WEM journal cover

 "Wilderness & Environmental Medicine is the leading publication for cutting edge advances in the science and practice of wilderness medicine." --Paul S. Auerbach, MD

Wilderness & Environmental Medicine (WEM), the official journal of the Wilderness Medical Society, is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal devoted to original scientific and technical contributions furthering research and medical practice related to remote, isolated, austere, or environmentally challenging environments and exposures. The journal is intended for clinicians, researchers, practitioners, and others interested in human health, safety, and performance in conditions often defined by natural extremes and/or limited access to resources. Examples of broad areas of interest include: mountaineering, altitude (ground and air-based), aquatic (immersion, drowning, and diving), thermal stress (heat, cold, and humidity-complicated), trauma, biological hazards (plant, animal, and infectious agents), military medicine, global health (travel, disaster, and climate change), search and rescue (standard and emerging technologies), unusual environmental stressors (natural and manufactured), and community leadership (education, standards, and best practice).

Journal Access

Dr. Paul Auerbach founded the Journal of Wilderness Medicine in 1987. Under the editorship of Dr. William Robinson (1995–2001), the journal took on the name Wilderness & Environmental Medicine. WEM is available online, searchable through PubMed and ScienceDirect, and offers online manuscript submission and peer review process.

The journal welcomes submissions of nonsolicited manuscripts devoted to original scientific and technical contributions related in whole or in part to wilderness or environmental medicine.

Questions? Please contact Alicia Byrne, WEM managing editor.

Not a WMS member? Visit wemjournal.org to access journal archives older than 12 months, which are free to the public, regardless of membership status.

Calls for Papers

Climate Change & Human Health
Submission deadline March 2024

Space Medicine & Health Systems
Submission deadline June 2024

 Women's Health
Submission deadline June 2024

Wilderness Medicine Clinical Case Discussions
Now accepting submissions!

For Reviewers
Peer reviewer guidelines
(Adobe PDF File)
Wilderness Medicine Podcast 
One article per WEM issue is featured in the journal club portion. 
Listen here

Clinical Practice Guidelines
WEM is proud to be the home for the WMS CPGs. 
Read them here

Continuing Medical Education
WMS members can earn up to 3 credits per issue, and 0.25 credits per podcast. 
Claim credit here