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Guest Editors and article collections

Guest Editors play an essential role in framing the scope of article collections at BMC Global and Public Health, advising on front matter content and soliciting relevant articles, and may contribute a guest editorial or other content.

Article collections explore a specific theme of high interest, discuss aspects or advances in research, and ultimately influence future research, policy, implementation and practice.

All manuscripts submitted to a collection by authors or Guest Editors undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and selection for publication by the in-house Editors. To be considered, manuscripts must be within the scope and threshold of the journal; decisions are based upon extensive and rigorous peer review by academic experts.

How to become a Guest Editor 

Guest Editors are invited by the journal because of their expertise in a specific field, and the scope of the collection is developed in close collaboration with the in-house Editors.

Guest Editor role

Guest Editors serve an advisory role to guide the scope of the collection. They advise on front matter content and solicit relevant articles, and may contribute a guest editorial or other content. Guest Editors may provide advice on submitted manuscripts and may be consulted on decisions for publication; however, final editorial decisions lie with the Chief Editor. Editorial decisions on reviewed manuscripts are made by considering the advice of peer reviewers following at least one round of peer review.

Expectations of Guest Editors

In line with our general policies (, Guest Editors are required to declare any competing interests and also recuse themselves from handling or advising upon any submissions where they might have a conflict of interest.