The Editors Note Open Access
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World J Gastroenterol. Feb 15, 1998; 4(1): 1-1
Published online Feb 15, 1998. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v4.i1.1
Strengthen international academic exchange and promote development of gastroenterology
Lian-Sheng Ma, Chief Editor & President, P. O. Box 2345, Beijing 100023, China
Bo-Rong Pan, Editor-in-Chief, M.D, World Journal of Gastroenterology, Room 12, Building 621, Fourth Military Medical University, 17 Chang lexilu, Xi’an 710033, Shaanxi Province, China
Author contributions: All authors contributed equally to the work.
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Received: February 12, 1998
Revised: February 13, 1998
Accepted: February 14, 1998
Published online: February 15, 1998



Approved by the China state Committee of Science and Technology in January 1998 (Document No. 027) , China National Journal of New Gastroenterology has been renamed as World Journal of Gastroenterology and will be published bimonthly and distributed world wide. This is an important turning point in the publication of this Journal.

Since the Journal was established on October 1, 1995, 229 articles, including 8 editorials, 165 original articles (72.0%), 5 reviews, 6 case reports and 45 brief reports have been published in 9 issues of 3 volumes. Seventy-four papers were funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, accounting for 44.8%. Through its content, the Journal reflected the achievements in China’ s gastroenterology made in this period and promoted the international academic exchange in the field of digestion. The Journal was distributed worldwide, covering 32 provinces and autonomous regions domestically and many developed countries as well, including UK, USA, Japan, France, Germany, etc . The Journal has been listed in 8 major indexes of China.

The policy of the World Journal of Gastroenterology is to strengthen the global academic exchange in the field of digestion of both modern medicine and traditional medicine, enhance the development of gastroenterology, and make contributions to protecting the people’s health in the world.

The principle and standard of the publication are high quality and practical. Being a peer-reviewed periodical, the Journal will publish the new achievements, in both experimental researches and clinical studies of digestion of modern medicine and traditional medicine. Priorities are especially given to the original articles of international competitive significance, editorials on the hot topics of gastroenterology, and original articles on the major projects funded by the nation. The Journal is also featured by columns of commentary, reviews and brief reports about new methods, new technics, new experience or information.

We greatly appreciate the extensive concern, and opinions and suggestions about the Journal from the gastroenterologists in the world.

On the occasion of the renaming of the Journal, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all our readers, members of the international advisory board and the editorial board, and leaders at different levels.

We are especially grateful to Prof. Jie-Ping Wu, Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the PRC and academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering and Chinese Academy of Sciences, for inscribing the Chinese name of the Journal. We also owe the smooth publication of the Journal to the great help by Prof. Jia-Yu Xu, the Honorary Editor-in-Chief (Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Second Medical University), Prof. Han-Ming Lu (Xinhua Hospital, Shanghai Second Medical University), Prof. Xie-Ning Wu (Shanghai First People’s Hospital), Prof. Jing-Yun Ma, the Associate Editor-in-Chief (senior editor of the Chinese Medical Association) and so on. Let us goforward hand in hand and strive to make this Journal an important forum for international academic exchange and contribute to the development of global gastroenterology.