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Aims and scope

Clinical Epigenetics, the official journal of the Clinical Epigenetics Society, is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that encompasses all aspects of epigenetic principles and mechanisms in relation to human disease, diagnosis and therapy. Clinical trials and research in disease model organisms are particularly welcome. The journal is divided into the following sections:

  • Aging, development, imprinting and reproductive epigenetics
  • Allergy, immunology, pathogens and inflammation
  • Cancer epigenetics and diagnostics
  • Cardiovascular epigenetics
  • Endocrinology and metabolic disease
  • Epigenetic therapy and clinical trials
  • Innovative epigenetics therapies
  • Neurology and psychiatry
  • Nutritional and environmental epigenetics
  • All other subjects

For more information on the the section aims and scope visit our sections information page.

Clinical Epigenetics focuses on epigenetic changes in normal and diseased cells in response to internal or external factors with the aim to translate basic epigenetic research into prevention, diagnosis, prognosis and therapy.

Open access

All articles published by Clinical Epigenetics 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 Clinical Epigenetics 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 BioMed Central license agreement.

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Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Clinical Epigenetics therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1565.00/$2450.00/€1995.00 for each article accepted for publication.

If the corresponding author's institution participates in our open access membership program, some or all of the publication cost may be covered (more details available on the membership page). 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.

BioMed Central provides a free open access funding support service to help authors discover and apply for article processing charge funding. Visit our OA funding and policy support page to view our list of research funders and institutions that provide funding for APCs, and to learn more about our email support service.

Indexing services

All articles published in Clinical Epigenetics are included in:

  • Academic OneFile
  • CAS
  • DOAJ
  • Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition
  • OCLC
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • Scopus
  • Summon by Serial Solutions

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.

Clinical Epigenetics has an Impact Factor of 4.987.

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.

Clinical Epigenetics operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous.

The benefit of single-blind peer review is that it is the traditional model of peer review that many reviewers are comfortable with, and it facilitates a dispassionate critique of a manuscript.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Clinical Epigenetics should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

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

Citing articles in Clinical Epigenetics

Articles in Clinical Epigenetics  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. Clin Epigenetics [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. Clin Epigenetics 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Appeals and complaints

If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Editor who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure. For complaints that cannot be resolved with the Editor, the authors should contact the Publisher.

Why publish your article in Clinical Epigenetics

High visibility

Clinical Epigenetics'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

Clinical Epigenetics 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.

Flexibility

Online publication in Clinical Epigenetics 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 Clinical Epigenetics are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be highlighted on Clinical Epigenetics’s pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

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

Copyright

As an author of an article published in Clinical Epigenetics you retain the copyright of your article and you are free to reproduce and disseminate your work (for further details, see the BioMed Central license agreement).

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