Springer acquires Obesity Surgery from FD-Communications

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.

Rdiger 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

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