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Author Guidelines and Template
It is our aim to keep this journal free of charge for both authors and readers. To reduce production costs, authors are therefore kindly asked to carefully follow all author guidelines and use the template provided to prepare their papers.
Please download and use our *** TEMPLATE *** for the preparation of your paper and follow the Author's Guidelines. Any paper that is not following these guidelines cannot be processed by us. Especially, ensure that your citation and referencing style strictly follows the journal's conventions.
For your convenience, Endnote styles have been created that authors are encouraged to use to ensure consistent referencing:
Quality of Submitted PapersResearchers new to the field may be guided in writing a 'good' scientific health informatics paper by the "Quality criteria for medical informatics research papers" available here (external link). Further, the journal editor will immediately return papers without peer-review if they do not pass the following essential 'gate criteria':
- Relevance to the journal's audience
- Originality of the content of the submission (i.e. that the paper adds something detectable to the state of knowledge)
- Clarity: The paper makes it clear just what its contribution to the state of knowledge is and places its contribution in an appropriate context and framework.
- Organisation: The presence of at least the key sections (e.g. no discussion at all about what this approach adds and how it relates to other approaches; none or insufficient references, ...)
- Language: Written in reasonably good English
- Scientific conduct: Exemplary scientific conduct regarding submission of manuscripts to biomedical informatics journals, such as no concurrent duplicate submissions to several journals, no serial unchanged or minimally changed submissions, no plagiarism and self-plagiarism, disclosure of any conflicts of interest. For details, please see Miller RA, Groth T, Hasman A, Safran C, Shortliffe EH, Haux R, McCray AT (2006): On exemplary scientific conduct regarding submission of manuscripts to biomedical informatics journals (e.g.) Methods Inf Med. 2006;45(1):1-3 and J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2006 Jan-Feb; 13(1): 113–114.
- Formatting: The paper is formatted in accordance with the style set out in the template (see above). In particular, the references need to be formatted in accordance with the journal style. See the *** TEMPATE *** for detailed examples.