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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
Editors-in-Chief

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

Indexing/Abstracting

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

Journal Metrics

The 2017 edition of Journal Citation Reports® cites the 2016 impact factor for WJG as 3.365 (5-year impact factor: 3.176), ranking WJG as 29 among 79 journals in gastroenterology and hepatology (quartile in category Q2). CiteScore (2016): 3.46.

ISSN

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

Editorial
Direct-acting antiviral agents against hepatitis C virus and lipid metabolism 
Tatsuo Kanda, Mitsuhiko Moriyama 
World J Gastroenterol 23(31):5645-5649. Published online Aug 21, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i31.5645
Review
Liquid biopsy in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma: Circulating tumor cells and cell-free nucleic acids 
Wataru Okajima, Shuhei Komatsu, Daisuke Ichikawa, Mahito Miyamae, Takuma Ohashi, Taisuke Imamura, Jun Kiuchi, Keiji Nishibeppu, Tomohiro Arita, Hirotaka Konishi, Atsushi Shiozaki, Ryo Morimura, Hisashi Ikoma, Kazuma Okamoto, Eigo Otsuji 
World J Gastroenterol 23(31):5650-5668. Published online Aug 21, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i31.5650
Basic Study
Fluctuation of zonulin levels in blood vs stability of antibodies 
Aristo Vojdani, Elroy Vojdani, Datis Kharrazian 
World J Gastroenterol 23(31):5669-5679. Published online Aug 21, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i31.5669
Effects of albumin/glutaraldehyde glue on healing of colonic anastomosis in rats 
Kalliopi Despoudi, Ioannis Mantzoros, Orestis Ioannidis, Aggeliki Cheva, Nikolaos Antoniou, Dimitrios Konstantaras, Savvas Symeonidis, Manousos George Pramateftakis, Efstathios Kotidis, Stamatis Angelopoulos, Konstantinos Tsalis 
World J Gastroenterol 23(31):5680-5691. Published online Aug 21, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i31.5680
Cytoplasmic domain of tissue factor promotes liver fibrosis in mice 
Virginia Knight, Dinushka Lourensz, Jorge Tchongue, Jeanne Correia, Peter Tipping, William Sievert 
World J Gastroenterol 23(31):5692-5699. Published online Aug 21, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i31.5692
Schistosoma japonicum attenuates dextran sodium sulfate-induced colitis in mice via reduction of endoplasmic reticulum stress 
Ya Liu, Qing Ye, Yu-Lan Liu, Jian Kang, Yan Chen, Wei-Guo Dong 
World J Gastroenterol 23(31):5700-5712. Published online Aug 21, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i31.5700
Metabolomic profiling for identification of metabolites and relevant pathways for taurine in hepatic stellate cells 
Xin Deng, Xing-Qiu Liang, Fei-Guo Lu, Xiao-Fang Zhao, Lei Fu, Jian Liang 
World J Gastroenterol 23(31):5713-5721. Published online Aug 21, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i31.5713
Protective effects of Foeniculum vulgare root bark extract against carbon tetrachloride-induced hepatic fibrosis in mice 
Cai Zhang, Xing Tian, Ke Zhang, Guo-Yu Li, Hang-Yu Wang, Jin-Hui Wang 
World J Gastroenterol 23(31):5722-5731. Published online Aug 21, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i31.5722
Retrospective Cohort Study
Hypothesized summative anal physiology score correlates but poorly predicts incontinence severity 
Christopher J Young, Assad Zahid, Cherry E Koh, Jane M Young 
World J Gastroenterol 23(31):5732-5738. Published online Aug 21, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i31.5732
Minor endoscopic sphincterotomy followed by large balloon dilation for large choledocholith treatment 
Xiao-Dan Xu, Bo Chen, Jian-Jun Dai, Jian-Qing Qian, Chun-Fang Xu 
