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Welcome to the World Journal of Gastroenterology

The World Journal of Gastroenterology (WJG) is an academic journal that publishes review articles and articles describing original research (basic or clinical) in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, gastrointestinal surgery, and gastrointestinal endoscopy. With the aim of advancing knowledge in each of these fields, the WJG gives topical priority to related major diseases and their clinical management; frequently published disease topics are gastric cancer, colorectal cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, pancreatic cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, hepatitis C, hepatitis B, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and liver transplantation. All articles published in the WJG comply with the Code of Conduct of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and the requirements of Academic Rules and Norms. No restrictions are imposed on numbers of words, figures (color, B/W), tables or references for any articles published in the WJG, allowing authors to tell a whole story. The WJG readership audience is global, representing 221 countries and regions, with an average number of 55,000 visits to the online journal per day. 

We encourage gastroenterologists and hepatologists worldwide to submit manuscripts to the WJG describing their original basic or clinical research findings that are of high academic value and which report new diagnostic techniques or summarize their treatment experiences.

The usual times related to all publication processes of the WJG are as follows: (1) From manuscript receipt to peer-review: 2-4 weeks; (2) From initial manuscript acceptance, with revisions, to return of the revised manuscript from the authors: 4-5 weeks; (3) From return of the revised manuscript from the authors to final acceptance: 1-2 weeks; (4) From final acceptance to an article in press: 2 days; and (5) From article in press designation to formal release of the electronic version and all online documentation: 2-9 weeks. The WJG’s acceptance rate: 35%. Submit here >>

2017 Published Issues
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Editors-in-Chief

Damian Garcia-Olmo, MD, PhD, Doctor, Professor, Surgeon; Stephen Strom, PhD, Professor; Andrzej Tarnawski, DSc, MD, PhD, Professor

Indexing/Abstracting

Science Citation Index Expanded(Web of Science), Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, Journal Citation Reports, Index Medicus, MEDLINE, PubMed, and PubMed Central.

Journal Metrics

The 2015 edition of Journal Citation Reports® released by Thomson Reuters (ISI) cites the 2015 impact factor for WJG as 2.787 (5-year impact factor: 2.848), ranking WJG as 38 among 78 journals in gastroenterology and hepatology (quartile in category Q2). SJR (SCImago Journal Rank) (2015): 1.076; IPP (Impact per Publication) (2015): 2.850; SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper) (2015): 1.137; and CiteScore(2015)3.20.

ISSN

1007-9327 (print) and 2219-2840 (online)

