About SMW

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.

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.

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Editorial board

Editors in chief

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

Academic editors

PD Dr. med. Christine Baumgartner

Senior physician, Department of General Internal Medicine, University Hospital, Bern, 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. Tobias Breidthardt

Senior physician, Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital, 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

Prof. Dr. med. Idris Guessous

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

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. med. Marie Méan

Senior physician, Department of Medicine, Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV), 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, 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

Prof. Dr. med. Matthias Turina

Department of General and Transplant Surgery, University Hospital Zurich, University of Zurich, Switzerland

PD Dr. med. Florence Vallelian

Senior physician, Department of General Internal Medicine, University Hospital 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

PD Dr. med. Stefan Weiler, MD PHD

Head, Division of Science, National Poisons Information Centre, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Supporting association

"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 joined 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

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

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)

Stadtspital Waid und Triemli, Zürich

Stiftung für wissenschaftliche Forschung am Stadtspital Triemli

Swiss Society of Infectiology

Hôpital du Jura

Swiss Society of General Internal Medicine 

Hôpital du Valais

Swiss Society of Rheumatology



Contacts - supporting association

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
Managing director of the supporting association

e-mail: supporting association
tel. +41 (0)61 467 85 50

Editorial office

Dr. med. Natalie Marty
Consulting managing editor

e-mail: Natalie Marty
tel. +41 (0)61 467 85 50

Dr. med. Jan Roth
Consulting managing editor

e-mail: Jan Roth

Caroline Porta
Editorial assistant

e-mail: Caroline Porta

Tatjana Zehnder
Editorial assistant

e-mail: Tatjana Zehnder

Dr. med. Victoria Wade Evans
Language editor

e-mail: Victoria Wade Evans

Open access license

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Swiss Medical Weekly

Mode of publication: continuous online publication

ISSN: 1424-3997

Title abbreviation: Swiss Med Wkly

Abstracted/indexed in Index Medicus / MEDLINE; Dimensions; Current Contents / Science Citation Index; EMBASE; Scopus

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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Editing company

EMH Swiss Medical Publishers Ltd.
Farnsburgerstrasse 8
CH-4132 Muttenz
Tel. +41 (0)61 467 85 55
Fax +41 (0)61 467 85 56
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