Notes from the Incoming Editor
In recent issues of the journal, we introduced a number of new initiatives to be featured in Circulation starting in July of this year.1,2 These include a section called Frame of Reference, which will host content spanning a spectrum from thoughtful opinion pieces to brief, evidence-based presentations. Other features include Point/Counterpoint, Clinical Implications of Basic Research, and quarterly accounts of events that led to significant advances in the field (Paths to Discovery).
We have also introduced our model of globally distributed leadership of the journal, with creative input and decision-making authority positioned around the world. This, we believe, will facilitate our efforts to meet the needs of professionals globally, capturing intellectual energy – and fostering progress – worldwide. Finally, we have also introduced the content category, State of the Art, which will host a range of articles, including short (Primer) and long (In Depth) reviews. White papers and consensus reports will be featured there, as well.
Facilitate Access to Content “Off the Radar”
First, we will strive to enhance coordination among the portfolio of American Heart Association journals. The editorial teams leading these 12 journals are outstanding, and we will work to coordinate our activities going forward. Each journal fills a critical niche; yet, we share a common objective to disseminate new knowledge as widely and as rapidly as possible. As the emerging editorial leadership of Circulation is global, relying heavily on electronic interactions, we will do the same across the journal portfolio. We will share ideas, share best practices, and share papers.
I envision a regular piece in Circulation that highlights the best publications in the subspecialty journals. A “Best of…” or “Highlights of…” section will facilitate our readership’s access to content that is important to them and which they may not otherwise see.
We will launch a short section called Highlights of Major Meetings. Here, we will provide a brief overview of the “hot topics” discussed at meetings around the world. Of course, no one attends all meetings, and yet it is common for studies to be presented at virtually all meetings that are relevant to our professional lives. We will canvas many of the meetings taking place over the calendar year and provide a brief (500-word) synopsis of the major issues being discussed. This is another opportunity for fellows and early career professionals to make an important contribution to the journal.
Recognize Our Reviewers
Manuscript peer review is the process whereby good science is enhanced and bad science is dismissed. It is central to the entire scientific process, serving to “separate the wheat from the chaff”, optimize scientific progress, enhance reproducibility, and eliminate poor quality work. That said, it is a service that is often unrecognized and always uncompensated, one where individuals work behind the scenes to enhance the science of others to promote progress.
We will aim to reduce the workload on reviewers by submitting a smaller proportion of manuscripts for external review. We will work to acknowledge and recognize our best reviewers, those who review regularly for the journal and provide thoughtful and prompt evaluations. There are many reviewers who serve the journal with frequent manuscript reviews without being named on the Editorial Board, and we will recognize the best among them annually as Elite Reviewers. We expect to initiate other means of thanking our best reviewers.
We are planning a number of themed issues. In February, we will publish a special Go Red for Women issue. This issue will be orchestrated by Dr. Sharon Reimold and will include content across our entire spectrum of offerings: opinion pieces, reviews, Paths to Discovery, and original research papers. We welcome your submissions of original research for this special issue. Also, if you have ideas for topics relevant to this issue, we invite you to submit them as well ().
Drs Marc Ruel and Timothy Gardner are busy assembling a themed issue focusing on cardiothoracic surgery. Again, this issue will feature content spanning the full spectrum of offerings, and we are hopeful it will highlight the critical activities of our surgical colleagues. In particular, we will focus on numerous innovations that surgeons have fostered in recent years and the excellent surgical science underway around the world.
We are interested in publishing some of the creative ideas that were proposed for the American Heart Association’s One Brave Idea initiative (www.onebraveidea.com). This initiative, designed to tackle coronary artery disease in a bold and innovative way, generated a large number of submissions, the vast majority of which were not pursued. We suggest that some of the ideas that did not move forward will nevertheless be of interest to the cardiovascular community and likely spark new ideas and collaborations. Please send them to us ( ).
Calling All Artists
We approach our venture in publishing with tremendous energy and respect. At the same time, we want the publishing process to be engaging – even fun! To that end, we will leverage the idea of whimsical depictions of the word Google on the Google.com website. We will launch the “Circulation doodle,” a creative depiction of the word Circulation based on a theme that changes monthly. We invite you to submit your images ( ), and the chosen doodle will be featured on the journal cover and on our website for a month.
The doodle for July 2016 will celebrate the return of Circulation to Texas, commemorating the fact that the journal was led so ably for a decade by Dr James Willerson (Figure). Now, to get the artists among us engaged, I announce that the doodle theme for August 2016 will be “Les Vacances” and for September 2016, Hispanic Heritage Month. In July, we will announce the doodle themes for the rest of the year through June 2017, so get your creative juices flowing! Of note, we will vary the themes for any given month going forward, and we are interested in our readership’s thoughts on appropriate doodle themes for subsequent years.
We have yet more initiatives in the works. Stay tuned for my final installment next month, where I will complete the introduction of new Circulation content.
- © 2016 American Heart Association, Inc.