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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.


  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


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.

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