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Call for papers - Violent crimes in the pre-hospital and hospital setting

Guest Editors:
Ardavan M. Khoshnood: Lund University & Skane University Hospital, Sweden
Daniel B. WilhelmsLinköping University, Sweden

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 29 November 2024

BMC Emergency Medicine is calling for submissions to our Collection on "Violent crimes in the pre-hospital and hospital setting" to discuss the epidemiology and management of violent crimes in the pre-hospital and emergency setting, and inviting the clinicians and researchers globally to contribute their latest discoveries and reflections to help advance our understanding of this important topic.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Ardavan M. Khoshnood: Lund University & Skane University Hospital, Sweden

Dr Ardavan M. Khoshnood (MD, PhD) is an associate professor and senior lecturer of emergency medicine at Lund University in Sweden and a criminologist who focuses on offender profiling and violent crimes. In addition to his medical degree and PhD, he has also earned degrees in political science and intelligence analysis. His background allows him to bring a interdisciplinary approach to his research on violent crimes, trauma, and pre-hospital care.

Daniel B. Wilhelms: Linköping University, Sweden                                                                                                                                                                        
Dr Daniel B. Wilhelms (MD, PhD) is an associate professor and senior lecturer in emergency medicine at Linköping University in Sweden. His research deals with different aspects of emergency department operations, with a special focus on emerging challenges and threats within domains such as changing demographics, technological development and resilience. 

About the collection

The new collection in BMC Emergency Medicine, entitled "Violent crimes in the pre-hospital and hospital setting" has been created with a specific set of aims, scope, and objectives in mind.

The primary aim of this collection is to offer a dedicated platform for clinicians, researchers, and healthcare professionals globally to share their latest discoveries, insights, and experiences related to the management of violent crimes in both pre-hospital and emergency department settings. We aim to foster a collaborative dialogue to enhance our understanding of this critical and complex issue.

In order to achieve this, the scope of this collection is broad, encompassing all aspects of the epidemiology and management of violent crimes in the specified settings. It seeks to shed light on diverse topics, including but not limited to, the physical impact of violence on victims, the role of healthcare professionals in recognizing and responding to these crimes, and the implementation of policies and strategies to mitigate such incidents. We encourage submissions of original research articles, reviews, and perspective pieces that offer novel and clinically relevant insights.

The key objectives of this collection are three-fold. First, to establish a robust, evidence-based foundation on which healthcare professionals can form strategies to recognize, address, and manage the effects of violent crimes on patients. Second, to stimulate further research and innovation in this area, fostering advancements in practice and policy that can lead to improved patient care and safety. Lastly, to raise awareness and promote dialogue among the healthcare community and the public at large about the challenges and complexities of dealing with violent crimes in the healthcare environment.

By pursuing these objectives, we hope to make a tangible contribution to the critical issue of violent crimes in pre-hospital and hospital setting, ultimately improving patient outcomes and healthcare provider safety.

When submitting your work, please indicate in your cover letter that it is intended for the "Violent crimes in the pre-hospital and hospital setting" collection. You can email your pre-submission queries to the Editor of BMC Emergency Medicine at

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  1. Workplace violence (WPV) in healthcare is a growing challenge posing significant risks to patient care and employee well-being. Existing metrics to measure WPV in healthcare settings often fail to provide deci...

    Authors: Brendan Lyver, Jaswanth Gorla, Christian Schulz-Quach, Melanie Anderson, Brendan Singh, Trevor Hanagan, Jennifer Haines and Rickinder Sethi
    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2024 24:29

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original Research Articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Violent crimes in the pre-hospital and hospital setting" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.