
  • Wanfang

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.

We are working closely with relevant indexing services including PubMed Central and Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics) to ensure that articles published in BMC Global and Public Health will be available in their databases when appropriate.

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.

BMC Global and Public Health 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 review reports can serve an educational purpose in helping facilitate training and research into peer review.

Manuscripts submitted to BMC Global and Public Health are assessed by our experienced in-house Editorial team who make all decisions based on extensive and rigorous peer review by academic experts who specialize in the manuscript topic. Editorial Board Members may provide advice on manuscripts submitted to the journal. Decisions may be made in consultation with Editorial Board Members but final editorial decisions lie with the Chief Editor. 

Manuscript transfers

A submitted manuscript might not meet the expectations for publication at BMC Global and Public Health, but could be well-suited for another journal within the Springer Nature portfolio. To help authors publish their work quickly, we offer a transfer service between our journals. 

Please note that if a manuscript you reviewed at BMC Global and Public Health is transferred by the authors to another journal within Springer Nature, your identity and report will also be transferred for full assessment by the in-house Editorial team. If you are asked to review a revised version of the previously reviewed manuscript post-transfer, we ask that you aim to adapt your expectations to the standards of the receiving journal in relation to perceived significance and interest.

Portable peer review policy

To improve the efficiency of peer review, we are open to considering manuscripts on the basis of reviews received at other journals, including those outside of Springer Nature. Authors wishing to transfer papers with reviews to BMC Global and Public Health should email us at to enquire about the suitability of the manuscript, and provide the previous journal’s identity and all reviews, alongside a point-by-point response to the reviewers’ comments. We typically ask the previous journal to share with us the reviews and reviewers’ identities, and - subject to agreement from all parties - original reviewers may be consulted if deemed appropriate. We aim to expedite the decision-making process in these cases, but reserve the right to seek additional advice from experts when needed.

We are also happy to facilitate transfers to journals within and outside Springer Nature by sharing reviews and reviewers’ identities at the authors’ request. Authors can request that reviews are passed on, and inform the receiving journal’s Editors that they can contact us for further information.

Please note that sharing of reviews and reviewers’ identities is subject to reviewers’ approval.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to BMC Global and Public Health should adhere to BMC's editorial policies.

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

Citing articles in BMC Global and Public Health

Articles in BMC Global and Public Health 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 Global Public Health [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 Global Public Health 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Appeals and complaints

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

Benefits of publishing with BMC

High visibility

BMC Global and Public Health'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 Global and Public Health 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.


Online publication in BMC Global and Public Health 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 Global and Public Health are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be highlighted on BMC Global and Public Health’s pages and on the BMC homepage.

In addition, articles published in BMC Global and Public Health 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 Global and Public Health. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BMC is available here.


As an author of an article published in BMC Global and Public Health 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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