Dear Editorial Board members,
As you may know, my first term as Editor-in-Chief for the American Journal of Physiology – Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology™ and your term as an Editorial Board member will end on Dec 31, 2014. I will be evaluated by the APS program committee for reappointment for another three year term.
The past two years have seen many improvements for AJP-Lung and many new initiatives. Two of the Associate Editors have moved on and been replaced with two outstanding investigators (Wolfgang Kuebler and Dolly Mehta) who will greatly contribute to the success of the journal. We have established a new board of Consulting Editors: Jahar Bhattacharya, Oliver Eickelberg, Asrar Malik, Michael Matthay, Susan Margulies, and Jeanine Wiener-Kronish, whose duties will consist mostly of advising the Editor on how to improve the quality and impact of AJP-Lung.
We have published a number of outstanding “Physiology in Medicine” articles as well as numerous outstanding reviews (please see our recent posts on Facebook for comprehensive lists). We have established five awards for the most outstanding paper published by young investigators and welcome nominations for the 2014 awards. We have five calls for papers, including one called “Nanoparticles and the Lung: Friend or Foe?” posted in March. We have instituted new procedures to speed up the review process without sacrificing the rigor of the reviews. Finally, we have a very active Facebook page, and Emily Sher (who replaced Gloria Y. Son as the Editorial Assistant) “tweets” items of interest on a regular basis (Twitter handle: @AJPLung) and runs an AJP-Lung blog.
Our editorial board is already remarkable for the number of its members who accept all invites. I’m pleased to report that in 2012 and 2013, there were 26 editorial board members who accepted 100% of review invites who reviewed 6 or more papers. This engagement is more than a point of pride, however. It’s crucially important.
As a key component of our continuing efforts to make the journal the best possible place to publish, we have revamped our editorial board to better represent the younger members of the pulmonary community and our contributors. The Associate Editors and I will be reevaluating the performances of all editorial board members using new criteria. In order to be reappointed, you must have an invitation acceptance rate of at least 50%. Additionally, you must have published at least one article in AJP-Lung during your tenure. As a new requirement going forward, editorial board members will be expected to submit at least one original manuscript per year.
Increasing submissions to AJP-Lung is our most important goal, and critical to the journal’s continuing success. With this in mind, we’re doing everything we can to make AJP-Lung a more attractive place to publish and hope you will support our efforts. Any suggestions you may have are always welcome.
The attention, time and work you devote to your reviews are what make AJP-Lung the excellent publication that it is. Recently a senior author, Dr. Naftali Kaminski, who currently has a paper in articles in press commented: “Thanks for the amazing efficiency, quality reviews and quick turnaround time – it is a real pleasure!!!” As I commented on Facebook, the Associate Editors and I are truly delighted that such a prominent member of the pulmonary community felt that the AJP-Lung review process had a positive impact on his work.
I look forward to working with you this year.
With many thanks,
Sadis Matalon, PhD, DrSc (Hon)
Alice McNeal Chair and Vice Chair for Research
Director, Pulmonary Injury and Repair Center, School of Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology