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About Skeletal Muscle

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Skeletal Muscle, 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

Skeletal Muscle is a peer-reviewed, open access, online journal that publishes articles investigating molecular mechanisms underlying the biology of skeletal muscle. A wide range of skeletal muscle biology is included: development, metabolism, the regulation of mass and function, aging, degeneration, dystrophy and regeneration. The emphasis is on understanding adult skeletal muscle, its maintenance, and its interactions with non-muscle cell types and regulatory modulators.

Skeletal Muscle aims to provide a venue for the publication of novel, cutting-edge research and technological developments involving the application of molecular biology, cellular biology, and biochemistry-based approaches, and to answer questions relevant to the understanding of skeletal muscle.

Main areas of interest include:

    •  differentiation of skeletal muscle
    •  atrophy and hypertrophy of skeletal muscle
    •  aging of skeletal muscle
    •  regeneration and degeneration of skeletal muscle
    •  biology of satellite and satellite-like cells
    •  dystrophic degeneration of skeletal muscle
    •  energy and glucose homeostasis in skeletal muscle
    •  non-dystrophic genetic diseases of skeletal muscle, such as Spinal Muscular Atrophy and myopathies
    •  maintenance of neuromuscular junctions
    •  roles of ryanodine receptors and calcium signaling in skeletal muscle
    •  roles of nuclear receptors in skeletal muscle
    •  roles of GPCRs and GPCR signaling in skeletal muscle
    •  other relevant aspects of skeletal muscle biology

In addition, articles on translational clinical studies that address molecular and cellular mechanisms of skeletal muscle will be published. Case reports are also encouraged for submission.

Skeletal Muscle reflects the breadth of research on skeletal muscle and bridges gaps between diverse areas of science for example cardiac cell biology and neurobiology, which share common features with respect to cell differentiation, excitatory membranes, cell-cell communication, and maintenance. Suitable articles are model and mechanism-driven, and apply statistical principles where appropriate; purely descriptive studies are of lesser interest.

Open access

All articles published by Skeletal Muscle 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 Skeletal Muscle 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. Skeletal Muscle therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1520/$2545/€1835 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 Skeletal Muscle 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 Skeletal Muscle include:

  • DOAJ
  • Google Scholar
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • Scopus

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.

BioMed Central is working closely with Thomson Reuters (ISI) to ensure that citation analysis of articles published in Skeletal Muscle will be available.

Publication and peer review process

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Skeletal Muscle, a personalized section of the site.

Copyediting and proofs

Skeletal Muscle will copyedit manuscripts before they are published.

Following the acceptance of an article, it is published in Skeletal Muscle as a provisional PDF file with minimal delay (subject to formatting checks, copyediting and author verification). Fully formatted PDF and full-text (HTML) versions are made available shortly after that.

Reprints

High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.

Supplements

Skeletal Muscle 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 Skeletal Muscle should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Skeletal Muscle

Articles in Skeletal Muscle 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. Skeletal Muscle [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. Skeletal Muscle 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Skeletal Muscle?

High visibility

Skeletal Muscle'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

Skeletal Muscle 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 Skeletal Muscle, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.

Flexibility

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

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

Authors of articles published in Skeletal Muscle 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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