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Robert Hoehndorf, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

Founding Editor-in-Chief: 
Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann, ZB Med, Germany

Aims and scope

Journal of Biomedical Semantics addresses issues of semantic enrichment and semantic processing in the biomedical and clinical domain. The scope of the journal covers two main areas:

Infrastructure for biomedical semantics: focusing on semantic resources and repositories, ontology design, meta-data standards and management, resource description, knowledge representation and semantic frameworks, the Biomedical Semantic Web, and semantic interoperability.

Semantic mining, annotation, and analysis: focusing on approaches and applications of semantic resources; and tools for investigation, reasoning, prediction, artificial intelligence modelling, and discoveries in biomedicine.

Open Collections

Ontologies for Infectious and Immune-Mediated Disease Data Science
Journal of Biomedical Semantics
Edited by: Asiyah Yu Lin, Alexander Diehl, John Beverley & Lindsay G. Cowell 

Vaccine and Drug Ontologies (Call for papers)
Journal of Biomedical Semantics
Edited by: Yongqun Oliver He, Cui Tao & Junguk Hur

International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies (ICBO)
Journal of Biomedical Semantics
Edited by: Karin Slater & Robert Hoehndorf

International Society of Molecular Biology (ISMB) Bio-Ontologies Community of Special Interest
Journal of Biomedical Semantics
Edited by: Tiffany Callahan & Maxat Kulmanov

Data and Research Objects Planning and Management for Linked Open Science (DaMaLOS)
Journal of Biomedical Semantics
Edited by: Leyla Jael Garcia-Castro & Nuria Queralt-Rosinach


Current Open Calls-for-Papers

Journal of Biomedical Semantics welcomes Collections/Thematic Series in emerging and hot topics, relevant to the aims and scope of the journal. Collections can also originate from well-established and upcoming conferences or focus on the research legacy of a pioneer in the field as well. 

You can view all present and past collections by following the "Collections" link in the header at the top of the page. The journal's currently open Calls-for-Papers can be seen here or by following the link in the right-hand sidebar toward the top of this page.

Annual Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact 2023
    Journal Impact Factor: 1.6
    5-year Journal Impact Factor: 2.2
    Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 1.210
    SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 0.513

    Speed 2023
    Submission to first editorial decision (median days): 22
    Submission to acceptance (median days): 265

    Usage 2023
    Downloads: 372,419
    Altmetric mentions: 206