Author Guidelines

This journal follows the guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (www.icmje.org) and the Committee on Publication Ethics (www.publicationethics.org).

Scope of the Journal

European Journal for Biomedical Informatics is dealing with a range of topics which is included under the scopes of biomedical informatics. The focus of the journal is on the major aspects of implementation of information science in Medical sciences, which includes Biomedicine, Ontology, Genomics, Biometrics, Biostatistics, Health informatics, Medical informatics, Clinical informatics, Semantics Interoperability, Informatics applications in Imaging.

Authors should especially be aware of the following relevant issues in these guidelines:

Authorship

All authors should have made

  1. substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data;
  2. drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and
  3. final approval of the version to be published.

Conflicts of interest

All authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their actions.

Protection of human subjects and animals in research

Authors who submit a manuscript on research involving human subjects should indicate in the manuscript whether the procedures followed were in compliance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki on Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects (www.wma.net). European Journal for Biomedical Informatics does not publish material that has already appeared elsewhere. Submitted manuscripts should not be submitted in parallel to any other journal.

Processing Fee

Authors of articles are required to pay a fair handling fee for processing their articles. However, there are no submission charges. Authors are required to make payment only after their manuscript has been accepted for publication. 

Article Processing Charges USD 319
For Reprints Contact Editorial Office editor@ejbi.org

The basic article processing fee or manuscript handling cost may vary based on the extensive editing, colored effects, complex equations, extra elongation of no. of pages of the article, etc.

 Manuscript preparation

Authors are kindly requested to carefully follow all instructions on how to write a paper. In cases where the instructions are not followed, the paper will be returned immediately with a request for changes, and the editorial review process will only start when the paper has been resubmitted in the correct style.

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any copyrighted material and this permission should be acknowledged in the paper.

Authors should not use the names of patients. Patients should not be recognizable from photographs unless their written permission has first been obtained. This permission should be acknowledged in the paper.

In general the manuscript text (excluding summary, references, figures, and tables) should not exceed 5 000 words.

Kindly send the final and checked source and PDF files of your paper to editor@ejbi.org. You should make sure that the WORD and the PDF files are identical and correct and that only one version of your paper is sent. Please note that we do not need the printed paper.

Where appropriate, the paper should be organised into the following sections: Abstract, Introduction, Objectives, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgments and References. Apart from the main headings, subheadings should be used and may be numbered.

Please use the commands \label and \ref for crossreferences and the commands \bibitem and \citefor references to the bibliography, to enable us to create hyperlinks  at these places.

Title page

The first page of the article should contain: title of the paper (also the shorter version for running heads), initials and last name of each author, to be followed with their institutional affiliations, the name, address, e-mail address and telephone of the corresponding author.

Abstract and Keywords

The abstract should summarize the contents of the paper and should not exceed 250 words. Authors are requested to write a structured summary, adhering to the following headings: Background (optional), Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions.

At the end of the Abstract, the contents of the paper should be specified by, at most, five keywords. We recommend using MeSH keywords.

Headings

Headings should be capitalized (i.e. nouns, verbs, and all other words except articles, prepositions, and conjunctions should be set with an initial capital) and should be aligned to the left. Words joined by a hyphen are subject to a special rule. If the first word can stand alone, the second word should be capitalized.

Figures and Tables

Attach figures and tables as separate files. Do not integrate them into the text. Do not save your table as an image file or insert a table into your manuscript text document as an image. Figures and tables should be referenced in the manuscript by their numbers.

Annotations belong in a (self-)explanatory legend, do not use headings in the figure, explain abbreviations in the legend. Label all axes. Use a uniform type size (we recommend Arial 10 point), and avoid borders around tables and figures.

Submit graphics as a sharp printout as well as a file. The printout and the file must be identical. Submit the image file with clear labelling (e.g. Fig_1 instead of joint_ap).

