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About International Breastfeeding Journal
This page includes information about the aims and scope of International Breastfeeding Journal, 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 Breastfeeding Journal is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal that will encompass all aspects of breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is recognized as an important public health issue with enormous social and economic implications. Infants who do not receive breast milk are likely to experience poorer health outcomes than breastfed infants; mothers who do not breastfeed increase their own health risks.
In order to help women breastfeed successfully there is a need to understand both the physiology of lactation and the social and cultural context within which breastfeeding occurs. The journal seeks to address all of these aspects, including identifying women who are at increased risk of not breastfeeding; the impediments to breastfeeding and the health effects of not breastfeeding for infants and their mothers; interventions to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration; and the management of breastfeeding problems.
Publications on the topic of breastfeeding are wide ranging. Articles about breastfeeding are currently published in nursing, midwifery, paediatric, obstetric, family medicine, public health, immunology, physiology, sociology and many other general journals. There is a need for a high quality multi-disciplinary journal in the field of breastfeeding, which International Breastfeeding Journal aims to provide. In addition, electronic publishing allows fast publication time for authors and Open Access ensures the journal is easily accessible to readers.
All articles published by International Breastfeeding Journal 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 Breastfeeding Journal 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.
Open access publishing is not without costs. International Breastfeeding Journal therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1115/$1715/€1310 for each article accepted for publication. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. Generally, 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. For further details, see our article-processing charge page. A limited number of waivers for article-processing charges are also available at the editors' discretion, and authors wishing to apply for these waivers should contact the editors.
All articles published in International Breastfeeding Journal are included in:
- Global Health
- Google Scholar
- Index Copernicus
- PubMed Central
BioMed Central is working closely with Thomson Reuters (ISI) to ensure that citation analysis of articles published in International Breastfeeding Journal will be available.
Publication and peer review process
Criteria for publication
International Breastfeeding Journal 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Short reports: brief reports of data from original research.
- 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.
- Commentaries: short, focused and opinionated articles on any subject within the scope of the journal. These articles are usually related to a contemporary issue, such as recent research findings, and are often written by opinion leaders.
- Study protocols: describe proposed or ongoing research, providing a detailed account of the hypothesis, rationale, and methodology of the study.
Two or more experts will review submitted manuscripts. The Editor-in-Chief will decide whether manuscripts will be published following peer-review, in consultation with the Editorial Board where necessary.
Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My International Breastfeeding Journal, a personalized section of the site.
High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.
International Breastfeeding Journal 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. For further information, please contact us.
All manuscripts submitted to International Breastfeeding Journal should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.
Citing articles in International Breastfeeding Journal
Articles in International Breastfeeding Journal 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 Breastfeed J [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 Breastfeed J 2009, 1:115.
refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.
Why publish your article in International Breastfeeding Journal?
International Breastfeeding Journal'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 Breastfeeding Journal 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 are published with their final citation immediately upon acceptance in a provisional PDF form. The article will subsequently be published in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through International Breastfeeding Journal and BioMed Central.
Online publication in International Breastfeeding Journal 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 papers).
Promotion and press coverage
Articles published in International Breastfeeding Journal are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on International Breastfeeding Journal's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.
In addition, articles published in International Breastfeeding Journal 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 Breastfeeding Journal. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.
Authors of articles published in International Breastfeeding Journal 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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