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    For Immediate Release

    World’s Leading Trauma Society Launches New Open-Access Journal

    (CHICAGO) February 29, 2016 – The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma has announced the launch of its new open-access, online journal, Trauma Surgery and Acute Care Open (TSACO). The new peer-reviewed online journal will provide an international multidisciplinary forum for global issues in trauma and acute care surgery, including epidemiological, educational, and socio-economic facets of trauma management and injury prevention.

    Long dedicated to the provision of an open forum for the dissemination of international reports, the AAST initiated the creation of TSACO to better reach and serve the global, multi-disciplinary community of trauma and acute care surgeons and other specialists. Articles will include clinical studies, training and implementation reports, survey-based research, case reports, and reviews. Topics of special interest will include injury prevention, public health, global and military systems development, disaster and mass casualty management, and the use of new technologies as they relate to trauma education and treatment.

    AAST’s current president, Dr. Grace Rozycki, announced that Dr. Timothy Fabian will serve as TSACO’s first Editor-In-Chief. “We are thrilled to have AAST Past President (2007-2008) Dr. Timothy Fabian as the inaugural Editor-in-Chief,” she said. “Tim’s experience, leadership, and gravitas will ensure that the journal is off to a superb start attracting quality articles on topics relative to trauma, emergency general surgery, and surgical critical care with particular emphasis on educational, ethical, and socio-economic facets of trauma management and research.”

    Dr. Fabian held the position of Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center for 17 years. His leadership also includes one of the longest tenures on the Committee of Trauma at the American College of Surgeons, and he was influential in the collaboration between AAST and the National Trauma Institute in creating the Coalition for National Trauma Research. He is an active member on the editorial boards of the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, Annals of Surgery, and Injury. He has been a reviewer for the New England Journal of Medicine and Lancet. Dr. Fabian has authored and co-authored 388 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and 30 book chapters in surgical literature can be found under his name. “I am very proud to lead the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma’s new open-access surgical journal,” said Dr. Fabian. “Open-access publication is the future of academic medical research. It provides two tremendous avenues for promulgation of knowledge that have not been available via traditional subscription print journals. First, it allows for rapid publication within a few weeks of manuscript acceptance. Second, an open-access online publication provides far broader access to the literature than has ever been available—the material is accessible to the world! Our editorial board is configured with international leaders, and peer review for the journal will be as strenuous as that established by the field. The AAST plans to publish high quality research in Trauma Surgery and Acute Care Open, and for it to be one of the leading surgical publications.”

    The premier publisher, BMJ, was selected by AAST’s Board of Managers to publish Trauma Surgery and Acute Care Open. “We were delighted to be able to have BMJ be the publisher for our new open-access journal,” says past-president Dr. Thomas Scalea, who led the search for TSACO’s publisher during his presidency of the AAST. “They impressed us as being vibrant, innovative, and forward thinking. They resonated with us and we believe we resonated with them. We look forward to working with them as we launch this new exciting AAST publication. The AAST is the foremost academic trauma association in the world,” he continued, “and supporting an open-access journal will allow us to expand the content of the material that we publish and we expect this to appeal to trauma practitioners around the world.”

    “Partnership with the AAST provides unique and exciting opportunities for BMJ, complementing and enriching our role as a provider of knowledge to those working in the field of trauma and the care of critically ill surgical patients,” comments Glen P. Campbell, Managing Director, BMJ North America. "Going forward, we foresee innovative new strategies for disseminating research and educational information in this increasingly important and global specialty."

    President Rozycki summarized AAST’s delight in launching this new journal, saying, “The addition of Trauma Surgery and Acute Care Open is a momentous initiative for the AAST. In partnership with the premier publisher BMJ, this open-access journal will extend our forum for the exchange of knowledge and further enhance the AAST brand globally.”


    The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) is the premier scholarly organization for surgeons dedicated to the field of trauma and the care of critically ill surgical patients with approximately 1,300 members in 30 countries. Founded in 1938, the AAST is dedicated to discovery, dissemination, implementation, and evaluation of knowledge related to acute care surgery (trauma, surgical critical care, and emergency general surgery) by fostering research, education, and professional development in an environment of fellowship and collegiality. As well as publishing the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, the world’s leading authority on peer-reviewed publications in trauma, emergency surgery, and surgical critical care, AAST assists in research studies to investigate new methods of preventing, correcting and treating traumatic injuries through the Multi-Institutional Trials Committee and the data collection tool. The Annual Meeting provides a forum for scientific presentations, exchange of ideas and techniques, and continuing medical education. AAST is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

    To find information on Trauma Surgery and Acute Care Open, please visit the TSACO website at: promotions.bmj.com/tsaco