Editorial
Hepatitis C virus-associated pruritus: Etiopathogenesis and therapeutic strategies  
Youssef Alhmada, Denis Selimovic, Fadi Murad, Sarah-Lilly Hassan, Youssef Haikel, Mossaad Megahed, Matthias Hannig, Mohamed Hassan
World J Gastroenterol 23(5):743-750. Published online Feb 7, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i5.743
Review
Is endoscopic ultrasound examination necessary in the management of esophageal cancer?  
Tomas DaVee, Jaffer A Ajani, Jeffrey H Lee
World J Gastroenterol 23(5):751-762. Published online Feb 7, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i5.751
Current and future therapies for inherited cholestatic liver diseases  
Wendy L van der Woerd, Roderick HJ Houwen, Stan FJ van de Graaf
World J Gastroenterol 23(5):763-775. Published online Feb 7, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i5.763
To screen or not to screen? Celiac antibodies in liver diseases  
Janaína Luz Narciso-Schiavon, Leonardo Lucca Schiavon
World J Gastroenterol 23(5):776-791. Published online Feb 7, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i5.776
Basic Study
Sinusoid endotheliitis as a histological parameter for diagnosing acute liver allograft rejection  
Yu Shi, Kun Dong, Yu-Guo Zhang, René P Michel, Victoria Marcus, Yu-Yue Wang, Yu Chen, Zu-Hua Gao
World J Gastroenterol 23(5):792-799. Published online Feb 7, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i5.792
Genomic variability of Helicobacter pylori isolates of gastric regions from two Colombian populations  
Andrés Jenuer Matta, Alvaro Jairo Pazos, Javier Andrés Bustamante-Rengifo, Luis Eduardo Bravo
World J Gastroenterol 23(5):800-809. Published online Feb 7, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i5.800
Gut microbial diversity analysis using Illumina sequencing for functional dyspepsia with liver depression-spleen deficiency syndrome and the interventional Xiaoyaosan in a rat model  
Juan-Juan Qiu, Zhe Liu, Peng Zhao, Xue-Jun Wang, Yu-Chun Li, Hua Sui, Lawrence Owusu, Hui-Shu Guo, Zheng-Xu Cai
World J Gastroenterol 23(5):810-816. Published online Feb 7, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i5.810
Dendritic cells engineered to secrete anti-DcR3 antibody augment cytotoxic T lymphocyte response against pancreatic cancer in vitro  
Jiang Chen, Xiao-Zhong Guo, Hong-Yu Li, Jia-Jun Zhao, Wen-Da Xu
World J Gastroenterol 23(5):817-829. Published online Feb 7, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i5.817
Remote ischemic perconditioning prevents liver transplantation-induced ischemia/reperfusion injury in rats: Role of ROS/RNS and eNOS  
Ning He, Jun-Jun Jia, Jian-Hui Li, Yan-Fei Zhou, Bing-Yi Lin, Yi-Fan Peng, Jun-Jie Chen, Tian-Chi Chen, Rong-Liang Tong, Li Jiang, Hai-Yang Xie, Lin Zhou, Shu-Sen Zheng
World J Gastroenterol 23(5):830-841. Published online Feb 7, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i5.830
Retrospective Cohort Study
Levothyroxine therapy and impaired clearance are the strongest contributors to small intestinal bacterial overgrowth: Results of a retrospective cohort study  
Thorsten Brechmann, Andre Sperlbaum, Wolff Schmiegel
World J Gastroenterol 23(5):842-852. Published online Feb 7, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i5.842
Preoperative albumin level is a marker of alveolar echinococcosis recurrence after hepatectomy  
Gaëtan-Romain Joliat, Ismail Labgaa, Nicolas Demartines, Nermin Halkic
World J Gastroenterol 23(5):853-858. Published online Feb 7, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i5.853
Retrospective Study
Magnetic resonance elastography is accurate in detecting advanced fibrosis in autoimmune hepatitis  
Jin Wang, Neera Malik, Meng Yin, Thomas C Smyrk, Albert J Czaja, Richard L Ehman, Sudhakar K Venkatesh
World J Gastroenterol 23(5):859-868. Published online Feb 7, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i5.859
Risk of alcohol use relapse after liver transplantation for alcoholic liver disease  
Yasuharu Onishi, Hiroyuki Kimura, Tomohide Hori, Shinichi Kishi, Hideya Kamei, Nobuhiko Kurata, Chisato Tsuboi, Naoko Yamaguchi, Mayu Takahashi, Saki Sunada, Mitsuaki Hirano, Hiroshige Fujishiro, Takashi Okada, Masatoshi Ishigami, Hidemi Goto, Norio Ozaki, Yasuhiro Ogura
World J Gastroenterol 23(5):869-875. Published online Feb 7, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i5.869
Clinical Trials Study
Effects of sex and generation on hepatitis B viral load in families with hepatocellular carcinoma  
Ai-Ru Hsieh, Cathy SJ Fann, Chau-Ting Yeh, Hung-Chun Lin, Shy-Yi Wan, Yi-Cheng Chen, Chia-Lin Hsu, Jennifer Tai, Shi-Ming Lin, Dar-In Tai
World J Gastroenterol 23(5):876-884. Published online Feb 7, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i5.876
Observational Study
Impact of humic acids on the colonic microbiome in healthy volunteers  
Alexander Swidsinski, Yvonne Dörffel, Vera Loening-Baucke, Christoph Gille, Anne Reißhauer, Onder Göktas, Monika Krüger, Jürgen Neuhaus, Wieland Schrödl
World J Gastroenterol 23(5):885-890. Published online Feb 7, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i5.885
Early thrombomodulin-α administration outcome for acute disseminated intravascular coagulopathy in gastrointestinal surgery  
Hirotaka Konishi, Kazuma Okamoto, Katsutoshi Shoda, Tomohiro Arita, Toshiyuki Kosuga, Ryo Morimura, Shuhei Komatsu, Yasutoshi Murayama, Atsushi Shiozaki, Yoshiaki Kuriu, Hisashi Ikoma, Masayoshi Nakanishi, Daisuke Ichikawa, Hitoshi Fujiwara, Eigo Otsuji
World J Gastroenterol 23(5):891-898. Published online Feb 7, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i5.891
Prospective Study
Frailty is independently associated with increased hospitalisation days in patients on the liver transplant waitlist  
Marie Sinclair, Eduard Poltavskiy, Jennifer L Dodge, Jennifer C Lai
World J Gastroenterol 23(5):899-905. Published online Feb 7, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i5.899
Percutaneous electrochemotherapy in the treatment of portal vein tumor thrombosis at hepatic hilum in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma in cirrhosis: A feasibility study  
Luciano Tarantino, Giuseppina Busto, Aurelio Nasto, Raffaele Fristachi, Luigi Cacace, Maria Talamo, Catello Accardo, Sara Bortone, Paolo Gallo, Paolo Tarantino, Riccardo Aurelio Nasto, Matteo Nicola Dario Di Minno, Pasquale Ambrosino
World J Gastroenterol 23(5):906-918. Published online Feb 7, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i5.906
Case Report
Pancreaticoduodenectomy: Secondary stenting of the celiac trunk after inefficient median arcuate ligament release and reoperation as an alternative to simultaneous hepatic artery reconstruction  
Théophile Guilbaud, Jacques Ewald, Olivier Turrini, Jean Robert Delpero
World J Gastroenterol 23(5):919-925. Published online Feb 7, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i5.919
Peroral endoscopic myotomy for treatment of Guillain-Barre syndrome-associated achalasia: A rare case  
Seung Kak Shin, Kyoung Oh Kim, Eui Joo Kim, Su Young Kim, Jung Ho Kim, Yoon Jae Kim, Jun-Won Chung, Kwang An Kwon, Dong Kyun Park
World J Gastroenterol 23(5):926-930. Published online Feb 7, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i5.926