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St. Paul, Minnesota. June 14, 2001.

Present at the meeting: Asher Sheppard (president), Ben Greenebaum (journal editor-in-chief), Bruce McLeod (physical sciences), Leslie Coulton (EBEA observer), Ewa Herbst (physical sciences), Maria Feychting (biological/medical sciences), Janet Lathrop (managing newsletter editor), Gloria Parsley (executive director), James Ryaby (biological/medical sciences), Jutta Brix (at-large), Monica Sandström (at-large), Shoogo Ueno (physical sciences), Frank Prato (presidentelect), Ewa Czerska (retiring secretary), Marvin Ziskin (treasurer), Mays Swicord (newsletter editor), Frank Barnes (past president), Stefan Engström (secretary). Board members not present: Leeka Kheifets (at large), Joseph Roti-Roti (biological/medical sciences), Martin Meltz (biological/medical sciences), Ruggero Cadossi (biological/medical sciences), Maila Hietenan (biological/medical sciences).

The following summary is based on the minutes submitted by Secretary Stefan Engström.

Management Committee Report

Gloria Parsley presented the current interim contract and a proposal for the future association between her management firm and the society. Ben Greenebaum suggested that both Gloria and the society have the proposal reviewed by an attorney. The newly-formed Management Committee was asked to present a contract at the winter board meeting.

Contract with the Newsletter Managing Editor

Janet Lathrop advised the board that she will present a proposal for continued service as managing editor.

Meeting Quality

Ewa Herbst reported progress from the task force she heads that has been looking at ways to improve the quality of the scientific sessions at the Annual Meeting. Herbst will prepare an article detailing the proposed changes for a future issue of the Newsletter.

Handling No-Shows

In a related matter, the board discussed how to handle no-shows at the meeting, which are disrupting and costly. Suggestions for improvement included raising awareness of the cost of empty poster space; charging an abstract submission fee, and "overbooking" the poster space. Frank Prato will investigate the reasons for no-shows and suggest viable improvements for the 2002 meeting.

Annual Meeting Site Selection

Board members expressed interest in continuing the coordination of the Society's meeting schedule with that of the European Bioelectromagnetics Association (EBEA), which might include, but not be limited to, future World Congresses. Gloria Parsley proposed two tentative long-term plans developed in cooperation with René de Seze, but upon presentation at the board meeting, it became evident that schedule conflicts remained. These will be the subject of further discussions between EBEA and BEMS. Frank Barnes and Ruggero Cadossi agreed to coordinate a long-term plan for meeting scheduling.

The board supported a motion by Ben Greenebaum that BEMS investigate ameeting site in Europe for the 2004 Annual Meeting, planning for possible sites such as Dublin, Ireland and a location in Sweden (Umeå, Stockholm, or Göteborg). Following discussions about costs and accessibility by members in Europe, the Americas, and Asia-Pacific, Ben Greenebaum moved to locate the 2003 annual meeting in Hawaii. This motion passed unanimously and the Executive Director will report on suitable sites at the February meeting of the board.

Emeritus Members

Two members were unanimously approved for emeritus membership, Carl Sutton and William T. Kaune.

Winter Workshop and Board Meeting

It was agreed that the BEMS winter workshop will be held Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, to be followed by the winter board meeting on Saturday, Feb. 9. Ewa Czerska will again organize the workshop together with co-chair Lee Rosen. The topic of the workshop has yet to be decided, but areas of epidemiology and medical applications are under consideration.

Two-Year Tenure for the President

Marvin Ziskin, expressing an interest in improving continuity and to allow the Society president to take advantage of lessons learned during the first year, moved to extend the term of the president to two years. Objections were raised based on the concern that it might be more difficult to recruit for a two-year term and in view of the belief that the current process apparently works well. The motion was withdrawn. Such a change would require a Constitutional change that would be posed to the entire membership if the board wishes to proceed in this direction in the future.

