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About Transplantation Research

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Transplantation Research, 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

Transplantation Research is a peer-reviewed, open access, online journal that publishes articles on a broad range of topics in the discipline of transplantation. The content of this journal is directed towards both basic scientists and clinicians in this field, with the aim of informing all transplantation researchers and those interested in transplantation.

Among the research topics included in Transplantation Research are:

  •  organ preservation
  •  ischemia-reperfusion injury and inflammation
  •  histocompatibility
  •  pharmacological/experimental immunosuppression
  •  immune recognition - regulation, and tolerance induction strategies
  •  stem cell research for tissue regeneration/repair and immune regulation, and organ fabrication
  •  early-stage clinical trials and clinical trial protocols
  •  innovative method protocols
  •  complications of transplantation, including graft dysfunction, tissue repair, infections and posttransplant malignancy
  •  biomarker investigation
  •  organ donation and other ethical issues
  •  xenotransplantation.


Types of transplantation primarily included are thoracic (heart and lung), abdominal (kidney, liver and pancreas) and tissue (islets, composite tissue).

Transplantation Research emphasizes the publication of experimental research and pilot clinical trials that introduce new ideas and concepts to the field of transplantation.

Transplantation Research is a forum for the quick release of cutting-edge experimental and clinical research in transplantation. Introduction of novel experimental concepts and early stage trial results are welcomed for publication and debate. As an open access online journal, Transplantation Research is in an optimal position to publish data and ideas with the least delay and with the greatest exposure due to lack of restrictions regarding access. This represents a major new platform for transplantation researchers.

Open access

All articles published by Transplantation Research 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 Transplantation Research 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. Transplantation Research therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1565/$2450/€1995 for each article accepted for publication. If the corresponding 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. 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.

Indexing services

All articles published in Transplantation Research are included in:

  • DOAJ
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • Scopus

The full text of all research articles is deposited in digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).

The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.

BioMed Central is working closely with Thomson Reuters (ISI) to ensure that citation analysis of articles published in Transplantation Research will be available.

Publication and peer review process

Content overview

Transplantation Research considers the following types of articles:

  • Research: reports of data from original research. The results and discussions should be kept as separate sections.
  • Review: comprehensive, authoritative, descriptions of any subject within the journal's scope.
  • Clinical trial protocol: describes proposed or ongoing research, providing a detailed account of the hypothesis, rationale, and methodology of the study.
  • Commentary: 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.

Peer-review policy

Manuscripts which fall within the scope of Transplantation Research, will be assigned to at least two expert reviewers. The Editors-in-Chief will decide on whether to accept or reject a manuscript based on reviewer recommendations. The journal will operate a 'closed' peer-review policy, and will aim to reach a first decision within six weeks.

Edited by Edward Geissler and Alan Jardine, Transplantation Research is supported by an expert Editorial Board.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Transplantation Research, a personalized section of the site.

Copyediting and proofs

All articles published in Transplantation Research are copyedited before publication of the final version.

Articles published in Transplantation Research are published immediately on acceptance in the form of a provisional PDF. Copyedited and fully formatted PDF and full-text (HTML) versions are made available shortly after that.

Edited versions will be sent by email and corrections should be returned within two working days. Please provide a typed list of corrections clearly indicating where the corrections should be made and please send this list by email.

The editing is designed only to correct such things as misused words, spelling errors, missing references or incomplete citation information.


High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.


Transplantation Research 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. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Transplantation Research should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Transplantation Research

Articles in Transplantation Research 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. Transplant Res [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. Transplant Res 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Transplantation Research?

High visibility

Transplantation Research'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

Transplantation Research 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 Transplantation Research and BioMed Central.


Online publication in Transplantation Research 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 Transplantation Research are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Transplantation Research's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

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

Authors of articles published in Transplantation Research retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright policy and license agreement).

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