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Publishing life cycle: publication



Once your paper is with the Production Team, one of our Production Editors will take a detailed look at the paper and contact you if there are any queries or if additional files are needed. The paper is then sent to one of our trusted and long-standing partners to be copy edited and typeset.


While your paper is being prepared, for our research journals (Biochemical Journal, Clinical Science, Bioscience Reports and Neuronal Signaling), we will publish your peer-reviewed accepted paper online as an Accepted Manuscript (AM). The paper will be picked up by PubMed (with the exception of papers in Neuronal Signaling, where PubMed listing is scheduled for 2020) and Crossref for indexing.

Typically, within one week of your paper being accepted for publication, you will be sent a proof of your article to review, with any specific queries raised by the copyeditor to be answered. You are asked to review the proof of your article as soon as you can so that the Version of Record (VoR) of your paper can be published online as soon as possible.

We aim to publish the VoR for all papers within 28 days of acceptance, although this does rely on a number of factors, including your responsiveness to queries raised by the Production Team.

All of the Portland Press journals feature author-supplied artwork on their covers. During the production process of your article, we will ask you to suggest an image from your paper (or any other images that you might have related to your work) to be used as a potential cover image for the issue of the journal in which your article will be published.

In addition to PubMed and Crossref, in the month following publication, your paper will be indexed in a number of places to aid discoverability and accessibility. These include PubMed Central (if a Gold open access licence has been selected), Clarivate Web of Science, Google Scholar, ScienceOpen (for Neuronal Signaling) and CNKI (China National Knowledge Infrastructure), to name just a few. Please see individual journal ‘Impact and information’ pages to see where a specific journal is indexed.

Once you have received notification that your manuscript has been accepted for publication, the Portland Press Production Team is responsible for handling your paper.

If your paper has been accepted in one of our fully open access journals (Bioscience Reports or Neuronal Signaling), you will need to complete payment of the APC (article publishing charge) before we can proceed with the production of your paper. Our APCs are collected by our partners at the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC).

    |    Submission    |    Peer review    |    Publication    |    Promotion

More information on Portland Press publishing policies can be found at the links below:

  • Editorial policy
  • Data policy
  • Open access policy
  • Copyright and permissions

For further information, please contact:

  • The Editorial Team for information on preparation, submission or peer review of articles.
  • The Production Team for information post-acceptance of an article and production queries.
  • The Marketing Team for guidance on promotion of your paper.



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