A Welcome Note from the New Editors of Gastroenterology

Change. An old adage stipulates it is the one true constant in life, or, stated another way, “Change is inevitableexcept from a vending machine” (Robert Gallagher). On behalf of our new Board of Editors, we are honored, humbled and excited to oversee the next editorship team for Gastroenterology.

The next iteration of Gastroenterology’s Board of Editors embraces change by developing a fresh model, founded upon creativity and collaboration, to steward the journal over the next five years. This includes a new editorial structure for the journal that integrates an editor-in-chief and deputy editor-in-chief with complementary strengths with an extremely geographically and demographically diverse Board of Editors.

Together, these changes will ensure that Gastroenterology continues to provide what our readers and authors seek: the very highest caliber original investigations; basic, translational and clinical reviews; and clinical practice articles. We strive to extend the successes of the current Board of Editors, led by Dr. Bishr Omary. This is no simple undertaking, as Dr. Omary and the previous editors have done a remarkable job in furthering Gastroenterology’s role as the preeminent journal for molecular, translational and clinical science in our field.

Their efforts over the last five years included a continued increase in the journal’s prestige, as exemplified by a remarkable rise in the journal’s impact factor from 11.7 to 18.2; a reintroduction of the “Brief Reports” section for encapsulating concise advances; a new mentoring and education section to further the journal’s educational mission; an interjournal collaboration to recognize joint first authorship, given the complex partnerships in team science; increased integration with our sibling AGA journals (Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology [CGH] and Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology [CMGH]), to provide a comprehensive family of publications; and the development of fast-track evaluation mechanisms for articles already reviewed by other high-profile journals and in-depth readership evaluations to continuously improve Gastroenterology.

Our overarching goal is to attract and publish scientific investigations of the very highest caliber to maintain the exemplary quality standards of the prior Boards of Editors. What parameters predict a successful submission to Gastroenterology? First and foremost, the work should exert a significant influence on its field and beyond. Basic research articles reporting novel mechanistic findings that extend into in vivo models with human validation will be highly valued. Clinical research studies with paradigm-shifting potential or those that will alter practice patterns will be strongly considered. In short, our goal is to make Gastroenterology the home for your very best work, which we will aggressively promote in multiple venues

Read more from Drs. Corely and Peek on Gastroenterology’s website.

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