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Founded in 1871 under the name "Correspondenz-Blatt für Schweizer Aerzte" and later known as "Schweizerische Medizinische Wochenschrift", the Swiss Medical Weekly is a scientific publication with a long tradition.

Today it is an online journal with continuous online publication, published by the SMW supporting association.

SMW has played a decisive role in Swiss clinical research. Examples are the fundoplication described by R. Nissen in 1956, the first drug treatments for depression reported in 1957 by R. Kuhn, the first description of a haemolytic-uraemic syndrome by C. Gasser in 1955 and, a few years later, the enzymatic method for measuring blood glucose levels in our patients by R. Richterich. These historical publications were followed by many other articles with significant international impact.

The SMW is a pioneer of Diamond Open Access publishing, having introduced open access to all articles without requiring authors to pay APCs even before the publication of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access.

Editorial quality and publication ethics are values that are uncompromisingly upheld by the editorial board. The Swiss Medical Weekly accepts for consideration original and review articles from all fields of medicine. The quality of SMW publications is guaranteed by a consistent policy of rigorous single-blind peer review. All editorial decisions are made by research-active academics.

SMW adheres to the “Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing”. The "SMW supporting association" guarantees the editorial independence of the journal. The editors have total responsibility, authority, and accountability for the scientific content of the Swiss Medical Weekly. In order to maintain editorial independence, the principles formulated by the World Association of Medical Editors (“The Relationship Between Journal Editors-in-Chief and Owners”) are observed.

SMW is a member of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) and and follows its recommendations.


Official scientific publication of medical societies

The Swiss Medical Weekly is the official scientific publication of the Swiss Society of General Internal Medicine, the Swiss Society of Infectiology, the Swiss Society of Rheumatology and the Swiss Society of Pulmonary Hypertension.


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Long-time preservation

Articles published in the Swiss Medical Weekly are preserved in CLOCKSS, a secure dark archive.

Previous titles

1871-1919: Correspondenz-Blatt für Schweizer Aerzte,  ISSN 0366-5461

1920-2000: Schweizerische Medizinische Wochenschrift / Journal Suisse de Médecine, ISSN 0036-7672 

Published by the SMW supporting association

After the change from Schweizerische Medizinische Wochenschrift to Swiss Medical Weekly in 2001, the journal has been published as a journal of EMH Swiss Medical Publishers Ltd. Having assumed responsibility for the content and finances of the journal, the SMW supporting association now also acts as the journal's publisher. The partnership with EMH is continued, among other things, through mutual rights of use for the articles published by the respective party.

For librarians

We encourage research librarians to list this journal among their library's electronic journal holdings. As well, it may be worth noting that this journal's open source publishing system is suitable for libraries to host for their faculty members to use with journals they are involved in editing (see Open Journal Systems).

Diamond open access

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