Notes From the Incoming Editor
In July of this year, a new team of editors will assume leadership of Circulation. We follow in the footsteps of visionary leaders in our field who have established and fostered a journal of impeccable reputation. Our team has been afforded the opportunity to capitalize on the richness and remarkable strengths of Circulation, indeed the entire portfolio of Circulation journals. Our profession—and I personally—owe a sincere debt of gratitude to Dr Joseph Loscalzo, his team of editors, and the editors who preceded them.
Looking to the future, cardiovascular science and medicine face a wide range of challenges and unprecedented opportunities. In Circulation, we will bring robust energy and dedication to our opportunity to help shape the future of cardiovascular medicine. We have conceived a model that is innovative and novel, one in which we capitalize on changes in cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular science, technology, and more. Just as heart disease, vascular disease, and stroke are evolving, so will we. As technological advances proliferate, we will evolve in innovative ways to capitalize on those advances. Circulation will be innovative, and we will not be afraid to experiment. We will launch bold initiatives, and we hope that many of them will succeed. Likely, some will fail. These “experiments” in medical publishing will be coupled with measurements to determine their impact on readers, reviewers, and authors.
“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”Albert Einstein
Each month over the next 4 months, I will highlight 3 to 4 of the novel initiatives that will emerge in July. In the first issue to emerge under our editorship (July 5, 2016), I will lay out our overarching vision for the journal.
Re-Engineered Look and Content
We will launch a number of novel content categories that we hope will be informative, impactful, and thought provoking. We will continue to publish the full spectrum of cardiovascular content. As has been the case in the past, we expect that ≈80% of our content will be clinical; the remaining 20%, basic. Of course, depending on one’s definition of basic, translational, and clinical material, the distribution may appear different to some. However, using a color-coding scheme, we will strive to clarify our thinking of how the journal’s content is distributed.
We will continue to emphasize work that is novel and that significantly advances the field. In terms of basic, discovery science, we are especially interested in disease-related studies that are ultimately informative and translatable to human disease and are conducted in vertebrate models.
Frame of Reference
In this new section of the journal, we will feature articles, often just 1 page in length, that provide an overview of a topic, host a debate, or throw out an idea or opinion. Although many of these articles will be commissioned by the editors, we are also eager to receive unsolicited essays from thought leaders in cardiology and other areas of medicine. If you are interested in submitting a Frame of Reference piece, we suggest you send a presubmission inquiry to.
Within this section of the journal, we will host the following content categories (among others):
On My Mind: These articles will be brief opinion essays covering a wide range of “hot” topics of relevance to the cardiovascular community. These articles may briefly introduce a new paradigm or idea, challenge current dogma, or raise a controversial point. This content should stimulate discussion and will be linked to an online forum (blog) to extend the discussion of the points made by the author(s). We are hopeful that these articles will tap into a wealth of knowledge in the field that has never emerged in publication. The associated blog will facilitate discussion and debate. Expect to see some provocative ideas here.
Perspective: These articles will also be brief essays focusing on timely topics in cardiovascular medicine; however, they will be more evidence driven and formally structured than the opinion-based On My Mind pieces. Some of these articles will represent scientific discussions of important content published in Circulation or in other leading journals, but many will be stand-alone discussions of emerging or important areas of cardiovascular medicine. This section will also include personal perspectives from individuals with career insights of interest to the global cardiovascular community.
Point/Counterpoint: These articles will provide a brief discussion of a scientific topic from several different points of view. These may represent short debates between leading experts, but some may include multiple different perspectives on an important area (or article) without direct debate.
Clinical Implications of Basic Research: Circulation has a proud tradition of publishing work across the entire spectrum of cardiovascular investigation. As the pace of discovery continues to hasten, it is increasingly essential to foster cross-disciplinary dialogue. Articles in this category will provide a brief overview of an emerging insight or methodology in fundamental molecular research and point to possible implications in clinical cardiovascular medicine. The intent is to inform clinicians about emerging discoveries, thereby fostering a dynamic interchange of ideas across the spectrum of cardiovascular research.
The ECG Challenge is popular with a wide range of our readership. The current format entails tracings presented as an uninterpreted ECG coupled with a clinical vignette, followed the next week by an answer and explanation. Moving forward, we will retain the unknown ECG (challenge) format, but we will invite readers from all over the world to submit cases. By soliciting tracings from around the globe, we hope to increase the pool of interesting cases and to engage additional readers and learners. The authors will submit the case and the “answer”; the answer will be supported by corroborating evidence such as previous or subsequent ECG recordings or a non-ECG diagnostic modality. The presentation should emphasize the ECG itself and its role in facilitating clinically relevant decisions that ultimately affect patient care. We will also welcome ECG educators interested in submitting novel educational formats such as videos via Weblink.
We roll out this idea now to start receiving ECGs soon. We hope to engage clinicians from around the globe, both young and old. We want to see tracings submitted by residents and fellows. We will strive to identify recordings that will entice you, engage you, and puzzle you. In so doing, we will all learn and have fun along the way. Please send us () your best ECGs.
We have many more initiatives in the works. Next month, I will highlight additional areas of novel content in the offing. Stay tuned.
Joseph A. Hill, MD, PhD
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