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Article-processing charges (APC) in 2021

Official APC for the Journal of Intensive Care in 2021: Euro 1,790/ US$  2,170/ GBP 1,570. 

In 2021, the Japanese Society of Intensive Care Medicine covers 70% of the above APC to support authors. Authors will be charged only 30% of the price. 

Discounted APC for authors in 2021: Euro 429.6/ US$ 520.8 / GBP 376.8.
To receive this discount, authors should submit below institution code during the process of manuscript submission.

[how to request APC support] 
1) In the final step of manuscript new submission, when you click 'Build PDF for approval' button, you are taken to 'Publication Charges' page.
2) Click 'View Publication Charges' button.
3) APC information is shown on the APC agreement page. In the bottom of the page, select payment option #2 : 'I believe I am covered by an institutional membership arrangement and wish to request institutional payment or discount. and insert below institution code to the box. 

Institution code:  BB-JSICM-JINC-0221 
4) press 'submit'. 
5) confirm verified APC in the next page and proceed.  

* this code and APC support is available to all authors no matter whether they hold society membership or otherwise.
**however this MUST be requested during the process of new submission. Post-submission requests cannot be accepted. 
***for those who can't afford discounted APC should request full waiver using the third option. "I believe I am eligible for a waiver or discount of the Article Processing Charge" and provide specific reason. 

Article Processing Charges from 2022

The Society-sponsored APC share of each accepted article shall be set as follows; 

  1. For the articles submitted in 2021, the Society will sponsor 70% of the Journal’s then APC  (30% charged to the author)
  2. For the articles submitted in 2022, the Society will sponsor 60% of the Journal’s then APC  (40% charged to the author) 
  3. For the articles submitted in 2023, the Society will sponsor 50% of the Journal’s then APC  (50% charged to the author) 

Aims and scope

Journal of Intensive Care is an open access journal encompassing all aspects of intensive care medicine, such as intensive and critical care, trauma and surgical intensive care, pediatric intensive care, acute and emergency medicine, perioperative medicine, resuscitation, infection control and organ dysfunction. In addition, the journal encourages submissions considering the different cultural aspects of intensive care practice.

Open access

All articles published by Journal of Intensive Care 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 Journal of Intensive Care 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 BMC license agreement.

For those of you who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BMC can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Indexing services

All articles published in Journal of Intensive Care are included in:

  • DOAJ
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • Scopus
  • Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch)®
  • Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition
  • Current Contents Clinical Medicine

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.

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.

Journal of Intensive Care 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.

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 Editor-in-Chief and Section Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Journal of Intensive Care 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 Journal of Intensive Care

Articles in Journal of Intensive Care  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. J Intensive Care [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. J Intensive Care 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Appeals and complaints

Authors who wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint should follow the procedure outlined in the BMC Editorial Policies.

Benefits of publishing with BMC

High visibility

Journal of Intensive Care'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

Journal of Intensive Care 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 Journal of Intensive Care 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 Journal of Intensive Care are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be highlighted on Journal of Intensive Care’s pages and on the BMC homepage.

In addition, articles published in Journal of Intensive Care 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 Journal of Intensive Care. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BMC is available here.


As an author of an article published in Journal of Intensive Care you retain the copyright of your article and you are free to reproduce and disseminate your work (for further details, see the BMC license agreement).

For further information about the advantages of publishing in a journal from BMC, please click here.