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Year : 1995  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 73-74
The Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology

Editors, The Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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El Mouzan MI, Al Mofleh IA. The Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology. Saudi J Gastroenterol 1995;1:73-4

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El Mouzan MI, Al Mofleh IA. The Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology. Saudi J Gastroenterol [serial online] 1995 [cited 2022 Aug 8];1:73-4. Available from:

The history of medical periodicals in Saudi Arabia is very recent. Apart from local hospital bulletins, the first multidisciplinary periodical is the Saudi Medical Journal which published its first issue in July 1979. An editorial in the first and second issues as well as the composition of the editorial and advisory boards stressed the commitment of the publisher " Riyadh-Al Kharj Hospital Prog­ramme" to produce a national journal [1],[2] . Two years later, the King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center(KFSHRC) published the King Faisal Specialist Medical Journal, which first issue appeared in July 1981 with an editorial indicating that the journal aims at sharing and documenting the proceedings of the medical staff of KFSHRC [3] . However, in 1985. realizing the need for expansion beyond the KFSHRC, the policy was revised and the name of the journal was changed to the Annals of Saudi Medicine which became jointly published by King Saud University and KFSHRC [4] .

The Saudi Medical Journal and the Annals of Saudi Medicine have achieved a high standard of multidisciplinary medical journals at the national and international levels.

The establishment of professional medical spec­ialty associations and societies and the publication of their specialty journals is another important landmark in the development of medical litera­ture in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation, the Saudi Journal of Ophthalmology, the Journal of the Saudi Heart Association, the Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal, the Journal of Family and Community Medicine, and the Saudi Dental Journal are examples of speciality journals that will greatly contribute to the dissemination of information in their related fields.

In April 1994, the Board of Directors of the Saudi Gastroenterology Association (SGA) decided to publish an official journal. In the same meeting, the name of the journal was agreed upon to be "The Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology". The Editors, Editorial Board Members, and Advisory Board Members were nominated. The challenge was tremendous, the resources were limited; but with the cooperation and enthusiasm of many colleagues, it was possible to publish the first issue of the journal in January 1995.

It must be emphasized that the publication of The Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology (SJG) is an important step in the development of the SGA and the specialty. As indicated by Professor Al Faleh, President of the SGA, the journal will reflect the activity of the association [5] . The pub­lication of the SJG means that an important objec­tive of the SGA has been achieved. It will provide a forum for communication of scientific informa­tion from Saudi Arabia to the rest of the world and vice versa. Such opportunities are very limited because of the multidisciplinary nature of local journals and limited access to medical journals abroad (different readers' interests or journal policies).

The scope of the SJG is relatively broad. The editors encourage contributors to submit not only clinical but also basic sciences material that relates to nutrition, alimentary tract, liver, biliary sys­tem, and pancreas. Furthermore, the scope includes not only medical but also surgical prob­lems (including organ transplantation), related to children and adults. In addition to original review and state-of-the-art articles from experts in gas­troenterology and related fields, a correspon­dence section will be available as a second level of peer review [6] . Abstracts of interest to readers, such as those presented in SGA-sponsored meet­ings, or those published in the world literature by practitioners in Saudi Arabia, will be published in the SJG as soon as material and space are available. News and announcement of selected activities will also be given priority as soon as they reach the publication office.

The editors and the editorial board members are committed to the development of the SJG into a major periodical in the field of gastroenterology and related subjects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and abroad. This goal will be achieved primarily through the support of our colleagues. Readers and contributors of the SJG are reas­sured that all materials submitted to the journal will be subjected to a fair review by at least two colleagues, to ensure the publication of good stan­dard and relevant information to the practice of gastroenterology in the Kingdom and Middle East in particular.

In conclusion, the editors regard the SJG as your journal. Its progress will be determined by the quality of your contributions. We are confi­dent that your support and the guidance of the SGA will lead to the evolution of this journal into a major publication in the Middle East and abroad.

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1.Ledward RS. (Editorial). Saudi Medical Journal 1979; (1):4  Back to cited text no. 1    
2.Ledward RS. (Editorial). Saudi Medical Journal 1979; (2):71  Back to cited text no. 2    
3.Hanash KA. Why another medical journal ?. The King Faisal Specialist Medical Journal 1981;(1):5  Back to cited text no. 3    
4.Akhtar M. Annals of Saudi Medicine. Annals of Saudi Medicine 1985; 6(3): 133.  Back to cited text no. 4    
5.Al Faleh FZ. Gastroenterology in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi J Gastroenterol 1995;1(1): 1-2.  Back to cited text no. 5    
6.Relman A. An error corrected, a conclusion withdrawn, and a lesson learned. N Engl J Med 1990; 323: 1482-3.  Back to cited text no. 6    

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Mohamed I El Mouzan
Editors, The Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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