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- David J. Wilber, MD, Editor-in-Chief, JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology∗ ( and )
- Jagmeet Singh, MD, PhD, Deputy Editor, JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology
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Dr. David J. Wilber, Editor-in-Chief, JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology, Loyola University Medical Center, 2160 South First Avenue, Building 110, Maywood, Illinois 60153.
With this issue, JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology turns 4 years of age. Over the last 3 years, JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology has expanded to monthly publication featuring high-quality State-of-the-Art and Topic reviews, Original Research, Images in Electrophysiology, Editorials, and Commentaries. More than two-thirds of the issues had a specific focus on a diverse range of contemporary concerns of importance to clinicians, ranging from the subcutaneous defibrillator and optimization of cardiac resynchronization therapy, to the biophysics of atrial fibrillation ablation and new approaches to ablation of ventricular tachycardia. That the journal is reaching its intended audience is in part attested by the rapidly growing online access to its content: nearly 70,000 downloads were logged in December 2017. The top 10 downloads for the past year are detailed in Table 1. Submissions to the journal continue to grow at a rate of 10% annually. They reflect international engagement, with 54% of submissions coming from outside of the United States. We are pleased to announce that JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology is now fully indexed on PubMed, making our authors’ latest research and commentary, as well as their previous contributions, more readily and widely accessible to the broader electrophysiology and medical communities, as well as patients and other interested parties.
In addition to our authors, a substantial portion of the credit for this early success goes to our highly engaged and talented editorial board. It is with great pleasure that we acknowledge their substantial contributions: James Daubert, MD, Jonathan Kalman, MBBS, PhD, Sanjiv Narayan, MD, PhD, Jeanne Poole, MD, Usha Tedrow, MD, MSc, and Atul Verma, MD. Dr. Katja Zeppenfeld serves as our Guest Editor-in-Chief. We recognize the increasing importance of social media in “getting the word out” and encouraging further awareness and discussion on the issues of the day. We recently expanded our social media team, and gratefully acknowledge their energetic and creative input: Tina Baykaner, MD, Rajeev Pathak, MD, Prash Sanders, MD, and Smit Vasaiwala, MD (who also serves as CME editor). We gratefully acknowledge the tireless efforts and encouragement of Kimberly Young, our Managing Editor, and the editorial staff of the JACC family of journals, including Meredith Hurt (Executive Managing Editor) and Kim Murphy (Vice President, Publishing). These are all indeed, a family.
Finally, we would like to express appreciation to our dedicated cadre of reviewers, the lifeblood of any journal. In 2017, more than 400 individuals contributed their time and effort to this endeavor. We also take this opportunity to recognize a small number of reviewers who, based on the number, timeliness, and quality of their reviews, merit individual acknowledgement (Table 2).
We remain challenged by the need to provide care for millions of patients worldwide who experience, or are at risk of developing, serious heart rhythm disorders. The success of initial therapeutic strategies, from drugs and implantable devices to catheter ablation, has improved quality of life and survival for many, but has created a host of new concerns and opportunities in long-term care for the generalist, cardiovascular specialist, and electrophysiologist alike. Our mission from the outset was to build a diverse community of clinicians and scholars drawn from a broad and international spectrum, with a primary focus on optimizing patient care and outcomes to meet this challenge and improve the health of our patients. Our goals were not only to facilitate timely dissemination of new high-quality clinical and translational information, but to foster critical assessment and perspective and offer a forum for communication to help resolve key areas of controversy and uncertainty. We also endorsed the need for better ways to deliver information and perspective in a layered, multifaceted, and incremental fashion, allowing readers with many other time demands the opportunity to choose which aspects and format best suit their needs for subsequent in-depth exploration and fuller understanding.
We have made a promising start toward meeting many of these goals, and plan to expand the electronic resources available to clinicians and researchers in the upcoming years. We are grateful for the feedback, advice, and constructive criticism provided by many of our readers and contributors over the past 3 years. On behalf of the entire editorial board, we invite the electrophysiology community to continue the conversation.
- 2018 American College of Cardiology Foundation