Swiss Medical Weekly, which began publication in 1871 as “Correspondenz-Blatt für Schweizer Aerzte”, is an international peer-reviewed medical journal following the Public Service Open Access model (PSOA, also known as Platinum or Diamond Open Access). Public Service Open Access means that the articles are published fully open access and that the journal does not charge any APCs (article-processing charges). Articles are published continuously online. Information on newly published articles also appears in the print journal Swiss Medical Forum, which is sent to all members of the Swiss Medical Association FMH.
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. The quality of the editorial work and publishing ethics are maintained without compromise by the editorial board. SMW adheres to the “Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing”. The funding association responsible for the journal, the "Trägerverein Swiss Medical Weekly", 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.
Articles are published continuously online and included in PubMed and Web of Science. Information on newly published articles also appears in the print journal Swiss Medical Forum, which is sent to all members of the Swiss Medical Association FMH.
The Swiss Medical Weekly has played a decisive role in Swiss clinical research. As a scientific platform, the journal has been contributing for 150 years to the promotion of young academics.
Previous titles: Correspondenz-Blatt für Schweizer Aerzte (1871-1919) and Schweizerische Medizinische Wochenschrift / Journal Suisse de Médecine (Schweiz Med Wochenschr) (1920-2000)
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.
Articles published in the Swiss Medical Weekly are preserved in CLOCKSS, a secure dark archive.
Prof. Dr. med. Adriano Aguzzi, Editor in chief
Institute Director, Institute of Neuropathology, UniversitätsSpital Zürich, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. med. Manuel Battegay, Deputy editor in chief
Chief of the Division for Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology, University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. med. Dr. phil. Nikola Biller-Andorno
Director, Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine, Center for Medical Humanities, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Borgwardt, PhD
Head of the Neuropsychiatry and Brain Imaging research group, Department of Psychiatry (UPK), University of Basel, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. med. Jean-Michel Dayer
Emeritus Professor of Medicine of the University of Geneva, Switzerland
Daniele De Luca, MD, PhD
Chief, Division of Pediatrics and Neonatal Critical Care, APHP, GHU Paris Saclay, “A.Beclere” Medical Center / Associate Professor of Neonatology, Paris Saclay University
Amit Dutt, PhD
Integrated Cancer Genomics Laboratory, Tata Memorial Centre, Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC), Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India
Prof. Dr. med. Aristomenis Exadaktylos
Director Department of Emergency Medicine, University Hospital Bern (Inselspital), Bern, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. med. Miodrag Filipovic
Deputy Head of the Clinic for Anesthesiology & Intensive Care, Kantonsspital St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. med. Franco Folli
Professore Ordinario di Endocrinologia, Dipartimento di Scienze della Salute, Universita' degli Studi di Milano, Milano, Italy
Alexander Huber, PhD
Global CMC Head, Cell & Gene Therapy Unit, Novartis Pharma AG, Basel, Switzerland
Dr. sc. nat. Alex Marzel
Research Associate Upper Extremities and Hand Surgery, Schulthess Klinik, Zürich, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. med. Christian Müller
Director Cardiovascular Research Institute, Department of Cardiology, University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. med. Francesco Negro
Divisions of Gastroenterology and hepatology and of Clinical pathology, University Hospital of Geneva, Switzerland
Dr. Dr. Francesco Roselli, MD PhD
Group Leader, dept. of Neurology and dept. of Anatomy, University of Ulm-School of Medicine, Ulm, Germany
Dr. med. Jan Roth
Division of Infectious Diseases & Hospital Epidemiology / Basel Institute for Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics (ceb), University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. med. Christian Seiler, MHA, FACS
Co-chairman of cardiology at the University Hospital, Bern, Switzerlan
Prof. Dr. med. Cristiana Sessa
Clinical-scientific consultant, Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale, Bellinzona, Switzerland
Dr. med. Dr. phil. Johannes Trück
Consultant, Division of Infectious Disease / Research group leader, Children’s Research Center, University Children's Hospital Zurich, Eleonore Foundation, Zürich, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. med. Matthias Turina
Department of General and Transplant Surgery, University Hospital Zurich, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. med. Gérard Waeber
Chief of the Department of Medicine, Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV), Switzerland / Faculty of Biology and Medicine, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
"Public Service Open Access" means the publication of scientific content without costs for the authors and without costs for the readers. The editorial and publishing costs are borne by sponsors.
In the author-pays model, the costs are merely shifted from the readers to the authors. For Open Access journals, APCs (Article Processing Charges) can become an attractive business model that poses a major threat to the independence of editorial decisions: the more articles accepted, the higher the income for the journal. The exponential increase in the number of so-called "predatory publishers" in recent years clearly shows the dangers of this new business model.
The Swiss Medical Weekly has pledged to follow the Public Service Open Access model. No publication fees are charged to authors. As a result, the only criteria for the acceptance of a manuscript submitted to the Swiss Medical Weekly are its scientific soundness, its novelty, and its usefulness to the readership. No other considerations play any role in the editorial decision process, and – crucially – all financial issues are removed from the equation.
A sponsoring association, the “Trägerverein SMW”, is in charge of the journal. It ensures the editorial independence of the Swiss Medical Weekly, following the Fair OA principles, and covers the editorial and publishing costs.
The following institutions have agreed to join the SMW supporting association (in chronological order):
Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS)
Swiss Medical Association (FMH)
University Hospital Basel
GZO Spital Wetzikon
Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, Università della Svizzera Italiana
Solothurner Spitäler AG
Hôpital Cantonal Fribourg
University Department of Geriatric Medicine Felix Platter
"Penta Plus": Kantonsspital Baden, Spitalzentrum Biel, Kantonsspital Graubünden, Spital Simmental-Thun-Saanenland, Kantonsspital Winterthur
Swiss Society of Intensive Care Medicine
Swiss Society of Cardiology
Swiss Society of Emergency and Rescue Medicine
Swiss Paraplegic Centre and Swiss Paraplegic Research
Spitalregion Luzern-Nidwalden (LUNIS)
Prof. Dr. med. André P. Perruchoud
President of the supporting association
Emeritus Professor of Medicine of the University of Basel, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. med. Peter Suter
Emeritus Professor of Medicine of the University of Geneva, Switzerland
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Swiss Medical Weekly
Mode of publication: continuous online publication
Title abbreviation: Swiss Med Wkly
Formerly: Schweizerische medizinische Wochenschrift (1920-2000, ISSN: 0036-7672, eISSN 1424-3997) and Correspondenz-Blatt für Schweizer Ärzte (1871-1919, ISSN 0366-5461)
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