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Spread the Word About CHEST in 2015CHEST 2015 Update: Rising Impact Factor, Continuous Innovations, and Changes to the Editorial Team FREE TO VIEW

Richard S. Irwin, MD, Master FCCP; Stephen J. Welch; Jean Rice; Cynthia T. French, PhD, FCCP on behalf of the Editorial Leadership Team
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From the Editorial Office of CHEST.

CORRESPONDENCE TO: Richard S. Irwin, MD, Master FCCP, American College of Chest Physicians, 2595 Patriot Blvd, Glenview IL 60026; e-mail: Richard.Irwin@umassmemorial.org


FINANCIAL/NONFINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: The authors have reported to CHEST the following conflicts of interest: Dr Irwin is Editor in Chief of the Journal, and Dr French is Assistant Editor. Although not employed by the American College of Chest Physicians, a portion of Drs Irwin and French’s salaries comes from the College as a stipend. Ms Rice and Mr Welch are also employed by the College in the roles of Manager, Peer Review; and Publisher, respectively.

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Chest. 2015;147(1):1-3. doi:10.1378/chest.14-2798
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It has become our custom to start each New Year by highlighting key accomplishments and topics important to our readers, and heralding innovations and change. Last year we focused on a wide variety of topics from impact factor (IF) to a new visual identity.1

This year we will cover another group of topics of interest including key publications, our rising IF, and changes to our Editors and Board Members.

In 2014, CHEST continued its commitment to publishing high-quality evidence-based medicine and clinical practice guidelines. CHEST contributed to the advancement of the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension by publishing updated guidelines, “Pharmacologic Therapy for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in Adults: CHEST Guideline and Expert Panel Report.”2 Serendipity is also something to be appreciated, as CHEST published “Care of the Critically Ill and Injured During Pandemics and Disasters: CHEST Consensus Statement,”3 just as the first ebola cases began to arrive in the United States.

The CHEST organization continues to evolve a guideline updating and publishing process (ie, “living guidelines model”) wherein updates will be made to individual topics, key clinical questions, and associated population, intervention, comparator, outcome (PICO) element tables as new literature is published that results in a change to previously published recommendations and suggestions. The first guideline to usher in this new process is the “Management of Cough: CHEST Guideline and Expert Panel Report” that had its initial overview article and methodologies article appear in the October and November issues of the journal.4,5

In October, CHEST also published the joint American College of Chest Physicians and Canadian Thoracic Society Guidelines on the Prevention of Acute Exacerbations of COPD6 as an Online First digital publication. We are excited to see a growing relationship between the CHEST organization and its Canadian Thoracic Society colleagues.

Among other noteworthy articles, CHEST published the surveillance results of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for PAH in the United States.7 This was an important follow-up after the CDC surveillance results on COPD that CHEST published in 2013.8 Of course there were too many other incredibly important and clinically relevant studies, reviews, sections, and articles in every issue to highlight here. All of them have contributed to the ongoing success of CHEST.

We are thrilled to report that CHEST continues to see a steady increase in its IF, increasing to 7.132 for 2013, up from 5.85 for 2012 (Fig 1). The sizable increase moved CHEST into the rank of third out of 53 journals in the Respiratory Systems category and second out of 27 journals in the Critical Care Medicine category. And, although there is no formally recognized category for Sleep Medicine within the Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports and Impact Factor rankings, if there was, CHEST would likely be ranked first. CHEST is clearly among the top journals in its various fields of medicine.

Figure Jump LinkFigure 1 –  CHEST impact factor over time.Grahic Jump Location

The 2013 IF of a journal would be calculated as follows:

  • • A = the number of times that all items published in that journal in 2011 and 2012 were cited by indexed publications during 2013.

  • • B = the total number of “citable items” published by that journal in 2011 and 2012. (“Citable items” for this calculation are usually articles, reviews, proceedings, or notes, not editorials or letters to the editor.)

  • • 2013 IF = A/B.

In addition, according to the Eigenfactor calculation, CHEST ranks second in both the Respiratory Systems and Critical Care categories. The Eigenfactor measures a journal’s impact after removing self-citations of articles published in the same journal.

