Journal of Biomedical Informatics

Journal of Biomedical Informatics

The premier methodology journal in the field





Editor-in-Chief::E.H. Shortliffe, MD





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Aims and Scope: The Journal of Biomedical Informatics reflects a commitment to high-quality original research papers, reviews, and commentaries in the area of biomedical informatics. Although we publish articles motivated by applications in the biomedical sciences (for example, clinical medicine, health care, population health, and translational bioinformatics), the journal emphasizes reports of new methodologies and techniques that have general applicability and that form the basis for the evolving science of biomedical informatics. Articles on medical devices; evaluations of implemented systems (including clinical trials of information technologies); or papers that provide insight into a biological process, a specific disease, or treatment options would generally be more suitable for publication in other venues. Papers on applications of signal processing and image analysis are often more suitable for biomedical engineering journals or other informatics journals, although we do publish papers that emphasize the information management and knowledge representation/modeling issues that arise in the storage and use of biological signals and images. System descriptions are welcome if they illustrate and substantiate the underlying methodology that is the principal focus of the report and an effort is made to address the generalizability and/or range of application of that methodology.

The methods that are the focus of JBI papers may be drawn from any of a number of component sciences in the field of biomedical informatics. Although the methods are often related to the field of computer science, many JBI papers will emphasize innovative techniques from other fields, such as decision science, statistics, cognitive science, psychology, information science, organizational theory, or management science.

Papers are generally of six types:

  1. Regular research papers: Presentation and discussion of a biomedically or clinically motivated system or approach that has required the creation of innovative methods rather than the application of established techniques. Motivating applications may be discussed, but the new method should be discussed so that generalizability is clear, ideally with an assessment of its range of applicability. Please choose the article type "Research Paper" during the submission process.
  2. Methodological review papers: Reviews of a methodological approach that summarize its introduction, use, successes, and limitations. Such reviews will also often propose future research directions or critique a method and discuss the range of problems for which it may not be an appropriate solution. Note that such reviews should focus on a method or approach, not on specific application domain (e.g., avoid submitting on reviews such as "Computers in Diabetes Management"). Please choose the article type "Review article" during the submission process.
  3. Commentaries: These are articles, generally shorter than research papers, that tend to discuss previously published articles or a theme that is an important area of focus for the methodological basis of biomedical informatics research and its application. Commentaries are often invited, but may be submitted by anyone after a discussion with the editors. If submission of a commentary is being considered, please submit a brief proposal to ted@shortliffe.net beforehand. Please choose the article type "Discussion" during the submission process and specify in the cover letter that your manuscript is intended as a Commentary.
  4. Special communications:There are articles that address an issue of broad interest to the methodologically-oriented informatics research community. They may report on the results of workshops or research studies, generally offering lessons or guidance that will be usefull to others. Such papers need not report on innovative new informatics methodologies. If submission of a special communication is being considered, please submit a brief proposal to ted@shortliffe.net beforehand. Please choose the article type "Discussion" during the submission process and specify in the cover letter that your manuscript is intended as a Special Communication.
  5. Book reviews: The editors will occasionally identify a new book that is likely to be of interest to the JBI readership. They will invite individuals to write reviews of these volumes, and such submissions are by invitation only. Unsolicited book reviews will not be considered. Please choose the article type "Book review" during the submission process.
  6. Editorials: The editors or their invitees will occasionally publish editorials, but unsolicited editorials will not be considered. Please choose the article type "Editorial" during the submission process.

When an author is submitting a manuscript in response to a call for papers for a special thematic issue, the submission category should be the sp


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Editor-in-Chief: E.H. Shortliffe American Medical Informatics Association, Bethesda, MD, USA, Associate Editors: A. Abu-Hanna Universiteit van Amsterdam, Academisch Medisch Centrum (AMC), Amsterdam, Netherlands, J.J. Cimino National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD, USA, R.A. Greenes Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ, USA, L. Hunter University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO, USA, V.L. Patel University of Texas at Houston Health Sciences Center, Houston, TX, USA, P. Tarczy-Hornoch University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA, W.A. Yasnoff NHII Advisors, Arlington, VA, USA, Editors Emeriti: T.A. Pryor , H.R. Warner , Editorial Board: R. Altman Stanford, CA, USA, D. Aronsky Nashville, TN, USA, S. Bakken New York, NY, USA, R. Bellazzi Pavia, Italy, J. Brinkley Seattle, WA, USA, D. Buckeridge Québec, QC, Canada, A.J. Butte Stanford, CA, USA, A. Califano New York, NY, USA, W. Chapman Pittsburgh, PA, USA, K. Cheung New Haven, CT, USA, C. Chute Rochester, MN, USA, G. Cooper Pittsburgh, PA, USA, C. Friedman New York, NY, USA, J.H. Holmes Philadelphia, PA, USA, S.B. Johnson New York, NY, USA, M. Kann Baltimore, MD, USA, M. Kimura Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan, R. Kukafka New York, NY, USA, M. La Venture St. Paul, MN, USA, C. Langlotz Moorestown, NJ, USA, H. Lehman Baltimore, MD, USA, L. Lenert La Jolla, CA, USA, T.Y. Leong Singapore, Singapore, J. Li Taipei, Taiwan, ROC, H. Liu Washington, DC, USA, Y. Lussier New York, NY, USA, H. Marin Sao Paulo, Brazil, P. Payne Columbus, OH, USA, N. Peek Amsterdam, Netherlands, Y. Perl Newark, NJ, USA, A. Rector Manchester, UK, A. Rzhetsky New York, NY, USA, I.N. Sarkar Burlington, VT, USA, M.M. Shabot Los Angeles, CA, USA, Y. Shahar Beer-Sheva, Israel, I. Sim San Francisco, CA, USA, D. Slonim Medford, MA, USA, B. Smith Buffalo, NY, USA, O. Troyanskaya Princeton, NJ, USA, L.-P. Wei Beijing, China, C. Weng New York, NY, USA, Q. Zeng Boston, MA, USA
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