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A new hope

Freund, Yonathan

European Journal of Emergency Medicine: October 2019 - Volume 26 - Issue 5 - p 311
doi: 10.1097/MEJ.0000000000000626

Emergency Department, Sorbonne Université, Hopital Pitié-Salpêtrière, Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris, Paris, France

Correspondence to Yonathan Freund, MD, MPhys, PhD, Hopital Pitié-Salpêtrière, Paris, FranceTel: +33 1 42 17 70 17; e-mail:

A long time ago, not that far from where I am now, I had the honor to be assigned my first review of an article. I enjoyed that very much indeed because I felt it was both a privilege and a responsibility [1]. The then editor was a Professor Colin Graham, who had just offered me my first opportunity to join the world of peer-reviewing. After a few years, the same Professor Colin Graham invited me onto the editorial board and I felt very lucky, and not a little flattered, to be trusted. In 2017, Mikkel Brabband and myself were appointed as deputy editors and that felt like an even greater distinction [2, 3]. In July 2019, after more than 10 years of hard work, that has made this Journal what it is, Colin resigned from his duty of Editor-in-chief [4]. I want to express my deepest thanks to him for making European Journal of Emergency Medicine (EJEM) a fantastic journal in which to publish Emergency Medicine research, for his trust, and particularly for mentoring me.

Now that we have inherited this huge legacy, what shall we do? We are the official journal of the European Society of Emergency Medicine (EUSEM), a great society with world class researchers in Emergency Medicine. In 2018, our impact factor (IF) was lower than the previous years – 1.38, with the subsequent descent in the third quartile. We would love to write that we do not care about IF and that all that matters is to publish good research articles. Although this is genuinely true, we need to improve our IF to attract good articles. Paradoxically, we need to attract good articles to improve our IF.

So why should you submit your article to EJEM? Here are a few hints:

We already have two new decision editors on board – Dr Youri Yordanov from Paris, and Dr Ben Bloom from London, and we are looking for two more to be recruited this year. The editorial board has also gained several new members who will do an excellent job. This will facilitate our editorial process. We are committed to notify authors within 5 days in case of a decision without peer review, and one month with peer review. Along with this rapid decision turnaround, we are committed to publish accepted articles within a few weeks of acceptance as an online publication, and within 6–9 months in print. Furthermore, a new option will also soon be made available during the submission process, namely, to allow authors to upload previous reviews from other journals. This will also help us to speed up our editorial process, and we appreciate transparency.

We will publish new categories of articles, which include unsolicited editorials, perspectives, and research letters. The instructions for authors have been updated accordingly. For original articles, the spectrum of emergency medicine that we publish is broad, and we are happy to consider clinical trials along with studies on epidemiology. We will pay a particular attention to articles focusing on healthcare access, whether from Europe, the USA, or elsewhere. The value of high quality Emergency Medicine in troubled times where mass migrations, global warming and other political issues impact our specialty is huge [5, 6].

To sum up, if you do not care about IF, submit your article to EJEM. We have a great audience and you will benefit from the expertise of our editors and reviewers, in a timely manner. And if you do care about IF, submit your article to EJEM: you will contribute to its improvement and you will get the reward of what you worked for. There is no reason that we should not reach the level we deserve.

Finally, we are the official journal of the EUSEM, and that gives you an unsurpassed audience of about 1000 emergency physician members from 60 countries, 35 national societies – a total of about 35 000 potential affiliated members.

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