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About Virology Journal

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Virology 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

Virology Journal is an open access, peer reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of virology, including research on the viruses of animals, plants and microbes. The journal welcomes basic research as well as pre-clinical and clinical studies of novel diagnostic tools, vaccines and anti-viral therapies.

The Editorial policy of Virology Journal is to publish all research which is assessed by peer reviewers to be a coherent and sound addition to the scientific literature, and puts less emphasis on interest levels or perceived impact.

Virology Journal will feature articles on human, animal, plant, insect, bacterial, and fungal viruses. The journal will also publish articles on molecular aspects of the control and prevention of viral infections with vaccines and antiviral agents and on the use of viruses as gene therapy vectors, as well as research on other agents such as prions. The approaches and techniques used are expected to encompass many disciplines, including molecular genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, structural biology, cell biology, immunology, morphology, genetics and pathogenesis.

All research articles must include appropriate Ethical Approval, Competing Interests and Author Contributions.  Ethical Approval should be listed at the end of the Methods section and must include the board that approved the research, together with any reference numbers.  Manuscripts lacking these sections will be returned to authors prior to peer review.  For more information about manuscript sections, see our Instructions for Authors.

Open access

All articles published by Virology 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 Virology 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.

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. Virology Journal therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1325/$2215/€1600 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.

Indexing services

All articles published in Virology Journal 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 Virology Journal include:

  • Agricola
  • Biological Abstracts
  • BIOSIS
  • CABI
  • CAS
  • Cases Database
  • Citebase
  • Current contents
  • DOAJ
  • Embase
  • EmBiology
  • Global Health
  • Google Scholar
  • Index Copernicus
  • MEDLINE
  • OAIster
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • SCImago
  • Scirus
  • Scopus
  • SOCOLAR
  • Zetoc

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.

All case reports published in this journal will also be indexed in Cases Database.

Virology Journal is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI) and has an Impact Factor of 2.09.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for publication

Virology Journal considers the following types of articles:

  • Research - reports of data from original research.
  • Book reviews - short summaries of the strengths and weaknesses of a book. They should evaluate its overall usefulness to the intended audience.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Reviews - comprehensive, authoritative, descriptions of any subject within the scope of Virology Journal. These articles are usually written by opinion leaders that have been invited by the Editorial Board, but we will consider unsolicited reviews.
  • Short reports - brief reports of data from original research.

Peer review policy

Virology Journal is edited by Professor Linfa Wang and an international Editorial Board of Section Editors and Associate Editors.

Virology Journal is divided into Sections, each with its own Editor. Manuscripts are assigned to an Associate Editor, who appoints at least two ad hoc reviewers. Once the reviewers have provided their feedback, the Associate Editor will make a recommendation on publication to the Section Editor.

The Editorial policy of Virology Journal is to publish all research which is assessed by peer reviewers to be a coherent and sound addition to the scientific literature, and puts less emphasis on interest levels or perceived impact.

English language

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Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Virology Journal, 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

Virology 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. 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 Virology Journal should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Virology Journal

Articles in Virology 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. Virol 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. Virol J 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Virology Journal?

High visibility

Virology 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

Virology 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 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 Virology Journal, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.

Flexibility

Online publication in Virology 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 articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Virology Journal are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Virology Journal's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

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

Authors of articles published in Virology 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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