Editor's Message

The American Physiological Society has appointed me to a full term as Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Physiology (AJP)-Heart and Circulatory Physiology. 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 AJP-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 be innovative and responsive to the needs and desires of the cardiovascular scientific community.

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.

Our repertoire of articles also includes a variety of article types. Rapid Reports communicate high-impact novel science and are reviewed within 10 days. Review articles that can be used as valuable resource material will continue to be published. We will continue to publish articles on innovative methodologies. We plan to increase the prominence of Editorials, Letters to the Editor, Perspectives, and opinion pieces. Original Research Articles will continue to the cornerstone of the journal.

Additional value-added elements of the journal include:

  • Table of Contents (TOC) grouped by topic area
  • Article collections offering readers one-stop shopping for Reviews and Standards & Guidelines
  • Early edition articles published online every week
  • Twice monthly online issues
  • Journal homepage highlighting new features and content
  • Daily postings on Facebook and Twitter about TOC alerts, "must read" articles, podcast alerts and more
  • Fast and fair reviews with an average time to first decision of 16.5 days
  • Clear and instructive decision letters
  • Easy online submission at http://ajpheart.msubmit.net/cgi-bin/main.plex

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 jewel 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.