Editor's Message

As of December 1, 2013, I assumed the Editor-in-Chief duties following the untimely demise of William Stanley, who led the journal for the past 3 years. The American Journal of Physiology (AJP) community and, indeed, the cardiovascular physiology community were shocked and saddened by this tragic event. Bill was a dynamic and vibrant scientist who brought innovation and vitality to the journal. His leadership and organizational qualities helped to make the journal one of the most widely read cardiovascular journals in the world; all will miss his dedication and leadership to the journal. As I assume the Editorship, I am cognizant of the fact that I will have big shoes to fill. The AJP has a long and illustrious history. It is the responsibility of all those associated with this Journal to move the Journal to as high a level of prominence as possible. The editorial office of American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology will continue to provide a high level of service to our readers and authors. We will continue to publish innovative, mechanistic, and technically outstanding research in the area of cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology. We will maintain many of the innovations that Bill Stanley introduced and extend the novelty and impact of the journal in new directions. Our repertoire of articles will include the following:

  • The Featured Article list sets the stage for our Podcasts, offering our readers lively interviews with the author and our experts about the impact of the work and implications for future research. Listeners can sign up to receive e-mail notification for each newly published podcast, sign up for our podcast RSS feed, or subscribe to our podcasts via iTunes.
  • Rapid Reports that communicate high-impact novel science will be reviewed within 10 days.
  • Review articles that can be used as valuable resource material will continue to be published.
  • Articles on innovative methodology will be published.
  • Editorials, Letters to the Editor, Perspectives, and opinion pieces will be prominent.
  • Our Table of Contents (TOC) is grouped by topic area, making it easier for readers to navigate the content of each issue.
  • Article Collections offer readers one-stop shopping for Reviews and Standards & Guidelines articles.
  • AJP-Heart Circ Physiol is published twice monthly and online.
  • Our journal homepage offers readers new features and content.
  • We continue to push the envelope with our Facebook page and Twitter feed, sharing TOC alerts, "must-read" articles, podcast alerts, American Physiological Society (APS) resources, and more.

As many of you know, I served as the President of APS in 2008–2009 after serving on the Council for 3 years. The publications program is, in many ways, the crown jewels of the society. The fact that AJP-Heart and Circulatory Physiology is held in such high esteem by the cardiovascular community is due in large part to the dedication and hard work of Associate Editors, Consulting Editors, editorial staff, and APS staff. The Editorial Board has been handpicked to provide a high level of peer review. Peer review will always be the cornerstone of our success, and we will work hard to make it the best it can be. I look forward to working closely with those dedicated professionals associated with AJP-Heart and Circulatory Physiology and with the cardiovascular physiology community at large.

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