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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 in cooperation with the German Institute of Medical Documentation and Information (DIMDI) and ZB MED – Leibniz 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. The project is sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

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 "impact-factor".

The archival storage on DIMDI'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).

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 and Apply for 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.

Scientific Committee

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

Prof. Dr. Jens R. Allenberg Heidelberg Vascular surgery
Prof. Dr. Peter Bärtsch Heidelberg Sports medicine and prevention
Prof. Dr. Hansjürgen Bratzke Frankfurt a. M. Forensic medicine
Prof. Dr. Reinhard G. Bretzel Gießen Diabetes
Prof. Dr. N. H. Brockmeyer Bochum AIDS
Prof. Dr. Ulrich M. Carl Bremen Diving and hyperbaric medicine
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang F. Caspary Frankfurt a. M. Digestive and metabolic disorders
Prof. Dr. med. Jean-François Chenot Greifswald General medicine
Prof. Dr. Ursula Creutzig Münster Pediatric oncology and hematology
PD Dr. Hans-Henning Eckstein Ludwigsburg Vascular surgery
Prof. Dr. Thomas Eiermann Hamburg Immunogenetics
Prof. Dr. Rita Engenhart-Cabillic Marburg Cancer
Dr. Ekkehart D. Englert Erfurt Child and adolescent psychiatry
Dr. rer. nat. Wolfgang Eschner Köln Medical physics
PD Dr. Stefan Evers Münster Migraine and headache
Dr. med. Götz Fabry Freiburg Medical education
Prof. Dr. med. Martin Fischer München Medical education
Prof. Dr. Axel Gehrke Hannover Physical medicine and rehabilitation
Prof. Dr. Christoph Gutenbrunner Hannover Physical medicine and rehabilitation
PD Dr. Hans Gutzmann Berlin Geriatric psychiatry and psychotherapy
Prof. Dr. Monika Hasenbring Bochum Pain therapy (associated)
Prof. Dr. Detlef Heidemann Frankfurt a. M. Oral surgery
Prof. Dr. Gereon Heuft Münster Psychotherapeutical medicine
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hinkelbein Berlin Radiation therapy
Prof. Dr. Paul Hoff Zürich Psychiatry, psychotherapy and neurology
Prof. Dr. Gerd Hoffmann Frankfurt a. M. (Sports medicine and prevention)
Prof. Dr. W. Hohenberger Erlangen Surgery
Prof. Dr. Karl Hörmann Mannheim Otorhinolaryngology, head and neck surgery
Prof. Dr. Werner Hosemann Greifswald Otorhinolaryngology, head and neck surgery
Dr. Betsy Hughes-Formella Hamburg Applied human pharmacology
Prof. Dr. Karl-Bernd Hüttenbrink Dresden Otorhinolaryngology, head and neck surgery
Prof. Dr. Heinrich Iro Erlangen Otorhinolaryngology, head and neck surgery
Prof. Dr. Paul L. Janssen Dortmund Psychotherapeutical medicine
Prof. Dr. Rudolf W. C. Janzen Frankfurt a. M. Neurology
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Jorch Magdeburg Neonatology and pediatric intensive care
Prof. Dr. Michael Jünger Greifswald Phlebology
Prof. Dr. Horst Kächele Ulm Psychosomatic medicine
Prof. Dr. Elmar Keck Wiesbaden Osteology
Prof. Dr. Annerose Keilmann Mainz Phoniatrics and pediatric audiology
PD Dr. Christof Klötzsch Allensbach Ultrasound in medicine
Prof. Dr. Harald Klüter Mannheim Transfusion medicine and immuno hematology
Prof. Dr. Uwe Koch Hamburg Medical psychology
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Köpcke Münster Medical informatics and biometry
Prof. Dr. Axel Kramer Greifswald Hospital hygiene
Prof. Dr. Volker Kretschmer Marburg  
Prof. Dr. Birgit Kröner-Herwig Göttingen Behavioral medicine and modification
Prof. Dr. R. Leuwer Krefeld Otorhinolaryngology, head and neck surgery
Prof. Dr. Klaus Lieberz Mannheim Psychotherapy
Prof. Dr. Eike Martin Heidelberg Anesthesiology and intensive care
Prof. Dr. Norbert N. Meenen Hamburg Trauma surgery
Prof. Dr. O. Michel Köln Otorhinolaryngology, head and neck surgery
Prof. Dr. Peter Mildenberger Mainz Radiology
Prof. Dr. Joachim Mössner Leipzig Digestive and metabolic disorders
Prof. Dr. Edmund Neugebauer Köln Study of pain
Prof. Dr. Fritz Uwe Niethard Aachen Orthopedy and orthopedic surgery
Prof. Dr. Gerhardt Nissen Würzburg History of neurology
Prof. Dr. Christian Ohrloff Frankfurt a. M. Ophthalmology
Prof. Dr. Martin Ptok Hannover Phoniatrics and pediatric audiology
PD Dr. Ulrich Quint Hamm Spine research
Prof. Dr. Hans Reinauer Düsseldorf AWMF - Editor in Chief
Prof. Dr. Ivar Roots Berlin Clinical pharmacology and therapy
Prof. Dr. Herbert Rübben Essen Urology
PD Dr. Thomas Schiedeck Lübeck Coloproctology
Prof. Dr. Henning Schliephake Göttingen Oral surgery
Prof. Dr. Lutz G. Schmidt Mainz Addiction research and therapy
Prof. Dr. Ingo Schmidt-Wolf Bonn Hematology and onkology
Prof. Dr. Frank Schneider Düsseldorf Biological psychiatry
Prof. Dr. Rainer Schönweiler Lübeck Phoniatrics and pediatric audiology
Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Schuster Hildesheim Internal medicine
Prof. Dr. Clemens Sommer Mainz Neuropathology and anatomy
Prof. Dr. Norbert Stasche Kaiserslautern Otorhinolaryngology, head and neck surgery
Prof. Dr. Friedhelm Stetter Porta Westfalica Medical hypnosis and autogenic training
PD Dr. Monika Tigges Karlsruhe Phoniatrics and pediatric audiology
PD Dr. Heikki Toomes Gerlingen Thoracic surgery
Prof. Dr. Thomas Vogl Frankfurt a. M. Radiology
Prof. Dr. Rüdiger von Kummer Dresden Neuroradiology
Prof. Dr. Jürgen von Troschke Freiburg AWMF, Medical sociology
Prof. Dr. Peter von Wichert Hamburg Internal medicine
Prof. Dr. Wilfried Wagner Mainz Oral surgery
Prof. Dr. Diethelm Wallwiener Tübingen Senology
Dr. Wilhelm Welslau Wien Diving and hyperbaric medicine
Prof. Dr. Karl Werdan Halle Cardiology, internal intensive care

Founder members of the Scientific Committee

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang J. Bock
Düsseldorf AWMF / Neurological surgery
Prof. Dr. Stephan Bockenheimer
Frankfurt a. M. Neuroradiology
Prof. Dr. Heinz Gerngroß
Ulm Military medicine and pharmacy
Prof. Dr. Hans-Christian Korting München Dermatology and mycology
Prof. Dr. Hans-Günter Willert
Göttingen Osteology