Title

Methods in year 50: Preserving the past and preparing for the future

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

12-2011

Abstract

Background: Founded in 1962 and, therefore, the oldest international journal in medical informatics, Methods of Information in Medicine will publish its 50th volume in 2011. At the start of the journal's sixth decade, a discussion on the journal's profile seems appropriate. Objectives: To report on the new opportuni - ties for online access to Methods publications as well as on the recent strategic decisions regarding the journal's aims and editorial policies. Methods: Describing and analyzing the journal's aims and scope. Reflecting on recent publications and on the journal's develop - ment during the last decade. Results: From 2011 forward all articles of Methods from 1962 until the present can be accessed online. Methods of Information in Medicine stresses the basic methodology and scientific fundamentals of processing data, information and knowledge in medicine and health care. Although the journal's major focus is on publications in medical infor - matics, it has never been restricted to publications only in this discipline. For example, articles in medical biometry, in or close to biomedical engineering, and, later, articles in bioinformatics continue to be a part of this journal. Conclusions: There is a continuous and, as it seems, ever growing overlap in the research methodology and application areas of the mentioned disciplines. As there is a continuing and even growing need for such a publication forum, Methods of Information in Medicine will keep its broad scope. As an organizational consequence, the journal's number of associate editors has increased accordingly. © Schattauer 2011.

Keywords

Bioinformatics, Biomedical engineering, Biomedical informatics, Health informatics, Medical biometry, Medical informatics, Publishing

Discipline

Databases and Information Systems

Research Areas

Information Systems and Management

Publication

Methods of Information in Medicine

Volume

50

Issue

1

First Page

1

Last Page

6

ISSN

0026-1270

Identifier

10.3414/ME10-05-0005

Publisher

Schattauer

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