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Friday, July 9, 2010

Free Online Access to special issue of Journal of Biomedical Informatics on Translational Bioinformatics

Since July 2009, the Journal of Biomedical Informatics (JBI) has changed its editorial policy to focus its publication of bioinformatics articles on the growing area of translational bioinformatics (see JBI editorial 2009;42(2):199-200). JBI publishes articles that introduce new methodologies and techniques that form the basis for the evolving science of biomedical informatics. While such methods often have broad generalizability, their development is typically motivated by specific applications in one of the four principal subfields of biomedical informatics (clinical informatics, public health informatics, imaging informatics, or bioinformatics). It is in the latter category that JBI has now chosen to focus specifically on articles that deal with bioinformatics innovations that are related to solving problems in human disease – its diagnosis, prognosis, prevention, and treatment. We return without review bioinformatics articles that are not translational and ask their authors to consider submitting their paper to another, more appropriate journal.

The move to translational bioinformatics (TBI) arose in part from the success and appeal of the Summit on Translational Bioinformatics that has been held each March since 2008 in San Francisco, California. The meeting, organized by the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) with affiliated sponsorship by the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB), has published a well received Proceedings with top papers referred for journal publication. In honor of JBI's new emphasis on TBI, the 2009 Program Chair, Dr. Yves Lussier (University of Chicago) has served as guest editor of a special issue of JBI, composed in part of expanded papers from that year's meeting. He has been assisted by Dr. Atul Butte (Stanford University) and Dr. Lawrence Hunter (University of Colorado).

The TBI special issue has just appeared as the May-June issue in 2010 (see JBI 2010;43(3):355-357). In honor of ISMB this year, some sample copies have been made available at the Elsevier booth. In addition, JBI has arranged to provide open access to this special issue for a period of two months following the meeting (until September 15th). We invite ISMB attendees to visit the JBI site on Science Direct at:

www.tinyurl.com/JBIonScienceDirect

or go directly to the special issue at:

www.tinyurl.com/JBI-TBI-special-issue

Please familiarize yourself with JBI and consider submitting your best methodological work for possible publication in its pages.

Ted Shortliffe, Editor-in-Chief, JBI

URL: http://www.tinyurl.com/JBI-TBI-special-issue

Contact Person: Vijala Kiruvanayagam (v.kiruvanayagam@elsevier.com)