Springer acquires Obesity Surgery from FD-Communications

May 23, 2006

Springer, one of the world's leading scientific, technical and medical publishers, has acquired Obesity Surgery, the leading periodical in the field of bariatric surgery, from FD-Communications, Inc.

Obesity Surgery has a 2004 ISI Impact Factor of 3.726, and is ranked seventh among the 139 peer-reviewed titles listed in the field of surgery. The journal publishes a wide range of content, including original research, reviews, technical innovations, guidelines, medico-legal matters and case reports. Obesity Surgery is widely read by bariatric surgeons, general surgeons, plastic surgeons, psychologists/psychiatrists, internists including endocrinologists, diabetologists and nutritional scientists worldwide. Obesity Surgery is the official journal of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity.

Rüdiger Gebauer, President of Global Publishing at Springer, commented, "Obesity Surgery significantly enhances our portfolio of surgery journals. The purchase of this prestigious publication is a clear indication that Springer's strategy of acquiring high-quality content is solidly on track." He added, "Springer will provide the infrastructure needed not only to ensure readership expansion among clinicians worldwide, but also increased visibility through international library consortia. In addition, Springer will bring enhanced online features and state-of-the-art medical publishing expertise to the journal."

Mervyn Deitel, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Obesity Surgery, said, "We are delighted to have a publisher capable of preserving the journal's integrity and quality. Springer has the reach to increase awareness of Obesity Surgery within the global community of bariatric surgeons." He continued, "With obesity clearly on the rise, the need for high-quality bariatric surgery content will continue to spread across the globe." Dr. Deitel and Frances Deitel will continue in their respective roles as Editor-in-Chief and Director of Advertising Sales for the journal.

Springer will publish Obesity Surgery in both print and electronic formats to serve the needs of researchers and medical professionals around the world. For the remainder of 2006 readers can view the electronic version at IngentaConnect (http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/fd/os).

Beginning January 2007, Obesity Surgery will be available via SpringerLink, Springer's online information platform and will include Online First, a feature whereby articles are published online before they appear in print. Also in 2007, Obesity Surgery will offer all authors, via the Springer Open Choice program, the option of publishing their articles using the open access model (www.springer.com/openchoice). Obesity Surgery will continue to be produced in high-quality print format on a monthly basis.
About Springer
Springer Science+Business Media (www.springer.com) is one of the world's leading suppliers of scientific and specialist literature. It is the second-largest publishing group in the science, technology, and medicine (STM) sector and the largest business-to-business publisher in the German-language area. The group owns 70 publishing houses, together publishing a total of 1,450 journals and more than 5,000 new books a year. The group operates in over 20 countries in Europe, the USA, and Asia, and has some 5,000 employees. In 2005, it generated annual sales EUR 838 million.

About FD-Communications
FD-Communications Inc. is based in Toronto, Canada. Mervyn Deitel, MD, is the founding editor of Obesity Surgery (www.obesitysurgery.com), which he has published since 1991. Dr. Deitel pioneered total parenteral nutrition in the late 1960s and, subsequently, bariatric surgery from 1972-1996. He was a founding member of both the American Society for Bariatric Surgery and the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity. In addition to receiving various awards, Dr. Deitel also edited several textbooks, most recently "Update: Surgery for the Morbidly Obese Patient".


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