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Elsevier announces the launch of the International Journal of Surgery Protocols

New open access, online-only journal dedicated to publishing surgical protocols

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New York, NY, May 12, 2016 -- Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services, today announced the launch of the International Journal of Surgery Protocols (IJS Protocols), an open access journal covering all areas of surgery. The journal will be the first in the surgical field to accept research protocols and related articles and correspondence for publication. The journal is accepting submissions from May 2016 onwards and will begin publishing articles in June 2016.

IJS Protocols will be edited by Dr. Riaz Agha, Director of IJS Publishing Group. Dr. Agha commented on the need for this new journal: "We need to know what works and what doesn't in order to drive higher quality research in the right direction, aid collaboration, and prevent duplication and wasted resources. Other issues our community grapples with are underpowered studies, poor statistical methods, poor reproducibility and external validity, and poor methodology and reporting of studies. Publishing protocols brings the focus away from the results themselves to the research questions, the hypothesis and the robustness of the methodology used to investigate it. Peer-review of protocols will allow for independent external feedback at an important early stage and for course corrections that could save significant time, money and resources spent on a study that was asking the wrong research question or which deployed the wrong methodology or both. We hope that the surgical community will support this new journal."

Guided by an editorial board of experts in the field, the journal will publish protocols, related editorials, and commentaries on topics across the surgical spectrum. Authors publishing in IJS Protocols will benefit from rapid review and their papers will be available open access on and ScienceDirect.

IJS Protocols joins four sister journals also published by Elsevier on behalf of IJS Publishing Group: International Journal of Surgery (which also has a Chinese edition), International Journal of Surgery Open (open access), International Journal of Surgery Case Reports (open access), and the Annals of Medicine and Surgery (open access).

Andrew Berin, Publishing Director at Elsevier, commented, "We are extremely pleased to add this unique journal to our surgery portfolio and are confident of its success. With its launch our intention is to introduce a valuable new service for authors and readers across the surgical community, and to provide a resource to support the publication of high-quality surgical research."

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About open access publishing at Elsevier

Elsevier has been providing open access publishing options since 2005. Today, researchers can choose to publish open access in over 1,600 established peer-reviewed journals as well as over 480 open access journals and these numbers will continue to grow rapidly. All of Elsevier's open access publications have been peer reviewed, ensuring that the broader community not only reads the latest research but that it is factual, original and of the highest quality and ethical standards. For more information about Elsevier's open access program, visit

About IJS Publishing Group

IJS Publishing Group Ltd was established in 2003; it manages and owns the International Journal of Surgery (IJS), IJS Case Reports, IJS Open, IJS Chinese Edition (Mandarin language) and Annals of Medicine and Surgery, which are published by Elsevier. IJS Publishing Group also manages and owns and

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions -- among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence, and ClinicalKey -- and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 33,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries.

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