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  • JINC now levies partial ACP from authors: As previously announced, from January 2020, authors are charged portion of Article Processing Charge (APC) upon acceptance of their manuscripts.
    Please see here for detailed information and the method of requesting discounted APC.  (4 January 2020)
  • Important notice to authors: JINC is no longer accepting submissions of Case Reports. (as of July 22, 2020) 

[Featured Topic] COVID-19 related articles in JINC

New Content Item (3)Vol. 9 No.10 (18 January 2021)

Community-acquired and hospital-acquired respiratory tract infection and bloodstream infection in patients hospitalized with COVID-19 pneumonia

Vol. 9 No.9 (12 January 2021)

Left and right ventricular longitudinal strains are associated with poor outcome in COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Vol.9 No.5 (9 January 2021)
Psychological effects of remote-only communication among reference persons of ICU patients during COVID-19 pandemic

[Featured Review] Energy expenditure and indirect calorimetry in critical illness and convalescence: current evidence and practical considerations

Hanneke Pierre Franciscus Xaverius Moonen, Karin Josephina Hubertina Beckers & Arthur Raymond Hubert van Zanten
Vol. 9, Article number: 8 (2020)


Indirect calorimetry (IC) has strong theoretical potential to improve nutritional status and consequently, the long-term outcome of critically ill patients in the various metabolic phases of critical illness. Read this review.

[Featured Research] Music Use for Sedation in Critically ill Children (MUSiCC trial): a pilot randomized controlled trial

Gonzalo Garcia Guerra, Ari R. Joffe, Cathy Sheppard, Krista Hewson, Irina A. Dinu, Morteza Hajihosseini, Allan deCaen, Hsing Jou, Lisa Hartling, Sunita Vohra & the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group 
Vol. 9, Article number: 7 (2021)


The feasibility of a music medicine intervention in critically ill children has been demonstrated in this RCT. The study also provides necessary information to plan a larger trial. Read this article.


JSICM official guidelines

GuidelineJapanese Society of Intensive Care Medicine offers collections of guidelines on the diagnosis and management of a range of conditions that are related to intensive care medicine.

The clinical practice guideline for the management of ARDS in Japan (2017)

The Japanese Clinical Practice Guidelines for Management of Sepsis and Septic Shock 2016 (J-SSCG 2016) (2018)

The Japanese Clinical Practice Guideline for acute kidney injury 2016 (2018)

Society affiliation and support of APC

Journal of Intensive Care is the official journal of the Japanese Society of Intensive Care Medicine (JSICM).
In 2021, the Society sponsors 70% of the Journal’s APC for the articles so that the author is charged only 30% of the official APC. The authors who wish to request this sponsorship needs to submit special institutions code during the submission. Please see 'Fees and funding' information section for details.

Pro-Con debate articles

Journal of Intensive Care publish set of articles that discuss given topic from opposing standpoints. 

Topic 1:
Acute glycemic control in diabetics. How sweet is optimal? 

Pro:  Sweeter is better in diabetes
Con: Just as sweet as in nondiabetic is better

Topic 2: 
Aggressive fluid management in the critically ill patients.

Pro:  fluids should be aggressively managed in critically ill patients
Con: “aggressive” may lead to “excessive”

Topic 3:
Is Anti-coagulation therapy effective for septic DIC?

Pro:  A question is “what are the optimal targets for anticoagulant therapies?”
Con:  Should we treat sepsis-induced DIC with anticoagulants?

Thematic Series Collections

See list of all article collections

Nutrition in Intensive care
This thematic series focuses on basic nutritional therapy with selection of papers reviewing appropriate evaluation of calorie requirement, enteral integrity and enteral tolerance in “Critical Care Nutrition”. 

Neurocritical Care revisited
The second Thematic Series on Neurocritical Care puts together selection of reviews providing different aspects and latest insight into Neurocritical Care.

Cardiovascular intensive care
This thematic series presents 5 review articles providing latest understandings on the management of patients with severe CVD. 

Current overview in pediatric critical care
In this thematic series, the authors review the current management of pediatric sepsis, pediatric organ transplantation, pediatric cardiac surgery and more.

Trauma-induced coagulopathy and critical bleeding
In this thematic series, the authors examine the pathophysiology of trauma-induced coagulopathy and discuss the novel therapeutic strategies for the management of patients with severe trauma.

Point-of-care ultrasound
In this thematic series, the authors review various clinical studies on point-of-care ultrasound, which were carried out based on the ideas of “extraction”, “creation” and “integration”.

Organ dysfunction in sepsis
In this thematic series, the authors review the pathophysiology of organ dysfunction in sepsis. The role of two main pathomechanisms of organ dysfunction, DIC and endothelial cell dysfunction, are also discussed.

Neurocritical care
In this thematic series, the role of monitoring is highlighted to guide the treatment and therapeutic intervention tailored for the pathophysiologic degree of brain injury.

Fluid management
In this thematic series, the principal and practical matters underlying fluid therapy are highlighted to allow intensivists around the world to better understand and manage such primary and consistent intervention as fluid therapy in critically ill patients.

Editors' profiles

Hiroshi Morisaki, Editor-in-Chief

New Content ItemProfessor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.
Dr. Morisaki also serves as the Director of the Intensive Care Center, Keio University Hospital. His professional interests include intensive care and perioperative medicine.

Nobuaki Shime, Deputy Editor

Shime_ssProfessor and Chair of the Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, Medical School, Institute of Biomedical and Health Sciences, Hiroshima University, Japan.
Dr. Shime also serves as a Director of the Advanced Emergency and Critical Care Center and Intensive Care Unit and Assistant Head, Hiroshima University Hospital.

Aims and scope

Journal of Intensive Care is an open access journal encompassing all aspects of intensive care medicine, such as intensive and critical care, trauma and surgical intensive care, pediatric intensive care, acute and emergency medicine, perioperative medicine, resuscitation, infection control and organ dysfunction. In addition, the journal encourages submissions considering the different cultural aspects of intensive care practice.

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