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Sadis Matalon, PhD, ScD (Hon.)
Editor-in-Chief
Report on accomplishments, challenges and
fu...
• AJP Lung is dedicated to publishing high-quality original and review articles
on all aspects of lung physiology, biochem...
Deputy Editor
Y. S. Prakash, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Editors
James F. Collawn, Ph.D.
Lester Kobzik, M.D.
Wolfgang M. Kuebler...
Major Challenges for AJP-Lung on 1/1/2012
1. The impact factor was lower that of other
lung journals publishing basic scie...
Impact Factor
2010 2011 2012 2013
ARRCCM* 9.09 11.08 11.04 11.986
THORAX* 6.525 6.84 8.376 8.562
ERJ* 5.922 5.895 6.355 7....
Very good news!!
According to the H-index (“an index that attempts
to measure both the productivity and impact of
the publ...
Very good news!!
• There was an 8% increase in research
manuscripts submitted in 2014 as compared
to 2013. This is the fir...
# of Research Manuscripts
2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
AJP-Cell 374 341 372 413 488
AJP-Endo 613 677 641 658 654
AJP-GI&L 436 ...
Major Accomplishment
We decreased the time to first decision
(Thank you Amy McEver)
# days to first decision
2010 2011 201...
• Our editorial assistant, Ms. Amy McEver, contacts
reviewers after 14 days from the original assignment,
reminding them t...
# of Citations of AJP-Lung Articles
(as of 2/1/2015; Google Scholar)
Edit. Persp. Res. Res. Reviews
CFP
2012 5 23 12 10 27...
2012-2013 2012-2013 2013 2013
ASSOCIATE EDITORS
# of man.
Published
# of man.
Published in
AJP-Lung
#Total Manuscripts
Pub...
Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2014 Dec
15;307(12):L911-6. doi: 10.1152/ajplung.00330.2014.
Epub 2014 Nov 7
.
A criti...
Major Accomplishments
(PMID: 25381028)
• Published nine articles on the history of pulmonary
medicine (eight of them by Dr...
• Established a Facebook Page (http://ajplung.physiology.org/) and
a Blog (http://bit.ly/1gnt61m) dedicated to the promoti...
• Assembled and posted a list of the most highly cited
papers published in AJP-Lung during the last 20 years
(http://ajplu...
• In an effort to increase the visibility of AJP-Lung and attract more papers,
we sponsored three symposia in internationa...
• I send detailed reports on the state-of-AJP-Lung to AEs every
two months and to members of the Editorial Board twice a y...
Looking forward: Increasing the upward momentum
Increase the number of submitted manuscripts
 New Calls for Papers on tim...
• Institute a new feature (“Paper of the Month”) to better
recognize outstanding papers. This paper will be
highlighted on...
Thank you to:
• The Associate Editors
• The Consulting Editors
• The Editorial Board members
• Amy McEver, Editorial Assis...
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  1. 1. http://ajplung.physiology.org/ Sadis Matalon, PhD, ScD (Hon.) Editor-in-Chief Report on accomplishments, challenges and future plans (1/1/2012-3/1/2015) https://www.facebook.com/AJPLung
  2. 2. • AJP Lung is dedicated to publishing high-quality original and review articles on all aspects of lung physiology, biochemistry and cell biology, as well as, results of hypothesis driven clinical trials. • We believe that all manuscripts are worthy of review.  We strive to provide timely and in depth reviews that will be helpful to the authors  The Associate Editors synthesize the major comments of all reviewers and tell the authors know what needs to be done for a paper to move forward. • We aim to increase the visibility of AJP-Lung in the lung community by:  Issuing calls for papers in timely areas of research  Sponsoring and organizing symposia in national meetings  Highlighting the best papers in our electronic media  Urging our colleagues and students to publish their papers in AJP-Lung My Philosophy and Plans for AJP-Lung The American Journal of Physiology Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology: “The best place to publish basic, translational, and hypothesis-driven clinical lung research” January 1, 2012: L1-L3.
