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Virtual slides in peer reviewed, open access medical publication.

Kayser K, Borkenfeld S, Goldmann T, Kayser G - Diagn Pathol (2011)

Bottom Line: The acceptance of VS by the reader is high as well as by the authors.Of specific value are the increased confidence to and reputation of authors as well as the presented information to the reader.Additional associated functions such as access to author-owned related image collections, reader-controlled automated image measurements and image transformations are in preparation.

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Affiliation: Institute of Pathology, Charite, Berlin, Germany. Klaus.kayser@charite.de

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Background: Application of virtual slides (VS), the digitalization of complete glass slides, is in its infancy to be implemented in routine diagnostic surgical pathology and to issues that are related to tissue-based diagnosis, such as education and scientific publication.

Approach: Electronic publication in Pathology offers new features of scientific communication in pathology that cannot be obtained by conventional paper based journals. Most of these features are based upon completely open or partly directed interaction between the reader and the system that distributes the article. One of these interactions can be applied to microscopic images allowing the reader to navigate and magnify the presented images. VS and interactive Virtual Microscopy (VM) are a tool to increase the scientific value of microscopic images.

Technology and performance: The open access journal Diagnostic Pathology http://www.diagnosticpathology.org has existed for about five years. It is a peer reviewed journal that publishes all types of scientific contributions, including original scientific work, case reports and review articles. In addition to digitized still images the authors of appropriate articles are requested to submit the underlying glass slides to an institution (DiagnomX.eu, and Leica.com) for digitalization and documentation. The images are stored in a separate image data bank which is adequately linked to the article. The normal review process is not involved. Both processes (peer review and VS acquisition) are performed contemporaneously in order to minimize a potential publication delay. VS are not provided with a DOI index (digital object identifier). The first articles that include VS were published in March 2011.

Results and perspectives: Several logistic constraints had to be overcome until the first articles including VS could be published. Step by step an automated acquisition and distribution system had to be implemented to the corresponding article. The acceptance of VS by the reader is high as well as by the authors. Of specific value are the increased confidence to and reputation of authors as well as the presented information to the reader. Additional associated functions such as access to author-owned related image collections, reader-controlled automated image measurements and image transformations are in preparation.

Virtual slides: The virtual slide(s) for this article can be found here: http://www.diagnosticpathology.diagnomx.eu/vs/1232133347629819.

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Main characteristics of the first solely electronically distributed peer reviewed scientific journal in pathology (Electronic Journal of Pathology and Histology).
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Figure 1: Main characteristics of the first solely electronically distributed peer reviewed scientific journal in pathology (Electronic Journal of Pathology and Histology).

Mentions: Open access publication has been developed after successful implementation of scientific electronic publication. In pathology, the Electronic Journal of Pathology and Histology (Elec J Pathol Histol) was the first scientific peer reviewed journal in pathology that has been solely electronically distributed to our knowledge [20]. It has been implemented in 1995 and was distributed via floppy-discs worldwide. Internet access and other electronic distribution media had not been available at that time. The main characteristics of Elec J Pathol Histol are displayed in <Figure 1>. Each floppy-disc was distributed with specific "reader" software, which also allowed the compilation and execution of programs. Tests of so - called interactive publication were also performed. These test allowed the reader to add own data to an already existing article, and to publish the "extended" version by including the authors of the previous article, after they had agreed. All images were displayed in a .pcx format. Although the peer reviewed and published articles had been cited worldwide, the application for inclusion into Reuter's citation index failed several times because a solely electronic distribution of scientific articles was not appreciated in the 1990s [21].


Virtual slides in peer reviewed, open access medical publication.

Kayser K, Borkenfeld S, Goldmann T, Kayser G - Diagn Pathol (2011)

Main characteristics of the first solely electronically distributed peer reviewed scientific journal in pathology (Electronic Journal of Pathology and Histology).
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
Show All Figures
getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC3275477&req=5

Figure 1: Main characteristics of the first solely electronically distributed peer reviewed scientific journal in pathology (Electronic Journal of Pathology and Histology).
Mentions: Open access publication has been developed after successful implementation of scientific electronic publication. In pathology, the Electronic Journal of Pathology and Histology (Elec J Pathol Histol) was the first scientific peer reviewed journal in pathology that has been solely electronically distributed to our knowledge [20]. It has been implemented in 1995 and was distributed via floppy-discs worldwide. Internet access and other electronic distribution media had not been available at that time. The main characteristics of Elec J Pathol Histol are displayed in <Figure 1>. Each floppy-disc was distributed with specific "reader" software, which also allowed the compilation and execution of programs. Tests of so - called interactive publication were also performed. These test allowed the reader to add own data to an already existing article, and to publish the "extended" version by including the authors of the previous article, after they had agreed. All images were displayed in a .pcx format. Although the peer reviewed and published articles had been cited worldwide, the application for inclusion into Reuter's citation index failed several times because a solely electronic distribution of scientific articles was not appreciated in the 1990s [21].

Bottom Line: The acceptance of VS by the reader is high as well as by the authors.Of specific value are the increased confidence to and reputation of authors as well as the presented information to the reader.Additional associated functions such as access to author-owned related image collections, reader-controlled automated image measurements and image transformations are in preparation.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Institute of Pathology, Charite, Berlin, Germany. Klaus.kayser@charite.de

ABSTRACT

Background: Application of virtual slides (VS), the digitalization of complete glass slides, is in its infancy to be implemented in routine diagnostic surgical pathology and to issues that are related to tissue-based diagnosis, such as education and scientific publication.

Approach: Electronic publication in Pathology offers new features of scientific communication in pathology that cannot be obtained by conventional paper based journals. Most of these features are based upon completely open or partly directed interaction between the reader and the system that distributes the article. One of these interactions can be applied to microscopic images allowing the reader to navigate and magnify the presented images. VS and interactive Virtual Microscopy (VM) are a tool to increase the scientific value of microscopic images.

Technology and performance: The open access journal Diagnostic Pathology http://www.diagnosticpathology.org has existed for about five years. It is a peer reviewed journal that publishes all types of scientific contributions, including original scientific work, case reports and review articles. In addition to digitized still images the authors of appropriate articles are requested to submit the underlying glass slides to an institution (DiagnomX.eu, and Leica.com) for digitalization and documentation. The images are stored in a separate image data bank which is adequately linked to the article. The normal review process is not involved. Both processes (peer review and VS acquisition) are performed contemporaneously in order to minimize a potential publication delay. VS are not provided with a DOI index (digital object identifier). The first articles that include VS were published in March 2011.

Results and perspectives: Several logistic constraints had to be overcome until the first articles including VS could be published. Step by step an automated acquisition and distribution system had to be implemented to the corresponding article. The acceptance of VS by the reader is high as well as by the authors. Of specific value are the increased confidence to and reputation of authors as well as the presented information to the reader. Additional associated functions such as access to author-owned related image collections, reader-controlled automated image measurements and image transformations are in preparation.

Virtual slides: The virtual slide(s) for this article can be found here: http://www.diagnosticpathology.diagnomx.eu/vs/1232133347629819.

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Related in: MedlinePlus