2013 is upon us already and the challenges facing emergency medicine remain daunting. The economic situation continues to have profound effects on staffing, salaries, supplies and patient demands on emergency departments and emergency medicine systems, both in Europe and globally 1–31–31–3. Despite this depressing situation, there is much to be hopeful about. The European Society for Emergency Medicine added more than 150 new members in 2012, and the improved website and online membership system has made it easier than ever for us to renew our EuSEM membership promptly and without hassle.
This change to online services has now extended to the European Journal of Emergency Medicine. We know that the overwhelming majority of our readers access the journal contents online, with all the additional benefits that the online version offers, rather than through the paper version of the journal. Supplementary digital content, for example, allows authors the chance to include large amounts of supplementary data (including original datasets) online, and yet gives the reader a concise version of their study for ease of communication. Readers can also now access the Journal via an iPad app, which is another very positive step for members 1.
All of these changes have convinced us, both at the Journal and at the Society, that the default medium for members to access the Journal will now be via the electronic route. So over the coming 12 months, when you renew your membership, you will be reminded that your renewal of EuSEM membership will include the electronic version of the journal, rather than the paper version. If you still wish to receive the paper version of the EJEM, this is still possible but it will incur a modest additional charge to cover the costs of printing and administration. We very much see this as a step forward - a way of minimising further increases in costs, and being more environmentally friendly as well.
2013 will also bring the VIIth Mediterrranean Emergency Medicine Congress to beautiful Marseille in France, in September. You will be able to submit your abstracts to the organisers very soon, and again I remind you that abstracts should meet the minimum ethical standards as previously discussed 4–64–64–6. This issue of the Journal kicks off the year with two excellent reviews on important (but rarely encountered) clinical topics. I hope you find them useful in practice and as always, we welcome your feedback and comments.
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