, Volume 46, Issue 12, pp 1175-1176,
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Date: 07 Nov 2008

The Nightingale Prize 2007

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The yearly Nightingale Prize is given for the best scientific paper published in Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing (MBEC). The prize is named after the first Editor-in-Chief of MBEC, Alfred Nightingale, who died in1963 at the age of 40, just before the first issue was launched. The prize is an initiative of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) in collaboration with the International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE). MBEC is the official journal of the Federation.

The time of selecting the winner of the Nightingale Prize is one of reflection on the fate of the journal. As reported in my editorial of last year [11] MBEC underwent large changes with respect to publisher and editor. This transition started halfway 2005 and a balance between submissions and publications was only restored well into 2006. The journal has since then steadily developed in a positive direction, with a growing increase in the supply of manuscripts. As a ...