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April 27, 2009
126. Congress of the German Association of Surgery online

The 126th Congress of the German Association of Surgery will be organized from 28.04.09 - 01.05.09 in Munich. The German society of surgery is the stable roof of 9 scientific associations of surgery, and they all will present their actual topics and the main topics given by the president. Nearly 300 scientific, clinical, occupational and organizational sessions will be held.The abstracts of the scientific contributions are available online via the portal German Medical Science http://www.egms.de/en/meetings/dgch2009/.

April 9, 2009
Open Access and copyrights: no attack on freedom of publication

In the name of ZB MED, one of the GMS partners, who, as a member of the Leibniz Association, takes an active part in the Alliance of German Science Organisations (Allianz der Wissenschaftsorganisationen), we would like to draw your attention to a recent statement of the Alliance. It contains a detailed response to the accusations recently published in a statement "In Favour of Freedom of Publication and Copyright Protection" (Für Publikationsfreiheit und die Wahrung der Urheberrechte), also known as "Heidelberger Appell", signed by numerous publishers and authors, which had emerged from a debate in German media that is summed up here (in German or in English via Google Translate). In particular, the "Heidelberger Appell" claims that OA supporters like the Alliance and ZB MED intend to limit authors' freedom of publication in a way that violates the German constitution, which is an unacceptable allegation. On the contrary: we strive to provide scientists with the best-possible information infrastructure so they can excel in their research.

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December 2, 2008
Payment for online publications

Until December 31, 2008, GMS authors with their residence in Germany may apply for a special payment for their online publications. For more information, have a look at http://www.vgwort.de/metis_sonderaus.php.

November 26, 2008
New service: Full-text linking for journal articles

Abstracts or full texts of cited literature in scientific articles are becoming more and more available on the internet. Since recently the references of journal articles in the GMS portal are linked to the corresponding document on the web via the Digital Object Identifier (DOI): the GMS editorial office complements the references of a journal article with their DOIs, if available, and sets a link to the corresponding electronic document. DOI is a system for permanent identification of electronic objects in the internet (http://www.doi.org/) ensuring their permanent addressability and therefore citability.

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November 7, 2008
15th Annual Meeting of the GAA online

The 15th conference of the German Drug Utilisation Research Group (GAA, e.V.) will take place on 20th and 21st of November 2008 in Bonn. This year the conference has its special focus on pharmacovigilance and risk mitigation.

Further information at http://www.gaa-arzneiforschung.de/e353/index_ger.html.
The abstracts are published on the GMS website at http://www.egms.de/en/meetings/gaa2008/.

October 22, 2008
17th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Thoracic Surgery online

The 17th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Thoracic Surgery themed "Science and economy - benchmarking in thoracic surgery" took place from September 11 to 13, 2008 in Bremen.

The abstracts of the meeting are now available online via the portal German Medical Science: http://www.egms.de/en/meetings/dgt2008/.

October 17, 2008
Joint German Congress of Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery 2008 online

The Joint German Congress of Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery 2008, which integrates the 94th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Surgery (DGOOC), the 72nd Annual Meeting of the German Society of Trauma Surgery (DGU) and the 49th Annual Meeting of the Professional Association of Orthopaedic and Traumatologic Specialists (BVOU), will take place from 22nd - 25th of October 2008 in Berlin.

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October 14, 2008
9th Symposium Health Technology Assessment online

On October 17-18, 2008, there will take place the 9th symposium of the German Agency for Health Technology Assessment at the German Institute of Medical Documentation and Information (DAHTA@DIMDI) in Cologne. This year´s meeting "Patients in no man´s land" shows the possibilities which offer HTA for patients. The thematic focus lies on prevention and compliance. Authors of HTA reports, as well as renowned experts, will state their views about it.

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October 9, 2008
GMS journal accepted for MEDLINE

We are glad to announce that "GMS German Medical Science – an Interdisciplinary Journal" (http://www.egms.de/en/journals/gms/) has now been accepted for indexing in MEDLINE/PubMed, the most important medical bibliographic database, provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

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October 6, 2008
7th German Congress of Health Services Research online

The 7th German Congress of Health Services Research will take place from 16th - 18th of October 2008 in Cologne.

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