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Aims and scope

World Journal of Emergency Surgery is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that encompasses all aspects of clinical and basic research related to traumatic and non-traumatic emergency surgery and its allied subjects. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: emergency surgery, acute care surgery, trauma surgery, intensive care, trauma management and resuscitation.

Acute care surgery organization in the world

Brian Anthony Tian Wei Cheng, Adj Professor, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore 

Submission Status: Open until 31 October 2024

Special Issue: The Global Impact of Antibiotic Resistance on Emergency Surgery and Patient Safety

Antibiotic ResistanceWorld Journal of Emergency Surgery is taking part in a special issue in collaboration with Patient Safety in Surgery to address the global burden of antibiotic/antimicrobial resistance on surgery and patient safety before, during, and after surgery, with a particular interest in the emergency surgery setting.

Guest Editor: Massimo Sartelli, MD, Global Alliance for Infections in Surgery & Macerata Hospital, Italy.

Submission Status: Open until 31 October 2024.

WSES Guidelines

World Society of Emergency Surgery official guidelines and classifications

Visual abstracts

World Journal of Emergency Surgery encourages authors to also submit a visual abstract to accompany their manuscript. Visual abstracts are an effective tool for promoting the work of authors and encouraging conversations and citations across a broader spectrum of platforms.

Click here for an example template.

Fausto Catena, MD, PhD, FACS, Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Catena is currently Head of the General and Emergency Surgery Department at Bufalini Hospital, Cesena, having graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Bologna, Italy. He is also General Secretary of the World Society of Emergency Surgery (WSES) and Director of the WSES Educational Program.

Walter Biffl, MD, Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Biffl is Medical Director of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, San Diego, California, USA. He completed his undergraduate training at Duke University, medical training at George Washington University and surgical training at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where he also completed an NIH-sponsored trauma research fellowship.

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact 2023
    Journal Impact Factor: 6.0
    5-year Journal Impact Factor: 7.3
    Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 4.455
    SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 1.969

    Speed 2023
    Submission to first editorial decision (median days): 2
    Submission to acceptance (median days): 50

    Usage 2023
    Downloads: 1,807,055
    Altmetric mentions: 1,461