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Featured Article: Representing vaccine misinformation using ontologies

Scepticism of vaccines driven by misinformation has important public health implications. In this paper, the authors use semantic web and ontological techniques to represent the domain scope of vaccine misinformation. In developing the Vaccine Misinformation Ontology (VAXMO) the authors provide a framework to catalogue and analyse vaccine misinformation, with potential application in the automated detection of vaccine misinformation and to more comprehensively understand features of the anti-vaccination information domain.

Call for papers

Journal of Biomedical Semantics is currently accepting submissions to an exciting new article series entitled 'Microbiology-related Ontology Studies', focusing on the development and applications of ontologies and controlled terminologies in topics of clinical, basic and translational microbiology studies. Please see the call for papers for more details and how to submit.


  1. Authors: Yongqun He, Haihe Wang, Jie Zheng, Daniel P. Beiting, Anna Maria Masci, Hong Yu, Kaiyong Liu, Jianmin Wu, Jeffrey L. Curtis, Barry Smith, Alexander V. Alekseyenko and Jihad S. Obeid

    Content type: Research

  2. Authors: Beatrice Alex, Claire Grover, Richard Tobin, Cathie Sudlow, Grant Mair and William Whiteley

    Content type: Research


Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann, University of Cologne, Germany

Aims and scope

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

Infrastructure for biomedical semantics: focusing on semantic resources and repositories, meta-data management and 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, and discoveries in biomedicine.

Featured series: BioOntologies SIG

In time for this year's meeting at ISMB, please check out our collection of articles based on last year's meeting. Edited by Karin Verspoor and Anika Oellrich.

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