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Access to articles

Articles appearing in journals published by BBM Publishers are 'open access'. A universally accepted definition of the term was provided in the Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing in 2003:

  •  The article is universally and freely accessible via the Internet, in an easily readable format and deposited immediately upon publication, without embargo, in an agreed format - current preference is XML with a declared DTD - in at least one widely and internationally recognized open access repository (such as PubMed Central).
  •   The author(s) or copyright owner(s) irrevocably grant(s) to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the research article in its entirety or in part, in any format or medium, provided that no substantive errors are introduced in the process, proper attribution of authorship and correct citation details are given, and that the bibliographic details are not changed. If the article is reproduced or disseminated in part, this must be clearly and unequivocally indicated.
  •   Articles in BBM Publisher's journals are published under the Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY) to ensure implementation of open access as defined.

Advertising policy

  •   All advertisements and commercially sponsored publications are independent from editorial decisions. BBM Publishers does not endorse any product or service marked as an advertisement or promoted by a sponsor in BBM Publishers publications. Editorial content is not compromised by commercial or financial interests, or by any specific arrangements with advertising clients or sponsors.
  •   BBM Publishers reserves the right to decline any type of advertising that is damaging to the brand of BBM Publishers or is inappropriate to the content held on the BBM Publishers network.
  •   BBM Publishers will not accept advertising for products or services known to be harmful to health (e.g. tobacco and alcohol products).
  •   Advertisements may not be deceptive or misleading, and must be verifiable. Advertisements should clearly identify the advertiser and the product or service being offered. Exaggerated or extravagantly worded copy will not be allowed. Advertisements will not be accepted if they appear to be indecent or offensive in either text or artwork, or if they relate to content of a personal, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, or religious nature.
  •  Once an advertisement has been deployed online, it will be withdrawn from the journal site at any time if the Editor(s)-in-Chief or Publisher request its removal.
  •   BBM Publishers will not allow any treatment-specific or drug-specific campaign to be targeted to a specific article(s) or on any page where content relates to the product(s) being advertised. (Advertisers may not link to articles using keywords; they may not target advertising for a specific product on the condition that it appear in the same location and at the same time as a specific article mentioning that product and they may not refer to an article published at the same time as the advertisement appears).

Permanency of articles

BBM Publishers has taken steps to ensure that all open access articles published by BBM Publishers are deposited in a number of safe open access archives. Should BBM Publishers be sold, or fail, open access to the articles published is guaranteed to continue via those archives. If and when a change of ownership should be considered, BBM Publishers Board of Trustees will be asked to judge and advise whether sufficient guarantees to continue a policy of unconditional open access for research articles are being offered and agreed by any prospective new owner.

BBM Publishers will not enter into a change of ownership agreement unless the Board of Trustees accepts these guarantees. In addition, once an article has been published, we do not allow it to be changed, leading to the following policies.

Article corrections and retractions

Corrections to or retractions of published articles will be made by publishing a correction or retraction note and without altering the original article in any way other than to add a prominent link to the note. In this way, the original article remains in the public domain and the subsequent correction or retraction will be widely indexed.

Article removal

The preservation of scientific research is a cornerstone of science and as such we will use our best efforts to ensure that material published by BBM Publishers is preserved and remains available for access. However, in the exceptional event that material is considered to infringe certain rights or is defamatory we may have no option but to remove that material from our site and those sites on which we have deposited the material in question.

BBM Publishers therefore reserves the right to cease to make available articles, or relevant article content, that it has been advised are potentially defamatory or that infringe any intellectual property right, or are otherwise unlawful. Where this occurs the article will remain indexed. However, in place of the article or content an appropriate explanatory note will be attached.