Access to andrology research: Basic and Clinical Andrology journal launch
28 Aug 2013
Open access publisher BioMed Central is pleased to announce the launch of new journal Basic and Clinical Andrology, a continuation of the French journal Andrologie, previously published by Springer. This open access journal will present innovative research covering all aspects of male reproductive and sexual health, with the hope of bringing light to clinical advancements and research developments across the global research community.
Not only will this journal offer the new aspect of freely available research, Basic and Clinical Andrology will also extend internationally by publishing in English with French abstracts to coincide. Basic and Clinical Andrology will also become the official journal of the French-speaking Society of Andrology (SALF) after 22 years of affiliation with its previous incarnation.
Andrology research delves beyond spermatogenesis or spermatozoa, it also covers development and maintenance of tissues, structures and functions at the molecular, cellular, tissue, organism levels to ensure male reproductive efficiency. Therefore it’s not just essential for this field to be developed further but it’s also crucial that research is accessible as information about andrology is required for many scientific or medical teams working in this area.
Editor-in-Chief, Roger Mieusset, Head of the Male Sterility Centre in the Reproductive Medicine ward at the university public hospital in Toulouse, France, says: “Access to knowledge in andrology is not only required by those who work in scientific and medical research but also to clinicians and biologists working with patients who may not necessarily be based in large institutions with access to subscription journals.”
To accompany the launch, four articles will be published, one of which by Huyghe et al. examines the erectile function in men treated by prostate brachytherapy (PB) for localized prostate cancer. Another article, by Florence Boitrelle and colleagues performs a systematic literature review to clarify whether sperm head vacuoles are nuclear, acrosomal and/or membrane-related in nature.
These examples alone show that andrology is a diverse area within research and is important to individuals well-being. Roger Mieusset explains that, “an open access journal such as Basic and Clinical Andrology is a window onto the andrological world, with the potential to reach a much larger set of readers than any subscription-based journal, in print and online format. This ensures that author’s work will be disseminated to the widest possible audience and, hopefully, will offer better indexing opportunities.”
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Notes to editor
1. The nature of human sperm head vacuoles: a systematic literature review
Florence Boitrelle, Bruno Guthauser, Laura Alter, Marc Bailly, Robert Wainer, François Vialard, Martine Albert, and Jacqueline Selva
Basic and Clinical Andrology 2013, 23:3 DOI: 10.1186/2051-4190-23-3
Erectile function after permanent 125I prostate brachytherapy for localized prostate cancer Patrice Njomnang Soh, Boris Delaunay, Matthieu Thoulouzan, Frederic Jonca, Jean Marc Bachaud, Martine Delannes, Michel Soulie, Eric Huyghe
Basic and Clinical Andrology 2013, 23:2 DOI: 10.1186/2051-4190-23-2
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2. Basic and Clinical Andrology is an open access journal in the domain of andrology covering all aspects of male reproductive and sexual health in both human and animal models. The journal aims to bring to light the various clinical advancements and research developments in andrology from the international community.
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