With this issue, we are saying thank you and goodbye to some and hello to other Associate Editors, Section Editors, and Editorial Board members. Section Editors Nancy A. Collop, MD, FCCP, and Virend K. Somers, MD, FCCP are retiring as Associate Editors of the journal and as co-Section Editors for Contemporary Reviews in Sleep Medicine. We thank Drs Collop and Somers for their outstanding contributions and service to CHEST and are delighted that they have agreed to serve as members of our Editorial Board.

CHEST welcomes Reena Mehra, MD, FCCP, as the new Associate Editor and Section Editor for the Contemporary Reviews in Sleep Medicine articles. Dr Mehra is Director of Sleep Disorders Research, Sleep Medicine Center, Neurologic Institute, Staff, Respiratory, Heart and Vascular and Lerner Research Institutes, and Associate Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Research University

We also welcome Peter Kahrilas, MD; David L. Streiner, PhD, CPsych; Mardi Gomberg-Maitland, MD, FCCP; Richard H. Casaburi, MD, MEng, PhD; and Joan B. Soriano, MD, PhD, FCCP, as new members of the CHEST Editorial Board.

Our commitment to innovation and digital dissemination of content continues. In July 2014, CHEST launched a new online-only content section called “Online Exclusives.” Featured in this digital offering are the sections Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Pearls, Chest Imaging and Pathology for Clinicians, Ultrasound Corner, Selected Reports, and Correspondence. We wrote about this in July as we launched the new branding and design of CHEST.9 The new cover design is clean, modern, and accentuates the clinical focus of the Journal, and the tweaks to the interior are intended to make CHEST more easily readable. The new look of the Journal coincides with the rebranding of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) to more closely align with CHEST. Now, in addition to being known as the ACCP, it is referred to as the CHEST organization. In addition to this new branding, the organization has also built and moved into the new CHEST Global Headquarters in Glenview, Illinois (Fig 2).

Figure Jump LinkFigure 2 –  The new CHEST Global Headquarters located in Glenview, Illinois.Grahic Jump Location

Over the past few years, the number of submitted articles and the number of revised articles has remained relatively consistent; but, recently we are beginning to see indications of increased submission activity. In 2014 we saw a slight increase in overall submissions, ending the year at around 3,250. We think this is impressive given the growing number of new open access journals and branded spinoffs in the respiratory and critical care fields.

For 2014, 13% of Original Research submissions and 4% of case report submissions were accepted. CHEST continues its policy to publish only the highest quality manuscripts and only accept cases that describe a novel disease or mechanism.

CHEST continues to be a globally impactful journal. In 2014, approximately 62% of our submissions came from outside North America. We also published international editions in China, India, Italy, Mexico, the Middle East, and Spain, helping to grow the global footprint of CHEST and the CHEST organization.

Most importantly, we thank you, our readers, members, authors, contributors, and peer reviewers, for the important roles you play in ensuring the success of our efforts to provide the best clinical content to the CHEST readership, and we hope that you will help us spread the word about CHEST in 2015. Thank you for your ongoing support and contributions to CHEST.

Other contributors: The Editorial Leadership Team includes Associate Editors Peter J. Barnes, Christopher E. Brightling, Nancy A. Collop, Bruce L. Davidson, David D. Gutterman, Jesse B. Hall, John E. Heffner, Nicholas S. Hill, Robert G. Johnson, Scott Manaker, Joel Moss, Susan Murin, Paul M. O’Byrne, Bruce K. Rubin, Marvin I. Schwarz, Virend K. Somers, and Journal staff Barbara J. Anderson (Senior Editorial Coordinator), Laura Lipsey (Senior Editorial Coordinator), Patricia A. Micek (Manager, Subscriptions and Advertising), Carla Miller (Assistant Managing Editor), and Paul A. Markowski (Executive Vice President and CEO)

