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*About this site:* Welcome to www.chlamydiae.com. This is the website of Chlamydiales Communications Ltd, a private limited company registered in England and Wales to act as the legal controlling entity. The URL reflects the site mission, which is, for all the chlamydiae, to provide a quality com*munication and information source. The site has been written to conform with the code of conduct of the Health on the Net Foundation. The views on health information sites expressed, among others, in the papers of Silberg et al., 1997; Wyatt, 1997 and Gagliardi & Jadad, 2002 have also been taken into account. The web site was launched in June 2002 and its first edition was completed in 2004. The site is currently being simplified (to avoid the need for registration) and updated. The second edition is expected to be completed early in 2009. *Aims
*Aims: The ArchiveRestrictedDefault is designed for persons professionally concerned with chlamydial infections and the Chlamydiales, either as carers or researchers. The companion ArchivePublicIndex is designed to answer basic questions from the general public about chlamydial genital tract infections.
Key aims of the professional site are to provide:
a) an evidence-based overview and electronic portal to the literature on chlamydiae and the Chlamydiales;
b) occasional news on chlamydiae and chlamydial meetings.
This site still remains unique in the depth and breadth of its coverage of the Chlamydiales.
*Authorship*: The site is mainly written by the webmaster, ArchiveContribCWard, B.Sc and PhD in Microbiology, was a chlamydial researcher for more than 20 years and was Professor of Medical Microbiology in the University of Southampton, England. He was also an advisor on chlamydial and gonococcal infections to the World Health Organisation Human Reproduction Program. He is now retired and holds the title of Emeritus Professor. Clinical sections on human chlamydial infections were kindly reviewed by Dr ArchiveContribCBasuroy (Past president, Medical Society for the study of venereal diseases, UK), Dr A Stary (President of the International Union against Sexually Transmitted Infections), and, for _ C. pneumoniae_, by Dr ArchiveContribCWong (Consultant in cardiology, Wessex Cardiothoracic Centre). The section on chlamydial evolution was written by ArchiveContribCMoulder and the section on veterinary infections by Dr Peter Griffiths (Veterinary Laboratory Authority, Weybridge, UK) Authors are identified by initials within square brackets, see: ArchiveContributions.
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*Gagliardi, A. & Jadad, A. R*. (2002). Examination of instruments used to rate quality of health information on the internet: chronicle of a voyage with an unclear destination. _ British Medical Journal_ 324, 669 - 573.
*Multiple authors* (2002). BMJ issue on the internet and medical information. British Medical Journal 324, no 7337 March 9th. Contents Page for full articles on line.
*Silberg WM, Lundberg GD, Musacchio RA.* (1997). Assessing, controlling, and assuring the quality of medical information on the Internet: Caveant lector et viewor - Let the reader and viewer beware. JAMA. 277, 1244 - 1245.
*Wyatt, J. C.* (1997) Commentary: measuring quality and impact of the World Wide Web. B__ritish Medical Journal 314, 1879 - 1881.