Electronic Availability of Presentations

Gloria Parsley reported that she has had requests that the Society make annual meeting presentations, including figures and data, available electronically. It was suggested that in the future, when authors submit an abstract, they might be able to check a box which would allow the Web site editor to create an Internet link to the authors’ Web site. The content at linked Web sites would be entirely the responsibility of the contributor.

Policy on Photography and Videotaping

Gloria Parsley noted that there was videotaping and photography of posters and platform presentations at this meeting. Many felt that photography at sessions would not pose a problem, but it was generally felt that the board should develop an official policy requiring permission from the author. Monica Sandström, Marvin Ziskin and James Ryaby agreed to investigate the current policy and make a recommendation at the next board meeting.

Honoring Deceased Members

Frank Prato reported that several members have requested a grant or award to honor Charles Polk. The board agreed that Betty Sisken will be responsible for developing plans for such recognition for Mary Ellen O'Connor, Asher Sheppard and Paul Gailey will supervise the effort on behalf of Charles Polk, and Ruggero Cadossi will be responsible for a memorial to honor Alessandro Chiabrera.

Continuing Medical Education

Frank Prato commented that there have been inquiries about future CME sessions. The Society's license to offer CME has expired and a reactivation would take at least nine months and a person dedicated to do the extensive work involved.

Public Information Officer

Asher Sheppard suggested institution of a Public Information Officer who would manage dissemination of press releases and provide other information to the public and media. Janet Lathrop offered to assume this duty and both the new position and her appointment were approved unanimously.

Committee Assignments

The following committee chairs were assigned by the President for 2001—2002.

Awards Committee: James Ryaby

Budget: Marvin Ziskin

Development: Maria Feychting

Election: Leeka Kheifets

Historical: Carl Blackman

Inter-society Affairs: Ruggero Cadossi, Bruce McLeod

Long-Range Planning: Bruce McLeod

Membership: Jutta Brix

Nominating: Frank Barnes

Public Affairs: Frank Barnes

Publications: Shoogo Ueno

Program - Frank Prato

Ad hoc Quality Committee - Ewa Herbst

The Bioelectromagnetics Society newsletter is published and distributed to all members of the Society. Institutions and libraries may subscribe to the newsletter at an annual cost of $58.50 ($67.50 for overseas subscriptions). The newsletter serves the membership and subscribers in part as a forum of ideas and issues related to bioelectromagnetics research. All submission to the newsletter must be signed. It is understood that they reflect the views of individual authors and not those of the Society or the institutions with which the author may be affiliated. The editors welcome contributions to the newsletter from members and others in the scientific and engineering communities. News items as well as short research notes and book reviews are appreciated. Advertisements inserted or distributed with the newsletter are not to be considered endorsements.

To submit items for consideration, contact:

Dr. Mays Swicord, editor, Motorola Florida Research Laboratories, 8000 W. Sunrise Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33322 USA. Tel. (954) 723-4898, FAX: (954) 723-5611.
E-mail: ems029@email.mot.com

or

Janet Lathrop, managing editor, 750 Cherry Valley Rd., Gilford, NH 03249. Tel and FAX: (603) 293-6213 USA. E-mail: jclathrop@fcgnetworks.net

For other Society business or information, contact: Gloria Parsley, executive director, The Bioelectromagnetics Society, 2412 Cobblestone Way, Frederick, MD 21702-2626 USA. Tel. (301) 663-4252; FAX: (301) 694-4948. Email: bemsoffice@aol.com or see the BEMS Web site: www.bioelectromagnetics.org

October 22–24, 2001. World Health Organization (WHO) EMF Biological Effects and Standards Harmonization for Asia and Oceania. Shilla Hotel, Seoul, SOUTH KOREA. WHO EMF Project meeting, in collaboration with the Korean Ministry of Information & Communication (MIC) and the Korea Electromagnetic Engineering Society (KEES). Final scientific program is available on the WHO web page: www.who.int/peh-emf/ meetings.htm (Also see article at left).

