Springer and the Society of General Internal Medicine announce partnership

April 24, 2006

The Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) has chosen Springer as the publisher of the Journal of General Internal Medicine (JGIM). Springer will begin publishing the society's journal both online and in print in January 2007 with Volume 22, No.1. JGIM is a peer-reviewed journal featuring articles written by clinicians, clinical researchers, and medical educators worldwide who are dedicated to improving patient care, education and research in internal medicine.

The monthly journal publishes original research articles; brief reports of original research; succinct descriptions of innovative approaches to improving medical education, medical practice and hospital medicine; articles on health policy issues; reviews; and case reports. JGIM is ranked 16th out of 103 journals listed by ISI in the category of General and Internal Medicine and had an impact factor of 2.8 in 2004.

Springer will publish the Journal of General Internal Medicine in both print and electronic formats to serve the needs of librarians and readers around the world. The journal will be available on Springer's online platform SpringerLink and will include Online First, Cross Reference Linking, and Alert services. Under www.springerlink.com, researchers can find more than 1,250 electronic journals, 29 books series (with 3,200 volumes), handbooks, reference works, and databases. JGIM now offers all authors, via the Springer Open Choice program, the option of publishing their articles with open access.

Co-Editor-in-Chief of JGIM, Dr. William Tierney of the Indiana School of Medicine, observed, "SGIM sought a publisher that could bring the excellent journal content to the widest possible international audience and increase its impact on the medical community. In Springer, we have found an outstanding publishing partner capable of meeting those goals."

SGIM President Dr. Barbara Turner commented, "Springer's online platform, with Online First, will ensure that articles are published quickly and efficiently, offering readers access to newly published material before they appear in print."

Springer's President of STM Publishing Rüdiger Gebauer said, "Springer is proud to partner with SGIM in advancing the international growth of the Society and its dissemination of important scientific and clinical information. Springer's strong international publishing programs in both internal medicine and patient care are further enhanced by the publication of JGIM. Our unique services will help provide the medical communities with essential information for the advancement of science and medicine."
SGIM (www.sgim.org) is an international organization of more than 2,900 members that is dedicated to promoting excellence in patient care. SGIM members work at many of the world's most prestigious academic medical centers and teaching hospitals worldwide where they lead many aspects of patient care, education, and research. The high quality of the articles published in JGIM reflects the outstanding work being conducted by the Society as well as excellent work of leaders in research and education internationally.

Springer Science+Business Media (www.springer.com) is one of the world's leading suppliers of scientific and specialist literature. It is the second-largest publishing group in the science, technology, and medicine (STM) sector and the largest business-to-business publisher in the German-language area. The group owns 70 publishing houses, together publishing a total of 1,450 journals and more than 5,000 new books a year. The group operates in over 20 countries in Europe, the USA, and Asia, and has some 5,000 employees. In 2005, it generated annual sales of around EUR 836 million.


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