Editor's Message
On behalf of the Associate Editors and Members of the Editorial Board, I welcome you to the American Journal of Physiology: Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology.

The American Journal of Physiology: Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology aims to be the leading journal for the publication of outstanding, high-impact manuscripts in all aspects of gastrointestinal, liver and pancreatic physiology and disease. We prioritize mechanistic, basic and translational studies that use cutting-edge experimental approaches.

Our expert team of Associate Editors sets the standard and tone of the journal. The Associate Editors were 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 here.

The Editor team is aided by a robust, international editorial board. The Editorial Board has the challenging job of evaluating all submitted manuscripts. I thank all our Editorial Board members for their willingness to take on this difficult task and for their rapid, detailed, and constructive evaluation of manuscripts. The Editorial Board is vital in maintaining the scientific excellence of the Journal.

Outstanding scientific quality is the first priority of the Journal. The Journal publishes manuscripts that address an important biological question, are hypothesis-driven, and use state-of-the-art experimental approaches. Results must be be of high quality in both presentation and significance. Published articles represent a substantive (not incremental) advance in knowledge and rank at the top of the field.

Our goals for the Journal include:
  • To publish outstanding, high-impact and mechanistic papers that represent a major advance in our understanding of gastrointestinal and liver physiology.
  • To publish papers in areas of established and emerging importance, as reflected by our Categories and Calls for Papers.
  • To ensure that the Journal identifies new and emerging themes in all aspects of gastrointestinal, liver, biliary and pancreatic physiology and disease. The Engineered Gut: Targeting Intestinal Stem Cells, the Stem Cell Niche, and Prospects for Tissue Engineering (2018)
  • To ensure representation of publications from the diverse community of researchers within the American Physiological Society (APS) as well as the wider national and international community.
  • To develop strategies to involve young investigators and trainees in the Journal.
Ultimately, the Journal exists to serve our authors and readers. 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. We will maintain an open and active dialogue with 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. We will ensure a fast, fair, and constructive review process and will highlight the best published articles through editorial focus manuscripts, social media (Facebook, Twitter) and Video Abstracts.