  3. 3. Deputy Editor Y. S. Prakash, M.D., Ph.D. Associate Editors James F. Collawn, Ph.D. Lester Kobzik, M.D. Wolfgang M. Kuebler, M.D. Dolly Mehta, Ph.D. Rory E. Morty, Ph.D. Rakesh P. Patel, M.D. (till 7/1/2015) Irina Petrache, M.D. (new as of 1/1/2015) Larissa Akimi Shimoda, Ph.D. (new as of 1/1/2015) Kurt R. Stenmark, Ph.D. (till 7/1/2015) The Associate Editors: We added two Associate Editors as of 1/2015. We are interested in recruiting two more associate editors as of July 2015. We welcome nominations and self- nominations in under-represented areas of lung research
  4. 4. Major Challenges for AJP-Lung on 1/1/2012 1. The impact factor was lower that of other lung journals publishing basic science articles 2. A continuous decline in the number of submitted research manuscripts since 2010 3. It took too long to reach the first decision on research manuscripts 4. The visibility of AJP-Lung among junior members of the pulmonary community lagged behind other journal
  5. 5. Impact Factor 2010 2011 2012 2013 ARRCCM* 9.09 11.08 11.04 11.986 THORAX* 6.525 6.84 8.376 8.562 ERJ* 5.922 5.895 6.355 7.125 AJRCMB 4.426 5.125 4.148 4.109 AJP-Lung 4.137 3.662 3.523 4.041 Resp. Res 3.127 3.336 3.642 3.38 * Publish mainly clinical articles (basic science article should contain data on human subjects) Major Accomplishment:We have closed the IF gap and moved ahead of competitors
  6. 6. Very good news!! According to the H-index (“an index that attempts to measure both the productivity and impact of the published work of a scientist or scholar or journal”), we are currently the top ranked journal, publishing non-clinical pulmonary research articles. http://www.scimagojr.com/ journalrank. php? category=2740)
  7. 7. Very good news!! • There was an 8% increase in research manuscripts submitted in 2014 as compared to 2013. This is the first time in four years that there was an increase in submitted manuscript (see next slide). • As of the end of February 2015, there is a 38% increase of research manuscripts compared to 2014. Please keep them coming!!!
  8. 8. # of Research Manuscripts 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 AJP-Cell 374 341 372 413 488 AJP-Endo 613 677 641 658 654 AJP-GI&L 436 434 456 523 515 AJP-Heart 833 897 866 1000 1104 AJP-Regu 480 536 572 639 721 AJP-Renal 518 538 576 546 567 AJP-Lung 356 330 377 410 456 Total AJP 3,610 3,753 3,860 4,189 4,505 Advances 139 126 153 104 107 JAPPL 1036 1188 1292 1348 1204 JN 912 768 884 988 1003 PG 125 159 165 199 257 Physiology 0 0 0 0 0 PRV 0 0 0 0 0 Total 5,822 5,994 6,354 6,828 7,076 Official APS Report to Editors-Rita Scheman 2015
  9. 9. Major Accomplishment We decreased the time to first decision (Thank you Amy McEver) # days to first decision 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 31.6 29.45 23.14 22.61 22.32 Acceptance rates for research man. 45% 51% 51% 61% 51% Range among AEs in 2014: 16-26 days
  10. 10. • Our editorial assistant, Ms. Amy McEver, contacts reviewers after 14 days from the original assignment, reminding them that their review is due. • If the review has not been received by 16-18 days, we contact the AE and ask her (him) whether they prefer to contact the reviewer or whether the Editor should. • Consistently, the reviews are received within a day or so after a personal email from the editor. • Most important: it takes less than ten days (on average) to reach a decision on a revised manuscript. Our Editorial Policy: Chasing Reviewers
  11. 11. # of Citations of AJP-Lung Articles (as of 2/1/2015; Google Scholar) Edit. Persp. Res. Res. Reviews CFP 2012 5 23 12 10 27 (1-24 ) (1-72) (68-2) (32-3) (47-12) 2013 2 11 6 5 13 (5-0) (29-4) (29-0) (14-1) (24-7) CFP: Calls for Papers Means (Max-Min)
  12. 12. 2012-2013 2012-2013 2013 2013 ASSOCIATE EDITORS # of man. Published # of man. Published in AJP-Lung #Total Manuscripts Published # Total Manuscripts Published in AJP- Lung 9 0 4 0 8 4 5 2 13 1 9 1 18 2 7 1 9 1 2 1 12 3 7 3 22 0 10 0 23 5 10 1 30 4 12 1 23 10 11 5 Total 167.00 30.00 77.00 15.00 % 17.96 19.48 Publications by AE/Editor: Total vs. published in AJP-Lung
  13. 13. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2014 Dec 15;307(12):L911-6. doi: 10.1152/ajplung.00330.2014. Epub 2014 Nov 7 . A critical review of the American Journal of Physiology-Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology: 2012-2015. Matalon S PMID: 25381028 Major Accomplishments A list of major accomplishments and challenges are listed in a recent publication by the editor
  14. 14. Major Accomplishments (PMID: 25381028) • Published nine articles on the history of pulmonary medicine (eight of them by Dr. John West). • Established two new features with the consent of the APS Publications Committee:  Rapid Reports, to allow the rapid dissemination of new and important findings in the absence of a complete story); and  Innovative Methodology articles, which describe novel methods and techniques.
