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- William W Parmley, MD, MACC*
- ↵*Send correspondence to: William W. Parmley, MD, MACC, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 415 Judah Street, San Francisco, California 94122
For the interest of the readership, the following represents some elements of the Annual Report that I give each year to the Publications Committee of the American College of Cardiology at our annual March meeting. In the year 1999, the editorial office received 2,402 new manuscripts, for an average of 200 per month. This represents a 12% increase over the submission rate for 1998. Over the years, the Journal has maintained a steady increase of 3% each year, with the exception of significant increases in 1995 (16%), 1998 (16%), and 1999 (12%). We published 3,800 pages in 1999, which is slightly above our annual allotment of 3,620 pages. Specifications in layout and increased font size were implemented with the anniversary issues over the 1999 year.
Our rejection rate increased from 73% to 79% because of the increase in submissions and the backlog of manuscripts that had been accepted through early 1999. The lag time from acceptance to publication averages about 13 weeks. In 1999, 63% of submissions originated from outside the U.S., a 3% increase over the foreign submission rate of 60% for 1998. Japan leads the foreign submissions, followed by Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, France, Canada, and the Netherlands. Subscriptions for 1999 totaled 31,655. The clinical content of the journal remains strong, with 88% clinical articles and 12% experimental studies.
JACC is pleased to be part of the CardioSource website sponsored by Elsevier (www.cardiosource.com). Full text articles of JACC are available at this site for members of the college, as are full text articles for many other journals to which an individual may subscribe. In addition, official guidelines of the College are published, and a daily news service from Reuters helps to keep the reader up to date. I encourage all members of the College to register with CardioSource and to use it frequently.
We are exploring different ways to use the internet as part of an integrated package along with the paper edition of JACC. Because of our increased rejection rate, it is more difficult to accept good papers that might have been accepted in the past. Now, some of these must be rejected on a priority basis. Although we will continue to ask authors to shorten their manuscripts in order to maximize the number of papers we can accept, this problem is becoming increasingly difficult to resolve. We are considering various ways in which part or all of expanded versions of papers might be placed on the website while shorter versions may be published in paper form. In this electronic revolution, we may try one or more options on a trial basis over the next two years to assess their acceptability and value for the authors and readers. As always, we remain committed to making JACC the best we can. We welcome your suggestions and comments on any of the above.
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