All efforts were fulfilled to publish the Turkish Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery in 1994. The first issue of the journal was published in March 1995. The journal was published every six months in 1995 and 1996, but due to great interest the journal is published every three months and four issues per year (January, April, July and October) between 1997 and 2009. By the beginning of 2009, the journal is being published six issues per year (January, March, May, July, September and November). In the beginning the journal was the official publication organ of the Istanbul Medical School, Trauma & Emergency Surgery Unit Association, and after 1997 it became the official publication of the Turkish Association of Trauma and Emergency Surgery (TATES). In the beginning 2,000 copies of the journal were published, and following 1997 this number reached 3,000 copies. The ISSN of the Turkish Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery is: 1306-696X, and for the electronic journal: ISSN 1307 -7945. It is cited in the Turkish TUBITAK citation index.
As from 2001, the journal is indexed in PubMed/Medline, Index Medicus, as from 2005 in Excerpta Medica and EMBASE, and as from 2007 in Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-E) and Journal Citation Reports / Science Edition and ProQuest. Prior to 2006 it was cited as 'Ulus Travma Derg' and starting with 2006 it is cited as ‘Ulus Travma Acil Cerrahi Derg’ During the five-year term of 2001-2006, our impact factor in SCI-E indexed journals is 0.641.