The Intensive Care Medicine Journal


Intensive Care Medicine (ICM) is the Official journal of The European Society of Intensive Care Medicine and The European Society of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care.


ICM is a critical care journal that publishes studies covering all aspects of critical care from every country. The journal publishes studies that include critically ill patients or patients at very high risk of becoming critically ill and, in addition to those investigating critically ill patients in the ICU, welcomes studies of high-risk patients in the Emergency Department and during the perioperative period.


Impact Factor: 12.015 (2016)

ICM is now ranked No. 3 in a list of 20 journals devoted to intensive care medicine.

Good reasons to publish in ICM

  1. ICM is a highly selective journal that picks the finest papers. About 6% of submissions are accepted.
  2. ICM has one of the shortest manuscript processing times and is constantly improving in this regard, while directing great care to the reviewing process and quality.
  3. The 7-day profile publication section welcomes highly relevant articles, which are accepted within 7 working days then indexed on PubMed within 7 days after acceptance.
  4. ICM is the official journal of the ESICM and ESPNIC leading international critical care societies.
  5. New sections (what's new, understanding the disease, images...) offer opportunities for experienced researchers to share their latest findings and to appraise the most recent literature with short 'at-a-glance' viewpoints on key crucial issues.


Aims and scope

The journal Intensive Care Medicine provides a medium for the communication and exchange of current work and ideas in this field. It is intended for all involved in intensive medical care, physicians, anaesthetists, surgeons, pediatricians, and all concerned with the pre-clinical subjects and medical sciences basic to these disciplines.

It publishes

  • Review articles reflecting the present state of knowledge in special areas or summarizing limited themes in which discussion has led to clearly defined conclusions.
  • Original papers reporting progress and results in all areas of intensive care medicine and its related fields.
  • Educational articles giving information on the progress of a topic of particular interest.
  • Discussion on technology, methods, new apparatus and modifications of standard techniques.
  • Correspondence concerning matters of topical interest or relating to published material.
  • Meetings reports.

The journal is open for publication of supplements and for publishing abstracts of scientific meetings. Conditions can be obtained from the Editor-in-Chief, the Paediatric Section editor or the publisher. Colour figures are free of charge and the journal follows Springer's Open Choice policy for authors (publication of papers in open access, for a fee).


Click here to access the website of the journal. 

ESPNIC members are also entitled to reduced subscription fees for the following journals:

  • Infant Journal
  • Nursing in Critical Care