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COVID-19 and impact on peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

Aims and scope

The International Journal of Emergency Medicine is a high-quality Open Access journal which aims to bring to light the various clinical advancements and research developments attained over the world, thus helping the specialty forge ahead. It is directed towards physicians and medical personnel undergoing training or working within the field of Emergency Medicine. Disciplines covered include interesting clinical cases, the latest evidence-based practice and research developments in Emergency Medicine, including emergency pediatrics. The International Journal of Emergency Medicine focuses on the practice of Emergency Medicine in a variety of settings, from urban emergency departments and rural clinics in the developing world, to humanitarian and disaster situations. It aims to shed light on international advances in practice, education and research, with a single common goal: to reduce suffering and promote excellence in patient care worldwide.

State of International Emergency Medicine


Multiple studies have found that race and ethnicity are associated with worse care delivery and clinical outcomes. Chun Mei Su et al. investigated the acute care processes in intracerebral hemorrhage among different racial and ethnic groups to determine whether disparities exist in this area and if so whether they are associated with worse outcomes.


Armenia, an ex-Soviet Republic in transition since independence in 1991, has made remarkable strides in development. A low-income country at the time of independence, Armenia is now classified by the World Bank as a high middle-income country. Despite of this, Emergency care has remained fairly undeveloped in the current drive to modernize. An investment in emergency systems can exponentially boost cardiac, stroke, and trauma care programs and thus the health of a nation. Sharon Chekijian et al. describe the current state of emergency care in Armenia using in-depth key informant interviews and review of published and unpublished internal United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Ministry of Health (MOH) documents as well as data from the Yerevan Municipal Ambulance Service and international agencies. 


The International Journal of Emergency Medicine strongly encourages Authors to submit a Graphical Abstract.
A graphical abstract is a figure that clearly and succinctly conveys the main message of your research (paper). 
The goal of a graphical abstract is to attract readers' attention to the article and encourage them to read the whole paper, but also promote interdisciplinary scholarship and help readers quickly identify which papers are most relevant to their research interests.
This will appear underneath to the Abstract on the website.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS: The Graphical Abstract image should be 920x300 pixels and a maximum of 150KB, and should be uploaded as a separate file in a JPG,  PNG, or SVG electronic format. Please name the picture file "Graphical Abstract".
KEEP IT SIMPLE: Emphasize the new findings, highlight one process or make one point clear, use text sparingly and simple labels. Be also aware that effective use of color can enhance the graphical abstract both aesthetically and by directing the reader's attention to focal points of interest. 


Vulnerable sectors such as highly populated, closely packed urban residential areas, prison facilities or refugees living in overcrowded detention camps may facilitate virus circulation, underlining the unique challenge of curbing transmission in crowded living conditions. Charmaine Malenab Manauis et al.  describe strategies implemented in Singapore in response to the evolving challenges encountered in the COVID-19 pandemics.


A super-aged society has been developing in Japan, and the emergency care system needs to change according to these new demographics and society’s needs. The focus has been shifting from critical care and trauma to medical and surgical conditions involving the elderly. K. Shimizu et al., in this review, discuss challenges (triage, ambulance diversion, and staffing) and possible solutions (public helpline, smartphone app system, coordination by designated hospitals, and government support), to shape future directions.

Announcing In Review

The International Journal of Emergency Medicine, in partnership with Research Square, is now offering In Review. Authors choosing this free optional service during the submission process will be able to:

- Share their work with fellow researchers to read, comment on, and cite even before publication
- Showcase their work to funders and others with a citable DOI while it is still under review
- Track their manuscript - including seeing when reviewers are invited, and when reports are received 

See the full range of benefits in choosing In Review and how to opt in here
See how the platform looks like here

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We are delighted to announce that International Journal of Emergency Medicine is now part of the BMC family of journals. The BMC website already receives over 100 million views per year and has expanded beyond biomedicine into the physical sciences, mathematics and engineering disciplines to offer a wider portfolio of subject fields on a single platform for authors considering open access publishing. Bookmark our new URL and make sure to sign up to our article alerts so you can keep up with all of the latest research and articles and read more about BMC’s pioneering spirit.

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