Irwin RS, Augustyn N, Tedeschi V, French CT, Rice J, Welch SJ. Spread the word about the journal in 2014: measuring impact, improving search capability, saying goodbye and hello to section editors, honoring giants, and looking forward to a new visual identity. Chest. 2014;145(1):1-5. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Taichman DB, Ornelas J, Chung L, et al. Pharmacologic therapy for pulmonary arterial hypertension in adults: CHEST guideline and expert panel report. Chest. 2014;146(2):449-475. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Task Force for Mass Critical Care. Care of the critically ill and injured during pandemics and disasters: CHEST consensus statement. Chest. 2014;146(4_suppl):1S-e177S. [CrossRef]
 
Irwin RS, French CT, Lewis SZ, Diekemper RL, Gold PM; on behalf of the CHEST Expert Cough Panel. Overview of the management of cough: CHEST guideline and expert panel report. Chest. 2014;146(4):885-889. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Lewis SZ, Diekemper RL, French CT, Gold PM, Irwin RS; CHEST Expert Cough Panel. Methodologies for the development of the management of cough: CHEST guideline and expert panel report. Chest. 2014;146(5):1395-1402. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Criner GJ, Bourbeau J, Diekemper RL, et al. Executive summary: prevention of acute exacerbation of COPD: American College of Chest Physicians and Canadian Thoracic Society guideline [published online ahead of print October 16, 2014]. Chest. doi:10.1378/chest.14-1677.
 
George MG, Schieb LJ, Ayala C, Talwalkar A, Levant S. Pulmonary hypertension surveillance: United States, 2001 to 2010. Chest. 2014;146(2):476-495. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Ford ES, Croft JB, Mannino DM, Wheaton AG, Zhang X, Giles WH. COPD surveillance—United States, 1999-2011. Chest. 2013;144(1):284-305. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Irwin RS, Tedeschi V, Rice J, French CT, Welch SJ. CHESTlaunches a new era with a new design. Chest. 2014;146(1):1-4. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 

Figures

Figure Jump LinkFigure 1 –  CHEST impact factor over time.Grahic Jump Location
Figure Jump LinkFigure 2 –  The new CHEST Global Headquarters located in Glenview, Illinois.Grahic Jump Location

Tables

References

Irwin RS, Augustyn N, Tedeschi V, French CT, Rice J, Welch SJ. Spread the word about the journal in 2014: measuring impact, improving search capability, saying goodbye and hello to section editors, honoring giants, and looking forward to a new visual identity. Chest. 2014;145(1):1-5. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Taichman DB, Ornelas J, Chung L, et al. Pharmacologic therapy for pulmonary arterial hypertension in adults: CHEST guideline and expert panel report. Chest. 2014;146(2):449-475. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Task Force for Mass Critical Care. Care of the critically ill and injured during pandemics and disasters: CHEST consensus statement. Chest. 2014;146(4_suppl):1S-e177S. [CrossRef]
 
Irwin RS, French CT, Lewis SZ, Diekemper RL, Gold PM; on behalf of the CHEST Expert Cough Panel. Overview of the management of cough: CHEST guideline and expert panel report. Chest. 2014;146(4):885-889. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Lewis SZ, Diekemper RL, French CT, Gold PM, Irwin RS; CHEST Expert Cough Panel. Methodologies for the development of the management of cough: CHEST guideline and expert panel report. Chest. 2014;146(5):1395-1402. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Criner GJ, Bourbeau J, Diekemper RL, et al. Executive summary: prevention of acute exacerbation of COPD: American College of Chest Physicians and Canadian Thoracic Society guideline [published online ahead of print October 16, 2014]. Chest. doi:10.1378/chest.14-1677.
 
George MG, Schieb LJ, Ayala C, Talwalkar A, Levant S. Pulmonary hypertension surveillance: United States, 2001 to 2010. Chest. 2014;146(2):476-495. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Ford ES, Croft JB, Mannino DM, Wheaton AG, Zhang X, Giles WH. COPD surveillance—United States, 1999-2011. Chest. 2013;144(1):284-305. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Irwin RS, Tedeschi V, Rice J, French CT, Welch SJ. CHESTlaunches a new era with a new design. Chest. 2014;146(1):1-4. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
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