Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health


WestJEM is committed to the free dissemination of research and best practices in the field of Emergency Medicine. WestJEM is the only open-access emergency medicine journal indexed in MEDLINE in North American, and one of only two in the world. WestJEM uses the non-commercial Creative Commons License, which assures that authors always keep the copyright to their work. We ask for your support to assure that these scholarly works are available at http://www.westjem.com, throughout the developed and developing world without cost.

History of CAL/AAEM and WestJEM

Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health

The union between the California Chapter Division of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (CAL/AAEM) and the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine (WestJEM), then known as the California Journal of Emergency Medicine (CalJEM), was initiated in July 2000 by then-CAL/AAEM president Dr. Antoine Kazzi and CalJEM editor Dr. Robert Derlet.

CalJEM began as a 4-8 page newsletter distributed quarterly to 200 CAL/AAEM members. Over the years CalJEM expanded in content and scope into a print journal distributed to over 2,500 individuals in California under the auspices of its second editor Dr. Robert Rodriguez. CalJEM continued to have staunch support from CAL/AAEM members and the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. August 2007 marked a major transition in which CalJEM was transformed and WestJEM was born under the leadership of its editor Dr. Mark Langdorf.

The metamorphosis was ambitious with the goal of expanding the journal’s scope and content beyond emergency physicians in California to become the premier open-access emergency medicine journal in the Western Hemisphere. Each WestJEM issue is paired with a CAL/AAEM newsletter that includes a message from the current president of CAL/AAEM, a resident section and a discussion of current legislative topics in California.

Since its inception, WestJEM and its partnerships have grown immensely. WestJEM has been sponsored by California ACEP since 2009, the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians since 2010, with an ever-expanding base of state chapter and department sponsorships, and international society partnerships. WestJEM now receives submissions from throughout the world. WestJEM is indexed in the National Library of Medicine’s MEDLINE database, PubMed, PubMed Central, Scopus, CINAHL, the Directory of Open Access Journals, Medscape, and Google Scholar.

CAL/AAEM Member Benefits

WestJEM offers unique benefits for CAL/AAEM members

  • Faculty members receive six electronic full-text issues by emails and four print compilation issues by mail.
  • Resident and medical students receive free electronic full-text issues.
  • All members receive online access to all WestJEM content.

Why WestJEM?

  • WestJEM offers access to all our content through various media avenues:
  • WestJEM provides unique information through our website, westjem.com. We offer an Academic Job Board, CME, videos and images of our latest articles and social media updates on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Our open access policy exposes articles to a wider audience at the time of electronic publication. Readers can access, print, and redistribute WestJEM content without restriction or cost.
  • Authors retain copyright, allowing for the publication of manuscripts anywhere, freely.
  • WestJEM is indexed in all major indexing services like MEDLINE, PubMed, EBSCO/CINAHL, SCOPUS, EMBASE, and DOAJ.


Last updated: May 27, 2015