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Prehospital and Disaster Medicine (PDM)

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    Prehospital and Disaster Medicine (PDM) is a peer-reviewed health and medical journal that has been published for more than thirty years. PDM the official publication of the World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM). The journal is published by Cambridge University Press (CUP) on behalf of WADEM.

    The principal mission of PDM is the distribution of information relevant to the practice of out-of-hospital and in-hospital emergency medical care, disaster medicine, emergency public health and safety, and disaster mental health and psychosocial support. The journal provides an international forum for the reporting and discussion of scientific studies, both quantitative and qualitative, that have relevance to the above practices. It is one of the few journals that maintain a global perspective in the publication of disaster health and emergency medical information.

    PDM is currently indexed by the US National Library of Medicine in the PubMed database, SCOPUS (Science Citation Index Journal and Country Rank), and the ESCI (Emerging Sources Citation Index) of the Thomson Reuters Web of Science. To assure highest standards in publication of scientific content, PDM supports and follows international standards for peer review of all material that may be used as an authoritative citation or reference. PDM is a signatory with the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICJME) and the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

    Open Access

    Prehospital and Disaster Medicine  (PDM) is a hybrid journal, meaning that it publishes on a subscription basis but provides authors with options to make their article open access in two different ways.

    Under the Green Open Access policy for Science, Technology, and Medicine (STM) journals at Cambridge University Press, authors can archive certain versions of their articles six months after publication – the submitted version under review or the accepted (peer-reviewed) version, but not the final version of record – in an institutional or non-commercial subject repository, or on their personal or departmental websites. This allows authors to comply with the open access mandates of many funders and institutions. For more details, please visit the Green Open Access Policy page.

    Under Gold Open Access the author can publish under a Creative Commons license, enabling anyone to access and redistribute the content and, depending upon the license, re-use the content in new or derivative works with attribution. The terms of re-use for Gold Open Access content are stated in the copyright line of the article. Gold Open Access is supported by an article-processing charge (APC) typically paid for by the author’s funding body or institution.

    Find the APC for this journal in CUP’s full list of APC charges.

    Visit CUP’s Hybrid Open Access FAQs for more information. For any questions which are not answered by the policy pages and resources, please contact –