Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia
Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia (SJA) is official publication of the
Saudi Anaesthetic Association. It publishes peer reviewed original
articles and highlights the current advances in anaesthesia and
related sciences. It is also to encourage and stimulate associated
scientific research and communication between hospitals and
universities in Saudi Arabia, the Arab countries and the rest of the
World. The journal allows free access (Open Access) to its contents
and permits authors to self-archive final accepted version of the
articles on any OAI-compliant institutional / subject-based
repository. The journal does not charge for submission, processing
or publication of manuscripts and even for color reproduction of
Abstracting and Indexing Information
The journal is registered with the following abstracting partners:
Baidu Scholar, CNKI (China National Knowledge Infrastructure), EBSCO Publishing's Electronic Databases, Ex Libris – Primo Central, Google Scholar, Hinari, Infotrieve, National Science Library, ProQuest, TDNet, Wanfang Data
The journal is indexed with, or included in, the following:
DOAJ, Emerging Sources Citation Index, EMR Index Medicus, PubMed Central, Scimago Journal Ranking, SCOPUS, Web of Science
Wolters Kluwer and Journal/Association are committed to meeting and upholding standards of ethical behavior at all stages of the publication process. We follow closely the industry associations, such as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), that set standards and provide guidelines for best practices in order to meet these requirements. For a summary of our specific policies regarding duplicate publication, conflicts of interest, patient consent, etc., please visit www.Medknow.com/EthicalGuidelines.asp
Open Access Publication and Creative Commons Licensing
This is an open access journal, and articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 License, which allows others to remix, tweak, and build upon the work non-commercially, as long as appropriate credit is given and the new creations are licensed under the identical terms.
Wolters Kluwer Medknow provides for long-term digital preservation through two primary partnerships, Portico and CLOCKSS.
Portico is a leading digital preservation service worldwide. The content is preserved as an archival version and is not publically accessible via Portico, but is provided when required under specific conditions, such as discontinuation of the collection or catastrophic failure of the website.
CLOCKSS will enable any library to maintain their own archive of content from Wolters Kluwer Medknow and other publishers, with minimal technical effort and using cheaply available hardware.
Ahead of Print policy
Articles published online under the Ahead of Print model are considered published and can be cited and quoted using the DOI as the reference source. Wolters Kluwer Medknow has a policy that changes will not be made after publication of an article without following accepted procedures for making corrections to the scientific record.
While advertisements are crucial to this journal to be able to keep all content free for everyone, ethical considerations are in place to ensure the integrity of the journal and its content:
Click here to view Journal’s Editorial Board
- "Pop-up" and "banner" ads appear on a random, rotating basis. The advertiser has no control or input over the pages where their ads appear.
- The Editorial Board has full and final approval over the content of all advertisements.
- Advertisers will never be shown any manuscripts or other content prior to publication.
Scope of the Journal
The journal is currently publishing articles of different kinds, original work, case reports, review articles, letter to the editor covering wide range of anesthesia topics. We are also interested and focused on publishing the articles which cover the new guidelines protocols on “Enhanced Recovery after Anesthesia”.
The journal will cover technical and clinical studies related to anesthesia, intensive care and pain medicine, ethical and related issues in the field. Articles with clinical interest and implications will be given preference.
SAUDI ANAESTHETIC ASSOCIATION (S.A.A.)
Saudi Anaesthetic Association has been established in accordance
with the rules and regulations of the Scientific Council of the
Universities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
This was approved by His Excellency President of the University
dated 22-02-1409 H (13-09-1998). Since the beginning Prof Seraj, as
a Caretaker of the Association, conducted a survey by sending
questionnaire to every department of anaesthesia in the Kingdom of
Saudi Arabia, requesting each Anaesthetist to answer the
questionnaire and complete the preliminary application form. Around
400 Anaesthetists and 150 technicians responded. Analysis of the
data was highlighted during the birth of the Association which was
announced in the symposium on “ Advanced in Anaesthesia & Analgesia”
held in Rabia Al - Thani 1410 H (November 1989). The objectives of
the Association are as follows :
establish a well organized body to provide facilities in
clinical, research, and educational activities.
