Changes at the ATVB Journal
The new cover of ATVB provides an indication of the changes to the Journal. One major change occurred in July 2012 when the new editorial team started managing the peer review responsibilities. This team was assembled to provide expert editorial decisions on the complete range of science published within ATVB. Membership of the group encompasses highly qualified individuals from the countries that are major contributors to the Journal. The range of the scientific expertise of these editors and their research profiles can be explored in depth on the Journal Web site: http://atvb.ahajournals.org/site/misc/meettheeditors.xhtml. This page also includes information on the Journal’s excellent editorial staff.
Although the editors of ATVB are spread across the globe, they are in regular contact through the contemporary availability of communications that includes the new ATVB Web site. This has facilitated development of a process for reviewing manuscripts that enables input from multiple editors of each submission, despite being separated by many miles. The diverse talents of the editorial team and the ease of communications enable each manuscript to be handled by individuals with specific expertise for each submission. This has facilitated the selection of reviewers and providing of critiques that reflect a fair and balanced assessment of the work.
The editors have worked diligently during the transition period to further develop the established excellent journal reputation. They are dedicated to continue to evolve the Journal’s excellent reputation that is the legacy of the high quality of previous editorial leadership. The principles of this legacy can be viewed on the history of the Journal link. One of the immediate changes to the Journal was the submission Web site. This has greatly facilitated the ease of submitting manuscripts to ATVB. In addition, the submission process is being facilitated by complete rewrite of the instructions to authors.
Authors will note several changes when submitting manuscripts to ATVB. The main emphasis of these changes is to increase the profile of both the Journal and published manuscripts. Selection of a cover image will be one highly apparent change. We will be encouraging authors to submit images that have artistic and technical merit. Submitted images may either be extracted from the manuscript or associated with the science. Beyond the cover, a new table of contents format will highlight that ATVB publishes basic, translational, clinical, and population studies. Within each article, enhancements will be requested to facilitate the profile of the publication. This will include the requirement for a detailed Materials and Methods section with the aim of assisting other investigators to replicate studies. The new format also includes an Impact and Significance section for authors to provide a succinct summary of the importance of their studies. The new format (methods; impact statement) will be in place beginning with the March 2013 issue.
The Journal will be making every effort to ensure that each publication receives the maximum exposure. This will include alerts through e-mails that will especially publicize the editor’s pick and featured articles. We will also use contemporary modes of communication that will include the Journal using Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. These modes of communication will be totally focused on communicating background on some of the most highly cited ATVB manuscripts.
In recognition of the Journal being the official publication of the ATVB Council, every effort will be made to increase the connections between the Journal and the Council. One of these efforts will be seen in May 2013 when we will host a plenary session at the upcoming ATVB conference in Orlando. This session will feature the recipients of the Journal’s early career investigator awards and 2 senior investigators who have published high-profile manuscripts in the Journal. The ATVB Council is a vibrant scientific community and the Journal is proud to be the publication that is synonymous with its membership.
Overall, the editors are dedicated to making sure the Journal is known for its high standards and timeliness of well-informed reviews and clarity of editorial decisions. We are also dedicated to ensuring that all published articles get the maximum exposure and recognition to the scientific community. It is our hope that such a journal will be uppermost on the minds of our community for submitting their most exciting science.
We look forward to serving you as the editors of your Journal.
- © 2012 American Heart Association, Inc.