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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

We are excited to announce that Medicine® will be bringing authors article-level metrics with Altmetric badges. We know authors are curious about who is talking about their articles and where they are being shared online. Now with Altmetric badges, authors will be able to:

• Track online attention surrounding every article and help readers follow the stories surrounding the research
• Watch all the conversations at once from Twitter, Facebook, science blogs, mainstream news outlets and many more sources

Article level metrics are a new and interesting way to track a journals impact beyond the traditional methods. Altmetrics provide real-time feedback to authors and researchers about popular articles in their field.

Below is an example screenshot of how the Altmetric badge will appear on the Medicine® website, Authors and readers can use the 'See more details' link to track the discussion around the published article.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Medicine®, a Wolters Kluwer Health publication and one of the most respected and frequently cited journals in general medicine, is pleased to announce the launch of Medicine®: HIV/AIDS, an online channel of content specifically dedicated to the publication and distribution of AIDS- and HIV-related research. Medicine®: HIV/AIDS will consider submissions in the following subject areas:

- Diagnosis and Evaluation of HIV Infection
- Treatment of HIV infection
- Treatment failure and resistance testing
- Prophylaxis and treatment of opportunistic infections
- Complications of HIV infection
- HIV infection and pregnancy
- Post-exposure and pre-exposure prophylaxis
- Public health and HIV prevention

Submissions to Medicine®: HIV/AIDS will be published and indexed under the Medicine® ISSN.

For information on Medicine®: HIV/AIDS, open access, and submissions, please visit our Medicine®: HIV/AIDS Information page.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

As part of the Medicine's transition to a fully open access journal, we are pleased to announce that all issues of Medicine are now freely available.

First published 93 years ago, the Medicine archives extend back to the inaugural issue, published in 1922. The issues from 1922 to 2000 are available in PDF format only, with issues published from 2001 to the present available in full-text HTML, PDF, and ePUB formats.

For information on Medicine, open access, and submissions, please visit our Open Access Information page.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Are you interested in joining the Medicine editorial board as an Academic Editor? In this role, you would play an essential part in ensuring that accepted content is scientifically and ethically sound, and in compliance with standard reporting guidelines.

Objectives for Academic Editors
- Supervise the review and adjudication of manuscripts submitted to your area of expertise.
- Help communicate the results of peer review to facilitate the revision of the submitted manuscripts.
- Help recruit further Academic Editors where submission volume is high.

Remuneration and Term of Office
- Academic Editors will serve for a renewable term of 1 year.
- There will be no direct financial remuneration, but Academic Editors will be acknowledged for their work on the Journal website.

For more information, please register your interest (including an updated CV) via email to Senior Publisher, Duncan MacRae:

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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A total of 2.78 million tickets were sold to the London Paralympic Games, making the Paralympic Games the World’s third biggest sporting event, behind the Olympic games and the FIFA World Cup. The movement is genuinely global – 174 countries have National Paralympic Committees – and participation is increasing, with more than 6000 internationally registered athletes in the sport of Athletics alone.[1]

Classification systems are integral to Paralympic sport. Each Paralympic sport has a classification system which aims to group athletes that have impairments that cause approximately the same amount of difficulty in that sport. The aim of this process is to try to ensure that the athletes who succeed are not simply those that have less severe impairments than their competitors. In other words, Paralympic classes comprise athletes who have impairments that cause the same amount of difficulty in sport. In this regard, Paralympic classification systems are similar to systems of classification used in most (if not all) modern competitive sports. For example, sports such as boxing and rowing use classification systems based on body mass – people in each class have about the same body mass, minimizing the impact that body size has on the outcome of the competition and ensuring that the athletes who succeed are not simply those who are larger than their competitors. In athletics there are separate classes for males and females and these minimize the impact that sex has on the outcome of competition. [2]

Evidence-based decision making in classification is an essential means of enhancing classification legitimacy, but evidence underpinning current methods of classification is weak. In 2007 the International Paralympic Committee mandated the development of evidence-based methods of classification for all Paralympic sports[3] and the IPC Position Stand on Classification outlines key requirements for the development of evidence-based systems, including valid, reliable methods for assessing impairment.[2] Research in this area is limited, however researchers are beginning to investigate methods that may contribute to evidence-based classification in Paralympic Sport.[4, 5]

This study significantly contributes towards the development of evidence-based classification in Paralympic Sport by evaluating ratio-scaled measures of strength assessment. Currently in classification, strength is assessed using manual muscle testing which is ordinal-scaled, making it unsuitable for use in evidence-based Paralympic classification. Ratio-scaled measures of strength assessment were therefore developed to allow the determination of the relationship between impairment and performance. These measures were assessed in the current study for reliability, their relationship to body size and to obtain an indication of normal performance ranges.

Results indicate that this strength test battery is reliable, an essential property of tests that would have to be implemented internationally should they be used in classification. The results also indicate that the relationship between the measures and body size should be considered in further research to ensure that no athlete is disadvantaged during the classification process. The development of gender-specific normal performance ranges from this study will allow the interpretation of strength assessment results in athletes with neuromusculoskeletal impairments.

1. International Paralympic Committee, Annual Report. 2012, International Paralympic Committee: Bonn, Germany.
2. Tweedy, S.M., Vanlandewijck, Y.C, International Paralympic Committee Position Stand - Background and Scientific Rationale for Classification in Paralympic Sport. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2011. 45(4): p. 259-69.
3. International Paralympic Committee, IPC Classification Code September 2007. 2007, Bonn: International Paralympic Committee. 15.
4. Beckman, E.M., Tweedy, S.M, Evaluating the validity of activity limitation tests for use in Paralympic Classification. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2009. 43(13): p. 1067-72.
5. Oh, Y., Burkett, B., Osboirough, C., Formosa, D., Payton, C., London 2012 Paralympic Swimming: passive drag and the classifciation system. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2013. 47: p. 838-843.

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