Biology of Mood & Anxiety Disorders is now accepting submissions!


Biology of Mood & Anxiety Disorders, a new open access journal publishing basic, translational, and clinical research on the pathophysiology of mood and anxiety disorders, is now open to submissions.

The journal welcomes research in all areas relevant to the disorders at the level of their underlying mechanisms, and especially encourages studies that examine developmental trajectories, individual differences, predictors of risk or treatment outcome, and pathophysiological mechanisms. Many experimental approaches are encouraged, from neuroimaging and molecular genetics studies, to psychophysiology, animal models, and pharmacology.

The soon to be launched journal is jointly overseen by co-Editors-in-Chief Ahmad Hariri (Duke University, USA) and Read more

It’s hard to keep all things angiogenic in one JAR!


The editorial “It’s hard to keep all things angiogenic in one JAR!” published today in Vascular Cell discusses the exciting transition of the journal from Journal of Angiogenesis Research (JAR) to Vascular Cell. The editorial aptly summarises the rationale behind the move, which is to ensure that the journal title and scope continue to reflect the needs of the community contributing to and reading this publication.

The journal began as Journal of Angiogenesis Research in September 2009 and, as Editors-in-Chief Mark Slevin, Jan Kitajewski and Yihai Cao write in their editorial, “The publication platform, developed as a venue for angiogenic researchers, was found to be relevant and of interest to researchers studying the many facets of human vasculature, not …

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Fluids and Barriers of the CNS: a new journal encompassing Cerebrospinal Fluid Research


Cerebrospinal Fluid Research was launched in 2004 and has been publishing articles covering all aspects of CSF and choroid plexus in health and disease. From today the journal’s scope has been expanded, and the journal re-launched, to incorporate research into all central nervous system (CNS) fluids and barrier systems.

The Editors-in-Chief, Hazel Jones and Tetsuya Terasaki, celebrate the re-launch of Cerebrospinal Fluid Research in its new format as Fluids and Barriers of the CNS with a new website and several topical articles that highlight the new scope. In their re-launch editorial discussing the aims of the new journal, Hazel and Tetsuya comment on the need for a journal that brings together the different interdisciplinary niches of research focusing …

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Cell & Bioscience launches with BioMed Central


Cell & Bioscience, a new open access journal, has launched today with BioMed Central as the official journal of the Society of Chinese Bioscientists in America (SCBA).

Led by Editor-in-Chief, Yun-Bo Shi, Cell & Bioscience publishes high-impact research of broad interest in all areas of the life sciences, covering fields such as molecular and cell biology, cancer biology and immunology. In his inaugural editorial, Yun-Bo Shi comments on the rapid growth of open access publishing and the need for a new journal in the field to reach both Western and Asian audiences.

The SCBA, founded 26 years ago, is the largest organization of Chinese bioscientists outside of Asia. "As we enter the 21st century, science in Asia …

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Towards threaded publications: helping to set the scientific record straight


More than a decade ago Altman and Chalmers envisaged a new way to publish clinical research. They proposed that, facilitated by the advent of electronic journals, a new age of transparency in science communication might soon be upon us.

In their 1999 article in The Lancet, they wrote: “Electronic publication of a protocol could be simply the first element in a sequence of ‘threaded’ electronic publications, which continues with reports of the resulting research (published in sufficient detail to meet some of the criticisms of less detailed reports published in print journals), followed by deposition of the complete data set.”

This prescient statement came five years before the registration of clinical trials became a prerequisite for publication in most major …

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Chiropractic & Manual Therapies – journal relaunched



We are delighted to announce that Chiropractic & Osteopathy has now relaunched as Chiropractic & Manual Therapies.

In 2010 the European Academy of Chiropractic (EAC) joined the Chiropractic & Osteopathic College of Australasia (COCA) in making Chiropractic & Osteopathy their official journal. The new title more closely reflects the readership and the journal’s interest in high quality peer reviewed, evidence-based chiropractic and manual-therapy research. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies aims to provide chiropractors, manual therapists and related health professionals with clinically relevant, evidence-based information.

have agreed to cover the cost of article-processing charges for all
manuscripts submitted before January 2013. This will enable Chiropractic & Manual Therapies to remain an international open access journal without charge …

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What’s new with clopidogrel?


Clopidogrel, an antiplatelet pro-drug, is indicated for use in the prevention of blood clot formation within the arteries following acute coronary syndromes or percutaneous coronary interventions. Recent controversies surrounding clopidogrel-led treatment have resulted in increased focus on its use in a variety of clinical settings. Two recently published BMC Medicine articles provide further evidence to help weigh up the clinical efficacy and potential risks associated with clopidogrel use.

Clopidogrel may be prescribed either exclusively, or in combination with acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin) as a treatment strategy aimed at preventing the formation of blood clots. This combination strategy has been previously shown to have a diminished effect in preventing blood clot formations for up …

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Genome Biology plans ‘Exome sequencing’ special issue


In the summer, Genome Biologywill publish an issue dedicated to exome sequencing and the mutations that have been uncovered in common and rare diseases by using such approaches, as well as technological developments in this field.

This special issue will contain a series of commissioned, topical reviews and opinions, written by leaders in the field alongside research, method and software articles. The journal is now accepting submissions for consideration and would like to welcome manuscripts that use exome capture in a manner that will be of broad biological interest, with novel implications for human disease or evolution. The deadline for submission is 30th April 2011 and if you would like to submit your manuscript for consideration, please visit this

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Veterinary Research is now publishing with BioMed Central as an open access journal


Veterinary Research has today published its first open access articles with BioMed Central and is now the flagship title in our expanding cluster of veterinary journals. With an Impact Factor of 3.58, Veterinary Research is ranked number one in the Veterinary Sciences category of the Journal Citation Report, and continues to be supported by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA).

Headed by Editor-in-Chief Michel Brémont, Veterinary Research publishes novel research and review articles with a focus on animal infection, covering the fields of bacteriology, parasitology, virology, immunology, prion disease, and epidemiology.

The first articles published today include research from Dr Sebastian Knapp et al on the overwintering mechanisms of the bluetongue virus, and from Dr …

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Sharing research data to improve public health

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Advances in
information technology have revolutionised science by enabling researchers to
freely and openly share large datasets with investigators beyond
the original research team. Whilst
data sharing is now the norm in fields such as physics and genetics, a number
of obstacles including time and cost constraints, in addition to technical and ethical
, have hindered the establishment of data sharing within public
health research.

This week a group
of 17 major international funders of public health research, including the
Wellcome Trust, National Institutes of
Health (USA) and the Bill
and Melinda Gates Foundation, released a joint
 pledging to work together to
increase the availability of data collected from populations
for the purpose of health research, …

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