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Official Journal of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM)

Editor In Chief: Mark L. Graber and Mario Plebani

Your Benefits

  • The official journal of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM)
  • Indexed in PubMed (all articles since 2014) and other abstracting and indexing services
  • Peer-reviewed and led by a multi-institutional editorial board
  • Focused on how the diagnostic process can be advanced to reduce diagnostic errors
  • Cutting-edge and authoritative contributions
  • Academic and clinical aspects of quality and safety in healthcare combination
  • International readership and global reach

Please submit your manuscript here

Diagnosis focuses on how diagnosis can be advanced, how it is taught, and how and why it can fail, leading to diagnostic errors. The journal welcomes both fundamental and applied works, improvement initiatives, opinions, and debates to encourage new thinking on improving this critical aspect of healthcare quality. 


  • Factors that promote diagnostic quality and safety
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Diagnostic errors in medicine
  • The factors that contribute to diagnostic error: human factors, cognitive issues, and system-related breakdowns
  • Improving the value of diagnosis – eliminating waste and unnecessary testing
  • How culture and removing blame promote awareness of diagnostic errors
  • Training and education related to clinical reasoning and diagnostic skills
  • Advances in laboratory testing and imaging that improve diagnostic capability
  • Local, national and international initiatives to reduce diagnostic error

Article formats

  • Research Reports – Reports of original research
  • Short Communications – Reports of early research results and pilot studies
  • Reviews – Systematic, narrative, and focused reviews. Review articles are normally published by invitation, but suggestions to the Editors are welcome
  • Opinion Papers and Editorials
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Point/Counterpoint Papers
  • Guidelines and Recommendations
  • Innovations in diagnostic testing – Advances in laboratory testing or diagnostic imaging are appropriate subjects, or evaluations of recent innovations
  • Learning from Cases – Case Reports of diagnostic error are welcome and should include the facts of the case, a discussion focused on a root cause analysis, take-away points or action items resulting from the analysis, and whenever possible input from both the affected patients and their providers
  • Patient-Focused Articles – Papers in this category should be written in lay language on a topic of interest to the patient stakeholder community
  • Diagnosis in the News – Brief reports of news-worthy advances in diagnosis, or problems involving diagnostic error

Journal Metrics

Cite Score
SCImago Journal Rank
Source Normalized Impact per Paper

Abstracting & Indexing

Diagnosis is covered by the following services:

  • Baidu Scholar
  • Cabells Journalytics
  • Case
  • Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) - CAplus
  • Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) - SciFinder
  • CNKI Scholar (China National Knowledge Infrastructure)
  • CNPIEC - cnpLINKer
  • Dimensions
  • EBSCO (relevant databases)
  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • EMCare
  • Google Scholar
  • Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
  • J-Gate
  • JournalTOCs
  • KESLI-NDSL (Korean National Discovery for Science Leaders)
  • Medline
  • Meta
  • Microsoft Academic
  • MyScienceWork
  • Naver Academic
  • Naviga (Softweco)
  • Primo Central (ExLibris)
  • Publons
  • PubMed
  • QOAM (Quality Open Access Market)
  • ReadCube
  • Reaxys
  • SCImago (SJR)
  • Semantic Scholar
  • Sherpa/RoMEO
  • Summon (ProQuest)
  • TDNet
  • Text Mining
  • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory/ulrichsweb
  • WanFang Data
  • Web of Science - Emerging Sources Citation Index
  • WorldCat (OCLC)
  • Yewno Discover

Volume 7 (2020): Issue 4 (Dec 2020): Special Issue: COVID-19: The Diagnostic Challenge

You can easily submit your manuscript online. Simply go to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/diagnosis and you will be guided through the whole submission and publishing process.

Your benefits of publishing with us Submission process
  • Submission of your manuscript via our submission management tool following the Information for Authors
  • Single-blind peer review process
  • A decision on your paper is aspired within 2-4 weeks
  • Accepted articles are published online ahead of print approx. 4 weeks after acceptance
  • Provision will be made for the application procedure at PubMed as well as the ISI Web of Knowledge as soon as possible
Please note
  • Manuscripts must be written in clear and concise English
  • Before submitting your article please have a look at the Publication Ethics Statement of DX and our copyright agreement
  • Once your article is accepted you have the option to publish it open access
  • Our repository policy allows you to distribute 30 PDF copies of your published article to colleagues (the PDF has to include the information that it is an author's copy)
  • Please also feel free to distribute the link to the online abstract If you have any general questions please visit our FAQ page for authors
  • For more detailed information please contact the Diagnosis Editorial Office diagnosis.editorial@degruyter.com.

We look forward to receiving your manuscript!

Hybrid Open Access

For complete details on hybrid open access publishing at De Gruyter go HERE.

Effective 1st January 2016, authors from an institution affiliated with either the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU), the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries or some UK libraries participating in the Jisc Collections SMP may publish primary research and review articles open access in any of De Gruyter's OnlineOpen journals at a discount of 90% of the APC price. For more information and to confirm whether your institution is eligible please see the following:

The Netherlands: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1461
The UK: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1462
Switzerland: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1463

Mark L. Graber, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM), Plymouth, MA
Mario Plebani, University Hospital, Padova, Italy

Associate Editors
Giuseppe Lippi, University Hospital of Verona, Verona, Italy
Andrew Olson, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
Hardeep Singh, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Houston, TX
Satid Thammasitboon, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX
Dario Torre, Primary Uniformed Services, University of Medicine, Bethesda, MD
Laura Zwaan, Institute of Medical Education Research Rotterdam (iMERR), Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Section Editors – Case Reports

Andrew Parsons, University of Virginia, Charlottesviille, VA
Melissa Plesac, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN
Verity Schaye, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY

Editorial Board
Daniela Basso, University Hospital of Padova, Padova, Italy
Carmel Crock, Melbourne, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Australia
Pat Croskerry, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
Gurpreet Dhaliwal, San Francisco VA Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
John Ely, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA
Evangelos Giannitsis, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
Michael Laposata, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
Yoryos Lyratzopoulos, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Jason Maude, Isabel Healthcare, Surrey, United Kingdom
David Newman-Toker, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Joseph J. Rencic, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
Taro Shimizu, Dokkyo Medical University Graduate School of Medicine, Tochigi, Japan
Geeta Singhal, Baylor College of Medicine, Pediatrics, Houston, TX
Dean F. Sittig, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX
Alexander von Meyer, Weiden, Germany

Editorial Office
Heike Jahnke, Journal Editor
Walter de Gruyter GmbH
Genthiner Str. 13
10785 Berlin
Tel. +49-30-26005-220
E-mail: diagnosis.editorial@degruyter.com

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