November 5–7, 2001. Nonionizing Radiation: An Overview. University of Washington School of Public Health Department of Continuing Education, Seattle. A course on protection for broadband ultraviolet and radio-frequency radiation, laser radiation, and extremely-low-frequency electric and magnetic fields with an overview of sources, health effects, exposure guidelines, evaluation techniques, and control measures for each. Participants will learn how to conduct simple field surveys; interpret results, determine compliance with exposure guidelines and calculate quantities important to NIR protection. Professional credit available. Cost is US$595.00 before Oct. 15, $695 thereafter. For more information, contact UW Northwest Center, (206) 543-1069, or OSHA Training Institute, (206) 685-3089 or (800) 326-7568. Fax: (206) 685-3872. Email: ce@u.washington.edu Homepage http:/ /depts.washington.edu/ehce/NWcenter/schedule.html

December 5–8, 2001. World Health Organization (WHO) and ICNIRP Conference on EMF Biological Effects and WHO Research Coordination Meeting and Standards Harmonization for the African Region. University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA. More information available on the Web: www.who.int/ peh-emf/meetings.htm or contact: Dr. Leeka Kheifets or Dr. Michael Repacholi, WHO, Geneva, SWITZERLAND. Fax: +41 22 791 4123. Email: repacholim@who.int

January 30–Feb. 1, 2002. The Society for Physical Regulation in Biology and Medicine’s 21st Scientific Conference. The Westgate Hotel, San Diego, California. Contact: Gloria Parsley, SPRBM, 2412 Cobblestone Way, Frederick, MD 21702, Tel: (301) 663-4252, Fax: (301) 694-4948. Email: gloriaparsley@aol.com

CORRECTION Feb 8, 2002. BEMS Winter Workshop. Washington D.C. Contact: Ewa M. Czerska, FDA, CDRH, ODE, 9200 Corporate Blvd, Rockville, MD 20850, Tel: (301) 594-1212 Ext. 119. Fax: (301) 480-4224. Email: emc@cdrh.fda.gov

CORRECTION Feb 9, 2002. BEMS Board of Directors Meeting. Washington, D.C. Contact: Gloria Parsley, BEMS, 2412 Cobblestone Way, Frederick, MD 21702, Tel: (301) 6634252, Fax: (301) 694-4948. Email: BEMSoffice@aol.com

May 12–16, 2002. Seventh International Workshop on Seeds. Salamanca, SPAIN. Some papers related to EMF exposure and biological effects are expected. Information and on-line registration at: www.geocities.com/ workshop_on_seeds/ Mail or fax form to: Congress Secretariat, Halcun Viajes Congresos, Serranos 35. 37008 Salamanca SPAIN. Phone: +34 9 2321 0728; Fax: +34 9 2321 0749. Email: congresos@air-europa.com Chair Gregorio Nicols Email: gnr@gugu.usal.es

June 23–27, 2002. Bioelectromagnetics Society 24th Annual Meeting: Loews le Concorde Hotel, Québec City, Québec, Canada. Room rates: Single $197 Canadian, Double $217 Canadian. Reservations (418) 640-5800. Contact: Gloria Parsley, The Bioelectromagnetics Society, 2412 Cobblestone Way, Frederick, MD 21702. (301) 663-4252; FAX: (301) 6944948. Email: BEMSoffice@aol.com or gloriaparsley@aol.com www.bems6519tromagnetics.org

August 17–24, 2002. International Union of Radio Science (URSI) Meeting. Maastricht, The Netherlands. Details to be announced.

