Hernia was founded in 1997 by Jean P. Chevrel with the purpose of promoting clinical studies and basic research as they apply to groin hernias and the abdominal wall . Since that time, a true revolution in the field of hernia studies has transformed the field from a ”simple” disease to one that is very specialized. While the majority of surgeries for primary inguinal and abdominal wall hernia are performed in hospitals worldwide, complex situations such as multi recurrences, complications, abdominal wall reconstructions and others are being studied and treated in specialist centers. As a result, major institutions and societies are creating specific parameters and criteria to better address the complexities of hernia surgery.

Hernia is a journal written by surgeons who have made abdominal wall surgery their specific field of interest, but we will consider publishing content from any surgeon who wishes to improve the science of this field. The Journal aims to ensure that hernia surgery is safer and easier for surgeons as well as patients, and provides a forum to all surgeons in the exchange of new ideas, results, and important research that is the basis of professional activity.

Hernia is a rigorously peer reviewed journal that regularly publishes specific topical issues and collections in addition to original articles, and is affiliated with the European Hernia Society (EHS), the Americas Hernia Society (AHS), the Canadian Hernia Society, and the Asia Pacific Hernia Society (APHS)

  • Advances clinical studies and basic research applied to groin hernias, internal hernias, the abdominal wall, the diaphragm and the perineum
  • Written by surgeons for surgeons and other medical professionals
  • 100% of authors who answered a survey reported that they would definitely publish or probably publish in the journal again

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Editor-in-Chief Emeritus
  • Volker Schumpelick
  • Giampiero Campanelli
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Hybrid (Transformative Journal). How to publish with us, including Open Access

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2.920 (2021)
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3.354 (2021)
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24 days
Submission to first decision (Median)
368,966 (2021)

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    HERNIA is organising a special issue on postoperative chronic pain.

  • Prof Volker Schumpelick

    It is with deep sorrow that we announce that Prof Volker Schumpelick, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of HERNIA, has passed away. 

    The Editor-in-Chief, the Associate Editors and the Section Editors of the journal wish to express their condolences to his family and collaborators.

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