Immunity & Ageing
Publisher: BioMed Central
Immunity & Ageing is an Open Access, peer-reviewed, online journal that
considers manuscripts on all aspects of ageing examined from an
immunological point of view.
The dysregulation of the adaptative immune response and, in particular, of
the innate and inflammatory responses occurring with increasing age
(immunosenescence) are believed to contribute materially to morbidity and
mortality in humans due to the greater incidence of infections and cancer,
as well as inflammatory responses involved in age-related diseases.
Successful or unsuccessful ageing is directly correlated with optimal
functioning of the immune system, and the make up of genes coding for
relevant molecules involved in innate and adaptative immune response seems
to play a central role in favouring longevity or, on the contrary,
increasing susceptibility to age-related diseases in humans.
During the past century, mankind has gained more years of average life
expectancy than in the last 10,000 years. More than 20% of the Western
population is over 60 years of age, and the proportion of those over 85 is
growing six times faster than the population as a whole. Over the last few
years, journals oriented towards gerontology and geriatric sciences have
been accepting an increasing number of articles dealing with immunology of
ageing, but a specialised journal in this area does not exist. Immunity &
Ageing will be an opportunity to focus on this topic, which is emerging as
one of the critical mechanisms in ageing.
Immunity & Ageing considers the following types of articles:
* Research - reports of data from original research.
* Book reviews - short summaries of the strengths and weaknesses of a
book; they should evaluate its overall usefulness to the intended audience.
* Commentaries - short, focused and opinionated articles on any subject
within the journal's scope. These articles are usually related to a
contemporary issue, such as recent research findings, and are often 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 than any new evidence.
* 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.
* 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.
* Short reports - describe proposed or ongoing research, providing a
detailed account of the hypothesis, rationale, and methodology of the study.
All articles will be published and listed in PubMed immediately upon
acceptance (after peer review).
Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to Immunity & Ageing using
the online submission system.
Professor Calogero Caruso
Gruppo di studio sull'Immunosenescenza
Universita' di Palermo
Dipartimento di Biopatologia e Metodologie Biomediche
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Current Issue: Volume 2:2 (1 February 2005)
Date: 3 Feb. 2005