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.


  • Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann, National University of Ireland
  • Goran Nenadic, University of Manchester


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Ulf Leser

Ulf Leser Ulf Leser is a professor of Knowledge Management in Bioinformatics at Humboldt-Universität in Berlin, Germany, working on semantic issues in biomedical data including database integration and text mining.

"With the ever increasing amount and heterogeneity of data that forms the ground for modern molecular biology, issues concerning the meaning of different data sets are more and more important. Therefore, it is very timely to have a journal that specifically focuses on this topic. I think that Journal of Biomedical Semantics has the potential to become the premier place to publish results in this area."

Mark A. Musen

Mark A. Musen
Mark A. Musen is Director of the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Informatics Research, where he is Professor of Medicine and Computer Science.

"Journal of Biomedical Semantics provides a unique opportunity for scientific exploration at the intersection of semantic systems and biomedicine. The complexities of health, healthcare, and the life sciences often demand computational approaches that make knowledge about the domain and about problem-solving strategies explicit and declarative. Indeed, because computational solutions in biomedicine so often require detailed semantic modeling for their success, important advances in semantic systems seem to spring naturally from the pragmatics of work in this area."

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ISSN: 2041-1480