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About Particle and Fibre Toxicology

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Particle and Fibre Toxicology, 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

Particle and Fibre Toxicology is an open access, peer-reviewed, online multi-disciplinary journal for new scientific data, hypotheses and reviews on the toxicological effects of particles and fibres; it functions as a forum for scientific debate and communication among toxicologists as well as scientists from other disciplines that produce and develop particle and fibre materials, including material sciences, biomaterials and nanomedicine.

Particle and Fibre Toxicology is a multi-disciplinary journal focused on understanding the physico-chemistry of the particles, the possibilities for human exposure and biological outcomes, and regulatory issues in the workplace and general environment. In addition, there are diverse scenarios where particles may pose a toxicological threat due to new applications of old materials or introduction of new materials. Particle and Fibre Toxicology provides a single, identifiable outlet for output from all these disciplines.

Particle and Fibre Toxicology may also consider papers from the adjacent fields such as exposure sciences including dosimetry &, biodistribution and register-based epidemiological studies. Submission of experimental papers primarily dealing with– omics data or single dose studies is not encouraged.

Particles and fibres are toxicologically important in many scenarios, including exposure:

  • during the manufacture or use of classical industrial products such as pigments and (vitreous) fibres;
  • to particles from disturbing the earth's crust during mining and quarrying;
  • from general anthropogenic sources in the environment such as PM10, cigarette smoke, biomass and liquid fuel combustion;
  • to nanomaterials that have been specifically engineered for special purposes, including for drug delivery and imaging.

Please contact the editor if you are in any doubt that the manuscript is in scope for Particle and Fibre Toxicology.

Open access

All articles published by Particle and Fibre Toxicology 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 Particle and Fibre Toxicology 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. Particle and Fibre Toxicology therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1370/$2145/€1745 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 Particle and Fibre Toxicology are included in PubMed, the most widely used biomedical bibliographic database service, which is run by the US National Library of Medicine. Other bibliographic databases that index articles published in Particle and Fibre Toxicology include:

  • Biological Abstracts
  • CABS
  • CAS
  • Citebase
  • Current contents
  • DOAJ
  • Embase
  • EmBiology
  • Google Scholar
  • OAIster
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • Science Citation Index
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • SCImago
  • Scopus
  • Zetoc

The full text of all research articles is deposited in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and other digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).

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

Particle and Fibre Toxicology is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI) and has an Impact Factor of 7.11.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for Publication

Research - reports of data from original research. Please note:

  • Research reports should be hypothesis-driven (this is not mandatory but desirable);
  • The exposure should be characterized carefully such that it supports the conclusions or allows the hypotheses to be addressed;
  • Levels of exposures (dose, dose rate) should be justified (the fact that others may have used similar levels is not sufficient);
  • Particularly in the case of nanomaterials, the authors should not take it for granted that the data supplied by the manufacturer can be used to describe accurately the characteristics of a given exposure.

Commentaries - 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 invited by the Editorial Board.

Letters to the Editor - they can take three forms: a substantial re-analysis of a previously published article, or a substantial response to such a re-analysis from the authors of the original publication, or an article that may not cover 'standard research' but that may be relevant to readers.

Reviews - comprehensive, authoritative descriptions of any subject within the scope of the journal. These articles are usually written by opinion leaders that have been invited by a member of the Editorial Board.

Short reports - brief reports of data from original research.

Peer-review policies

Publication of research articles in the broad area of particle toxicology by Particle and Fibre Toxicology is dependent on: a) relevance to the aims of the journal, b) scientific validity and quality, and c) coherence with the research area as a whole, as judged by three independent reviewers. Peer review is anonymous. A recommendation of acceptance or rejection is at the discretion of the Editors based on the reviewers' recommendations and will be agreed in consultation with the reviewers. Subject to reviewers' recommendations, all scientifically valid contributions will be published without restrictions on length.

Edited by Dr Flemming Cassee, Particle and Fibre Toxicology 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 Particle and Fibre Toxicology, a personalized section of the site.


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


Particle and Fibre Toxicology 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. All full length articles (proceedings, reviews or research articles) are indexed by PubMed. PubMed displays the title of the supplement only in the case of meeting abstract collections. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to P&FT should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Particle and Fibre Toxicology

Articles in Particle and Fibre Toxicology 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. Part Fibre Toxicol [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. Part Fibre Toxicol 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Particle and Fibre Toxicology?

High visibility

Particle and Fibre Toxicology'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

Particle and Fibre Toxicology 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 Particle and Fibre Toxicology, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.


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

In addition, articles published in Particle and Fibre Toxicology 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 Particle and Fibre Toxicology. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Authors of articles published in Particle and Fibre Toxicology 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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