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- Anthony N. DeMaria, MD, MACC, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the American College of Cardiology⁎ ()
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, Dr. Anthony N. DeMaria, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 3655 Nobel Drive, Suite 400, San Diego, California 92122
Education has always been one of the primary missions of the American College of Cardiology, and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology(JACC) has filled a central role in achieving this goal. The Journalprovides not only original research articles, but also state-of-the-art reviews and viewpoints. However, as cardiology has expanded and become more specialized, the quantity and breadth of new information has increased proportionately. It is not surprising, therefore, that stimulated by President Steve Nissen, the College undertook consideration of initiating new journals. Recently, the Board of Trustees approved the introduction of two new publications, JACC: Cardiovascular Imagingand JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.
A number of considerations led to the decision to start the new journals. As previously stated, education is a major mission of the College, and these journals will help to fulfill this objective. In addition, submissions to JACChave doubled over the past 5 years. Since our pages have remained constant, our acceptance rate has gradually fallen to below 15%. It is not uncommon, therefore, for JACCto have to reject manuscripts of considerable merit just because they do not achieve sufficient priority for our limited pages. As might be expected, manuscripts that hold interest for the greatest number of readers gain preference for our general cardiology journal. Conversely, highly specialized papers that appeal to a more narrowly focused segment of cardiovascular specialists are often declined for just this reason. Thus, many quality papers exist that are available as content for new journals. Finally, a number of examples exist in which several publications constitute a family of journals, for example the Journal of the American Medical Association(JAMA) and the Archives of Internal Medicine. These journals collaborate and refer papers to one another so as to facilitate publication of manuscripts in the most appropriate venue. The initiation of specialty cardiovascular journals would provide this same opportunity for a College family of publications.
Given the aforementioned rationale for starting new journals, Dr. Eugene Braunwald and the Publications Committee embarked on a systematic examination of the issues involved. Several subject matter areas were identified for possible journals, and a subcommittee conducted telephone interviews with authorities in those fields to determine the needs and opportunities for new publications. As a result of those surveys, it was determined that opportunities existed for and new journals could best make a contribution to the areas of cardiac imaging and interventional cardiology.
The area of cardiac imaging seemed a likely choice for a new journal. The last several years have seen an explosion in imaging techniques, such as cardiac magnetic resonance and computed tomography angiography. Imaging is playing an increasingly important role not only in diagnosis, but in guiding therapy and assessing its efficacy. Major questions exist as to which imaging modality to perform, in which patient, for which indication, and at what point in time. In addition, imaging techniques are increasingly being used in conjunction such as positron-emission tomography/computed tomography. Thus, a need/opportunity was felt to exist for a journal with an emphasis upon multimodality imaging.
Interventional cardiology is another cardiovascular area experiencing rapid growth. The number and varieties of percutaneous coronary interventions continue to grow each year. In addition, other interventional procedures, such as the placement of septal defect closure devices and percutaneous valve prostheses, have been introduced. Cardiologists often find themselves working on procedures with surgeons and radiologists. So again, a need/opportunity was felt to exist for a journal devoted to the broad category of cardiovascular interventions.
And so a decision was made to institute two new journals to be published by Elsevier—one in cardiac imaging and another in interventional cardiology. This decision was supported by the fact that these two categories are among those that receive the highest number of submissions to JACC. We volunteered to lend the JACCname to the publications (JACC: Cardiovascular Imagingand JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions) to indicate our relationship and collaboration in the American College of Cardiology Foundation family of journals. Just as JAMAcontinues to publish manuscripts from all of the specialty areas covered by the Archives, so will JACCcontinue to publish articles on the full spectrum of cardiovascular topics, including imaging and intervention. Our goal will be to continue to bring the latest and most important new information to our readers in every area of cardiovascular medicine and surgery. In fact, with our new weekly publications, which contain a reduced number of articles, the new journals will provide important supplemental venues.
At the current time, many of the details regarding these new journals remain to be determined. The plan is to begin accepting manuscript submissions in July with publication of the first issue in January 2008. The journals will begin on a bimonthly basis and it is anticipated that they will soon increase to monthly. Selection of the respective editors is underway and will probably have been announced by the time you read this Editor’s Page. These new journals will reach physicians with a primary interest in imaging or intervention.
One can, of course, question the need for more medical journals. As a reader, I often feel deluged with information; the analogy of trying to drink from a fire hydrant comes to mind. However, this is largely the offshoot of the enormous amount of new knowledge that is fortunately being produced. In addition, the increasing specialization within cardiovascular medicine leads to many articles of great importance to a limited number of readers. Focused specialty journals are ideally suited to convey these papers. Although I am obviously biased, I believe that independent specialty societies such as the American College of Cardiology are ideally suited to bring new information to the cardiovascular community.
And so, just as medical science and practice continuously evolve, so does the medical literature. JACCwill continue to publish information of importance to cardiovascular specialists in all areas of cardiovascular medicine. However, we will soon give birth to two new journals that will emphasize information of particular value for imaging and intervention. The interaction and collaboration of our family of journals should result in manuscripts that are published quickly and in the most appropriate forum. We anticipate that over time, the JACCoffspring will grow to be strong independent adults. Who knows, at that time we may be ready to procreate again.
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