Journal Article

Infectious Diseases Journals on the World Wide Web: Attractions and Limitations

Victor L. Yu, Ume L. Abbas and Victor L. Yu

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 33, issue 6, pages 817-828
Published in print September 2001 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online September 2001 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/322701
Infectious Diseases Journals on the World Wide Web: Attractions and Limitations

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Online infectious diseases (ID) journals are an increasingly common Web phenomenon. We performed a study of practices in this evolving area that make these sites more usable and useful from the perspective of ID physicians. The Web sites of 18 journals pertaining to general ID and infection control and hospital epidemiology were evaluated for a set of 24 Web interface characteristics and online features. Journals hosted by the High Wire Press (Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Infection and Immunity, and the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy) and the University of Chicago Press (The Journal of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Infectious Diseases) best fulfilled our criteria. Electronic reference linking, archives, e-mail alerts, and links to external resources are some of the features of electronic journals that users in the ID specialty may find especially useful.

Journal Article.  5826 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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