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 About the Society

The World Surgical Infection Society was founded in response to a demonstrated gap in surgical outcomes between patients in high-income and low- and middle-income countries. There have been large scale efforts in the past year to elevate global surgery as a public health agenda. However, these efforts center on increasing access to surgery rather than quality improvement. The World Surgical Infection Society is bridging the gaps between safe surgery and infection prevention and control programs by building strong, lasting bonds between like-minded healthcare workers across the globe who are working on quality improvement in surgical infections and global surgery. 

  About the Journal

The World Journal of Surgical Infection, a publication of World Surgical Infection Society, is a peer-reviewed print and online semi-annual journal. The Journal is a consortium of individuals working on the prevention of surgical infections along with general infection prevention and control practices in all health-care settings. We aim to focus on research from the low- and middle-income country setting. Our goal is to provide access to top translational and interventional research to healthcare workers working in the most challenging and resource-limited settings. The journal's full text is now available online at http://www.worldsurginfect.com. The journal allows free access (Open Access) to its contents and permits authors to self-archive final accepted versions of articles on any OAI-compliant institutional / subject-based repository.

Journal Ethics

Wolters Kluwer and Journal/Association are committed to meeting and upholding standards of ethical behavior at all stages of the publication process. We follow closely the industry associations, such as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), that set standards and provide guidelines for best practices in order to meet these requirements. For a summary of our specific policies regarding duplicate publication, conflicts of interest, patient consent, etc., please visit www.Medknow.com/EthicalGuidelines.asp

Open Access Publication and Creative Commons Licensing

This is an open access journal, and articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 License, which allows others to remix, tweak, and build upon the work non-commercially, as long as appropriate credit is given and the new creations are licensed under the identical terms.

Digital Archiving

Wolters Kluwer Medknow provides for long-term digital preservation through two primary partnerships, Portico and CLOCKSS.

Portico is a leading digital preservation service worldwide. The content is preserved as an archival version and is not publically accessible via Portico, but is provided when required under specific conditions, such as discontinuation of the collection or catastrophic failure of the website.

CLOCKSS will enable any library to maintain their own archive of content from Wolters Kluwer Medknow and other publishers, with minimal technical effort and using cheaply available hardware.

Ahead of Print policy

Articles published online under the Ahead of Print model are considered published and can be cited and quoted using the DOI as the reference source. Wolters Kluwer Medknow has a policy that changes will not be made after publication of an article without following accepted procedures for making corrections to the scientific record.


While advertisements are crucial to this journal to be able to keep all content free for everyone, ethical considerations are in place to ensure the integrity of the journal and its content:

  • "Pop-up" and "banner" ads appear on a random, rotating basis. The advertiser has no control or input over the pages where their ads appear.
  • The Editorial Board has full and final approval over the content of all advertisements.
  • Advertisers will never be shown any manuscripts or other content prior to publication.

  Scope of the journal

The journal will cover technical and clinical studies related to surgery, global health, medical, implementation science, and infection control. Articles with clinical interest and implications will be given preference.

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