regulate the annual symposia/clinical meetings and postgraduate
in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
produce an anaesthesia journal and newsletter regularly.
establish standards of care and code of conduct for the
speciality in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
conduct in Saudi Arabia due to anaesthesia.
encourage the research and establish procedure for annual prizes
and awards for the best article and research.
membership of the international, European and the Arabian
Federations of the anaesthetic societies, to participate in
their activities and benefit from their facilities available for
the anaesthetists and technicians.
study the feasibility of having malpractice protection cover for
all Anaesthetists in the Kingdom (Al-Takaful Al-Ejtemaie)
similar to Medical Defence Union or Medical Protection Society
in United Kingdom.
establish excellent library facilities for the members of the
The fee for
the active membership for Anaesthetist is SR 200/year, anaesthetic
technician is SR 50/year, and SR 600/ year for institutional member.
The association would like to inform all colleagues and hospitals to
join the Association by paying their dues as well as preparing their
manuscripts to be published in the journal well in advance.
Professor ABDULHAMID ALSAEED, FFARCSI
Chairman, Saudi Anaesthetic Associaton
College of Medicine
King Saud University
King Khalid University Hospital
P.O. Box 7805, 41
Fax No. 467 9364
1. NAME OF THE ASSOCIATION AND ITS LOCATION :
The Saudi Anaesthetic Association hereafter called the “
Association” shall be based in the King Saud University in the City
of Riyadh and shall have branches in other universities, region or
2. OBJECTIVE OF THE ASSOCIATION :
promote continuous education of its members through lectures,
symposia, clinical meetings and its journal.
encourage progress in the speciality through development
cooperation and exchange of ideas between different institutions
and disciplines in the Kingdom and abroad.
promote research for the benefit of the community and improve
the level of performance, standard of care, patient`s safety and
finally the code of conduct of consultant services.
ACTIVITIES OF THE ASSOCIATION :
The Association shall pursue and will achieve its objectives
mentioned in (2) through the following activities.
- Promotion of scientific research and exchange of ideas in its
fields and related topics, and publish, distribute and exchange such
results with relevant associations.
- Holding regular conferences, symposia and seminars in the
different branches of the speciality throughout the Kingdom.
- Publication of the SAUDI JOURNAL OF ANAETHESIA
- Organize scientific expeditions and to award prizes for
meritorious work in open competition.
4. MEMBERSHIP :
The Association shall have three categories of membership.
A) Active Membership
To be given to who satisfy the conditions of membership mentioned in
(5), and whoever holds university degree in three area of
specialization of the association. An active member should be
resident of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and must pay the regular
B) Associate Membership
Associate membership shall be offered to qualified persons who
should like to join but do not reside in the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia. Associate members will be non-voting members.
C) Honorary Membership
Shall be offered to persons who have contributed financially or
otherwise towards the development of the association within and
outside the Kingdom. An honorary member shall be chosen by the
general assembly of the association on the recommendation of the
Board of directors. An honorary member is exempted from payment of
registration and subcription fees. An honorary member may attend the
general assembly sessions, and other committee meetings and take
part in the discussions, but will not be eligible to vote, on
decisions or in elections.
5. CONDITIONS AND PROCEDURES FOR MEMBERSHIP :
A member of the association should fulfill the following conditions :
a. Must be a person of good moral character, of no criminal records.
b. Must pay all dues of the association.
c. Must submit an application to join the association.
d. May be recommended by two active members of the association.
e. Application for active membership should be submitted to the
board of directors. Membership is granted only after the approval of
the board of directors.
6. EXPIRY OF MEMBERSHIP :
The Association membership will be expired upon fulfilling any of
the following criteria:
A. Request of withdrawal of a member or on his death.
B. When a member loses any one condition of the membership.
C. When a member fails to pay the annual subscription fee and fail
to do so for a whole year. Under such circumstances the member will
be issued at least two written reminders and finally a warning about
termination of membership for failure to comply within the last
three months of the year concerned.