October 29-31, 2002. WHO Working Group on EMF Standards Harmonization in China. Watch for details at: www.who.int/peh-emf/meetings.htm

May 23–28, 2004. IRPA International Congress, Madrid, SPAIN. Congress to be organized by the Sociedad Española de Protección Radiológica (Spanish Radiation Protection Society). For information contact: Secretariat, Edicomplet, Sociedad Española de Protección Radiológica, Capitán Haya, 60, 10, E-28020 Madrid, SPAIN. Tel. +34 917 499 517. Fax: +34 917 499 503. Email: secretaria.sociedades@medynet.com or: www.sepr.es

Take a look at this partial Table of Contents from the February 2002 issue of Bioelectromagnetics.

  • Elliptically Polarized Magnetic Fields Do Not Alter Immediate Early Response Genes Expression Levels in Human Glioblastoma Cells
  • Effect of Intermittent and Continuous Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields in Hippocampal Cells
  • Decreased DNA Repair Rates and Protection From Heat Induced Apoptosis Mediated by Electromagnetic Field Exposure
  • Genotoxicity of Radio-frequency Signals. I. Investigation of DNA Damage and Micronuclei Induction in Cultured Human BloodCells
  • Space Efficient System for Small Animal, Whole Body Microwave Exposure at 1.6 GHz
  • Effect of Electrical Stimulation on Musculoskeletal Systems; A Meta-analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials
  • Human Electrophysiological and Cognitive Effects of Exposure to ELF magnetic and ELF Modulated RF and Microwave Fields: A Review of Recent Studies
  • Comparison of Dose Dependencies for Bioeffects of Continuous-Wave and High-Peak Power Microwave Emission Using Gel-Suspended Cell Cultures
  • Long-term Exposure of Male and Female Mice to 50-Hz Magnetic Field: Effects on Fertility

Impressive, isn’t it? If you believe that it’s important for researchers, faculty, staff and students at your university, industrial lab, regulatory agency, research institute or other office to be aware of important papers like these, please act now. Contact your department head and institutional library and urge them to start or renew a subscription to Bioelectromagnetics. Your department’s request for our Society journal shows that demand is strong.

LOGO

Published on: Nov 16, 2010

In my last letter (NL215), I noted our growing concern with declines in membership and meeting attendance and suggested that one way to improve our situation, even in the current climate of reduced funding for bioelectromagnetics research, is to add value to each BEMS membership.  Providing practical improvements to our existing services, complimented with an offering of new services for the same cost, should, in principle, attract new members, entice back those who have left, and help retain current members.  Upgrading our website to better meet the needs of our members is probably the most effective way we can add value to each BEMS membership.

Some history

Past president Richard Luben initiated development of the first society website.  The current version of www.bioelectromagnetics.org was conceived and developed by Past-President Stefan Engström.  At the time of its development, website building tools were scarce and creating a dynamic, database driven site was state-of-the-art.  Stefan, who has literally devoted hundreds of hours of his personal time for our collective benefit, is to be commended for his efforts.  Although the website he developed has served our Society well, we jointly came to the conclusion that the structure had become too difficult to maintain and expand in the ways BEMS needs for the future.

(Shown here: Past-President Carl Blackman, BEMS Executive Director Gloria Parsley, and BEMS President Jeff Carson review a webpage at www.bems.org.)

I especially want to thank past board member and Past-President Carl Blackman for getting us started on this website renovation during his service as chair of the Publications Committee (2006-2009).  With Carl’s oversight, and a rigorous analysis by Stefan, the BEMS Board of Directors (BOD) decided upon an appropriate platform to develop our new website with appropriate expansion capabilities.  We were fortunate to retain Stefan as webmaster during the very early stages of the transition period.

A new platform to take our Society well into the future

Today, you can access our new website through our new domain www.bems.org, which was quietly launched near the end of October. 

The new website is based upon an open source content management system called Drupal.  Drupal is used to host hundreds of thousands of websites world-wide (estimated number > 330,000) and is rapidly becoming the de facto standard for websites like ours.  The platform is extensible, with hundreds of plug-ins available to provide value-added services to site users, developers, and maintainers.  Importantly for us, it is supported by a legion of drupal-savvy web developers ready for hire should we need to extend or repair the website after the initial development phase is over.

