Biomedical Digital Libraries
(Link active 8 January 2008)
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Publisher: BioMed Central
Biomedical Digital Libraries is an Open Access, peer-reviewed, online
journal that considers manuscripts on all aspects of digital library
content and usage in biomedical settings, including academic medical
centers, research and development institutes, and health care institutions.
Biomedical Digital Libraries will provide a forum for the discussion of
unique considerations of biomedical information needs, and both
opportunities and constraints presented by health care settings. The
research results of collaborative initiatives with information
technology and informatics partners are appropriate and encouraged.
Non-research articles should conform to a review format, which
synthesizes previously published research or discussion. Publication of
research articles by Biomedical Digital Libraries is dependent on either
scientific validity or analytical coherence, as judged by our reviewers.
Biomedical Digital Libraries provides a legitimate alternative to
traditional print journals in the field, which have subscription fees
and assumption of copyright by the publisher. This journal will stress
Open Access to research and practice in biomedical libraries, and will
permit rapid and unimpeded dissemination of knowledge.
Biomedical Digital Libraries considers the following types of articles:
* Research - reports of data from original research.
* Commentaries - short, focussed and opinionated articles on any
subject within the scope of Biomedical Digital Libraries. These articles
are usually written by opinion leaders invited by the Editorial Board.
* Debate articles - present an argument that is not essentially
based on practical research. Debate articles can report on all aspects
of the subject including sociological and ethical aspects.
* Hypotheses - short articles presenting an untested original
hypothesis backed solely by previously published results rather that any
new evidence. They should outline significant progress in thinking that
would also be testable.
* Methodology articles - present a new experimental method, test or
procedure. The method described may either be completely new, or may
offer a better version of an existing method. The article must describe
a demonstrable advance on what is currently available.
* Resource reviews - short articles presenting a brief summary of
an information source, for example, a book, web-site or media article.
The review should assess strengths and weaknesses of the source and
evaluate the overall usefulness to the audience it is intended for.
* Reviews - comprehensive, authoritative, descriptions of any
subject within the scope of the journal. These articles are usually
written by opinion leaders, invited by the Editorial Board.
All articles will be published and listed in PubMed immediately upon
acceptance (after peer review).
To facilitate rapid publication and to minimize administrative costs,
Biomedical Digital Libraries accepts only online submission.
Mr Charles J Greenberg
Head of Reference Services
Harvey Cushing / John Hay Whitney Medical Library, Yale University
Abstracts available online. Full text available as HTML or PDF.
Current Issue: Volume 1 Number 2 (21 September 2004)
Date: 10 Nov. 2004