D. In case of a member carrying out any activity which entails
material or financial harm to the association, the board of
directors shall investigate the matter and the member will lose his
membership rights only when proven responsible for the harm done.
A member shall be informed of the decision of the board of directors
to terminate his membership within two weeks of the decision begin
taken. The member concerned will not be entitled to a refund of
registration or subscription fees, contribution or gifts.
7. REGRANTING MEMBERSHIP :
Membership may be restored to a former member in accordance with the
conditions mentioned in article 6 (C) based on decision of the board
of directors after payment of overdue fees or subscription for a
period of three years, whichever is less.
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY HAS THE FOLOWING RESPONSIBILITIES
- To issue bylaws and regulations for the organization of work in
- To approve the annual budget of the association and the final
financial statements every years;
- To approve the annual report of the association activities
prepared by the board of directors;
- To elect the chairman and members of the board of directors;
- To approve the annual plan presented by the board of directors;
- To discuss the items on the agenda, and other maters that need to
be studied by the members, within the sphere of the association
activities and to take necessary actions; and
- To choose an honorary chairman to the association upon the
suggestion of the board of directors.
8. THE ASSOCIATION`S FINANCIAL RESOURCES AND BUDGET
The Association`s financial resources include :
- Registration and annual subscription of the members.
- Proceeds from the sale of the association's publications and print-outs.
- Dues from workshops or training programmes held by the association, and other institutions, and other institutions
established to serve the purpose of the association.
- Gifts, grants, voluntary contributions, and other financial support given to the association by the government or the
public or private institutions or individuals and which are accepted
by the board of directors.
- The annual support fixed by the supervisory organ on scientific association at the
The board of directors shall nominate from its members a treasurer
who will keep the associations accounts and prepare the budget. The
budget will be reviewed by the board of directors and ultimately be
submitted to the general assembly for approval.
The financial year of the association shall begin on the first of
Rajab and end on the last day of Jumada Al Thani of the year after.
Rules governing the finances of public organizations in the kingdon
will apply to the financial activities of the association.
An auditor shall be appointed to audit the association accounts at
the end of each financial year. The Auditor's report shall be
submitted to the board of directors and the general assembly of the
The board of directors may review and amend the responsibilities of
the Chairman, the Deputy Chairman, the Treasurer, and the Secretary
when the need arises.
Deputy Chairman, the Treasurer, and the Secretary when the need
BOARD OF SAUDI ANAESTHETIC ASSOCIATION
Dr. AbdulHamid Samarkandi
Deputy Chairman :
Dr. Adnan Al-Mazroaa
Dr. Ahmed Turkistani
Prof. M. Abdullah Seraj
Dr. Abdullah Kaki
Dr. Waleed AlYafi
Dr. Khalid Al Amoudi
Dr. AbdulMohsin AlGhamdi
Dr. Hossam Al-Oufi
EDUCATIONAL AND OTHER ACTIVITIES:
1. SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS
- First Annual Scientific Meeting on Obstetric Anaesthesia and
Analgesia, and Resuscitation of Neonates Riyadh - March 1992
- Second Annual Scientific Meeting on Anaesthesia and Intensive
Care and Standards of Safety Jeddah - November 1993
- Third Scientific Meeting on Paediatric Anaesthesia and Intensive
Care Al-Khobar - Novemeber 1995
- Fourth Annual Scientific Meeting on New Trends in Anaesthesia and
Intensive Care Riyadh - March 1997.
- Fifth Scientific Meeting, Trauma, Emergency Anaesthesia and
Critical Care Jeddah March 1999.
- Sixth Symposium of the Saudi Anaesthetic Associaton in
Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Dhahran – September 2002.
- Seventh Scientific Meeting for Saudi Anaesthetic Association
Jeddah – October 2004.
- Eighth Scientific Meeting November 2006, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
- Ninth Scientific Meeting Eastern Region, January 2009, Al-Khobar,