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About the journal

World Journal of Emergency Medicine (WJEM, ISSN 1920-8642) is the official publication of the Emergency Medicine Society of Chinese Medical Association. WJEM, a peer-reviewed quarterly journal based at the Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine, China, publishes articles of interest to both clinicians and researchers involving emergency medicine around world. The journal’s full text is available online at http://www.wjem.org/. The journal does not charge for submission, processing or publication of manuscripts and even for color reproduction of photographs.

Scope of the journal

The journal will cover technical, clinical and bioengineering studies related to multidisciplinary specialties of emergency medicine, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, acute injury, out-of-hospital emergency medical service, intensive care, injury and disease prevention, disaster management, healthy policy and ethics, toxicology, and sudden illness, including cardiology, internal medicine, anesthesiology, orthopedics, and trauma care, and more. The journal also features basic science, special reports, case reports, board review questions, and more. Editorials and communications to the editor explore controversial issues and encourage further discussion by physicians dealing with emergency medicine.

Database

World Journal of Emergency Medicine (WJEM) is abstracted and indexed in Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)PubMed, Pubmed Central, Google Scholar, Chemical Abstracts, VINITI database and EMBASE and EMCare, EBSCO, Index Copernicus, J-Gate, CNKI (China National Knowledge Infrastructure).

The editorial process

All new submissions to wjem will be screened using CrossCheck.

 

Manuscripts will be reviewed for possible publication with the understanding that it is being submitted to WJEM alone at that point in time and has not been published anywhere, simultaneously submitted, or already accepted for publication elsewhere. The journal expects that authors would authorize one of them to correspond with the Journal for all matters related to the manuscript. All manuscripts received are duly acknowledged. On submission, editors review all submitted manuscripts initially for suitability for formal review. Manuscripts with insufficient originality, serious scientific or technical flaws, or lack of a significant message are rejected before proceeding for formal peer-review. Manuscripts that are unlikely to be of interest to the WJEM readers are also liable to be rejected at this stage itself.

 

Manuscripts that are found suitable for publication in WJEM are sent to two or more expert reviewers. During submission, the contributor is requested to provide names of two or three qualified reviewers who have had experience in the subject of the submitted manuscript, but this is not mandatory. The reviewers should not be affiliated with the same institutes as the contributor/s. However, the selection of these reviewers is at the sole discretion of the editor. The journal follows a double-blind review process, wherein the reviewers and authors are unaware of each other’s identity. Every manuscript is also assigned to a member of the editorial team, who based on the comments from the reviewers takes a final decision on the manuscript. The comments and suggestions (acceptance/ rejection/ amendments in manuscript) received from reviewers are conveyed to the corresponding author. If required, the author is requested to provide a point by point response to reviewers’ comments and submit a revised version of the manuscript. This process is repeated till reviewers and editors are satisfied with the manuscript.

 

Manuscripts accepted for publication are copy edited for grammar, punctuation, print style, and format. Page proofs are sent to the corresponding author. The corresponding author is expected to return the corrected proofs within three days. It may not be possible to incorporate corrections received after that period. The whole process of submission of the manuscript to final decision and sending and receiving proofs is completed online. To achieve faster and greater dissemination of knowledge and information, the journal publishes articles online as ‘Ahead of Print’ immediately on acceptance.

 

Clinical trial registry

WJEM favors registration of clinical trials and is a signatory to the Statement on publishing clinical trials in Indian biomedical journals. Registration in the following trial registers is acceptable: http://www.ctri.in/; http://www.actr.org.au/; http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/; http://isrctn.org/; http://www.trialregister.nl/trialreg/index.asp; and http://www.umin.ac.jp/ctr. This is applicable to clinical trials that have begun enrollment of subjects in or after June 2008. Clinical trials that have commenced enrollment of subjects prior to June 2008 would be considered for publication in WJEM only if they have been registered retrospectively with clinical trial registry that allows unhindered online access to public without charging any fees.

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