The highest ranking open access title in surgery with an impact factor of 15.3

Our Mission

The International Journal of Surgery (IJS) seeks to publish cutting edge research and topical reviews across the entire field of surgery and allied specialties.  Founded in 2003, the journal has risen over two decades to become the destination of choice for those needing to publish high quality work rapidly to a global audience.

Riaz Agha
Dr Riaz Agha D.Phil (Oxon), FRCS (Plast.), FEBOPRAS
Acting Editor-in-Chief of IJS, Managing and Executive Editor, IJS Publishing Group





Impact and Reach

  • The IJS achieved an 2022 Journal Impact Factor of 15.3. This ranked 2nd out of 212 titles in Surgery.
  • A 2022 CiteScore of 23.9, ranked 14th out of 830 journals in the General Medicine category.
  • Over 3 million downloads to a global audience.
  • Open access – a global audience can view your research for free, no more access barriers.
  • Broad indexing in major databases including PubMed, PubMed Central, Scopus, Embase and others.
  • Active on social media – promoting your articles @IJSurgery.
  • Many of our articles gain significant media attention.


Rapid Review and Publication

  • Rapid peer-review with submission to first decision in 32 days.
  • We publish all articles online first prior to issue assignment.


Aims and scope

The International Journal of Surgery (IJS) is dedicated to the global advancement of surgical research, education and clinical practice. It aims to promote continued developments in surgery through the sharing of knowledge, ideas and good practice across all surgical specialties. The IJS provides readers with critically peer-reviewed, carefully selected/edited and up to date publications about advances in the field of surgery that are relevant to them.

The journal aims to develop and uphold the highest standards at the cutting-edge of research, provide a focus for evidence-based medicine through the publication of timely review articles and special issues and give the findings context, through the publication of editorials, commentaries and letters from the surgical community. We enforce reporting guidelines and mandate the registration of all research involving human participants in a publicly accessible research registry.

As a broad scope journal covering all surgical specialities, the IJS aims to facilitate the transfer of important ideas and lines of thought between and across specialities. In this way, the journal will help prevent the trend of increasing sub-specialisation leading to ‘tunnel-vision’ and the sequestration of important surgical advances within particular specialties.