Past, present, and future of Intestinal Research

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Intest Res. 2023;21(1):1-2
Publication date (electronic) : 2023 January 31
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Department of Internal Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to Jae Hee Cheon, Department of Internal Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, 50-1 Yonsei-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 03722, Korea. Tel: +82-2-2228-1990, Fax: +82-2-393-6884, E-mail:
Received 2023 January 25; Accepted 2023 January 25.

The Asia-Pacific region is rapidly experiencing changes in disease incidences, phenotypes, and prognosis in various colorectal diseases particularly in inflammatory bowel diseases and colorectal cancer probably due to changes in diet, economics, and other environmental factors [1,2]. However, the phenotypes of the diseases appear to be different compared to Western countries. Moreover, various and diverse medical situations among the regions have different accessibility to the medical systems, endoscopy, or therapeutic options. Therefore, the scholars in this region realized the necessity of a region-specific journal that covers those matters.

Intestinal Research (ISSN: 1598-9100) is the only joint official journal of the Asian Organization for Crohn’s and Colitis, Chinese Society of IBD, Japanese Society for IBD, Korean Association for the Study of Intestinal Diseases, Taiwan Society of IBD, and Colitis Crohn’s Foundation (India) [3]. The aim of Intestinal Research is to provide broad and in-depth analysis of multiple aspects of diseases originated from the small and large intestines, especially inflammatory bowel disease, which shows increasing tendency and significance in the Asia-Pacific region and colon and small intestine cancer or polyp, endoscopy, irritable bowel syndrome and other motility disorders, infectious enterocolitis, intestinal tuberculosis, and so forth.

The first issue of Intestinal Research was published in May 2003 and had been regularly published semiannually, and three times per year from 2011. Now, this journal is published four times per year (30th January, April, July, and October) from 2012 [3]. Our journal is indexed/tracked/covered by ESCI, Scopus, PubMed, PubMed Central, EBSCO, DOAJ, KCI, KoreaMed, KoMCI, DOI/CrossRef, and Google Scholar. Our journal has proudly improved with regard to the number of submitted manuscripts, published contents, citations, and reputations. Currently, Intestinal Research ranks 32/149 (21.141%) in terms of Journal CiteScore from Scopus and 47/152 (30.592%, SJR 0.91) in terms of SJR from SCImago Journal & Country Rank [4]. We also anticipate that Intestinal Research will be indexed in SCIE in the very near future. It would not be long that Intestinal Research becomes the Asian-Pacific Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Journal or Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis.

On the behalf of the Editorial Board and Editor-in-Chief of Intestinal Research, we would like to thank all the readers, authors, and reviewers who contribute in every aspect to our journal and hope for a Happy New Year of 2023.


Funding Source

The author received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.

Conflict of Interest

Cheon JH is a deputy editor of the Intestinal Research. No other potential conflicts of interest relevant to this article were reported.

Data Availability Statement

Not applicable.

Author Contribution

Writing and approval of the final manuscript: Cheon JH.


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