OBM Geriatrics is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. The journal takes the premise that innovative approaches – including gene therapy, cell therapy, and epigenetic modulation – will result in clinical interventions that alter the fundamental pathology and the clinical course of age-related human diseases. We will give strong preference to papers that emphasize an alteration (or a potential alteration) in the fundamental disease course of Alzheimer’s disease, vascular aging diseases, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, skin aging, immune senescence, and other age-related diseases.

Geriatric medicine is now entering a unique point in history, where the focus will no longer be on palliative, ameliorative, or social aspects of care for age-related disease, but will be capable of stopping, preventing, and reversing major disease constellations that have heretofore been entirely resistant to interventions based on “small molecular” pharmacological approaches. With the changing emphasis from genetic to epigenetic understandings of pathology (including telomere biology), with the use of gene delivery systems (including viral delivery systems), and with the use of cell-based therapies (including stem cell therapies), a fatalistic view of age-related disease is no longer a reasonable clinical default nor an appropriate clinical research paradigm.

Precedence will be given to papers describing fundamental interventions, including interventions that affect cell senescence, patterns of gene expression, telomere biology, stem cell biology, and other innovative, 21st century interventions, especially if the focus is on clinical applications, ongoing clinical trials, or animal trials preparatory to phase 1 human clinical trials.

Papers must be clear and concise, but detailed data is strongly encouraged. The journal publishes a variety of article types (Original Research, Review, Communication, Opinion, Comment, Conference Report, Technical Note, Book Review, etc.). There is no restriction on the length of the papers and we encourage scientists to publish their results in as much detail as possible.

Publication Speed (median values for papers published in 2023): Submission to First Decision: 5.7 weeks; Submission to Acceptance: 17.9 weeks; Acceptance to Publication: 7 days (1-2 days of FREE language polishing included)

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Special Issue

Ageing and a Biopsychosocial Approach

Submission Deadline: June 20, 2019 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editors

Donatella R. Petretto

Professor, Section on Clinical Psychology, Department of Education, Psychology, Philosophy, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy

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Research Interests: Active ageing; successful ageing; oldest old; cognitive functioning; well-being; partecipation; disability; health and disablement

Roberto Pili

President, Worldwide Community on Longevity, Assemini, Italy

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Research Interest: Active ageing; genetics; successful ageing; biopsychosocial approach; microbiome

About This Topic

Ageing is a complex phenomenon, related to genetics, constitutional variables, life styles and environmental variables (Pili & Petretto, 2017). The awareness that we are in a special period of progressive ageing of population has led researchers to focus attention on this complex phenomenon, aiming to develop interventions to promote wellbeing and quality of life of ageing people, to prevent and control age-related disorders and diseases and also aiming to help society as a whole to comprehend that the progressive ageing of populations is not merely a negative process nor a positive process. Aiming to control this process, a multidisciplinary approach is needed and an integration between knowledge from the biological and medical aspects of ageing, from the psychological aspects and the social aspects is also needed.

The aim of the Special Issue is to propose a biopsychosocial approach to ageing and to discuss how to integrate knowledge from different fields of study. Last but not least, the aim of the Special Issue is also to propose some critical hints in the analysis of this field.

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted through the LIDSEN Submission System. Detailed information on manuscript preparation and submission is available in the Instructions for Authors. All submitted articles will be thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process and will be processed following the Editorial Process and Quality Control policy. Upon acceptance, the article will be immediately published in a regular issue of the journal and will be listed together on the special issue website, with a label that the article belongs to the Special Issue. LIDSEN distributes articles under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) License in an open-access model. The authors own the copyright to the article, and the article can be free to access, distribute, and reuse provided that the original work is correctly cited.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). Research articles and review articles are highly invited. Authors are encouraged to send the tentative title and abstract of the planned paper to the Editorial Office (geriatrics@lidsen.com) for record. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Editorial Office.

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Open Access Original Research

Successful Aging and Positive Psychology: Two Empirically Related Perspectives

Received: 19 June 2019;  Published: 12 December 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.1904094


We analyze the confluence between two paradigms of health from different theoretical backgrounds: successful (or healthy) aging (SA) and positive psychology (PP). In this cross-sectional study, 169 healthy older adults completed several questionnaires to assess central constructs for successful aging and positive psychology frameworks. Parti [...]
Open Access Review

Ageing: The Role of Ageism

Received: 20 June 2019;  Published: 28 October 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.1904083


Worldwide, people are living longer but not necessarily experiencing optimal health since healthy ageing stems from a combination of biological, psychological, and social factors. The growing interdisciplinary literature on ageism from education, medicine, psychology, and social work increasingly highlights the pivotal role that ageism pla [...]
Open Access Review

Aging in A Changing World – the Impact of Social Contact and Physical Activity on Health-Related Quality among Older People from Austria – A Biological Perspective

Received: 23 June 2019;  Published: 08 October 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.1904077


Background: All over the world we are confronted with an absolute and relative increase of the portion of elderly people. In order to develop strategies to keep old aged people healthy and as long as possible independent, analyses of factors influencing health related quality of life (HRQL) during old age are necessary. The aim of this review [...]