On May 5, 2019, the Department of Gastroenterology, PUMCH held at a conference room of the hospital its first roundtable with Gut, an internationally renowned medical journal. Professor Emad El-Omar, editor-in-chief of Gut, and Ms. Zhao Yang, BMJ’s Chinese publisher, were invited by Professor Yang Aiming, director of Gastroenterology for the visit and talks.
Gut is one of the most influential journals under BMJ. Its IF in 2017 was 17.016, ranking the second among the 80 journals on gastroenterology and hepatology. Professor Emad El-Omar is an expert of international influence on gastroenterology and hepatology. He is a professor of medicine at UNSW Australia, and the director of the Microbiome Research Centre at St George Hospital, Kogarah. His team focuses on the role of chronic inflammations in digestive diseases, especially cancer, particularly the relationship between intestinal microecology and gastroenterological and systemic diseases. This fits in many places with the directions of our hospital's gastroenterological and pancreatic teams.
Professor Li Jingnan, deputy director of Gastroenterology, chaired the meeting and gave an introduction of the department’s history, current conditions and researches. Ms. Zhao Yang gave an introduction of BMJ’s ideas, practices and publishing requirements. She said that BMJ China once held many roundtables that led to the publication of original studies in China on BMJ and its sub-journals, thus promoting high-level academic exchanges between Chinese and international researchers.
Professor Emad El-Omar believes that China’s medical research has great potential, and he hopes this kind of academic sharing might help Chinese researchers to perform high-level studies and publish results. He said that in the past five years China’s submissions to Gut kept rising, and the acceptance rate was largely the same as the journal’s average (6%~8%). He said that as a top medical journal Gut welcomes manuscripts from Chinese researchers, especially those on clinical studies and translational medicine.