Welcome to 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. For details, please see http://www.wjgnet.com/1007-9327/VisitStatistics.aspx.


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 >>

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


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Journal Metrics

According to the 2014 Journal Citation Reports released by Thomson Reuters (ISI), the 2014 impact factor for WJG is 2.369, ranking 41 among 76 journals in gastroenterology and hepatology. SJR (SCImago Journal Rank) (2014) : 0.785; IPP (Impact per Publication) (2014) : 2.523; and SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper) (2014) : 1.089.


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Contents Volume 22  Issue 20  May 28, 2016
When a liver transplant recipient goes back to alcohol abuse: Should we be more selective?  
Monica Leon, Joseph Varon, Salim Surani
World J Gastroenterol 22(20):4789-4793. Published online May 28, 2016. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v22.i20.4789
Topic Highlight
Inflammatory bowel disease and cancer: The role of inflammation, immunosuppression, and cancer treatment  
Jordan E Axelrad, Simon Lichtiger, Vijay Yajnik
World J Gastroenterol 22(20):4794-4801. Published online May 28, 2016. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v22.i20.4794
Hydradenitis suppurativa and inflammatory bowel disease: An unusual, but existing association  
Mariabeatrice Principi, Nicoletta Cassano, Antonella Contaldo, Andrea Iannone, Giuseppe Losurdo, Michele Barone, Mario Mastrolonardo, Gino Antonio Vena, Enzo Ierardi, Alfredo Di Leo
World J Gastroenterol 22(20):4802-4811. Published online May 28, 2016. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v22.i20.4802
Current and emerging therapies in unresectable and recurrent gastric cancer  
Erin Jou, Lakshmi Rajdev
World J Gastroenterol 22(20):4812-4823. Published online May 28, 2016. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v22.i20.4812
Multiplex qPCR for serodetection and serotyping of hepatitis viruses: A brief review  
Mohammad Irshad, Priyanka Gupta, Dhananjay Singh Mankotia, Mohammad Ahmad Ansari
World J Gastroenterol 22(20):4824-4834. Published online May 28, 2016. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v22.i20.4824
Advanced imaging techniques in the therapeutic response of transarterial chemoembolization for hepatocellular carcinoma  
Ke Yang, Xiao-Ming Zhang, Lin Yang, Hao Xu, Juan Peng
World J Gastroenterol 22(20):4835-4847. Published online May 28, 2016. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v22.i20.4835
Basic Study
Immunological changes in different patient populations with chronic hepatitis C virus infection  
Laszlo Szereday, Matyas Meggyes, Melinda Halasz, Julia Szekeres-Bartho, Alajos Par, Gabriella Par
World J Gastroenterol 22(20):4848-4859. Published online May 28, 2016. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v22.i20.4848
Gastric emptying, postprandial blood pressure, glycaemia and splanchnic flow in Parkinson’s disease  
Laurence G Trahair, Thomas E Kimber, Katerina Flabouris, Michael Horowitz, Karen L Jones
World J Gastroenterol 22(20):4860-4867. Published online May 28, 2016. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v22.i20.4860
Wortmannin influences hypoxia-inducible factor-1 alpha expression and glycolysis in esophageal carcinoma cells  
Ling Zeng, Hai-Yun Zhou, Na-Na Tang, Wei-Feng Zhang, Gui-Jun He, Bo Hao, Ya-Dong Feng, Hong Zhu
World J Gastroenterol 22(20):4868-4880. Published online May 28, 2016. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v22.i20.4868
miR-29a up-regulation in AR42J cells contributes to apoptosis via targeting TNFRSF1A gene  
Qiang Fu, Tao Qin, Lin Chen, Chuan-Jiang Liu, Xu Zhang, Yu-Zhu Wang, Ming-Xing Hu, Hao-Yuan Chu, Hong-Wei Zhang
World J Gastroenterol 22(20):4881-4890. Published online May 28, 2016. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v22.i20.4881
Retrospective Cohort Study
Rectal cancer staging: Multidetector-row computed tomography diagnostic accuracy in assessment of mesorectal fascia invasion  
Davide Ippolito, Silvia Girolama Drago, Cammillo Talei Franzesi, Davide Fior, Sandro Sironi
World J Gastroenterol 22(20):4891-4900. Published online May 28, 2016. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v22.i20.4891
Retrospective Study
Clinical and ABCB11 profiles in Korean infants with progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis  
Ji Sook Park, Jae Sung Ko, Jeong Kee Seo, Jin Soo Moon, Sung Sup Park
World J Gastroenterol 22(20):4901-4907. Published online May 28, 2016. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v22.i20.4901
Primary hepatic epithelioid angiomyolipoma: A malignant potential tumor which should be recognized  
Jie Liu, Cheng-Wu Zhang, De-Fei Hong, Ran Tao, Yuan Chen, Min-Jie Shang, Yu-Hua Zhang
World J Gastroenterol 22(20):4908-4917. Published online May 28, 2016. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v22.i20.4908
Observational Study
Efficacy of peroral endoscopic myotomy vs other achalasia treatments in improving esophageal function  
Madhusudhan R Sanaka, Umar Hayat, Prashanthi N Thota, Ramprasad Jegadeesan, Monica Ray, Scott L Gabbard, Neha Wadhwa, Rocio Lopez, Mark E Baker, Sudish Murthy, Siva Raja
World J Gastroenterol 22(20):4918-4925. Published online May 28, 2016. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v22.i20.4918
Prospective Study
Acoustic radiation force impulse imaging for assessing liver fibrosis in alcoholic liver disease  
Anita Kiani, Vanessa Brun, Fabrice Lainé, Bruno Turlin, Jeff Morcet, Sophie Michalak, Antonia Le Gruyer, Ludivine Legros, Edouard Bardou-Jacquet, Yves Gandon, Romain Moirand
World J Gastroenterol 22(20):4926-4935. Published online May 28, 2016. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v22.i20.4926
Longitudinal molecular characterization of endoscopic specimens from colorectal lesions  
Petra Minarikova, Lucie Benesova, Tereza Halkova, Barbora Belsanova, Stepan Suchanek, Jiri Cyrany, Inna Tuckova, Jan Bures, Miroslav Zavoral, Marek Minarik
World J Gastroenterol 22(20):4936-4945. Published online May 28, 2016. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v22.i20.4936
Systematic Reviews
Colorectal cancer screening in countries of European Council outside of the EU-28  
Emma Altobelli, Francesco D’Aloisio, Paolo Matteo Angeletti
World J Gastroenterol 22(20):4946-4957. Published online May 28, 2016. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v22.i20.4946
Case Report
Idiopathic abdominal cocoon syndrome with unilateral abdominal cryptorchidism and greater omentum hypoplasia in a young case of small bowel obstruction  
Xiang Fei, Hai-Rui Yang, Peng-Fei Yu, Hai-Bo Sheng, Guo-Li Gu
World J Gastroenterol 22(20):4958-4962. Published online May 28, 2016. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v22.i20.4958