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About World Journal of Emergency Surgery

This page includes information about the aims and scope of World Journal of Emergency Surgery, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

Aims & scope

World Journal of Emergency Surgery is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal that encompasses all aspects of clinical and basic research related to traumatic and non-traumatic emergency surgery and its allied subjects.

Emergency surgery spans a wide range of disciplines including the surgical and emergency medicine specialties. As such World Journal of Emergency Surgery aims to provide a platform for surgeons and physicians to publish their research and rapidly exchange ideas and findings. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: emergency surgery, acute care surgery, trauma surgery, intensive care, trauma management and resuscitation.

The online presence of World Journal of Emergency Surgery, as well as it's open access policy ensures that the articles published in the journal are highly visible and reach a wide audience, whilst immediate publication on acceptance ensures all findings are disseminated as quickly as possible.

Open access

All articles published by World Journal of Emergency Surgery are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

Authors of articles published in World Journal of Emergency Surgery are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.

For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. World Journal of Emergency Surgery therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1170/$1960/€1410 for each article accepted for publication. If the submitting author's institution is a Member, the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

Indexing services

All articles published in World Journal of Emergency Surgery are included in PubMed, the most widely used biomedical bibliographic database service, which is run by the US National Library of Medicine. Other bibliographic databases that index articles published in World Journal of Emergency Surgery include:

  • Citebase
  • DOAJ
  • EmCare
  • Google Scholar
  • Index Copernicus
  • OAIster
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • SCImago
  • Scopus
  • SOCOLAR
  • Zetoc

The full text of all research articles is deposited in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and other digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).

The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.

World Journal of Emergency Surgery is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI) and has an Impact Factor of 0.92.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for publication

World Journal of Emergency Surgery considers the following types of articles:

  • Research: reports of data from original research.
  • Review: comprehensive, authoritative, descriptions of any subject within the scope of the journal.
  • Case report: reports of clinical cases that can be educational, describe a diagnostic or therapeutic dilemma, suggest an association, or present an important adverse reaction. All case report articles should be accompanied by written and signed consent to publish the information from the patients or their guardians.
  • Commentary: short, focused and opinionated articles on any subject within the scope of the journal. These articles are usually related to a contemporary issue, such as recent research findings, and are often written by opinion leaders.
  • Letter to the Editor: these can take three forms: a substantial re-analysis of a previously published article, or a substantial response to such a re-analysis from the authors of the original publication, or an article that may not cover 'standard research' but that may be relevant to readers.
  • Methodology: present a new experimental method, test or procedure. The method described may either be completely new, or may offer a better version of an existing method. The article must describe a demonstrable advance on what is currently available. The method needs to have been well tested and ideally, but not necessarily, used in a way that proves its value.
  • Study protocol: describes proposed or ongoing research, providing a detailed account of the hypothesis, rationale, and methodology of the study.

Peer-review policies

World Journal of Emergency Surgery follows a stringent closed peer-review process. Each submitted article will first be reviewed by the Editorial Board and manuscripts that are deemed suitable for peer review will be assigned to at least two expert reviewers. The Editors-in-Chief will decide on whether to accept or reject a manuscript based on reviewer recommendations. The goal is to make a first decision within four weeks.

Edited by Fausto Catena and Frederick Moore, World Journal of Emergency Surgery is supported by an expert Editorial Board.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My World Journal of Emergency Surgery, a personalized section of the site.

Reprints

High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.

Supplements

World Journal of Emergency Surgery will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. All full length articles (proceedings, reviews or research articles) are indexed by PubMed. PubMed displays the title of the supplement only in the case of meeting abstract collections. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to World Journal of Emergency Surgery should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in World Journal of Emergency Surgery

Articles in World Journal of Emergency Surgery should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. World J Emerg Surg [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. World J Emerg Surg 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in World Journal of Emergency Surgery?

High visibility

World Journal of Emergency Surgery's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.

Speed of publication

World Journal of Emergency Surgery offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through World Journal of Emergency Surgery, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.

Flexibility

Online publication in World Journal of Emergency Surgery gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in World Journal of Emergency Surgery are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on World Journal of Emergency Surgery's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in World Journal of Emergency Surgery may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in World Journal of Emergency Surgery. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Authors of articles published in World Journal of Emergency Surgery retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement).

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