The International Journal of Emergency Medicine: successes of the first year
International Journal of Emergency Medicine
When the first call for papers for the International Journal of Emergency Medicine (IJEM) went out in January 2008, all of us believed in the journal, few of us knew how the EM fraternity would respond, and none of us could predict its status one year later. A year has now passed, 4 issues down the road, and we are privileged to report on its successes. These have been multi-factorial: a dedicated cadre of peer reviewers, a loyal editorial board, a supportive publishing team, and, perhaps most
... and, perhaps most importantly, a real need for such a journal to exist. We all have been through the anguish as the author of an article awaiting journal reviews. IJEM has striven to ensure a quick turnaround time for the manuscripts received. The journal turnaround time includes several components. The average number of days between the date the manuscript was received and the first editor was assigned was 0.9; in other words, most manuscripts were assigned the same day they arrived at Editorial Manager. The average time between the date the manuscript was received and the first reviewer was invited was 4.2 days. This is a number that reflects our initial start up time in assigning the fields of expertise for each reviewer, and the time lag to upload reviewer data. In the last month, papers arriving at Editorial Manager have been assigned to a reviewer within 48 hours.