Since the launch of BMC Medicine a decade ago, the journal has published over 900 open access articles, many of which have made significant contributions to the advance of medical research. We take this opportunity to look back at how frequently our articles have been cited since publication, and list the top 10 below. Data has been derived from the ISI Web of Science citation index.
Our ten most highly cited articles were published between 2004 and 2010, and the impact of the research is highlighted by the fact these have all continued to be cited by articles published in various journals this year.
The number of citations (at time of writing) received by each …
This is a guest blog posted on behalf of Jeff Leek, an assistant professor in the Biostatistics Department of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His work focuses on statistical methods for high-dimensional data and genomics. For more info check out his Bio or find him on Twitter @simplystats.
This is a guide for anyone who needs to share data with a statistician. The target audiences I have in mind are:
Scientific collaborators who need statisticians to analyze data for them
Students or postdocs in scientific disciplines looking for consulting advice
Junior statistics students whose job it is to collate/clean data sets
The goals of this guide are to provide some instruction on the best way to share data to …
Here at BioMed Central there are a number of ways we can keep track of how many times our articles are accessed (a more detailed guide to this can be found here). Articles doing particularly well receive a ‘highly accessed graphic’ , which is calculated based on the number of accesses an article receives relative to its age and also the journal it is published in. We’re delighted that nearly 300 (of just over 900) BMC Medicine articles have been accredited as highly accessed over the last decade.
To mark our 10 year anniversary, today we will look at the top 10 most highly accessed articles in the journal. The top 10 articles encompass a variety of different areas of …
World AIDS Day 2013 is an opportunity for people across the world to come together to combat HIV and AIDS.
There are over 35 million people around the world infected with HIV and, in 2012 alone, 1.6 million people died of AIDS. This makes AIDS one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
What is being done now?
HIV targets the human immune system making those with the virus more vulnerable to infectious diseases. There is no cure for HIV, but the virus can be suppressed by combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) using three or more antiretroviral drugs at the same time. This regimen controls viral replication and gives the immune system time to recuperate. ART enables people to live longer, healthier …
A decade ago on the 24th November 2003, BMC Medicine, the flagship open access general medical journal of the BMC-Series, published its very first article. Since then we’ve published over 900 articles, established an impact factor of 6.68, and are now ranked seventh out of 151 medical journals (general and internal). We’ve seen many achievements over the last 10 years, and so to mark our anniversary we have a week of highlights coming up.
Next week, we’ll be looking back over the past decade, identifying our most successful articles in terms of most citations, most accessed, and those with highest Altmetric scores, as well as taking a look at author demographics and how we can expect this to develop …
To mark World Prematurity Day on Sunday 17th November, the BioMed Central journal Reproductive Health published a special supplement entitled Born Too Soon.
We held a Tweetchat to give everyone including parents, researchers and charities, such as Save the Children and Newborn Healthy Network, a chance to discuss some of the key issues raised in the supplement.
On Monday 11th, we published the questions we wanted to discuss, an infographic showing key facts and figures about premature births around the world and then published the Born To Soon supplement in Reproductive Health on Friday 15th November.
You can read the Storify of the tweetchat below:
Genome Biology was sad to learn of Frederick Sanger’s death on Tuesday, November 19th. Although Sanger retired from scientific research 30 years ago, long before the journal Genome Biology ever started, it is safe to say that without his work we wouldn’t even be here.
The journal was launched in 2001, the same year that the completion of sequencing of the human genome was reported. The sequencing was done entirely using the method Sanger had devised for determining genetic sequences. Although his was not the first technique for reading DNA sequence, it was the first really practical one and, like many methods that revolutionize fields, it was an elegant and conceptually simple idea. Sanger had, in …
Infectious Diseases of Poverty was launched on 25th October 2012 at the 2nd Global Symposium on Health Systems Research held in Beijing. The journal aims to publish interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research that specifically addresses essential public health questions relating to infectious diseases of poverty. These include various aspects of the biology of pathogens and vectors, diagnosis and detection, treatment and case management, epidemiology and modeling, zoonotic hosts and animal reservoirs, control strategies and implementation, new technologies and application.
To date, the journal has published four thematic series: one covering the historical development of medical parasitology in China, a second covering surveillance and response to infectious diseases of poverty, a third covering co-infection and syndemics, …
It’s not often that I can claim to get excited about technology, but it’s hard not to after attending the Health 2.0 europe conference held this week in London (Nov 18th-19th). While it’s not exactly news that apps for healthcare are being developed for use by the public, what the presenters at Health 2.0 were able to showcase was how these can potentially go on to improve healthcare. The key word here is ‘potentially’.
Non-communicable diseases (NCD) are on the rise – globally, and according to the WHO the leading NCD risk factor for mortality is elevated blood pressure (16.5% of global deaths) followed by tobacco use (9%), raised blood glucose (6%), physical inactivity (6%) …
The 2013 annual scientific meeting of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology was held last month in Toronto, bringing together both Canadian and international experts from the allergy community. Covering both basic and clinical research, the conference was an important event for sharing knowledge amongst the specialists and researchers in attendance.
In addition to the traditional CSACI awards for best abstracts, this year’s conference was supported by AllerGen, who also ran their own poster competition for young researchers. AllerGen is the Allergy, Genes and Environment Network, one of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence, and aims to promote collaboration between researchers, healthcare providers, industry, patient advocates and policy makers to improve the …