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- David J. Wilber, MD, Editor-in-Chief, JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology∗ ()
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Dr. David J. Wilber, Editor-in-Chief, JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology, American College of Cardiology, Heart House, 2400 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20037.
With this issue, JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology enters its fifth year. This journal continues to evolve and grow along with the field and its practitioners. A large majority of issues have had a specific focus on a diverse range of contemporary concerns of importance to clinicians, ranging from the changing perspectives on anticoagulation and nonpharmacological therapy for stroke prevention to the assessment of new techniques and technology for ablation and device therapy. That JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology is reaching its intended audience is attested by the rapidly growing online access to its content of high-quality clinical and translational research, reviews, and commentary: nearly 1 million downloads were logged through December 2018 on onlinejacc.org and ScienceDirect alone. The top 10 downloads from papers published in 2018 are detailed in Table 1. Submissions to JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology increased more than 20% over the past year, and reflect international engagement, with 58% of submissions coming from outside of the United States. Our journal has been 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 success goes to our highly engaged and talented editorial board. It is with great pleasure that I acknowledge their substantial contributions: Deputy Editor Jagmeet Singh, MD, PhD, and Associate Editors James Daubert, MD, Jonathan Kalman, MBBS, PhD, Sanjiv Narayan, MD, PhD, Jeanne Poole, MD, Usha Tedrow, MD, MSc, and Atul Verma, MD. Drs. Gregory Michaud and Wendy Tzou have added their expertise, and joined the Associate Editor team this year. Dr. Katja Zeppenfeld serves as our Guest Editor-in-Chief. We recognize the increasing importance of social media in “getting the word out,” encouraging further awareness of journal content, and discussion on the issues of the day. We have expanded our social media team, and gratefully acknowledge their energetic and creative input: Prash Sanders, MBBS, PhD, is our Social Media Editor, and is ably assisted by Tina Baykaner, MD, Rajeev Pathak, MD, and Smit Vasaiwala, MD (who also serves as CME editor). Among their accomplishments has been our first twittercast (on His Bundle pacing). We plan to have many more. I also gratefully acknowledge the tireless efforts and encouragement of Kimberly Trevey, our managing editor, and the editorial staff of the JACC family of journals, including Monica Payne-Emmerson (Executive Managing Editor) and Kimberly Murphy (Vice President, Publishing).
Finally, I would like to express appreciation to our dedicated cadre of reviewers, the lifeblood of any journal. In 2018, more than 500 individuals contributed their time and effort to this endeavor. I take this opportunity to recognize a small number of elite reviewers who, based on the number, timeliness, and quality of their reviews over the past year, merit individual acknowledgement (Table 2).
We continue to be 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 pacemakers and implantable defibrillators to catheter ablation, has improved quality of life and survival for many, but has created a host of new concerns and opportunities for enhancing long-term care that affect 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 are not only to facilitate timely dissemination of new high-quality clinical and translational information, but also to foster critical assessment and perspective, and offer a forum for communication to help resolve key areas of controversy and uncertainty. We also endorse 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 are making progress in meeting many of these goals, and plan to expand the 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 4 years. On behalf of the entire editorial board, I invite the electrophysiology community to continue or join the conversation.
- 2019 American College of Cardiology Foundation