- We are the only journal dedicated to pilot and feasibility studies, and we welcome research, methodology articles and protocols for studies intended to influence the design and conduct of future clinical trials, or large-scale observational studies conducted on human participants.
- We consider randomized and non-randomised pilot and feasibility studies, feasibility literature reviews or survey papers, intervention development and qualitative work preparing for large-scale studies, and proof-of-concept studies.
- Our internationally renowned editorial team encompasses a broad range of disciplines, and provides expert feedback on manuscripts to help improve the accuracy and transparency of your reporting.
- Open access publication ensures that your article can be easily discovered, accessed, used and shared, maximising your work’s impact and acting as a springboard for further discovery.
Aims and scope
Pilot and Feasibility Studies encompasses all aspects of the design, conduct and reporting of pilot and feasibility studies in biomedicine. The journal publishes research articles that are intended to directly influence future clinical trials or large scale observational studies, as well as protocols, commentaries and methodology articles. The journal also ensures that the results of all well-conducted, peer-reviewed, pilot and feasibility studies are published, regardless of outcome or significance of findings.
Pilot and feasibility studies are increasingly conducted prior to a full randomized controlled trial. However, these studies often lack clear objectives, many remain unpublished, and there is confusion over the meanings of the words “pilot” and “feasibility”. Pilot and Feasibility Studies provides a forum for discussion around this key aspect of the scientific process, and seeks to ensure that these studies are published, so as to complete the publication thread for clinical research.
Why publish your article in Pilot and Feasibility Studies?
All articles published by Pilot and Feasibility Studies 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.
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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.
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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.
Pilot and Feasibility Studies operates an open peer-review system, where the reviewers' names are included on the peer review reports for authors. In addition, if the article is published, the named reviewer reports are published online alongside the article under a Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0. Previous versions of the manuscript and all author responses to the reviewers are available by contacting email@example.com.
The benefit of open peer review is that it increases transparency. The peer reviewers and Editors are fully accountable for the decisions made, bias is reduced as reviewer reports are named, published reports can serve an educational purpose in helping facilitate training and research into peer review, and reviewers can get credit for their work.
Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two or more experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.
In cases where the journal is unable to find sufficient peer reviewers, the services of a publishing partner, Research Square, may be used to identify suitable reviewers and provide reports to avoid further delays for authors. Reviewers recruited by Research Square are paid a small honorarium for completing the review within a specified timeframe. Honoraria are paid regardless of the reviewer recommendation. With Research Square, a double-blind peer review system is in operation.
In cases where reports have been obtained by Research Square, the peer review reports will be unsigned unless the reviewer opts in to sign the report.
All manuscripts submitted to Pilot and Feasibility Studies should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.
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Citing articles in Pilot and Feasibility Studies
Articles in Pilot and Feasibility Studies 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. Pilot Feasibility Stud [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. Pilot Feasibility Stud 2009, 1:115.
refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.
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Benefits of publishing with BMC
Pilot and Feasibility Studies'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
Pilot and Feasibility Studies 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.
Online publication in Pilot and Feasibility Studies 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 Pilot and Feasibility Studies are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be highlighted on Pilot and Feasibility Studies’s pages and on the BMC homepage.
In addition, articles published in Pilot and Feasibility Studies 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 Pilot and Feasibility Studies. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BMC is available here.
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