Image resolution is the number of dots per width of 1 inch, the „dots per inch“ (dpi). Printing images require a resolution of 800 dpi for graphics and 300 dpi for photographics. Vector graphics have no resolution problems. Some programs produce images not with a limited number of dots but as a vector graphic. Vectorisation eliminates the problem of resolution. However, if halftone images ("photos") are copied into such a program, these images retain their low resolution.

If screenshots are necessary, please make sure that you are happy with the print quality before you send the files. In the printed volumes, illustrations are generally black and white (halftones), and only in exceptional cases, and if the author is prepared to cover the extra cost for colour reproduction, are coloured pictures accepted. Coloured pictures are welcome in the electronic version free of charge. If you send coloured figures that are to be printed in black and white, please make sure that they really are legible in black and white. Some colours as well as the contrast of converted colours show up very poorly when printed in black and white.

Formulas

Displayed equations or formulas are centred and set on a separate line (with an extra line or halfline space above and below). Displayed expressions should be numbered for reference. The numbers should be consecutive within each section or within the contribution, with numbers enclosed in parentheses and set on the right margin.

Footnotes

The superscript numeral used to refer to a footnote appears in the text either directly after the word to be discussed or – in relation to a phrase or a sentence – following the punctuation sign (comma, semicolon, or period). Footnotes should appear at the bottom of the normal text area, with a line of about 2 cm set immediately above them.

Program Code

Program listings or program commands in the text are normally set in a typewriter font, e.g. CMTT10 or Courier.

Acknowledgements

Scientific advice, technical assistance, and credit for financial support and materials may be grouped in a section headed Acknowledgements that will appear at the end of the text (immediately after the Conclusions section). The heading should be treated as a subsubsection heading and should not be assigned a number.

References

The list of references is headed "References" and is not assigned a number. The list should be set in small print and placed at the end of your contribution, in front of the appendix, if one exists. Please do not insert a pagebreak before the list of references if the page is not completely filled. For citations in the text please use square brackets. In the text number the references consecutively in the order in which they first appear. Use the style, which is based on the formats used by the US National Library of Medicine in MEDLINE (sometimes called the "Vancouver style"). For details see the guidelines from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_require ments.html).

Examples:

  1. Blobel B. Architectural Approach to eHealth for Enabling Paradigm Changes in Health. Methods Inf Med. 2010; 49(2): 123–134.
  2. Kalina J. Robustní analýza obrazu obliceje pro genetické aplikace. EJBI [Internet]. 2010 [cited 2011 Jun 28]; 6(2): cs95– cs102. Available from: http://www.ejbi.eu/articles/201012/47/2.html
  3. van Bemmel JH, Musen M, editors. Handbook of Medical Informatics. Heidelberg: Springer; 1997.
  4. Zvarova J, Zvara K. e3Health: Three Main Features of Modern Healthcare. In: Moumtzoglou A, Kastania A. E-Health Systems Quality and Reliability: Models and Standards, Hershey: IGI Global; 2010; 18–27.

Checking the PDF File

Kindly assure that the Contact Volume Editor is given the name and email address of the contact author for your paper. The contact author is asked to check through the final PDF files to make sure that no errors have crept in during the transfer or preparation of the files. Only errors introduced during the preparation of the files will be corrected.

If we do not receive a reply from a particular contact author, within the timeframe given, then it is presumed that the author has found no errors in the paper.

Copyright Transfer Agreement

The copyright form may be downloaded from Downloads section. Please send your signed copyright form to the Contact Volume Editor, either as a scanned pdf or by fax or by courier. One author may sign on behalf of all the other authors of a particular paper. Digital signatures are acceptable.

PULSUS Copyright Permission Policy

Written permission is required to reproduce material from PULSUS publications in other publications, electronic products, or other media. To obtain a copyright permission please contact editor@ejbi.org. You may e-mail your request along with the full citation of the journal in which the paper appears in with volume number and page number(s) as well as what you are requesting to use the material for. Use of copyrighted material always requires proper citation.

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- NoDerivs (CC-BY-NC-ND): for non-commercial purposes, lets others distribute and copy the article, and to include in a collective work (such as an anthology), as long as credit the author(s) and provided they do not alter or modify the article.