  15. 15. • Established a Facebook Page (http://ajplung.physiology.org/) and a Blog (http://bit.ly/1gnt61m) dedicated to the promotion of AJP- Lung. We highlight papers and post items of interest to the pulmonary community • Recognized the outstanding contributions of “junior” authors by establishing “The most Outstanding Paper by a Junior Investigator” awards; there were three awards in 2012 and five in 2013. Each award carried a $500 price funded by the Editor’s fungible budget. Awardees were expected to contribute an original article or review to AJP-Lung within a year from receiving their award. • Established the Hermann Rahn (2014) and Usha Prakash (2015) awards for outstanding papers published in AJP-Lung using private funds. Winners of these awards for 2014 and 2015 are listed in our Facebook page. Major Accomplishments (PMID: 25381028)
  16. 16. • Assembled and posted a list of the most highly cited papers published in AJP-Lung during the last 20 years (http://ajplung.physiology.org/front.most-cited) • Published two retrospective reviews (edited by Dr. Lester Kobzik) by the senior authors of two of the most highly cited papers. • Published four Physiology in Medicine reviews • Published six state-of-the-art reviews from Associate Editors highlighting and integrating findings in research manuscripts in AJP-Lung, with what was published elsewhere • Published two “position” papers, along with a commentary from Dr. Weibel, intended as primers on quantitative lung morphology (edited by Dr. Morty). Major Accomplishments (PMID: 25381028)
  17. 17. • In an effort to increase the visibility of AJP-Lung and attract more papers, we sponsored three symposia in international societal meetings. • Funds from these symposia were provided by the fungible accounts of the Editor and Associate Editors. Invited speakers were encouraged (but not required) to submit manuscripts on the topic of their talk to AJP-Lung. (see https://www. Facebook. com/AJPLung for more details) EB 2014 1. The Enigma Variations: The Many Faces of the Myofibroblast in Fibrotic Disease. Rachel C. Chambers (Assoc. Ed.), Paul F. Mercer (Editorial Board Member) 2. Bioengineering the Cardiopulmonary System: From Molecules to Mechanics. YS Prakash, Kurt R. Stenmark. (A perspective with contributions from the invited speakers as well as summarizing the impact of papers published in AJP-Lung in response to the calls for papers is currently in preparation by Drs. Prakash and Stenmark). Association of University Anesthesiologists, 61st Annual Meeting http://auahq.org/aua-brochure-final-3-25-14.pdf 3. Plenary Session, “Lung Injury Remodeling and Repair.” Research Symposium by Sadis Matalon, Prakash YS (Deputy Editor, and Charles W. Emala, Editorial Board Member) Major Accomplishments (PMID: 25381028)
  18. 18. • I send detailed reports on the state-of-AJP-Lung to AEs every two months and to members of the Editorial Board twice a year and solicited input on several issues. Dr. Hershel Raff was copied on these emails. The AEs and I meet every year at EB and hold web-conferences quarterly. I always seek advice from the AEs on all new initiatives. • Thirty five senior members (who did not have time to review manuscripts) with ten mid-career scientists • Ten phenomenal mid-career scientists joined our editorial board. All members of the editorial board are expected to accepte at least 50% of invitations to review manuscripts and publish one article per year in AJP-Lung. • I appointed five senior members of the pulmonary community as Consulting Editors to provide sage advice on all issues (see http://www.the-aps.org/mm /Publications /Journals/AJP- Lung/Ed-Board for a complete list of AEs, CEs and EB members) Major Accomplishments
  19. 19. Looking forward: Increasing the upward momentum Increase the number of submitted manuscripts  New Calls for Papers on timely, clinically relevant, and controversial topics (please see http://ajplung.physiology.org/ for existing calls for papers. New ideas are always welcome.  We have invited a number of outstanding scientists to contribute reviews, perspectives and Physiology in Medicine articles to be published in 2015. Please remember that we welcome ideas for reviews.  Each Editorial Board Member must submit at least one paper per year.
  20. 20. • Institute a new feature (“Paper of the Month”) to better recognize outstanding papers. This paper will be highlighted on our Facebook and blog pages with a brief commentary. • Seek input from the Consulting Editors on perceived areas of weaknesses and recruit a new AEs to fill the gap • Continue the tradition of providing fair, thorough, helpful, and timely reviews of all articles submitted to AJP-Lung. Decrease the time to first submission under 20 d. • Continue to promote AJP-Lung as the best place to publish articles on all aspects of lung research. Looking forward: Increasing the upward momentum
  21. 21. Thank you to: • The Associate Editors • The Consulting Editors • The Editorial Board members • Amy McEver, Editorial Assistant • Drs. Hershel Raff and Curt D, Sigmund, Chairs of the APS Publication Com. • Ms. Rita Scheman, Head of Publications • Christina Bennett, Ethics • Michael Gentry, Online Production Editor • Ellyn Kestnbaum, Journal Supervisor • Eric Pesanelli, Editorial Art Manager • Gil Ebner, Peer Review Manager • Mona Trang, Peer Review Coordinator

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