Aims and scope
Scientific Phone Apps and Mobile Devices is a peer-reviewed open access journal published under the SpringerOpen brand. The first specialized journal in this field, it publishes high quality scientific reports of research and science oriented mobile apps and peripheral mobile devices such as add-on sensors or modifications. It provides an avenue for academic recognition, and serves as a resource for the broader scientific community to learn about the development of such research tools.
The journal accepts full research articles, application notes, reviews, editorials, and correspondences related to the development of research or educational apps in all disciplines. It also includes add-on peripherals (such as additional sensors or connectivity) related to mobile devices, and modifications. The apps or mobile add-on devices should aim at replacing bulky equipment or to enable certain features on smartphones, phablets or tablets. The focus would be on the functionality and convenience.
As of 31st March 2018, Scientific Phone Apps and Mobile Devices will be transferring away from Springer Nature. As such, we are no longer accepting new submissions and ask that you contact the Editor-in-Chief (Dr Samuel Gan, firstname.lastname@example.org) directly for further details about submission.
Why publish your article in Scientific Phone Apps and Mobile Devices?
Scientific Phone Apps and Mobile Devices'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
Scientific Phone Apps and Mobile Devices 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 Scientific Phone Apps and Mobile Devices and SpringerOpen.
Online publication in Scientific Phone Apps and Mobile Devices 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 Scientific Phone Apps and Mobile Devices are included in article alerts and regular email updates.
In addition, articles published in Scientific Phone Apps and Mobile Devices 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 Scientific Phone Apps and Mobile Devices.
Authors of articles published in Scientific Phone Apps and Mobile Devices retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the copyright and license agreement).
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All articles published by Scientific Phone Apps and Mobile Devices 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 Scientific Phone Apps and Mobile Devices 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 SpringerOpen copyright and license agreement.
For those of you who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, SpringerOpen can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.
Open access publishing is not without costs. Scientific Phone Apps and Mobile Devices therefore levies an article-processing charge of £940.00/$1475.00/€1200.00 for each article accepted for publication.
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.
SpringerOpen provides a free open access funding support service to help authors discover and apply for article processing charge funding. Visit our OA funding and policy support page to view our list of research funders and institutions that provide funding for APCs, and to learn more about our email support service.
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.We are working closely with relevant indexing services including PubMed Central and Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics) to ensure that articles published in Scientific Phone Apps and Mobile Devices will be available in their databases when appropriate.
Scientific Phone Apps and Mobile Devices 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 to three 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. Reviewers will also be asked to indicate how interesting and significant the research is. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.
All manuscripts submitted to Scientific Phone Apps and Mobile Devices should adhere to SpringerOpen's editorial policies.
Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.
Appeals and complaints
If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Editor who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure.