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2021 in review

Freund, Yonathan

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European Journal of Emergency Medicine: February 2022 - Volume 29 - Issue 1 - p 1
doi: 10.1097/MEJ.0000000000000894
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Finally, after another challenging year treating patients with COVID and other emergencies in difficult conditions, we were able to meet in person [1–3]. The European Society for Emergency Medicine (EUSEM) congress was held in Lisbon in October 2021 and this was one of the first occasions in nearly 2 years to meet with international colleagues from the emergency medicine world, as we had wished [4]. We had the pleasure to meet with the editors and editorial board members to share recent developments and good news for the European Journal of Emergency Medicine (EJEM). The journal metrics for 2020 improved on previous years. The impact factor rose to 2.80 (compared to 2.17 in 2019) and the average time from submission to first decision now takes only 8 days. These targets were achieved thanks to the work of our associate editors and the editorial board who are doing an amazing job.

New faces joined the board from Switzerland, Italy, France, the USA and Denmark. After many years of service, Mikkel Brabrand has decided to step back as an associate editor in 2022, and we are very grateful for the tremendous expertise he has brought to EJEM. With Barbra Backus stepping in, there are still four associate editors (two of them women) and a total of 21 board members (including 10 women). This is consistent with our promotion of sex and gender equity in both the medical and the academic world [5–8].

We also have had the pleasure to witness one of our eminent board members being elected president of the EUSEM – congratulations to Jim Conolly! We hope that this will be another opportunity to strengthen the link between the scientific society and its journal [9].

In this issue, we will discuss the concerns raised over the guidelines and recommendations made by other scientific societies that cover various aspects of care managed by emergency physicians (pp. 2–13). The absence of emergency medicine societies in the writing of some of these guidelines has already been identified as problematic. Early care is the duty of emergency physicians and drafting recommendations for the initial medical management must be done with the representation of emergency medicine scientific societies. A look at the recently published guidelines demonstrates that currently, this is not the case. In 2021, we decided to publish short resumes of national guidelines, which were collaboratively written by emergency medicine scientific society and other societies [10,11]. We hope that in the future, there will be more published guidelines specifically focused on prehospital and emergency department care.

We hope you will like this first issue of the year, and wish you a happy 2022!


Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.


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