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About the portal German Medical Science


The portal German Medical Science is the electronic interdisciplinary portal of the Association of the Scientific Medical Societies in Germany (AWMF). Developed with the German Institute of Medical Documentation and Information (DIMDI) and run in cooperation with the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) and ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences, it offers open access to medical articles that are high-ranking and quality reviewed. The portal German Medical Science offers all scientists from the field of medicine the possibility to publish their research results online. In the build-up phase GMS was sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Federal Ministry of Health.

Beyond the rapidity of publication and access, the portal German Medical Science fully uses the possibilities of electronic media. Possibilities were created to upgrade the articles by linking them to high-resolution pictures, extensive charts, sounds, films, complete research databases or other data. The integration of national and international reference databases (e.g. MEDLINE) and the access to master files of publications allow for any extension of the information scope. In addition, the internet media enables the development of document-oriented alternatives to the "impact factor".

The archival storage on BfArM's highly secure servers guarantees for permanent access and citeability. All the articles published in the portal German Medical Science are available throughout the world online for anyone interested immediately, permanently and free of charge (open access).

The German Medical Science gGmbH is also publishing handbooks and the MAK Collection. These appear at PUBLISSO.

Publication Fees

In order to provide open access to publications from science and research, GMS uses a business model in which our expenses - including those of peer review, journal production, online hosting and archiving - are partially recovered by charging publication fees that are generally paid by the editing societies. If you are interested in our publication fees, please contact us. We will be happy to provide you with our price lists for journal and meeting publications and further information.

Portal Structure

The portal German Medical Science covers the following publication areas:

  1. Medical Journals: e-journals of individual expert associations are made available under their own title with scientific original papers and surveys from the respective field of activity, GMS German Medical Science - an Interdisciplinary Journal publishes high-ranking peer-reviewed interdisciplinary original papers and surveys from the entire spectrum of medicine on an interdisciplinary level. Additionally the "Mitteilungen der AWMF" and the journal of the German Medical Library Association are published in this area.
  2. The portal additionally serves as publication platform for electronic abstracts and proceedings of scientific meetings.
  3. The third area is dedicated to the publication of medical reports.

Journals within the portal German Medical Science

The portal German Medical Science gives scientists the possibility to establish their own online journal for their special field of interest. The portal German Medical Science has developed a web-based Manuscript Operating System (MOPS) that makes it possible for any interested specialist group to operate an own scientific publication organ. Each e-journal published under the umbrella of the portal German Medical Science has to be in agreement with the author's rights policy and the license terms of the portal German Medical Science. See Author's Rights, Journal Policy and Start a New Journal.

Medical Meetings

A quick publicaton of meetings/congress articles promotes the communication and teamwork among researchers and helps to avoid an overlapping of the results. The portal German Medical Science publishes abstracts and other contributions of scientific meetings.

Main advantages of a publication within the portal German Medical Science:

  • More attention and observation for the conference via worldwide open access.
  • Each contribution gets its own citeable record and persistent identifiers (DOI/URN).
  • An explicit addressing enables quick and easy access to any contribution.
  • Quick and convenient search features are available.

Editorial Office

ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Science
Gleueler Str. 60
50931 Koeln

Steering Committee

Prof. Dr. Karl Broich
BfArM (Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices)

Prof. Dr. Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann
ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Science

Dr. Manfred Gogol
AWMF (Association of the Scientific Medical Societies in Germany)

Scientific Committee

The scientific committee of the portal German Medical Science consists of representatives of the AWMF member societies:

