The Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health (WestJEM) is recruiting additional academic emergency physician(s) to serve as Decision Editor(s) and on the Editorial Board.

WestJEM is the premier open-access Medline-indexed EM journal in the world. As the official journal of California ACEP, American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP) and the California chapter of American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM), the journal focuses on how emergency care affects health and health disparities in communities and populations. Additionally, WestJEM focuses on how social conditions impact the composition of patients seeking care in emergency departments worldwide. The journal’s subtitle: Integrating Emergency Care with POPULATION HEALTH,  is unique among the EM journals. It reflects how medical care is delivered. This includes ED operations, public policy and advocacy, injury prevention, educational innovations, disaster preparedness and response, technology advances in patient care, and behavioral health.

Here are some facts about our Journal.

  1. WestJEM is distributed electronically to 23,000 emergency medicine scholars and 4,300 in print. This includes 80 academic department of emergency medicine subscribers and 7 AAEM State Chapters.
  2. WestJEM ranked 25th of 75 EM journals by Scopus and 21st of 76 Scimago EM Journals with an Impact Factor of 1.136 (Cites/Doc; 2 years)
  3. WestJEM papers received 1.6 million page hits and downloads in 2017.

The successful candidate(s) for this volunteer position would have the following background:

  1. Moderate to extensive publication history of original research in peer-reviewed journals.
  2. Academic appointment at the Associate or Full Professor level.
  3. Moderate to extensive experience as a peer reviewer, section editor or decision editor for a scientific journal.
  4. MD, DO or PhD degree.
  5. Fellowship training and research niche.
  6. Familiarity with study methodology and statistics sufficient to critique a research paper.

Duties of the Editorial Board Member and Decision Editor would be the following:

  1. Synthesize peer reviews and Section Editor review into a cogent response to the authors for 10-15 research papers or reviews per year.
  2. Attend journal editorial board meetings at ACEP and SAEM (2 hours each).
  3. Participate in many biweekly decision editor phone conferences throughout the year.
  4. Promote the journal in academic activities and writings.
  5. Recruit excellent research papers for submission from authors in your area of influence and academic expertise.
  6. Write at least one editorial per year for a paper to be published in your area of academic expertise.
  7. Assist in recruiting women reviewers and Section Editors when vacancies arise.

Please respond with your CV and letter of interest to editor@westjem.org . Letter of interest should outline your academic background, peer-review experience, and publication profile (number, journal, research niche). Since this is an open call for a combined role as Decision Editor and Editorial Board member, the qualifications are robust, and bypass the usual progression for our journal from reviewer to Section Editor, to Editorial Board Member to Decision Editor. Most Editorial Board members forWestJEM are not Decision Editors. This is call for interest in both and requires moderate to substantial commitment. This is a position of influence and authority within the journal.