Public Service Open Access (PSOA)

Swiss Medical Weekly, which began publication in 1871 as “Correspondenz-Blatt für Schweizer Aerzte”, is an international peer-reviewed medical journal following the Public Service Open Access model (PSOA, also known as Platinum or Diamond Open Access). Public Service Open Access means that the articles are published fully open access and that the journal does not charge any APCs (article-processing charges). Articles are uploaded continuously to and the abstracts are additionally published every other week in the print journal Swiss Medical Forum, which is sent to all members of the Swiss Medical Association FMH.

The quality of SMW publications is guaranteed by a consistent policy of rigorous single-blind peer review. All editorial decisions are made by research-active academics. The large number of reviews fills its pages with a wide range of cutting edge but also established themes.

The Swiss Medical Weekly is the official scientific publication of the Swiss Society of General Internal Medicine, the Swiss Society of Infectiology, the Swiss Society of Rheumatology and the Swiss Society of Pulmonary Hypertension.

The Swiss Medical Weekly has played a decisive role in Swiss clinical research.

Previous titles: Correspondenz-Blatt für Schweizer Aerzte (1871-1919) and Schweizerische Medizinische Wochenschrift / Journal Suisse de Médecine (Schweiz Med Wochenschr) (1920-2000)

Abstracted/indexed in Index Medicus / MEDLINE; Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ); Current Contents / Science Citation Index; EMBASE; SCOPUS; ROAD; Crossref; Dimensions; Altmetric

Articles published in the Swiss Medical Weekly are preserved in CLOCKSS, a secure dark archive.

Discover topics from the early years

Editorial board

Prof. Dr. med. Adriano Aguzzi
Editor in chief

Institute Director, Institute of Neuropathology, UniversitätsSpital Zürich, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. med. Manuel Battegay
Deputy editor in chief

Chief of the Division for Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology, University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland


Prof. Dr. med. Jean-Michel Dayer

Emeritus Professor of Medicine of the University of Geneva, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. med. Christian Seiler, MHA, FACS

Co-chairman of cardiology at the University Hospital, Bern, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. med. Peter Suter
Senior editor

Emeritus Professor of Medicine of the University of Geneva, Switzerland

Supporting association

"Public Service Open Access" means the publication of scientific content without costs for the authors and without costs for the readers. The editorial and publishing costs are borne by sponsors.

In the author-pays model, the costs are merely shifted from the readers to the authors. For Open Access journals, APCs (Article Processing Charges) can become an attractive business model that poses a major threat to the independence of editorial decisions: the more articles accepted, the higher the income for the journal. The exponential increase in the number of so-called "predatory publishers" in recent years clearly shows the dangers of this new business model.

The Swiss Medical Weekly has pledged to follow the Public Service Open Access model. No publication fees are charged to authors. As a result, the only criteria for the acceptance of a manuscript submitted to the Swiss Medical Weekly are its ­scientific soundness, its novelty, and its usefulness to the readership. No other considerations play any role in the editorial decision process, and – crucially – all financial issues are removed from the equation.

A supporting association was founded whose purpose is to support and finance the Swiss Medical Weekly as a "Public Service Open Access" publication and to ensure the editorial independence of the journal.

The following institutions have agreed to join the SMW supporting association (in chronological order):

Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS)

Swiss Medical Association (FMH)

University Hospital Zürich

University Hospital Basel

GZO Spital Wetzikon

Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, Università della Svizzera Italiana

Solothurner Spitäler AG

Hôpital Cantonal Fribourg

University Department of Geriatric Medicine Felix Platter

Kantonsspital Baselland

Spital Zollikerberg

Spitalzentrum Biel

Swiss Society of Intensive Care Medicine (SSICM)

Your contacts

Prof. Dr. med. André P. Perruchoud
President of the supporting association

Emeritus Professor of Medicine of the University of Basel, Switzerland

Dr. med. Natalie Marty
Managing director of the supporting association

e-mail: Natalie Marty
tel. +41 (0)61 467 85 50

Dr. phil. Katharina Blatter
Managing editor

e-mail: Katharina Blatter
Tel. +41 (0)61 467 85 25

Jasmin Borer
Web editor

e-mail: Jasmin Borer
Tel. +41 (0)61 467 85 14

Eveline Maegli
Editorial office

e-mail: Eveline Maegli
tel. +41 (0)61 467 85 52

Dr. med. Victoria Wade Evans
Language editor

e-mail: Victoria Wade Evans
tel. +41 (0)61 467 85 52

Open access license

"Swiss Medical Weekly" is an open access publication published in accordance with the terms of the Creative Commons licence attribution - NonCommercial - NoDerivatives 4.0 International. You are free to share, copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format under the following terms:

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Swiss Medical Weekly

Mode of publication: continuous online publication

ISSN: 1424-3997

Title abbreviation: Swiss Med Wkly

Abstracted/indexed in Index Medicus / MEDLINE; Dimensions; Current Contents / Science Citation Index; EMBASE; Scopus

Formerly: Schweizerische medizinische Wochenschrift (1920-2000, ISSN: 0036-7672, eISSN 1424-3997) and Correspondenz-Blatt für Schweizer Ärzte (1871-1919, ISSN 0366-5461)

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Editing company

EMH Swiss Medical Publishers Ltd.
Farnsburgerstrasse 8
CH-4132 Muttenz
Tel. +41 (0)61 467 85 55
Fax +41 (0)61 467 85 56
e-mail: EMH


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