Time to first decision with review (median)

31 days*

Time from acceptance to publication (median)

21 days*



Total content views


Total Altmetric mentions


Aims and scope

Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open is the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST)’s open access journal dedicated to the rapid publication of peer-reviewed, high-quality trauma and acute care research. Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open provides an interdisciplinary forum for global issues in trauma and acute care surgery much like its sister journal, Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open is dedicated to covering epidemiological, educational, and socioeconomic facets of trauma management and injury prevention and will cover topics of interest and relevance to the global acute care surgery community, as well as affiliated subspecialty physicians and advanced practitioners.

Papers of interest include:

  • Reporting of clinical studies
  • Training and implementation reports
  • Survey-based research
  • Orthopedic trauma, TBI, injury prevention, public health, global systems development, disaster and mass casualty management
  • Use of new technologies as they relate to trauma education and treatment
  • Reviews on the following topics: patient management reports in resource-poor settings, pilot studies of new technologies or techniques
  • Clinical case series

Editorial board

For information about the Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open Editor-in-Chief Elliott Haut and his editorial team, please refer to the Editorial Board page.


Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open is published by BMJ on behalf of the AAST. The mission of the AAST is to serve as the premier scholarly organization for surgeons dedicated to the field of trauma and the care of critically ill surgical patients. It 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.

Journal information

Publication Model Open access
Frequency Continuous
Online ISSN 2397-5776
Launch Date 2016
Digital Archives Portico, LOCKSS
Indexed by Web of Science Core Collection: Emerging Sources Citation Index, PubMed Central, Scopus, DOAJ, Google Scholar
Peer Review Model Single anonymised; the names of reviewers are hidden from the author

Journal Statistics 2022

Acceptance rate: 50%

Time to first decision without review: 4 days (median)
Time to first decision with review: 31 days (median)
Time from acceptance to publication: 21 days (median)

Citescore: 2.8
Citescore rank: 37/89
Scimago Journal Rank (SJR): 0.623

Total content views: 366,910
Total Altmetric mentions: 1,336

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The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery provides an interdisciplinary forum for the dissemination of peer-reviewed original articles regarding trauma and acute care surgery. Content focuses on the clinical management of trauma, emergency surgery, the care of critically ill patients, the molecular biology of traumatic injury, and legal/policy concerns related to trauma.


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The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma is the premier academic trauma surgery organization in the United States and has approximately 1,200 members from 30 countries.

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