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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 >>

2018 Published Issues
Editors-in-Chief
  • Andrzej S Tarnawski, DSc, MD, PhD, Professor, (E-mail:atarnawski@yahoo.com) Chief Gastroenterology, VA Long Beach Health Care System, University of California, Long Beach, CA 90822, United States
Indexing/Abstracting
WJG is now abstracted and indexed in Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE, also known as SciSearch®), Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, Journal Citation Reports, Index Medicus, MEDLINE, PubMed, PubMed Central, Scopus, China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), China Science and Technology Journal Database (CSTJ), and Superstar Journals Database.
Journal Metrics
The 2018 edition of Journal Citation Reports® cites the 2017 impact factor for WJG as 3.300 (5-year impact factor: 3.387), ranking WJG as 35 among 80 journals in gastroenterology and hepatology (quartile in category Q2). CiteScore (2017): 3.70.
ISSN
1007-9327 (print) and 2219-2840 (online)
Editorial
Methodology to develop machine learning algorithms to improve performance in gastrointestinal endoscopy 
Thomas de Lange, Pål Halvorsen, Michael Riegler 
World J Gastroenterol 24(45):5057-5062. Published online Dec 7, 2018. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v24.i45.5057
Review
Alcoholic liver disease: Utility of animal models 
Arantza Lamas-Paz, Fengjie Hao, Leonard J Nelson, Maria Teresa Vázquez, Santiago Canals, Manuel Gómez del Moral, Eduardo Martínez-Naves, Yulia A Nevzorova, Francisco Javier Cubero 
World J Gastroenterol 24(45):5063-5075. Published online Dec 7, 2018. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v24.i45.5063
Minireviews
Montezuma’s revenge - the sequel: The one-hundred year anniversary of the first description of “post-infectious” irritable bowel syndrome 
Mark S Riddle, Patrick Connor, Chad K Porter 
World J Gastroenterol 24(45):5076-5080. Published online Dec 7, 2018. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v24.i45.5076
Multidisciplinary approach for post-liver transplant recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma: A proposed management algorithm 
Kin Pan Au, Kenneth Siu Ho Chok 
World J Gastroenterol 24(45):5081-5094. Published online Dec 7, 2018. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v24.i45.5081
Basic Study
Effects of alkaline-electrolyzed and hydrogen-rich water, in a high-fat-diet nonalcoholic fatty liver disease mouse model 
Karen Jackson, Noa Dressler, Rotem S Ben-Shushan, Ari Meerson, Tyler W LeBaron, Snait Tamir 
World J Gastroenterol 24(45):5095-5108. Published online Dec 7, 2018. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v24.i45.5095
Neonatal rhesus monkeys as an animal model for rotavirus infection 
Na Yin, Feng-Mei Yang, Hong-Tu Qiao, Yan Zhou, Su-Qin Duan, Xiao-Chen Lin, Jin-Yuan Wu, Yu-Ping Xie, Zhan-Long He, Mao-Sheng Sun, Hong-Jun Li 
World J Gastroenterol 24(45):5109-5119. Published online Dec 7, 2018. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v24.i45.5109
Glucocorticoid receptor regulates expression of microRNA-22 and downstream signaling pathway in apoptosis of pancreatic acinar cells 
Qiang Fu, Chuan-Jiang Liu, Xu Zhang, Zhen-Sheng Zhai, Yu-Zhu Wang, Ming-Xing Hu, Xian-Ling Xu, Hong-Wei Zhang, Tao Qin 
World J Gastroenterol 24(45):5120-5130. Published online Dec 7, 2018. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v24.i45.5120
Abdominal paracentesis drainage ameliorates severe acute pancreatitis in rats by regulating the polarization of peritoneal macrophages 
Ruo-Hong Liu, Yi Wen, Hong-Yu Sun, Chun-Yu Liu, Yu-Fan Zhang, Yi Yang, Qi-Lin Huang, Jia-Jia Tang, Can-Chen Huang, Li-Jun Tang 
World J Gastroenterol 24(45):5131-5143. Published online Dec 7, 2018. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v24.i45.5131
Retrospective Cohort Study
Pelvic exenterations for primary rectal cancer: Analysis from a 10-year national prospective database 
Gianluca Pellino, Sebastiano Biondo, Antonio Codina Cazador, José María Enríquez-Navascues, Eloy Espín-Basany, Jose Vicente Roig-Vila, Eduardo García-Granero, on behalf of the Rectal Cancer Project 
World J Gastroenterol 24(45):5144-5153. Published online Dec 7, 2018. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v24.i45.5144
Retrospective Study
Clinicopathological parameters predicting recurrence of pT1N0 esophageal squamous cell carcinoma 
Li-Yan Xue, Xiu-Min Qin, Yong Liu, Jun Liang, Hua Lin, Xue-Min Xue, Shuang-Mei Zou, Mo-Yan Zhang, Bai-Hua Zhang, Zhou-Guang Hui, Zi-Tong Zhao, Li-Qun Ren, Yue-Ming Zhang, Xiu-Yun Liu, Yan-Ling Yuan, Jian-Ming Ying, Shu-Geng Gao, Yong-Mei Song, Gui-Qi Wang, Sanford M Dawsey, Ning Lu 
World J Gastroenterol 24(45):5154-5166. Published online Dec 7, 2018. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v24.i45.5154
Nomogram to predict overall survival after gallbladder cancer resection in China 
Yi Bai, Zhi-Song Liu, Jian-Ping Xiong, Wei-Yu Xu, Jian-Zhen Lin, Jun-Yu Long, Fei Miao, Han-Chun Huang, Xue-Shuai Wan, Hai-Tao Zhao 
World J Gastroenterol 24(45):5167-5178. Published online Dec 7, 2018. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v24.i45.5167
Observational Study
Narrow band imaging and white light endoscopy in the characterization of a polypectomy scar: A single-blind observational study 
Fausto Riu Pons, Montserrat Andreu, Javier Gimeno Beltran, Marco Antonio Álvarez-Gonzalez, Agustín Seoane Urgorri, Josep Maria Dedeu, Luis Barranco Priego, Xavier Bessa 
World J Gastroenterol 24(45):5179-5188. Published online Dec 7, 2018. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v24.i45.5179