One of the most valuable features of the drupal content management system is one that is hidden to most and therefore may be under-appreciated:  the system is optimized to manage content provided by multiple users.  Content can be created, edited, and deleted by users assigned to specific roles.  For example, the Newsletter Editor has permission to create and edit newsletters and the stories within each newsletter, while our general membership can submit articles for consideration, and can read the newsletters but cannot edit them. 

This concept extends to other roles that align well with operation of the Society, such as Technical Program Chair for uploading and managing content related to the annual meeting, Memorial Committee Chair for making updates to the ‘In Memoriam’ pages, Management for updating the membership pages and uploading documents of relevance to the Officers and Board, and Publications Committee Editors assigned to overseeing and approving content on the website. The built-in use of roles provides a means to off-load content updates from a single webmaster (as is the current case) to a multitude of content editors. This makes the job of managing the website much easier, and it means that members can access important information, such as membership renewal forms, when they need it.

Current status

I am happy to announce that phase one of website development and testing is complete.

Building upon an early prototype developed by Stefan Engström, I and members of my research group at the Lawson Health Research Institute have developed the new website at no cost to the Society.  Development has primarily been focused in four areas: (i) implementation of the graphical theme based upon the professionally-designed concept; (ii) implementation of a web-enabled newsletter; (iii) migration of data (archived newsletters, abstracts, obituaries, etc) from www.bioelectromagnetics.org to www.bems.org; and (iv) back-end programming to enable users to renew memberships online, management to track and serve members better, and members to upload abstracts and presentations for the upcoming Halifax meeting. 

I particularly want to thank Nisha Sharma (a PhD student in my group) and Dr. Astrid Chamson-Reig (a Research Associate in my group) for hundreds of hours of work on downloading, converting and uploading materials to the new website.

I would also like to thank our Newsletter Editor, Janie Page, and former Publications Committee Chairman Carl Blackman for their contributions to the design of the web-enabled newsletter and for putting the system through a multitude of real world tests.  The last few newsletters you have received were constructed entirely on the website. This new capability has eliminated most of our production expenses and will ultimately reduce publication delays.

I thank BEMS Executive Director Gloria Parsley and her staff member Lynn Plitt for setting up the merchant account and helping to test the membership renewal features.

The final graphic theme for the website was selected by the BOD (in Seoul) from a palette of 8 professionally created designs based upon a recommendation from the Website Management Committee.  The concept designs were generated by Mike Sipley, a freelance Art Director working in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Mike worked closely with me to ensure that his concepts were faithfully carried over into the web pages.  Mike also produced dozens of concepts for a modernized Society logo, but in the end, the BOD decided to keep our traditional logo.  I want to thank Mike for giving the Society a significant discount on his highly sought after design services.

I would like to recognize the Website Management Committee for its efforts in reviewing the website as it neared completion and making a multitude of suggestions for improvement.  The Committee consists of Jeffrey Carson (Chair), Stefan Engström, Janie Page, Phil Chadwick, Carl Blackman, Dariusz Leszczynski, Jonna Wilen, Maria Scarfi, David Black, Tom Vernier, and Andrei Pakhomov.  Special thanks to New Board Member Meike Mevissen and Publications Chair Dariusz Leszczynski for excellent suggestions, which were quickly incorporated into the new website.

Lastly, I thank my wife Kate and my kids Olivia and Nicole for putting up with the many weekends and evenings that were spent working on the new website. Without their support, my contribution would have been much less significant.

New features

Several new features have been incorporated into the website. 

The first feature is an interactive newsletter.  Online members will no longer be restricted to a PDF view of the newsletter that is more suited to printing than reading online.  (Approximately half of the BEMS newsletters published to date have been converted to the web-readable format.)  The new web-built newsletter will enable greater flexibility in terms of display and print. 