World J Gastroenterol 23(31):5739-5745. Published online Aug 21, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i31.5739
Diagnostic value of FIB-4, aspartate aminotransferase-to-platelet ratio index and liver stiffness measurement in hepatitis B virus-infected patients with persistently normal alanine aminotransferase 
You-Wen Tan, Xing-Bei Zhou, Yun Ye, Cong He, Guo-Hong Ge 
World J Gastroenterol 23(31):5746-5754. Published online Aug 21, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i31.5746
Retrospective Study
Accuracy of endoscopic ultrasound-guided tissue acquisition in the evaluation of lymph nodes enlargement in the absence of on-site pathologist 
Yung Ka Chin, Julio Iglesias-Garcia, Daniel de la Iglesia, Jose Lariño-Noia, Ihab Abdulkader-Nallib, Hector Lázare, Susana Rebolledo Olmedo, J Enrique Dominguez-Muñoz 
World J Gastroenterol 23(31):5755-5763. Published online Aug 21, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i31.5755
Doublecortin and CaM kinase-like-1 as an independent prognostic factor in patients with resected pancreatic carcinoma 
Kohei Nishio, Kenjiro Kimura, Ryosuke Amano, Bunzo Nakata, Sadaaki Yamazoe, Go Ohira, Kotaro Miura, Naoki Kametani, Hiroaki Tanaka, Kazuya Muguruma, Kosei Hirakawa, Masaichi Ohira 
World J Gastroenterol 23(31):5764-5772. Published online Aug 21, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i31.5764
Study to determine guidelines for pediatric colonoscopy 
Shinichiro Yoshioka, Hidetoshi Takedatsu, Shuhei Fukunaga, Kotaro Kuwaki, Hiroshi Yamasaki, Ryosuke Yamauchi, Atsushi Mori, Hiroshi Kawano, Tadahiro Yanagi, Tatsuki Mizuochi, Kosuke Ushijima, Keiichi Mitsuyama, Osamu Tsuruta, Takuji Torimura 
World J Gastroenterol 23(31):5773-5779. Published online Aug 21, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i31.5773
Postoperative changes of manometry after restorative proctocolectomy in Korean ulcerative colitis patients 
Se Heon Oh, Yong Sik Yoon, Jong Lyul Lee, Chan Wook Kim, In Ja Park, Seok-Byung Lim, Chang Sik Yu, Jin Cheon Kim 
World J Gastroenterol 23(31):5780-5786. Published online Aug 21, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i31.5780
Threonine and tyrosine kinase may serve as a prognostic biomarker for gallbladder cancer 
Yuan Xie, Jian-Zhen Lin, An-Qiang Wang, Wei-Yu Xu, Jun-Yu Long, Yu-Feng Luo, Jie Shi, Zhi-Yong Liang, Xin-Ting Sang, Hai-Tao Zhao 
World J Gastroenterol 23(31):5787-5797. Published online Aug 21, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i31.5787
Simple instruments facilitating achievement of transanal total mesorectal excision in male patients 
Chang Xu, Hua-Yu Song, Shao-Liang Han, Shi-Chang Ni, Hu-Xiang Zhang, Chun-Gen Xing 
World J Gastroenterol 23(31):5798-5808. Published online Aug 21, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i31.5798
Donor-derived infections among Chinese donation after cardiac death liver recipients 
Qi-Fa Ye, Wei Zhou, Qi-Quan Wan 
World J Gastroenterol 23(31):5809-5816. Published online Aug 21, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i31.5809
Case Report
Rarity among benign gastric tumors: Plexiform fibromyxoma - Report of two cases 
Kinga Szurian, Holger Till, Eva Amerstorfer, Nicole Hinteregger, Hans-Jörg Mischinger, Bernadette Liegl-Atzwanger, Iva Brcic 
World J Gastroenterol 23(31):5817-5822. Published online Aug 21, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i31.5817
Tegafur-uracil-induced rapid development of advanced hepatic fibrosis 
Shuya Honda, Koji Sawada, Takumu Hasebe, Shunsuke Nakajima, Mikihiro Fujiya, Toshikatsu Okumura 
World J Gastroenterol 23(31):5823-5828. Published online Aug 21, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i31.5823