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 uploaded continuously to www.smw.ch and the abstracts are additionally published every other week in the print journal Swiss Medical Forum, which is sent to all members of the Swiss Medical Association FMH.
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 large number of reviews fills its pages with a wide range of cutting edge but also established themes.
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.
Previous titles: Correspondenz-Blatt für Schweizer Aerzte (1871-1919) and Schweizerische Medizinische Wochenschrift / Journal Suisse de Médecine (Schweiz Med Wochenschr) (1920-2000)
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
Prof. Dr. med. Daniele De Luca, PhD
Division Chief, MCUPH - Associate Professor of Neonatology, “A. Béclère” Medical center and AP-HP Université Paris Saclay, Paris, France
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. 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
Dr. Dr. Francesco Roselli
Group Leader, dept. of Neurology and dept. of Anatomy, University of Ulm-School of Medicine, Ulm, Germany
Prof. Dr. med. Christian Seiler, MHA, FACS
Co-chairman of cardiology at the University Hospital, Bern, Switzerland
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
"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 supporting association was founded whose purpose is to support and finance the Swiss Medical Weekly as a "Public Service Open Access" publication and to ensure the editorial independence of the journal.
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 Zürich
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 Club": Kantonsspital Baden, Spitalzentrum Biel, Kantonsspital Graubünden, Spital Simmental-Thun-Saanenland, Kantonsspital Winterthur
Swiss Society of Intensive Care Medicine (SSICM)
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
Dr. med. Natalie Marty
e-mail: Natalie Marty
tel. +41 (0)61 467 85 50
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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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