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Information for ISICEM 2014 attendees

Affiliated to the International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (ISICEM), Brussels, Belgium

Attendees of the International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine in March 2014 receive a free subscription to Critical Care as part of their registration.

1. What is Critical Care?
Critical Care is a high quality, peer-reviewed, international medical journal, which aims to improve the care of critically ill patients by acquiring, discussing, distributing, and promoting evidence-based information relevant to intensivists. Jean-Louis Vincent and an international Editorial Board edit the journal.

2. Why do I have a subscription?
The organizers of the International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (ISICEM) always try to provide the best educational material for their attendees. They believe a subscription to Critical Care is the best way to provide attendees with continuous, up-to-date educational material as well as the latest clinical research.

3. What does Critical Care contain?
  • Reviews - educational articles about clinical practice, emerging science, and medical technology; as well as pro/con clinical debates, and medical statistics.
  • Commentaries - short articles discussing topical clinical issues, recent research, and medical ethics.
  • Research - original articles of exceptional interest in any aspect of intensive care and emergency medicine.
  • Reports - short articles reporting on published books, websites and meetings relevant to the scope of the journal.

4. What do I get with my subscription?
You get full, online access to all articles published in the journal. From the full text version of any article you can take advantage of the functionality of articles published in Critical Care, by linking to the PubMed record, finding articles in PubMed published by the same authors or on related topics, or finding articles in which that article is cited. In addition, you can email the article to a friend, download the references, link straight from a reference to its PubMed listing, or 'post a comment' if you would like to add your point of view.

5. How long is my subscription?
Your subscription will run for 12 months, beginning within a few weeks of the end of the conference.

6. How do I activate my subscription?
After ISICEM you will receive email notification inviting you to activate your subscription. All you need to do is register on the Critical Care website using the email address you used to register for ISICEM. It will take one working day for the website to recognise your registration and then you will have full online access to the journal.

7. What if I registered on the website in the past?
If you have previously registered on the Critical Care website using the same email address as you put on the ISICEM registration form, your status will be automatically updated and you do not need to take any further action.

If you have previously registered on the Critical Care website using a different email address to the one you put on the ISICEM registration form, log on to the website and change your email address to the one you put on the ISICEM registration form by clicking on "my details" and editing your email address. Once the subscription has been activated you can change your email address again to whichever you prefer.

If you do not know which email address was put on the ISICEM registration form contact the Customer Services department ( stating the email address and password you use for the Critical Care website.

If there are any problems contact the Customer Services department (

8. What if I am already a Critical Care subscriber?
Current subscriptions will run consecutively - any remaining time on your current subscription will be added to your ISICEM subscription.

9. You mentioned "open access"; what does that mean?
All research articles published in Critical Care are open access and are therefore universally and freely accessible via the Internet and deposited immediately upon publication in at least one widely and internationally recognized open access repository (such as PubMed Central). Copyright is retained by the authors, and they may grant to anyone the right to reproduce and disseminate the article, providing, it is correctly cited and no errors are introduced.

You can find out more by reading our publisher's, BioMed Central's open access charter. Critical Care remains the only journal in the field committed to open access for all research articles.

10. What next?
Once your subscription has been activated we hope you will enjoy browsing the journal. To stay up to date with the latest content you can sign up to receive article alerts every time an article is published or on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis.