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The ESAIC is dedicated to supporting professionals in anaesthesiology and intensive care by serving as the hub for development and dissemination of valuable educational, scientific, research, and networking resources.



The ESAIC hosts the Euroanaesthesia and Focus Meeting congresses that serve as platforms for cutting-edge science and innovation in the field. These events bring together experts, foster networking, and facilitate knowledge exchange in anaesthesiology, intensive care, pain management, and perioperative medicine. Euroanaesthesia is one of the world’s largest and most influential scientific congresses for anaesthesia professionals. Held annually throughout Europe, our congress is a contemporary event geared towards education, knowledge exchange and innovation in anaesthesia, intensive care, pain and perioperative medicine, as well as a platform for immense international visibility for scientific research.


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The ESAIC's mission is to foster and provide exceptional training and educational opportunities. The ESAIC ensures the provision of robust and standardised examination and certification systems to support the professional development of anaesthesiologists and to ensure outstanding future doctors in the field of anaesthesiology and intensive care.



The ESAIC aims to advance patient outcomes and contribute to the progress of anaesthesiology and intensive care evidence-based practice through research. The ESAIC Clinical Trial Network (CTN), the Academic Contract Research Organisation (A-CRO), the Research Groups and Grants all contribute to the knowledge and clinical advances in the peri-operative setting.

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The ESAIC is actively involved as a consortium member in numerous EU funded projects. Together with healthcare leaders and practitioners, the ESAIC's involvement as an EU project partner is another way that it is improving patient outcomes and ensuring the best care for every patient.


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The ESAIC aims to promote the professional role of anaesthesiologists and intensive care physicians and enhance perioperative patient outcomes by focusing on quality of care and patient safety strategies. The Society is committed to implementing the Helsinki Declaration and leading patient safety projects.



To ESAIC is committed to implementing the Glasgow Declaration and drive initiatives towards greater environmental sustainability across anaesthesiology and intensive care in Europe.



The ESAIC works in collaboration with industry, national societies, and specialist societies to promote advancements in anaesthesia and intensive care. The Industry Partnership offers visibility and engagement opportunities for industry participants with ESAIC members, facilitating understanding of specific needs in anaesthesiology and in intensive care. This partnership provides resources for education and avenues for collaborative projects enhancing science, education, and patient safety. The Specialist Societies contribute to high-quality educational opportunities for European anaesthesiologists and intensivists, fostering discussion and sharing, while the National Societies, through NASC, maintain standards, promote events and courses, and facilitate connections. All partnerships collectively drive dialogue, learning, and growth in the anaesthesiology and intensive care sector.



Guidelines play a crucial role in delivering evidence-based recommendations to healthcare professionals. Within the fields of anaesthesia and intensive care, guidelines are instrumental in standardizing clinical practices and enhancing patient outcomes. For many years, the ESAIC has served as a pivotal platform for facilitating continuous advancements, improving care standards and harmonising clinical management practices across Europe.



With over 40 years of publication history, the EJA (European Journal of Anaesthesiology) has established itself as a highly respected and influential journal in its field. It covers a wide range of topics related to anaesthesiology and intensive care medicine, including perioperative medicine, pain management, critical care, resuscitation, and patient safety.



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Newsletter 2023

Newsletter July 2023: European Journal of Anaesthesiology (EJA) and the Impact Factor (IF)

This article was written by the Board of Editors of EJA 

For years the editorial strategy of the EJA has been linked to the improvement of the Impact Factor (IF). Many editorial decisions, including the number of articles published by issue, preferred topics, the priority for guidelines and reviews, and responses to the letters, were driven by this famous metric.

However, the IF has never been designed to assess the quality of research but to help the professionals working in libraries to assess how often publications are referred to. Progressively, it has been used to compare some journals and, at the end of the day, the IF has become the Holy Grail for all Editors-in-Chief with only one goal: a steady increase every year. Many tricks have been popularized among editors to artificially increase the IF: decreasing the number of articles published every year, auto-citations, reviews with recommended suggestions of the journals, etc.

As a result, journals with low or intermediate IF received more and more submissions rejected from high IF journals and the IF-gap between journals has increased. Many financial incentives have been built on the use of the IF, combining the rank of the authors and the journals IF.

The COVID crisis has helped to understand the major drawbacks of the IF. Very low-quality papers highly cited in 2020 have generated substantial increases in the IF of many journals. As a result of the inappropriate citations from COVID papers, the 2021 IF increased for many journals in the fields of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care. This has not been the case for the EJA as Martin Tramèr (past EIC) wisely rejected all COVID related submissions in 2020 when they did not meet basic quality requirements. So, the EJA IF remains largely unchanged compared with other journals and it does not reflect the quality of journals which are still comparable.

In 2012, for the first time, a group of researchers and scientists published the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which pledged for a better-quality assessment of research and to abandon the IF as a metric. Nothing happened until 2022 with the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment (COARA) declaration promoted by the European Commission, already signed by 570 institutions in 43 countries. This declaration clearly states in one of the sections that “Inappropriate uses of journal- and publication-based metrics in research assessment should be abandoned. In particular, this means moving away from using metrics like the Journal Impact Factor (JIF), Article Influence Score (AIS), and h-index as proxies for quality and impact. ‘Inappropriate uses’ include:

  • relying exclusively on author-based metrics (e.g., counting papers, patents, citations, grants, etc.) to assess quality and/or impact;
  • assessing outputs based on metrics relating to publication venue, format, or language;
  • relying on any other metrics that do not properly capture quality and/or impact.

The ESAIC signed this declaration during the Euroanaesthesia 2023 meeting.

Therefore, the EJA (and the EJAIC, our new Open Access journal) will only focus on Editorial and scientific quality and no more on citability. The IF will no longer guide us for quality.

Note for the readers: This article was published as well on the European Journal of Anaesthesiology (EJA) website and can be retrieved on this LINK.

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