GMS Hygiene and Infection Control

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Krankenhaushygiene (DGKH)


Aims & Scope

Infection prevention and control is involved into the complete spectrum of medical treatment, diagnostics, and preventive aspects. Specifically healthcare associated infections are a global challenge for the 21st century. The journal “GMS Hygiene and Infection Control” is designed to foster both understanding and practice in the field of infection control with the focus on the prevention of healthcare associated infections and related aspects of hospital hygiene. The open access e-journal provides a forum for continuing exchange of information and opinions through contributions from scholars, professionals, policymakers, and others involved in infection control.

“GMS Hygiene and Infection Control” and its international editorial board welcome articles from the entire field of infection prevention and control, ensuring a publication channel for important information on even unusual and selective aspects of this subject. Concurrently, “GMS Hygiene and Infection Control” wishes to serve as platform for epidemiologic and other data relevant for infection control aspects in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland, which are sometimes hardly accepted in other international journals due to their unique or highly selective topics.

The peer-reviewed journal publishes research articles, review articles and case reports in English language supplemented by a German abstract. A bilingual publication is also possible upon the authors’ wish. Every submission is subject to a thorough peer review. The electronic medium offers unlimited space for figures and tables and the opportunity to enrich the article with extensive multimedia data. Underlying research data may be published in the data repository Dryad.

“GMS Hygiene and Infection Control” is published within German Medical Science (GMS), the publication portal of the Association of the Scientific Medical Societies in Germany (AWMF), developed in cooperation with the German Institute of Medical Documentation and Information (DIMDI) and ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences. The journal further serves as official publication organ of the German Society of Hospital Hygiene (DGKH).

The journal is listed in PubMed and the articles are deposited in the PubMed Central repository.

Editorial Board


Prof. Dr. med. Axel Kramer
Institute of Hygiene and Environmental Medicine
University Medicine Greifswald
Ferdinand-Sauerbruch-Straße 1
17475 Greifswald, Germany

Phone: +49 3834 864820
Fax: +49 3834 864822


Associate Editors:

Nils-Olaf Hübner, apl. Prof. Dr. med. habil., M. Sc.
IMD Labor Greifswald MVZ GmbH
Institut für Hygiene und Umweltmedizin
Universitätsmedizin Greifswald KöR
Walther-Rathenau-Straße 49a
17489 Greifswald, Germany

Phone: +49 3834 515590

Adam Junka, Dr. of Medical Sciences
Department of Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Parasitology
Wroclaw Medical University
Borowska 211a Street
50-534 Wroclaw, Poland

Phone: +889229341

Ricarda Schmithausen, Dr. med. Dr. agr. MD, PhD
Institute for Hygiene and Public Health
Bonn University Hospital
Sigmund-Freud-Str. 25
53127 Bonn, Germany

Phone: +49 228 28713452

Editorial Advisory Board:

Rajinder Pal Singh Bajwa, MD
Division of Infectious Diseases,
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center
621 Tenth Street,
Niagara Falls, NY 14301, USA

Phone: +1 7162784739
Fax: +1 7162784792

Marzenna Bartoszewicz, Dr. habil.
Department of Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Parasitology
Wroclaw Medical University
Borowska 211a Street
50-368 Wroclaw, Poland

Phone : +48 71 748-0510
Fax: +48 71 748-0510

Elena Brusina, Prof., PhD, MD
Department of Epidemiology
Kemerovo State
Medical Academy,
Voroshilova str. 22a,
650029, Kemerovo, Russia

Phone/Fax.:+7 3842 751744

Maren Eggers, PhD  
Laboratory Enders & colleagues MVZ
Department of Viroloy
Rosenbergstrasse 85
70193 Stuttgart, Germany

Phone: +49 711 6357 136
Fax: +49 711 6357 202

Martin Exner, Prof. Dr. med.
Institute for Hygiene and Public Health
Bonn University Hospital
Sigmund-Freud-Str. 25
53127 Bonn, Germany

Phone: +49 228 287-5520 /-5521
Fax: +49 228 287 5645

Gary French, Prof. BSc MD FRCPPath DipHIC
Department of Infectious Diseases
King's College and Guy's & St Thomas' Hospital
Lambeth Palace Road
London SE1 7EH, UK

Phone: +44 208 467 8085

Jürgen Gebel, Dr. rer. nat.
Institute for Hygiene and Public Health
Bonn University Hospital
Sigmund-Freud-Str. 25
53127 Bonn, Germany

Phone: +49 228 2871 4022
Fax: +49 228 2871 9522

Reza Ghotaslou, MD, PhD, Prof.
Department of Microbiology
School of Medicine
Tabriz University of Medical Sciences
Golgasht Ave, Tabriz, Iran

Phone: +98 41 3336 4661

Lutz Jatzwauk, Dr. rer. nat. habil.
Universitätsklinikum Dresden
Bereich Krankenhaushygiene und Umweltschutz
Fetscherstraße 74
01307 Dresden, Germany

Phone: +49 351 458 2948
Fax: +49 351 458 5729

Wolfgang Kohnen, Dr. med.
Krankenhaushygiene des Universitätsklinikums Mainz
Hochhaus am Augustusplatz
55131 Mainz, Deutschland

Telefon: +49 6131 179178
Fax: +49 6131 36628

Gerit Mulder, DPM, PhD, FRCST, MAPWCA
Director Wound Treatment and Research Center
Professor of Surgery and Orthopedics
Division of Trauma, Department of Surgery,
University of California Medical Center,
La Jolla, CA 92093, USA

Phone: +001 619 543 6001
Fax: +001 619 543 6004

Pierre Parneix, Dr.
C.C.L.I.N Sud-Ouest - CHU Pellegrin
Place Amélie Raba-Léon
33076 Bordeaux Cedex, France


Phone: +33 5 56 79 60 58  
Fax: +33 5 56 79 60 12

Duygu Percin, Prof., MD
Department of Clinical Microbiology
Erciyes University Faculty of Medicine
38039 Kayseri, Turkey

Phone: +90 352 2076666 (extension 23383)
Fax: +90 352 4379335

Walter Popp, Prof. Dr. med.
Universitätsklinikum Krankenhaushygiene
Hufelandstraße 55
45122 Essen, Germany

Phone: +49 201 723 4577
Fax: +49 201 723 5664

Arne Simon, PD Dr. med. habil.
Klinik für Pädiatrische Onkologie und Hämatologie
Universitätsklinikum des Saarlandes
Kirrberger Straße, Gebäude 9
66421 Homburg/Saar, Germany

Phone: +49 6841 1628399
Fax: +49 6841 1628424

Peter Walger, Dr. med.
Internistische Intensivmedizin und Infektiologie
Evangelische Kliniken Bonn
Johanniterstrasse 3-5
53113 Bonn, Germany

Phone: +49 228 5433571
Fax: +49 228 5432055


Language editor:

Kathleen Splieth, MBiol
Strandstraße 7
17498 Wampen, Germany

Phone:+49 3834 894589

Process of reviewing

GMS Hygiene and Infection Control confirms the submission of every manuscript. Each manuscript is subjected to a peer review process conducted by knowledgeable experts in the field serving as referees. The referees assess the originality and scientific quality of the presented data. At least two independent reviewers will carry out the evaluation separately for every manuscript. The experts remain anonymous towards the author, but also towards each other.  Based on their assessment the editorial board finally decides the acceptance or rejection of the manuscript. This decision will be transmitted to the authors as soon as possible.


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