Editor's Message

On behalf of the new team of editors, I welcome you to the American Journal of Physiology Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology. The new editorial team, who began on 1st July 2015, includes:

Editor in Chief:

Nigel W. Bunnett, Ph.D., Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Deputy Editor

Denise Ney, Ph.D., Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Associate Editors

Michael Camilleri, M.D., Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Andy Giraud, Ph.D., Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia

Stephen Pandol, M.D., Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles

Charalabos (Harry) Pothoulakis, M.D., Division of Digestive Diseases, UCLA

Detlef Schuppan, M.D., Mainz University Medical Center, Germany

Natalie Török, M.D., Gastroenterology and Hepatology, UC Davis

Nathalie Vergnolle, Ph.D., Centre de Pathophysiologie de Toulouse Purpan, Toulouse, France

The team of associate editors was selected on the basis of their scientific excellence. Collectively, the team has expertise in molecular, cellular, integrative, and translational studies of all aspects of gastrointestinal, liver, and pancreatic physiology and disease. More information about their scientific expertise can be found at http://ajpgi.physiology.org/AE.

The Outgoing Editorial Team. I thank the outgoing Editor in Chief, Pauline Kay Lund, and Associate Editors David Adams, Claudio Fiocchi, Craig Logsdon, Karnam Murthy, and Terez Shea-Donohue for their outstanding contributions to the Journal. Under Kay’s leadership the Journal has flourished. It has maintained its reputation for scientific excellence, with rigorous, fast, fair, and transparent reviews. The Journal continues to publish influential and high-impact papers and has maintained submissions during a challenging period of diminished research funding. Kay has been especially successful in engaging young investigators with the Journal. Her advice to me has been invaluable as I prepared to take on the leadership of the Journal. Kay and her team leave the Journal in great shape and deserve thanks from the community of physiological scientists.

The Editorial Board. Comprised of scientists from around the world, the Editorial Board has the challenging job of evaluating all submitted manuscripts. I thank all past members of the Editorial Board for their willingness to take on this difficult task and for their rapid, detailed, and constructive evaluation of manuscripts. I welcome new and reappointed members of the Editorial Board and thank them for agreeing to contribute to the Journal. The Editorial Board makes a vital contribution to maintaining the scientific excellence of the Journal.

New Priorities and Initiatives. What are the priorities of the editorial team? Simply put, the editors intend that the American Journal of Physiology Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology is the journal of first choice for publication of outstanding, high impact manuscripts in all aspects of gastrointestinal, liver and pancreatic physiology and disease.

We seek to publish manuscripts that represent a major advance in our understanding of gastrointestinal, liver and pancreatic physiology and pathophysiology, using molecular, cellular, whole animal and translational approaches. We will prioritize mechanistic studies that use cutting edge experimental approaches.

Our new Categories of Articles will reflect established areas and ones of emerging importance. They include Epithelial Biology and Secretion; Neurogastroenterology and Motility; Hormones, Neurotransmitters, Growth Factors, Receptors, and Signaling; Stem Cells, Tissue Engineering, Development, and Cancer; Liver and Biliary Tract Physiology/Pathophysiology; Pancreatic Physiology/Pathophysiology; Inflammation, Immunity, and Infection; Microbiome and Host Interactions; Nutrient Sensing, Nutrition, and Metabolism; Systems Biology; and Translational Human Pathophysiology.

We will introduce new article types, including Rapid Reports and Mini-Reviews. Rapid Reports will be short papers describing findings of exceptional potential importance. Mini-Reviews will be concise, punchy, and up-to-the-minute summaries of critically important areas of physiology. Further details of these new article types will be provided on the webpage.

We will maintain our reputation for rigorous, fast, fair, and transparent reviews. We will aim to complete initial review of manuscripts within 21 days and revisions within 10 days of receipt. Rapid Reports will be handled even sooner.

We will continue to engage the Journal with the next generation of scientists, including students, trainees, and junior investigators, through membership of the Editorial Board and Young Investigator Perspectives.

We will maintain an open and active dialogue with our authors and readers. The Journal exists to serve our authors and readers. We are pleased to engage with authors at any stage of the submission and review process. We encourage and welcome correspondence from our readers, including suggestions for reviews.

Please send us your best work. The success of the Journal will depend on the scientific quality of the manuscripts that we publish. Please send us your very best work. We will ensure a fast, fair, and constructive review process and will publicize the best published articles through editorials and using social media.