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Western Journal of Emergency Medicine

Integrating Emergency Care With Populations Health

The Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health (WestJEM) is published by the Department of Emergency Medicine at UC Irvine School of Medicine.

WestJEM's editor-in-chief is Mark Langdorf, MD, MHPE, Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine. The Department of Emergency Medicine is a major sponsor of the premier open-access MEDLINE-indexed journal. Its full texts are available at eScholarship by the University of CaliforniaPubMed and PubMed Central.

Emergency medicine is a specialty that closely reflects societal challenges and consequences of public policy decisions. The emergency department specifically deals with social injustice, health and economic disparities, violence and substance abuse, as well as disaster preparedness and response.

WestJEM focuses on how emergency care affects the health of a community and its population, and, conversely, how societal challenges affect the composition of the patient population seeking care in the emergency department. The development of better systems to provide emergency care, including technology solutions, is critical to enhancing population health.

WestJEM is fully open access and free to access throughout the world, and authors keep their copyright. WestJEM has a two-year Clarivate impact factor of 3.985, and is ranked 5th among general emergency medicine journals in the world. It gets more than 3 million page views and downloads per year, and is distributed electronically to more than 12,000 emergency medicine scholars around the world.

WestJEM publishes six full-text online issues and two print issues each year for the sponsoring societies and subscribing departments. The journal has published yearly Special Issues on Emergency Medicine Education and Research since 2015, partnering with the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD) and the Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine (CDEM). In addition, there have been special issues on Firearm Violence Injury and Prevention, and planned Special Issues on Social Emergency Medicine and Opiate Abuse and Addiction.