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BMC Immunology

Featured article: Fighting cancer with the immune system


Studies have shown the immune system has the potential to remove tumor cells in a patient’s body. This article describes a method for generating antitumor  cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs)  specific for the epitopes of the HER2/neu tumor-associated antigen. These CTLs are then shown to have a pronounced cytotoxic effect on tumor cells expressing the HER2/neu marker.

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Aims and scope

BMC Immunology is an open access journal publishing original peer-reviewed research articles in molecular, cellular, tissue-level, organismal, functional, and developmental aspects of the immune system as well as clinical studies and animal models of human diseases.


Section Editors

  • Simon R Carding, University of East Anglia
  • Lucienne Chatenoud, Hospital Necker
  • Olivier Garraud, Institut National de la Transfusion Sanguine
  • James Li, University of Hong Kong
  • J Philip McCoy, National Institutes of Health
  • Wayne Thomas, Institute for Child Health Research

Meet the Editors

Professor Wayne Thomas graduated with a PhD from the University of Western Australia in 1974.  In 1984, he began a program at the Telethon Kids Institute in Western Australia to provide the structural data of house dust mite allergens. He joined the Editorial Board of BMC Immunology in 2012.

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2016 Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact
    2.485 - 2-year Impact Factor
    2.454 - 5-year Impact Factor
    0.790 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    1.164 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

    1280.5 Usage Factor

    Social Media Impact
    56 Mentions