The February issue (32:1) of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine is now available on Cambridge Core. Below is an excerpt from Dr. Sam Stratton’s editorial titled, “Another ‘Dear Esteemed Colleague’ Journal Email Invitation?”
“Recently, members of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM) have found themselves invited to join editorial boards, to submit manuscripts, and to do peer reviews for little known “scholarly” journals. A common question that is forwarded to the Prehospital and Disaster Medicine (PDM) Editorial Office is, are these valid invitations and what are they about? This editorial is intended to address some of these questions and to alert PDM readers to the proliferation of non-credible (predatory) medical journal publishing.
Advancements in electronic publishing have radically changed academic publishing. The era of print publishing is rapidly fading and being replaced with online electronic publishing. Electronic publishing changes have resulted in dynamic improvements in dissemination and access to scientific information. Traditional journals such as PDM have embraced electronic publishing in addition to print publication, while newly introduced journals are most often only in electronic format. Journals that adopt the electronic distribution format avoid the cost of print and distribution operations. The cost of physically printing journal content and the constantly increasing cost of distributing printed issues will result in electronic publication being the predominate format for making medical journal content available.”
In addition to more than 600 oral and poster presentations that will occur at the Congress, there are more than 45 non-abstract activities integrated into the scientific program. These activities include: plenaries, panel and roundtable discussions, workshops, debates, and tabletop exercises. The vast majority of these additions to the scientific program are included in the Congress registration fee.
Congress Registration and Accommodation are open. Book your room soon; the room block at the Westin Harbour Castle is filling up fast!
This year’s Congress will be WADEM’s 20th biennial meeting of global experts to exchange knowledge and best practices on disaster health and preparedness, emergency medicine, and prehospital care. Co-hosted by the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the CBRNE Collaborative, the Congress will take place from 25-28 April 2017 in the vibrant city of Toronto, Canada.