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BioMed Central publishes first articles in Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease

07 Apr 2014

BioMed Central and the Canadian Society of Nephrology (CSN) are pleased to announce the launch of the Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease. As the official journal of the CSN, the Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease will focus on clinical, translational, and health services delivery research in the field of chronic kidney disease, dialysis, kidney transplantation, and organ donation. The journal will be led by Editor-in-Chief, Adeera Levin, Professor and Head, Division of Nephrology, at the University of British Columbia, with support from well-respected Deputy Editors, Associate Editors, and an international Editorial Board.

The journal’s mission will be to promote and advocate kidney health in both the national and international communities, and to achieve international reach, Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease will publish article abstracts in both English and French.

“The timing is right for a Canadian nephrology journal. Canadian nephrology administrators and researchers are highly prominent internationally and there is an unprecedented sense of internal and external collaboration in the Canadian kidney community presently,” said Adeera Levin (University of British Columbia), the journal’s Editor-in-Chief and current President Elect of the International Society of Nephrology. She went on to say: “We believe that established Canadian and international investigators, motivated by a sense of congruence with our mandate and ethos, will publish with us.”

“BioMed Central is delighted to welcome the Canadian Society of Nephrology to our growing list of Society partners. The Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease promises to be a valuable addition to nephrology research, and we’re proud to be its publisher,” said Todd Hummel, Editorial Director, Clinical Medicine, BioMed Central.

The journal launches today with four articles. This includes an article from the Canadian Kidney Knowledge Translation and Generation Network reporting the results of a survey on the perceptions and opinions of physicians’ which may influence them when deciding to initiate dialysis. Those who responded followed evidence-based practice regarding the timing of dialysis initiation, knowledge gaps and areas of clinical uncertainty exist, suggesting unnecessary early dialysis initiation via formal policy and knowledge translation activities.

The Editor-in-Chief, Deputy Editors and Associate Editors outline their vision for the journal in the launch editorial in which they say: “Through striving for excellence in the quality and relevance of published articles we aim to become a leading national and international nephrology journal. We consider it a privilege to be able to disseminate high quality work, to contribute as a community to that work, and ultimately to improve the lives of those living with kidney disease.”


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Notes to Editors

1. Research article:
An assessment of dialysis provider’s attitudes towards timing of dialysis initiation in Canada
Bikaramjit S Mann, Braden J Manns, Allison Dart, Joanne Kappel, Anita Molzahn, David Naimark, Sharon J Nessim, Steven Soroka, Michael Zappitelli and Manish M Sood
Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease 2014, 1:3

Launch editorial:
Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease: A unique launch of a unique journal
Adeera Levin, Catherine M Clase, Manish M Sood, Elizabeth Dicks, Marie-Chantal Fortin, Sunny Hartwig, Rachel Holden, Jean-Philippe Lafrance, Anita Molzahn, Norman Rosenblum, Susan Samuel and Steven Soroka
Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease 2014, 1:1

2. Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease, the official journal of the Canadian Society of Nephrology, is an open access, peer reviewed online journal that promotes the highest quality publications focused on clinical, translational and health services delivery research in the field of chronic kidney disease, dialysis, kidney transplantation and organ donation. Basic science, translational studies and clinical studies will be reviewed and processed by an Editorial Board comprised of geographically diverse Canadians and international nephrologists, internists and allied health professionals; this Editorial Board is mandated to ensure highest quality publications.

3. BioMed Central is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher which has pioneered the open access publishing model. All peer-reviewed research articles published by BioMed Central are made immediately and freely accessible online, and are licensed to allow redistribution and reuse. BioMed Central is part of Springer Science+Business Media, a leading global publisher in the STM sector. @BioMedCentral

4. The Canadian Society of Nephrology is a society of physicians and scientists specializing in the care of people with kidney disease, and in research related to the kidney and kidney disease. Its mission is to promote the highest quality of care for patients with renal diseases by setting high standards for medical training and education and to increase the knowledge, skills and attitudes of nephrologists. One of its aims in doing this is to encourage research in biomedical sciences related to the kidney, kidney disorders and renal replacement therapies.