The ECAJS had its beginnings in the Proceedings of the Association of Surgeons of East Africa, which was first published in 1978 as the official publication of the Association of Surgeons of East Africa (ASEA, established in 1948). Initially a biannual publication, the Proceedings adopted its current name (East and Central African Journal of Surgery) and status as a fully peer-reviewed journal in 1995, as ASEA grew to include countries in Central Africa. The College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) was established in 1999, and in 2007 the merger between ASEA and COSECSA was finalized, making COSECSA the administrative body of the ECAJS. Prof. John Jellis, an esteemed (now-retired but long-serving) orthopaedic surgeon in Zambia, was editor-in-chief of Proceedings and then the ECAJS from 1978 to 2000, when Prof. Ignatius Kakande, a respected general surgeon from Uganda, took over the reins and subsequently steered the ECAJS as editor-in-chief for nearly two decades. Prof. Kakande now serves as the editorial board chairman, with Prof. Abebe Bekele taking over as editor-in-chief in late 2018. As of 2020, the ECAJS is published four times per year. 


The East and Central African Journal of Surgery (ECAJS) is a peer-reviewed, open access, quarterly publication of the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA). The ECAJS aims to advance the science and art of surgery and facilitate the exchange ideas among surgeons in the constituent countries of COSECSA. The journal will consider new manuscripts on clinical research, surgical technique, surgical practice, trauma, critical care, as well as clinical reviews, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, editorials, perspectives, and letters of interest to readers in Africa and globally. The ECAJS is indexed at African Journals Online (AJOL) and Bioline International.

Open Access

All articles published by the ECAJS are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers.

Authors of articles published in the ECAJS are the copyright holders of their articles and give permission to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce, or disseminate their articles, according to the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License.