For example, if you think the text is too small, no problem: through your member account, you can select the newsletter text size that meets your viewing needs.  You can also choose between single and double column versions, depending on which is easier for you to read.  The bottom line is that members can decide on a view and print format for the newsletter that works best for them. 

The second feature is an area where Board materials can be posted, archived and searched by members of the BOD and management.  This ability will enable more efficient communication between Officers, Board members, and management and make it much easier to prepare for BOD meetings.  The ability to view current and archived BOD Meeting materials and search through them quickly represents a desperately needed tool for good governance and management of the Society. 

The third new feature relates to member communication.  Currently, membership information is stored in a proprietary database designed  in the 1980’s.  The database is not network-aware and can only be accessed by one person at a time.  The new website has the capacity to manage our membership information accurately and efficiently without getting trapped, as is the current situation, into a proprietary and outdated database system for managing that data.  The management of membership information within the website provides some important advantages.

First, each member can maintain key aspects of their own online account such as contact information and interests.  This will reduce management work load and better ensure accuracy of information. 

Second, management of memberships can be decentralized so that member records can be viewed from anywhere by those authorized to view them.  We expect this will be most obviously useful at the registration desk at our annual meeting, for example. 

Third, we can use the website data to send information to members in a more cost effective and efficient way than mass paper mailings or our previous system, which used separate email lists that had to be updated with every membership change. 

Fourth, the website enables us to control the visibility of content to anonymous visitors versus BEMS members.  This means that much of our web content, especially past and present newsletters, becomes a direct benefit of membership.  My opinion is that there is diminished incentive to join our Society if all of our web content is freely accessible.  The sophisticated content management features built into the website will make it possible for us to decide what content is presented freely to anyone surfing the web, and what content requires a membership to view.  Restricting access to abstracts and newsletter materials is common practice among many other societies, and one we need to consider as a way to rebuild our paid membership base.

Devil’s advocate

Many of you may wonder why we should bother to go through so much trouble to update our website with advanced features.  There are plenty of web developers out there that will build websites for a relatively small fee.  The budget that was available and approved for the new website by the Board of Directors was admittedly modest, so why not outsource the project to the lowest bidder? 

I respond with two answers. 

First, experience tells me (and others on the Board of Directors) that low cost almost always means poor product.  Realistically speaking, can we expect a world class scientific society to be based on what would likely be a static collection of web pages that provides no avenue for growth of services, and offers a modest user experience to our members?  More importantly, can we expect to grow this Society when the face we present to the world is a website that significantly lags behind the sophisticated web presence of other societies?

Second, we on the Board of Directors wanted to ensure that any website our Society builds can be serviced, supported, and enhanced as our needs grow and change.  Long term, perhaps a decade or more from now, we will need to once again upgrade to a new platform and the choices we make now will affect the options available to us in the future.  The ubiquity of Drupal today makes it highly likely that that migration tools will be available to future developers who will plan and build the next generation BEMS web presence.

I invite you to test out some of the new services at www.bems.org, like secure online membership application and renewals, access to past BEMS Newsletters (back to issue #1 from 1978!), and many more. 

Let us know what you think.  We want to continue to improve the website in ways that support your active involvement.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Carson

