The Sub-Saharan Journal of Endoscopic Procedures (SSJEP) is an open-access peer-reviewed journal committed to publishing high-quality articles in the field of Endoscopic Procedures. The journal is owned by the Sub-Saharan Endoscopy Group; Orient Obesity & Metabolic Disease Society and published by the Scientific Scholar. The journal aims to present the most current information in Endoscopic Procedures that are relevant to the current practice.

It is a peer-reviewed international journal with a double-blind review process. Its frequency of publication is semi-annual, two issues per year. Currently, we only have e-Journal and do not publish in print.


Sub-Saharan Journal of Endoscopic Procedures aims to provide a platform for ideas in the technologies and practice of minimal access surgery in Sub-Saharan Africa. It also aims to highlight the new developments in Endoscopic Procedures as it pertains to the region. It provides a nexus for research in Endoscopy across medical specialties.

Scope of Sub-Saharan Journal of Endoscopic Procedures

Sub-Saharan Journal of Endoscopic Procedures covers topics related to Endoscopic Procedures, including Gastrointestinal Surgery, Urology, Orthopaedics, Gynaecology, Otorhinolaryngology, Thoracic and Paediatric Surgery, Interventional Radiology, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and Bronchoscopy.


Our audience includes but not limited to scientists in the field of Surgery, Gynaecology, Gastroenterology, and Pulmonology.

Review Process

SSJEP has a highly rigorous double-blinded peer-review process that makes sure that manuscripts are scientifically accurate, relevant, novel and important. Authors disclose all conflicts of interest, affiliations and financial disclosures such that the published content is not biased.

In-house submissions that contain the work of any editorial board member, are not allowed to be reviewed by that editorial board member and all decisions regarding this manuscript are made by an independent editor. In addition, these manuscripts are reviewed by the two external reviewers. This is also disclosed in the published manuscript under the section of Conflict of Interest.

Editorial Team

The editorial board comprises of a panel of international experts in Endoscopic Procedures from around the globe. Our editorial board members provide their expertise and guidance to the Editor-In-Chief in maintaining the clarity of content and focus of the journal’s purpose.

About the Editorial Team

Dr. Okechukwu Hyginus Ekwunife MBBS, FWACS, FACS
Consultant Paediatric Surgeon,
Surgery Department,
Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching,
Nnewi, Nigeria
Dr. Okechukwu Hyginus Ekwunife is currently working at the Department of Surgery, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nnewi Campus. He does research in Neonatal Surgery, Paediatric Surgery, and Surgical Quality Improvement. He is directly involved in ‘National Neonatal Surgery Quality Improvement’ and ‘PaedSurg Africa Research Collaboration’ projects.

Dr Kelechi E.Okonta, MBBS(UPH), Cert Cardiac Surg(Madras), FWACS(CTh), FACS

Dr. Gerald C. Oguzie MD

Associate Editor,
Federal Medical Centre,
Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
Specialist orthopedic and trauma surgeon with fellowships of West African College of Surgeons and National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria. An inclination for minimal access orthopedic surgery, arthroscopy, and joint reconstruction. Member Minimal Access Surgery Board Federal Medical Centre, Owerri. An International Clinical Member of the Orthopaedic & Trauma Association (OTA) USA & Canada. Principal Investigator for International Orthopedic Multi-Center Study (INORMUS) Hamilton, Canada.

Prof. Titus Ibekwe
International Consulting Editor
MBBS(Nig), MPHHPM(Ib), FWACS, FMCORL, FICS, Otol(Van; BC), Cert. LFPE(Harvard)

Titus S Ibekwe, Professor and Head, Department of the Otorhinolaryngology University of Abuja Nigeria. He is also a Public Health physician having acquired a Masters in Public Health and Health Policy/Management (MPH-HPM). His research and interest are in Preventable Hearing Losses culminating in over 50 publications in International and Local Journals. He made presentations on this subject in International meetings and currently an advocate for a policy on Ear Health Care in Nigeria.
Born in Mgbowo Nigeria, he had his Medical School and Residency programs in the University of Nigeria and University College Hospital Ibadan respectively. A fellow of the West African College of Surgeons (WACS), National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN) and International College of Surgeons (ICS), he has demonstrated astute Leadership skills in Nigeria, Africa and internationally:

  • Vice President International Advisory Board of the American Academy of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Foundation
  • Secretary National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (Faculty of ORL).
  • National Chairman Continuing Medical Education, Nigeria.
  • Board Examiner Part 1 and 2 for West African College of Surgeons and National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria
  • Council Member WACS and Faculty Board Member NPMC
  • Course Coordinator WACS and NPMC
  • Director, WACS Medical Outreach North-Central Zone Nigeria
  • Coordinator International College of Surgeons, Abuja Zone.
  • Past Chairman Nigerian Medical Association Abuja Nigeria
  • Past First National Vice President of the Nigerian Medical Association
  • Past National Secretary, Otorhinolaryngological Society of Nigeria
  • Key Player in Pan African Federation of Otorhinolaryngological Society (PAFOS)
  • Member, Humanitarian and Steering Committees of the American-Academy-of-Otorhinolaryngology-Head-and-Neck-Foundation.

