BMC Medical Research Methodology celebrates 250 publications

BMC Medical Research
has achieved its 250th
publication. The journal has grown steadily since its launch in 2001 and
publications have doubled in the last three years, a sign of the journal’s
increasing reputation among medical methodologists.

BMC Medical Research Methodology is the
seventh medical journal in the
BMC series to reach the milestone of 250 publications.

The 250th article,
‘The ratio of means method as an alternative to mean differences for analyzing
continuous outcome variables in meta-analysis: A simulation study’ by Jan Friedrich
and colleagues from the University of Toronto, presents a novel approach
for pooling continuous outcomes in meta-analyses. The article has already been
accessed over 1,000 times.

BMC Medical Research Methodology is
grateful for Drs Friedrich, Adhikari and Beyene’s contribution to the
Dr Beyene also acts as a
statistical adviser for the BMCseries
journals and, in that role, regularly provides his expert advice as a referee.

The journal editors would like to extend
their appreciation to all of the authors and reviewers who have been involved
with the journal over the last eight years. Our thanks also go to our Editorial Board
, whose involvement has been crucial to the journal’s sustained growth. Our
international Editorial Board has played an active role in the peer review
processes of submissions to the journal, and has also provided advice on
editorial matters and other activities related to the development of the

BMC Medical Research Methodology offers a venue
for biomedical methodologists where they can share and disseminate their work
and developments on approaches to healthcare research, including the design and
reporting of clinical trials and statistical methods relevant to clinical

The journal’s Open Access model
means that work published in the journal is accessible to readers immediately
and free of charge. Open Access increases the visibility of research, as
reflected by access counts and citations – the
top ten most viewed articles
have been accessed over 200,000 times, while
articles published in the journal have been cited
over 1,800 times
. The journal is currently tracked by Thomson Scientific (ISI)
and will receive its first impact factor in 2010.

If you are a researcher with an interest in
the methodology of epidemiological research, clinical trials, systematic
reviews or meta-analysis, we’d like to invite you to submit your next research article to the journal. If you have any questions about
BMC Medical Research
or if you would like to be involved in the journal as an author, reviewer, or Associate Editor, please
get in touch.

Iratxe Puebla

In-house Editor

BMC Medical Research

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