About SMW

Swiss Medical Weekly is an international peer-reviewed medical journal following the Diamond Open Access model (also known as Public Service or Platinum Open Access). Diamond Open Access means that the articles are published fully open access and that the journal does not charge any article-processing charges. Articles are published continuously online. 

Founded in 1871 under the name Correspondenz-Blatt für Schweizer Aerzte and later Schweizerische Medizinische Wochenschrift, the Swiss Medical Weekly is a scientific publication with a long tradition. Editorial quality and publication ethics are values that are uncompromisingly upheld by the editorial board. Swiss Medical Weekly is now published by the SMW supporting association (Trägerverein Swiss Medical Weekly SMW).

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.

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.

The Swiss Medical Weekly has played a decisive role in Swiss clinical research. As a scientific platform, the journal has been contributing for more than 150 years to the promotion of young academics. Some special articles from previous years can be found here.

Previous titles: Correspondenz-Blatt für Schweizer Aerzte (1871-1919) and Schweizerische Medizinische Wochenschrift / Journal Suisse de Médecine (Schweiz Med Wochenschr) (1920-2000)

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. 

Abstracted/indexed in Index Medicus / MEDLINE; Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ); Current Contents / Science Citation Index; EMBASE; SCOPUS; ROAD; Crossref; Dimensions; Altmetric

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

Editorial board

Editors in chief

Prof. Dr. med. Adriano Aguzzi

Institute Director, Institute of Neuropathology, UniversitätsSpital Zürich, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. med. Gérard Waeber

Chief of the Department of Medicine, Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV), Switzerland  

Academic editors

PD Dr. med. Christine Baumgartner

Department of General Internal Medicine, University Hospital, Bern, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. phil. Nikola Biller-Andorno

Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine, Center for Medical Humanities, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Borgwardt, PhD

Neuropsychiatry and Brain Imaging research group, Department of Psychiatry (UPK), University of Basel, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. med. Tobias Breidthardt

Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland

Dr. med. Federico Caobelli

Nuclear Cardiology, Radiology & Nuclear Medicine Clinic, University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. med. Jean-Michel Dayer

Emeritus Professor of Medicine of the University of Geneva, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. med. Daniele De Luca, PhD

Division of Pediatrics and Neonatal Critical Care, APHP, GHU Paris Saclay, “A.Beclere” Medical Center / Associate Professor of Neonatology, Paris Saclay University

Prof. Dr. med. Nicolas Demartines

Department of Visceral Surgery, Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV), Switzerland  

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. Isabella Eckerle

Department of Molecular Medicine and Microbiology / Center for Emerging Viral Diseases, Geneva University Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland; Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Geneva University Hospitals , Geneva, Switzerland

Dr. med. Gabor Erdoes, PhD

University Department of Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine,  University Hospital Bern (Inselspital), Bern, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. med. Aristomenis Exadaktylos

Department of Emergency Medicine, University Hospital Bern (Inselspital), Bern, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. med. Miodrag Filipovic

Clinic for Anesthesiology & Intensive Care, Kantonsspital St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. med. Franco Folli

Dipartimento di Scienze della Salute, Universita' degli Studi di Milano, Milano, Italy

Prof. Dr. med. Idris Guessous

Division of Primary Care Medicine, Geneva University Hospitals, Geneva, Switzerland

Dr. med. Claudia Herrera-Siklody

Arrhythmias Unit, Department of Cardiology, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne, Switzerland

Alexander Huber, PhD

Commercial Programs, Cell and Gene Therapy, Lonza AG, Basel, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. med. Gregor Lindner

Department of Internal and Emergency Medicine, Bürgerspital Solothurn, Solothurn, Switzerland

Dr. sc. nat. Alex Marzel

Research Associate Upper Extremities and Hand Surgery, Schulthess Klinik, Zürich, Switzerland

Dr. med. Marie Méan

Department of Medicine, Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV), Switzerland

Prof. Dr. med. Christian Müller

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. med. Francesco Roselli, PhD

Dept. of Neurology and dept. of Anatomy, University of Ulm-School of Medicine, Ulm, Germany

Prof. Dr. med. Christian Seiler

Department of cardiology, University Hospital, Bern, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. med. Cristiana Sessa

Clinical-scientific consultant, Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale, Bellinzona, Switzerland 

Prof. Dr. med. Felix Tanner

Department of Cardiology, University Heart Center, University Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

PD Dr. med. Dr. phil. Johannes Trück

Division of Infectious Disease / 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

PD Dr. med. Florence Vallelian

Department of General Internal Medicine, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland 

PD Dr. med. Stefan Weiler, PhD

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University Hospital Bern / Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland

Editorial office

Natalie Marty, MD, MBA
Managing editor
e-mail: Natalie Marty


Maria Oppliger
Editorial assistant


Susanne Redle, MD 
Consulting managing editor
e-mail: Susanne Redle


Caroline Porta
Editorial assistant

Jan Roth, MD, MSc
Consulting managing editor
e-mail: Jan Roth


Victoria Wade Evans, MD
Language editor

SMW supporting association

Our purpose

The SMW supporting association (“Trägerverein SMW”) is a non-profit organisation in charge of the Swiss Medical Weekly. The supervisory board of the supporting association bears the ultimate responsibility for the journal and its journalistic course. It ensures the editorial independence and quality of the journal and covers the editorial, publishing and development costs. 