Dr. Karl-Ludwig Ackermann Filderstadt Oral Surgery
Prof. Dr. Peter Bartmann Bonn Pediatrics
Prof. Dr. Anil Batra Tübingen Addiction Research and Therapy
Prof. Dr. Daniela Berg Tübingen Neurology, Parkinson
Prof. Dr. Peter Berlit Berlin Neurology
PD Dr. Kurt Bestehorn Ebenhausen Pharmacy
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Bloch Köln Sports Medicine
Prof. Dr. Klaus-Michael Braumann Hamburg Sports Medicine
Prof. Dr. Nobert H. Brockmeyer Bochum Dermatology
Prof. Dr. J. Buchmann Rostock Physiotherapy
Prof. Dr. Gerd Burchard Hamburg Tropical Medicine
Prof. Dr. Jean-François Chenot Greifswald General or Family Medicine
Prof. Dr. Ursula Creutzig Münster Pediatric Oncology and Hematology
Prof. Dr. Claus Cursiefen Köln Ophthalmology
PD Dr. Georg Ebersbach Beelitz-Heilstätten Neurology, Parkinson
Prof. Dr. Hans-Henning Eckstein München Vascular Surgery
Prof. Dr. Thomas Eiermann Hamburg Immunogenetics
Prof. Dr. Peter Elsner Jena Dermatology
Prof. Dr. Rita Engenhart-Cabillic Marburg Oncology
Dr. Ekkehart D. Englert Erfurt Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
PD Dr. Stefan Evers Münster Neurology, Migraine
Dr. Götz Fabry Freiburg Medical Education
Prof. Dr. Martin Fischer München Medical Education
Prof. Dr. Roland Frankenberger Marburg Dentistry
Prof. Dr. Matthias Franz Düsseldorf Psychoanalytics
Prof. Dr. Andreas Fritsche Tübingen Diabetes
Prof. Dr. Paul Christian Fuchs Köln Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
Prof. Dr. Axel Gehrke Hannover Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Prof. Dr. Tanja Germerott Mainz Forensic Medicine
Dr. Manfred Gogol Hannover AWMF
Prof. Dr. Johannes Gostomzyk Augsburg Social Medicine and Preventive Care
Prof. Dr. Gesine Grande Leipzig Cardiovascular Diseases, Rehabiliation
Prof. Dr. Eva Grill München Epidemiology
Prof. Dr. Christoph Gutenbrunner Hannover Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Prof. Dr. Dr. Martin Härter Hamburg Medical Psychology
PD Dr. Alkomiet Hasan München Psychiatry
Prof. Dr. Monika Hasenbring Bochum Pain Therapy
Prof. Dr. Stephan Hau Stockholm Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy, Psychosomatic Medicine
Prof. Dr. Alexander Herold Mannheim Coloproctology
Prof. Dr. Gereon Heuft Münster Psychosomatic Medicine
Prof. Dr. Gerd Hoffmann Frankfurt Sports Medicine
Prof. Dr. Christian Hugo Dresden Transplantation Medicine
PD Dr. Katrin Janhsen Witten Drug Utilisation Research
Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Jöckel Essen Medical Informatics and Biometry
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Jorch Magdeburg Pediatrics, Neonatology
Prof. Dr. Michael Jünger Greifswald Phlebology
PD Dr. Björn Jüttner Hannover Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine
Prof. Dr. Horst Kächele Ulm Psychosomatic Medicine
Prof. Dr. Axel Karenberg Köln History of Neurology
Prof. Dr. Elmar Keck Wiesbaden Osteology
Prof. Dr. Annerose Keilmann Mainz Phoniatrics and Pediatric Audiology
PD Dr. Rigobert Klett Gießen Physiotherapy
PD Dr. Christof Klötzsch Allensbach Ultrasound in Medicine
Prof. Dr. Harald Klüter Mannheim Transfusion Medicine
Prof. Dr. Armin Koch Hannover Medical Informatics and Biometry
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Köpcke Münster Medical Informatics and Biometry
Prof. Dr. Karin Kraft Rostock Phytotherapy
Prof. Dr. Axel Kramer Greifswald Hospital Hygiene
Prof. Dr. Peter Kropp Rostock Medical Psychology
Prof. Dr. Jens-Peter Kühn Greifswald Radiology
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Laufs Homburg/Saar Cardiology
Prof. Dr. Johannes Liese Würzburg Pediatric Infectiology
Dr. Petra Lynen Jansen Berlin Gastroenterology, Digestive and Metabolic Diseases
Dr. Berend Malchow München Psychiatry
Prof. Dr. Ingo Marzi Frankfurt a. M. Trauma Surgery
Prof. Dr. Hans-Dieter Mennel Marburg History of Neurology
Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Mentzel Jena Pediatric Radiology
Prof. Dr. H.-J. Meyer Berlin Surgery
Prof. Dr. Stefan C. Müller Bonn Urology
Prof. Dr. Karsten Müssig Düsseldorf Diabetes
Prof. Dr. Björn Nashan Hamburg Transplantation Medicine
Prof. Dr. Edmund Neugebauer Köln Study of Pain
Prof. Dr. Christopher Nimsky Marburg Neurosurgery
Prof. Dr. Christian Ohrloff Frankfurt Ophthalmology
Prof. Dr. Martin Ptok Hannover Phoniatrics and Pediatric Audiology
Dr. Udo Puteanus Münster Drug Utilisation Research
PD Dr. Ulrich Quint Hamm Spine Research
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Reichenbach Jena Medizinische Physik
Prof. Dr. Herbert Rübben Essen Urology
Prof. Dr. Henning Schliephake Göttingen Oral Surgery
Prof. Dr. Ingo Schmidt-Wolf Bonn Hematology and Oncology
Prof. Dr. Frank Schneider Aachen Biological Psychiatry
Prof. Dr. Rainer Schönweiler Lübeck Phoniatrics and Pediatric Audiology
Prof. Dr. Clemens Sommer Mainz Neuropathology and Anatomy
Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Stellbrink Hamburg AIDS
Prof. Dr. Friedhelm Stetter Porta Westfalica Medical Hypnosis and Autogenic Training
Prof. Dr. Caner Süsal Heidelberg Immunogenetics
Prof. Dr. Monika Tigges Karlsruhe Phoniatrics and Pediatric Audiology
Prof. Dr. Bernd Turowski Düsseldorf Neuroradiology
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Uehleke Berlin Phytotherapy
Prof. Dr. Eberhard Uhl Gießen Neurosurgery
Prof. Dr. Marcel A. Verhoff Frankfurt Forensic Medicine
Prof. Dr. Thomas Vogl Frankfurt Radiology
Prof. Dr. Peter M. Vogt Hannover Plastic Surgery
Prof. Dr. Olaf von dem Knesebeck Hamburg Medical Sociology
Dr. Thomas von Lengerke Hannover Medical Sociology
Prof. Dr. Wilfried Wagner Mainz Oral Surgery
Prof. Dr. Claus-W. Wallesch Elzach Neurorehabilitation
Prof. Dr. Diethelm Wallwiener Tübingen Senology
Prof. Dr. Ulla Walter Hannover Social Medicine and Preventive Care
Prof. Dr. Norbert Weiss Dresden Angiology
Dr. Wilhelm Welslau Wien Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine
Prof. Dr. Normann Willich Münster Radiation Therapy
Prof. Dr. Alfred Winter Leipzig Medical Informatics and Biometry
Prof. Dr. Torsten Witte Hannover Immunology