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Instructions for authors

Critical Care is a high quality, peer-reviewed, international clinical medical journal. Critical Care aims to improve the care of critically ill patients by acquiring, discussing, distributing, and promoting evidence-based information relevant to intensivists.

The journal publishes commentaries, reviews, and research in all areas of intensive care and emergency medicine. Critical Care aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the intensive care field.

Each article type published by Critical Care follows a specific format, as detailed in the corresponding instructions for authors; please choose an article type from the list on the left to view the instructions for authors.

Please note that Book report, Commentary, Editorial, Journal club critique, Letter, Meeting report, Review and Viewpoint are usually commissioned, but suggestions for these article types are welcome.

The instructions for authors includes information about preparing a manuscript for submission to Critical Care, criteria for publication and the online submission process. Other relevant information about the journal's policies, the refereeing process and so on can be found in 'About this journal'.

Important information about Critical Care from 2015

BioMed Central has always made its primary research content openly accessible, under licences that allow others to freely re-use articles, with the appropriate attribution. Critical Care also publishes additional types of content which are only available to subscribers for a period of time. We are pleased to be able to inform you that from 2015, this will no longer be the case and ALL content published in Critical Care will follow the rest of the BioMed Central portfolio and be entirely Open Access.

See ccforum.com/about/3004/full-oa for more information.

Critical Care publishes the following article types:

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Authors and referees are asked to declare any competing interests.

Copyright for original research articles rests with the authors. For more information on copyright of research articles, see our publisher's copyright and license policy. Copyright of all other articles rests with the authors who grant BioMed Central an exclusive license to publish and distribute the Article for the initial 12-months subscription period. For further details, see copyright and license BioMed Central’s copyright and license agreement for articles that are not immediately open access.