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COVID-19 and impact on peer review
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.
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.
Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a novel, life-threatening hyperinflammatory condition that develops in children a few weeks after infection with SARS-CoV-2.
The clinical overlap of SARS-CoV-2, MIS-C, and Kawasaki disease (KD) creates a formidable diagnostic challenge and due to lack of evidence, published guidelines on treatment are based on expert consensus. M. Giacalone et al. review the status of the art of this new pediatric syndrome and what we still need to investigate.
Hypoglycemia usually includes various neurological symptoms, which are the consequence of neuroglycopenia. When it is severe, it is associated with altered mental status, even coma.
Is glucose the only energy substrate for the brain?
The "happy hypoglycemia": when severe hypoglycemia gives no symptoms.
Sometimes it's a simple headache but subarachnoid hemorrhage accounts for more than 30,000 cases of stroke annually in North America and encompasses a 4.4% mortality rate. Despite of this, subarachnoid hemorrhages are frequently misdiagnosed, therefore, it is imperative to address the diagnosis and early management to minimize poor outcomes.
S. Patel et al. here describe a straightforward approach to evaluating, risk stratifying, and managing subarachnoid hemorrhages in the emergency dept.
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 current COVID-19 pandemic has exposed existing weaknesses in public health infrastructure globally as well as the lack of preparedness and suboptimal response for such pandemic disasters, including for psychological aspects. Both the economic hardship and the continuous media coverage of alarming news have exacerbated this effect which also includes increased domestic violence.
M. Sheek-Hussein et al. discuss how addressing psychological effects may improve the disaster management of infectious pandemics.
Sabah in Malaysian Borneo is among the Malaysian states which reported a high number of detected COVID-19 cases during the current pandemic. Due to geographical challenges and limited resources, clinicians developed novel strategies for managing patients.
Phee Kheng Cheah et al. here describe a novel dual oxygen concentrator system for mechanical ventilation developed by retrieval team members from the Emergency Department of the Sabah Women and Children’s Hospital. The application of this simple setup could potentially save more critically ill patients who are being managed in resource-limited conditions.
Pre-hospital rapid sequence intubation (RSI) is regarded as the gold standard for advanced airway management in critically ill and/or injured patients although concerns have been risen about the safety, efficacy, harm and delays that non-physician pre-hospital RSI may cause. In South Africa, pre-hospital RSI was first approved to be performed by degree qualified Emergency Care Practitioners by the Health Professions Council of South Africa in 2009. G.C. Botha et al., in this study, analyse the South African experience in terms of pre-hospital training, system requirements and clinical governance systems after more than 10 years since RSI implementation.
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.
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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.
Annual Journal Metrics
57 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
51 days to first decision for all manuscripts
98 days from submission to acceptance
19 days from acceptance to publication
1.049 - SNIP (Source-Normalized Impact per Paper)
0.477 - SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)
2.200 - Citescore
459 Altmetric Mentions
- ISSN: 1865-1380 (electronic)
- ISSN: 1865-1372 (print)