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 (also known as Diamond or Platinum Open Access). Public Service 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. 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 supporting association SMW, 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

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

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

Dr. med. Federico Caobelli

Responsible for 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

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. 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

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

Dr. med. Claudia Herrera-Siklody

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

Alexander Huber, PhD

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

Prof. Dr. med. Gregor Lindner

Head Physician, 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

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. med. Francesco Roselli, PhD

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

Prof. Dr. med. Christian Seiler

Co-chairman of cardiology at the University Hospital, Bern, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. med. Cristiana Sessa

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

Prof. Dr. med. Felix Tanner

Deputy Clinic Director Cardiology, Division Head Echocardiography, Department of Cardiology, University Heart Center, University Hospital Zurich, Zurich, 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 

PD Dr. med. Stefan Weiler, PHD

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

Editorial office

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


Maria Oppliger
Editorial assistant
e-mail: Maria Oppliger


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


Caroline Porta
Editorial assistant
e-mail: Caroline Porta

Victoria Wade Evans, MD
Language editor

Supporting association SMW

Our purpose

The supporting association SMW (“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 supporting association SMW has opted for a different publishing model: the “Public Service Open Access” model (also known as Diamond or Platinum Open Access). In our model, the entire scientific content of the Swiss Medical Weekly  is freely available worldwide: due to the supporting association SMW, 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.


Supporting the Swiss Medical Weekly

The Swiss Medical Weekly with its unique “Public Service Open Access” model relies on the members of the supporting association SMW: 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 supporting association SMW 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 supporting association SMW 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 supporting association SMW.

… 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. 



The following institutions have joined the supporting association SMW (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


Contacts — supporting association SMW

Prof. André P. Perruchoud, MD

President of the supporting association SMW


Natalie Marty, MD, MBA

Managing director of the supporting association SMW

e-mail: supporting association


Prof. Ludwig T. Heuss, MD, MBA 

Vice-president of the supporting association SMW


Jan Roth, MD, MSc

Deputy managing director of the supporting association SMW

e-mail: supporting association


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Steinentorstrasse 11

Postfach 466

CH-4010 Basel

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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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CH-4132 Muttenz


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