The EQUATOR Network, an international initiative that aims to improve the reliability of scientific publications by promoting transparent and accurate reporting of health research, is holding its launch meeting in London, UK on Thursday 26th June 2008.
Despite the efforts of researchers, editors and peer reviewers, some published studies are poorly reported. The use of reporting guidelines can lead to the improved accuracy and transparency of publications and several internationally recognized guidelines (e.g. CONSORT, STARD) have been developed through a collaboration of experts, methodologists and journal editors. But they are still not widely used by researchers or supported by many medical journals.
The aim of the meeting, ‘Achieving transparency in reporting health research,’ is …
A new Infection thematic review series, led by Dr Steven Opal (Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, USA) has just been launched in Critical Care, with the first article published being a timely paper documenting the global spread of Clostridium difficile.
Described as a good reference for clinicians faced with this issue, the authors Carolyn V Gould and L Clifford McDonald, from the Centers for Disease Control, detail the pathogenesis, diagnosis and possible treatment strategies in this most topical of hospital-acquired infections. The onus is on healthcare professionals to maintain awareness of the changing epidemiology of the disease, as well introducing measures to reduce the risk to patients.
In a related commentary, Aurora Pop-Vicas …
As discussed in the New York Times and the Harvard Crimson, Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences has just considered, and approved, the adoption of a new policy designed to ensure that the results of work published by members of the Faculty remain openly accessible. The policy is the first of its kind in the US, though similar institutional open access mandates are becoming increasingly common around the world.
A new Office for Scholarly Communication will be responsible for implementing the policy, and for addressing the broader issues to ensure that the results of research carried out at Harvard are made universally accessible.
Harvard University’s strong move to encourage open access is not an isolated instance. It is hugely encouraging …
commemorate its first year of publication, the Editors-in-Chief of Osteopathic Medicine and Primary Care, John Licciardone and Roberto Cardarelli, have published
an editorial detailing the
progress of the journal to date, and looking forwards the future.
article comments on the
benefits of open access for the community, current submission to publication times and plans
to bring these down to 120 days in 2008, and invites
readers to post comments on published articles. The Editors also detail
information on journal fund they have established to assist with payment of the
Osteopathic Medicine and Primary Care publishes articles on all aspects of osteopathic
and allopathic treatment, as well as research relevant to the provision of
primary care …
and peripheral nervous systems of vertebrates are partitioned at specific
points within the spinal cord, ensuring that the cell bodies of neurons from
each system are not mixed, while still allowing axons to be connected. Previous
studies have identified a transient population of cells responsible for this
partitioning, termed boundary cap cells. The molecular mechanism of boundary
cap formation and function is discussed in a recent minireview for Journal of
Biology by Sophie Chauvet and Geneviève Rougon, highlighting two
interesting studies published in Neural Development, which
illustrate a role for semaphorin-plexin signaling in this process.
The role of
semaphorin 6A (Sema6A) was determined by Bron et al.
through the study of …
We are pleased to
announce that Neural Development
has joined the Neuroscience Peer Review
Consortium (NPRC), enabling the more efficient handling of peer review
between several neuroscience journals.
The NPRC was
instigated to reduce the time and effort involved in the peer review of
original neuroscience research reports. Under the new system,
neuroscience journals with membership have agreed to accept manuscript reviews
from other Consortium journals. By reducing the number of times that a
manuscript is reviewed, the Consortium will increase the speed of publication of research results, and lessen the burden on both authors and
To date, numerous neuroscience journals have joined the consortium, including Neuroscience,
and Journal of Neuroscience, with many more, …
Several articles recently published in Trials, BioMed Central’s journal dedicated to investigating any aspect of the design, performance, and findings of
randomized controlled trials, all explore the issue of improving patient recruitment to clinical trials. The five articles highlight a number of factors that can influence the often-challenging recruitment process.
In their report of patient recruitment to the Women’s International Study of long Duration Oestrogen after Menopause (WISDOM) trial, Paine et al., found
that conducting group seminars with potential participants, providing information about hormone therapy and the trial prior to a screening interview was a useful strategy for maximizing recruitment to this large, long-term trial.
Rahbari and colleagues report that the …
Today sees the publication of the first articles in BMC Medical Genomics. The biological sciences have been transformed by the recent explosion in genomic technology and genome sequencing projects and the next decade will see a similar revolution in medicine. BMC Medical Genomics aims to maximize the visibility and impact of this vital and growing field of research.
BMC Medical Genomics publishes articles on functional genomics, genome structure, genome-scale population genetics, epigenomics, proteomics, systems analysis and pharmacogenomics in relation to human health and disease, and is indexed by PubMed, BIOSIS, CAS, EMBASE, and Google Scholar.
By providing information on the interaction between genes, drugs and diseases, genomic approaches to medicine promise to contribute to the delivery of personalized and …
BMC Public Health has the honor of publishing its 1,000th article. BMC Public Health is the first medical journal in the BMC-series to reach this symbolic milestone, following in the footsteps of BMC Bioinformatics in 2006 and BMC Genomics last year. The 1,000th article, "Does economic development contribute to sex differences in ischaemic heart disease mortality? Hong Kong as a natural experiment using a case-control study" by Prof Gabriel Leung and his colleagues from the University of Hong Kong offers the suggestion that the excess risk of heart disease among men in developed countries may be determined during puberty.
We’d like to thank Prof Leung for his support of BMC Public Health, both as an author and …
Philosophy, Ethics, and
Humanities in Medicine has recently been accepted for inclusion in MEDLINE, reflecting
its growing importance and reputation in its field.
Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine was
launched in 2006, and has since published a variety of articles covering all
aspects of the philosophy of medicine, and the ethical aspects of clinical
practice and research. The journal also publishes articles at the intersection
of medicine and humanities that are
relevant to contemporary philosophy of medicine and bioethics. Philosophy,
Ethics and Humanities in Medicine is overseen by the Editors-in-Chief
Michael Schwartz and Dan J Stein.
A full list of the 81 BioMed Central journals
that are indexed in MEDLINE is available from our website.