Our publishing model

In recent years, publishing companies have tended to pursue an author-pays model. In this model, the costs are shifted from the readers to the authors. For such Open Access journals, article processing charges can become an attractive business model that poses a major threat to the independence of editorial decisions, since the more articles accepted, the higher the income for the journal. The higher revenue stream though comes with the costs of a loss of quality and independence.

In order to maintain the editorial independence and control of quality, the SMW supporting association has opted for a different publishing model: the “Diamond Open Access” model (also known as Public Service or Platinum Open Access). In our model, the entire scientific content of the Swiss Medical Weekly is freely available worldwide: due to the SMW supporting association, which covers all related costs, the Swiss Medical Weekly remains independent and offers a high-quality journal without any costs for either authors or readers.



The following institutions have joined the SMW supporting association (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

HFR - Hôpital Fribourgeois

University Department of Geriatric Medicine Felix Platter

Kantonsspital Baselland

Spital Zollikerberg

“Penta Plus”: Kantonsspital Baden, Spitalzentrum Biel, Kantonsspital Graubünden, Spital Simmental-Thun-Saanenland, Kantonsspital Winterthur

Swiss Society of Intensive Care Medicine

Swiss Society of Cardiology

Bibliothèque Universitaire de Médecine, Centre hospitalier universitaire vaudois (CHUV)

Swiss Society of Emergency and Rescue Medicine

Zuger Kantonsspital

Kantonsspital Aarau

Kantonsspital Münsterlingen and Kantonsspital Frauenfeld (Spital Thurgau)

Swiss Paraplegic Centre and Swiss Paraplegic Research

Spitalregion Luzern-Nidwalden (LUNIS) and Kantonsspital Obwalden

Stadtspital Waid und Triemli, Zürich

Stiftung für wissenschaftliche Forschung am Stadtspital Triemli

Swiss Society of Infectiology

Federal Office of Public Health  

Hôpital du Jura

Swiss Society of General Internal Medicine 

Hôpital du Valais

Swiss Society of Rheumatology



Supporting the Swiss Medical Weekly

The Swiss Medical Weekly relies on the members of the SMW supporting association: in order to sustain and to continuously improve the quality and reach of the Swiss Medical Weekly, we need a strong supporting association. Are you interested in becoming a national or international member of the SMW supporting association or do you want to donate?  We would be pleased to hear from you and to answer your questions (contact).

By becoming member of the SMW supporting association your organisation

… gains visibility as a supporting member of the Swiss Medical Weekly and the Open Access community (our website has several thousand visitors each week from all over the world).

… has voting rights in the SMW supporting association.

… helps to maintain a unique information platform for healthcare professionals and (bio-)medical researchers in Switzerland.

contributes to the further development of the Swiss Medical Weekly and the worldwide Open Access community.

… supports academics and especially young researchers in Switzerland and abroad.

… helps to improve the methodological and reporting standards of (bio-)medical research.

… invests in the advancement of (bio-)medical sciences in Switzerland.

… enables readers worldwide to freely access the large information database of the Swiss Medical Weekly with over 200 peer-reviewed publications each year. 

Contacts SMW supporting association

Prof. André P. Perruchoud, MD

President of the SMW supporting association


Natalie Marty, MD, MBA

Managing director of the SMW supporting association

e-mail: supporting association


Prof. Ludwig T. Heuss, MD, MBA 

Vice-president of the SMW supporting association


Jan Roth, MD, MSc

Deputy managing director of the SMW supporting association

e-mail: supporting association


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Board of the SMW supporting association:

Prof. Manuel Battegay, Prof. Idris Guessous, Prof. Ludwig T. Heuss, Gabriela Kaufmann, Prof. Christiane Pauli Magnus, 
Prof. André P. Perruchoud, Dr. Carlos Quinto, Kristian Schneider, Dr. Kaspar Traub

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Swiss Medical Weekly

Mode of publication: continuous online publication

ISSN: 1424-3997

Title abbreviation: Swiss Med Wkly

Abstracted/indexed in Crossref; Current Contents; DOAJ; EMBASE; MEDLINE; PubMed; ROAD; Science Citation Index; Scopus; The Keepers; Web of Science

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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