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Open Access Editorial

Publication of clinical trial protocols – what can we learn?

Eirik Skogvoll1* and Jo Kramer-Johansen2

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, St. Olav University Hospital, Trondheim, Norway

2 Dept. of Anaesthesia, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway

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Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine 2013, 21:12  doi:10.1186/1757-7241-21-12

Published: 1 March 2013

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Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine (SJTREM) receives about 220 submissions for publication every year. Based on the principles of open access publishing, all scientifically sound manuscript that are original and in compliance with ethical and author guidelines will be considered for publication. Such editorial policies are in effect in most journals, and together with rigorous peer-review they are the cornerstones of scientific dissemination. The rejection rates for submitted papers and the citations to published papers are considered when overall quality or impact of a journal is evaluated; however, both these metrics have serious shortcomings and can’t be used for comparison between journals without caution. SJTREM currently rejects 60% of all submitted papers; the current impact factor is 1.85.