From the International Medical Informatics Association

Methods Special Topic Call on Health Information Search: Deadline Extended to 01 September

Call for papers for a special topic section in Methods of Information in Medicine. The deadline for submissions has been extended to 01 September, 2011.

Topic: Health information search – free text, visual information, knowledge bases and combinations
Full information is available at:


The goal of this special issue is to show the reader the variety of techniques that information search includes and to motivate a large number of researchers to submit articles crossing the border of a single information analysis domain, such as combining knowledge bases with free text search, visual with textual information to deliver the information in best quality to the healthcare professionals and laypersons. The spectrum of potential papers is large ranging from the detection of information quality on the web, the connection of knowledge bases with free text for retrieval and visual information retrieval.

The major objectives of this special topic are to highlight the current challenges in medical information retrieval from including visual data to the retrieval process, extracting semantic information from free text to extremely large repositories and multilingual information access. The special topic should bring these domains closer towards the reader.

Possible topics are:
• Textual medical retrieval, natural language processing and extraction of semantics from text, including text mining and the meaningful use of vocabularies and terminologies;
• Multilingual retrieval from medical information repositories;
• Medical image and video retrieval including the combination of various images and text or semantic data;
• Specific challenges related to data quality, the level required to understand specific data sources, retrieval systems for specific user groups, and to the evaluation of medical information retrieval systems

Special topic organizers:

Prof. Dr. Henning Müller, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland, Sierre, Switzerland,
PD Dr. Allan Hanbury, Information Retrieval Facility, Vienna, Austria,
Dr. Najeeb Al Shorbaji, Director Knowledge Management, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland,


Call for papers  –  Now open
Submission deadline  –  01 September 2011
Initial reviews ready and feedback submitted to authors  –  01 December 2011
Final versions of all accepted papers ready  –  15 February 2012
Publication of the special topic issue  –  April 2012

Submission instructions:

High quality, original papers dealing with the medical information retrieval domain are solicited. All the manuscripts submitted will be subject to a rigorous peer review process. Submissions of full papers should be limited to at most 4,000 words including figures, tables, and references. The papers must follow the submission guidelines of Methods of Information in Medicine (available at

Papers must not have appeared in, nor be under consideration by other journals. The Special Topic will be published in Spring 2012. Please submit your paper electronically, directly via the Manuscript Central web site of the journal at Papers should be submitted in the category “original papers for a special topic” and in the submission letter the name of the special topic (Health information search) should be mentioned.

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