Dr. Pradeep Chowbey MS
International Consulting Editor

Dr. Pradeep Chowbey belongs to the cadre of the pioneer laparoscopic surgeons in India. He has graphed his career with singular determination to develop, evaluate and propagate Minimal Access, Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery in India. The advent of Laparoscopic surgery with his hands became a point in India’s medical history.

Surgical Milestones
Dr. Chowbey has had the honour of operating on His Excellency Shri K R Narayanan former President of India for gall bladder surgery (March 29, 2001), His Holiness Dalai Lama for gall bladder surgery (October 10, 2008).

National Guidelines
Dr. Chowbey formulated the Minimal Access Surgery – Guidelines and Recommendations that were released by the Hon’ble President of India Dr. KR Narayanan at Rashtrapati Bhavan in July 2002. Dr. Chowbey is currently chairing the revision update of the Minimal Access Surgery Guidelines and recommendations which will be released by the end of 2018. He with other experts formulated guidelines for Endoscopic hernia surgery and also on Metabolic & Obesity (MOSI) surgery in Nov. 2008 and December 2010.

Teaching & Training
Trained more than 20,000 surgeons from around the world in minimally invasive surgeries as teaching and training has been his passion and an integral part of his career.

Honorary memberships and Lifetime Achievement awards
He has been felicitated with the first honorary membership of the International Endohernia Society (IEHS) for his clinical and scientific contributions in the development of Laparo-endoscopic hernia surgery (2017).
He has also been felicitated with the Honorary membership of the United Arab Emirates Surgery Society, Honorary membership of the Indonesian Society of Endo Lap Surgeons (ISES), Honorary membership of Association of Minimal Access Surgeons of India.

He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award by IAGES in February 2015 for his significant contributions to Endoscopic surgeries in India, Lifetime Achievement award by Human Care Charitable Trust in August 2014.

Esteemed positions held

  • Founder President – Asia Pacific Hernia Society (APHS) (2004)
  • President – Asia Pacific Hernia Society (APHS) (2004- 2009)
  • President – Asia Pacific Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Society (APMBSS) (2010-12)
  • President – Asia Pacific Chapter of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) (2011-13)
  • Worldwide President – International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) (2012-13)
  • President – Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society of India (OSSI) (2006-10)
  • Trustee & Past President – Indian Association of Gastrointestinal Endo-Surgeons (IAGES)

Facts About the Journal

It is a peer-reviewed international journal with a double-blind review process. Its frequency of publication is Semi-annual. The journal is published in E-Journal format and the journal is also available in print on demand.


A manuscript published in the journal can be read and downloaded by readers all over the world without any charges or fees. The author retains the copyright of the manuscript and the figures. This allows authors to extend their exposure in the world of medical research and get worldwide recognition for their work.

Abstracting and Indexing Information

The journal is registered with the following abstracting partners:

Google Scholar, CrossRef, ReadCube, Wang Fung

Journal Ethics

Sub-Saharan Journal of Endoscopic Procedures is committed to meeting and upholding the 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

Plagiarism Policy

We provide plagiarism check software (iThenticate) on the Editor’s and Reviewer’s panel in the manuscript management system. We encourage our editors and reviewers to use the plagiarism check. The manuscript’s found to have plagiarism is rejected.

Archival Policy

We use PORTICO for our third-party repository for all articles published with us. All our manuscripts are assigned a DOI number from CROSSREF, and we are members of Crossref

Open Access Publication and Creative Commons Licensing

Sub-Saharan Journal of Endoscopic Procedures is an open-access journal, and manuscripts published are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike 4.0 License (CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0), which allows others to remix, transform, and build upon the work non-commercially, as long as appropriate credit is given and the new creations are licensed under the identical terms.

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. The journal has a policy that changes will not be made after the publication of an article without following accepted procedures for making corrections to the scientific record.

Subscription Information

SSJEP is a semiannual publication and published manuscripts in the journal can be read and downloaded by readers all over the world without any charges or fees.

The journal is published in E-Journal format and the journal is also available in print on demand. The journal offers a Print-on-Demand subscription –


Scientific Scholar LLC ( is a well-respected medical publisher that fully supports open access publishing models, Subscription and Society based journal models through its own in-house peer-review management system – EditorialAssist ( The head office of Scientific Scholar is in Rochester, NY, USA and has a subsidiary arm in India.

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