World Journal of Surgery is the official publication of the International Society of Surgery/Societe Internationale de Chirurgie (iss-sic.com). Under the editorship of Dr. Julie Ann Sosa, World Journal of Surgery provides an in-depth, international forum for the most authoritative information on major clinical problems in the fields of clinical and experimental surgery, surgical education, and socioeconomic aspects of surgical care. Contributions are reviewed and selected by a group of distinguished surgeons from across the world who make up the Editorial Board.

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Editor-in-Chief
  • Julie A. Sosa
Publishing model
Hybrid. Open Access options available

Journal metrics

2.768 (2018)
Impact factor
2.980 (2018)
Five year impact factor
702,765 (2019)
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  • WJS Presents: We Asked The Experts

    World Journal of Surgery announces a new regular feature: ‘We Asked The Experts’. This article series will be composed of succinct reviews of specific interesting topics or questions in surgery/medicine. WJS will highlight common clinical dilemmas, innovations in the delivery of clinical care, controversial issues, or cutting-edge developments in education, quality, safety, policy, global surgery, or other nonclinical areas relevant to practicing surgeons.


    We Asked The Experts articles require a presubmission inquiry and approval. Contact the Editorial Office with your proposed topic:  worldjsurg@ohsu.edu

  • COVID-19 and impact on peer review in WJS

    COVID-19 and impact on peer review
    As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.


    We should also note that a significant surge in submissions has been seen at World Journal of Surgery since the start of the pandemic. This has been observed at many other peer-reviewed medical and surgical journals. Our editorial leadership and peer reviewers are working extremely hard to evaluate and respond thoughtfully to submissions. We will ask authors for their patience during this stressful time if the process extends longer than usual. We are doing our best!

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Electronic ISSN
1432-2323
Print ISSN
0364-2313
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