President, The Bioelectromagnetics Society

president@bems.org

www.bems.org

Published on: Sep 13, 2010

We are pleased to provide you with information on the best in Bioelectromagnetics research. BEMS is committed to publishing high-quality, independently peer-reviewed research and review articles focusing on experimental, theoretical, and clinical aspects of the interaction and application of electromagnetic fields and waves in biological systems. Bat head contains soft magnetic particles; Effects of alternative styles of risk information on EMF risk perception; Assessment of general public exposure to LTE and RF sources present in an urban environment; Exposure assessment of electromagnetic fields near electrosurgical units; Assessment of the exposure to WLAN frequencies of a head model with a cochlear implant; Growth characteristics of mung beans and water convolvuluses exposed to 425-MHz electromagnetic fields; Short-term exposure to a 1439-MHz TDMA signal exerts no estrogenic effect in rats; The lack of histological changes of CDMA cellular phone-based radio frequency on rat testis; The association between exposure determined by radiofrequency personal exposimeters and human exposure; Absence of nonlinear responses in cells and tissues exposed to RF energy at mobile phone frequencies using a doubly resonant cavity; Effects of 50-Hz magnetic field exposure on hormone secretion and apoptosis-related gene expression in human first trimester villous trophoblasts in vitro are discussed in the October issue of Bioelectromagnetics. See also: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/bem.v31:7/issuetoc

SUBMIT YOUR NEXT PAPER TO Bioelectromagnetics. A journal that combines the best research in electromagnetics in biology and medicine with a unique mix of articles dedicated to nonionizing radiation effects, exposure dosimetry, safety protection and medical applications. Bioelectromagnetics (Impact Factor, 2.759) covers the entire spectrum of nonionizing radiation research and is essential reading for biological scientists, engineers, medical doctors, physicists, and public health specialists in academia, government, and industry. The journal is open to a broad range of topics whose central theme falls within the interaction and application of electromagnetic fields and waves in biological systems, spanning static fields to terahertz waves and visible light. Authors are encouraged to submit their latest work via the online submission system. https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bem?next_page=login&current_role_id=1&c... VIEW THE GUIDE FOR AUTHORS. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/%28ISSN%291521-186X/homep...

Editor-in-Chief: Dr. James C. Lin, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Bioengineering, and Physiology and Biophysics University of Illinois at Chicago (M/C 154) Chicago, Illinois 60607-7053 USA E-Mail: lin@uic.edu

Published on: Sep 13, 2010

Members of the research community may submit nominations for the award by providing a detailed nomination statement setting out clear reasons for the nomination in a letter to the Editor-in-Chief before December 15th of the year of publication (2010). The letter must have the endorsements (with brief rationale) from two members of the Editorial Board, whose names can be found at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/%28ISSN%291521-186X/homepage/EditorialBoard.html.

See full text below for details regarding the Best Paper Award criteria: 

BEST PAPER AWARD CRITERIA

The Bioelectromagnetics Journal Best Paper Award Criteria and Procedure for its Selection.

THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR THE AWARD ARE AS FOLLOWS:

1) High scientific quality; 
2) Significance and novelty (opening new avenues or methods of research); 
3) Interest across the membership of the Society; 
4) Papers reporting original research including a systematically performed meta-analysis reporting new results or conclusions. Review papers, brief communications, comments letters, and editorials are excluded; 
5) A member of the Editorial Board or BOD shall be excused from the participation of selection process, if he or she is from the same institution or listed as coauthor of a nominated paper; 
6) The selection process shall have maximum transparency with clear documentation of each step. 

THE SELECTION PROCEDURE INVOLVES A THREE-STAGE PROCESS:

I. The first stage has two alternative routes: 

1. As part of the normal paper review, at least two reviewers and one associate editor must recommend the paper for the award by checking the appropriate box on the evaluation form. 
2. Any member of the research community may submit nominations for the award by providing a detailed nomination statement setting out clear reasons for the nomination in a letter to the Editor-in-Chief before December 15th of the year of publication. The letter must have the endorsements (with brief rationale) from two members of the Editorial Board.

II. The Second Stage Involves the Evaluation of the Paper of the Year by The Editorial Board (Following publication of papers in all 8 issues).

III. The Final Stage – Decision by the BEMS Board of Directors.

 

Published on: Oct 13, 2010

Technical Program Co-Chairs: Jeffrey Carson and Joachim Schuz
Local Organizing Co-Chairs: Jeffrey Carson and Art Thansandote

The Call for Papers will be released in January.

Abstract submission system will be available February 1, 2011.

Abstract submission deadline will be March 1, 2011.

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