Minimally-invasive Endoscopy & Applied Robotics 2016-03-11T15:49:09+00:00 Emanuela Fusinato Open Journal Systems <p><strong>Minimally-invasive Endoscopy and Applied Robotics</strong> is an Open Access, online-only, peer-reviewed journal focusing on the publication of original manuscripts, cases series/reports, authoritative reviews and/or opinion papers in the field of minimally-invasive digestive endoscopy and applied medical robotics. Minimally-invasive platforms and devices such as smart flexible endoscopes and capsule/probe-based endoscopy have, since the dawn of the Millennium, changed the approach to diagnosis and therapy/treatment delivery and introduced the concept of minimal discomfort in the examination of the gastrointestinal district. Moreover, robotics applied to minimally-invasive digestive endoscopy demonstrated to introduce significant benefits through the integration of innovative smart locomotion mechanisms, localization methodologies and sensing for closed-loop active control and enhanced diagnosis and therapy.</p> Minimally-invasive Endoscopy and Applied Robotics: a new journal 2016-03-11T15:49:08+00:00 Anastasios Koulaouzidis Gastone Ciuti <p>For a while now, we have been highly surprised by the fact that capsule endoscopy (and relevant minimally-invasive endoscopic techniques and technologies) did not have its own home journal, despite the fact that this technology is probably (and hopefully) poised to become the mainstream endoscopic modality in the near future. Indeed, over the last few years, we have witnessed an exponential growth of publications on minimally-invasive endoscopy and applied robotics. Moreover, considerable research in this field allows us to look to the future with optimism and promise that soon we will be able to realise our dream, i.e. to finally leave behind the discomfort of the gastrointestinal examination. Therefore, together with the Editorial Board Members and the Publisher, we announce with immense pleasure the official launch of the Minimally-invasive Endoscopy &amp; Applied Robotics (MiEAR) journal and call for submissions.</p><p>[...]</p> 2016-03-11T15:49:08+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##