Elsevier and American Society for Bariatric Surgery announce publishing partnership

New journal, Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, slated for January launch

Philadelphia, 1 September 2004 - Elsevier, world-leading scientific and medical publisher, has announced a new partnership with the American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS), the world's largest society for surgeons and other professionals involved in the surgical treatment of obesity.

Beginning in January 2005, ASBS and Elsevier will publish Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases as the official journal of the ASBS. The new journal will appear bimonthly and Harvey J. Sugerman, M.D., will serve as editor-in-chief.

"The time is right for a journal dedicated to the highest-quality research and clinical information on obesity surgery," said Dr. Sugerman, who is also president of the ASBS. "Our vision is that Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases will become the worldwide forum for research and debate on all aspects of surgical treatment for severe obesity."

Surgery for obesity, also known as bariatric surgery, is one of the fastest-growing surgical procedures. Experience has shown that these operations are effective in achieving long-term weight loss while reducing the risks of obesity-related illness, disability, and death.

Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases will focus not just on surgical and technical aspects, but on all issues concerning the care of patients undergoing obesity surgery. The journal boasts an international editorial board of experts from all specialties involved in patient care, including internal medicine, psychiatry, and nutrition.

The editors have established a unique "double-blind" peer-review process to ensure that papers meet the highest scientific standards, as well as an online submission process to get new research into print as rapidly as possible. The journal will also include reviews and updates on topics of special interest, surgical tips and techniques, medical images, case studies, and other features. As of January, the journal website, www.soard.org, will offer subscribers full access to each issue, along with supplemental material including video and computer graphics. The journal will also be accessible through Elsevier's institutional subscription service, ScienceDirect.

In 2004, over 144,000 obesity surgeries will be performed in the United States alone. In the future, that number can be expected to increase, driven by increased awareness of bariatric surgery and advances in "minimally invasive" laparoscopic surgical techniques.

"Obesity surgery is going through a time of unprecedented expansion, with more patients seeking these procedures, more surgeons learning to perform them, and new surgical approaches being developed," said Dr. Sugerman. "Against this backdrop of rapid growth and change, we seek to provide the up-to-date, reliable information needed to maximize the benefits and safety of bariatric surgery."

Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases is accepting manuscripts now at http://ees.elsevier.com/soard/.

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About the American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS)

Founded in 1983, the ASBS is the world's largest society for the specialty of bariatric surgery. Its purpose is to advance the art and science of bariatric surgery by continued encouragement of its members to pursue investigations in both the clinic and the laboratory; interchange ideas, information and experience pertaining to bariatric surgery; promote guidelines for ethical patient selection and care; develop educational programs for physicians, paramedical persons, and lay people; and promote outcome studies and quality assurance. 

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey— and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 35,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. www.elsevier.com