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Featured article: Optimal assessment choreography for critically ill patients

This pilot simulation study was to determine the optimal choreography for evaluation of the critically ill patients. The results showed that a focused history can be done in either series or parallel to the primary survey, however, there is less mental demand and effort associated with a parallel choreography.


Aims and scope

BMC Emergency Medicine is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on all urgent and emergency aspects of medicine, in both practice and basic research. In addition, the journal covers aspects of disaster medicine and medicine in special locations, such as conflict areas and military medicine, together with articles concerning healthcare services in the emergency departments.

The journal welcomes manuscripts in the following broad areas of research:
  • Patient management in the Emergency Department, quality and efficiency metrics, computer applications including decision support, computerized provider order entry, electronic medical records.
  • Out-of-hospital acute care, ground first responder and paramedic systems, ambulance service and other critical care transports, emergency medical service regulations, policies and guidelines.
  • Pediatric emergency medicine, neurological and psychiatric emergency medicine, toxicology and poisoning management, infection and sepsis, ultrasound, healthcare services research.
  • Resuscitation and cardiac emergency medicine, including but not limited to: thromboembolism, respiratory failure and stroke.
  • Trauma management including, but not limited to: head and neck injury, pelvic fracture, acute musculoskeletal trauma and cut injuries, trauma systems.
  • Emergency medicine in disaster situations, emergency medicine in conflict areas and military medicine.

Peer Review Taxonomy

This journal is participating in a pilot of NISO/STM's Working Group on Peer Review Taxonomy, to identify and standardize definitions and terminology in peer review practices in order to make the peer review process for articles and journals more transparent. Further information on the pilot is available here.

The following summary describes the peer review process for this journal:

  • Identity transparency: Single anonymized
  • Reviewer interacts with: Editor
  • Review information published: Review reports. Reviewer Identities reviewer opt in. Author/reviewer communication

We welcome your feedback on this Peer Review Taxonomy Pilot. Please can you take the time to complete this short survey.

Announcement: we are recruiting new Associate Editors

We are recruiting new Associate Editors to join our international Editorial Board, helping to provide expertise on a wide range of subjects within the area of Emergency Medicine.


Assistant Editor

  • Maxine Dillon, BMC Series, London

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • Speed
    53 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
    43 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    132 days from submission to acceptance
    15 days from acceptance to publication

    Citation Impact
    2.119 - 2-year Impact Factor
    2.540 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.094 - SNIP (Source-Normalized Impact per Paper)
    0.765 - SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)

    562 Altmetric Mentions