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Spread the Word About CHEST in 2016: An Ever-Rising Impact Factor, Content Innovations, Launching a New Partnership With Elsevier, and Protecting the Name and Legacy of the Journal FREE TO VIEW

Richard S. Irwin, MD, Master FCCP; Stephen J. Welch, BA; Jean Rice, BA; Cynthia T. French, PhD, FCCP
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CORRESPONDENCE TO: Richard S. Irwin, MD, Master FCCP, American College of Chest Physicians, 2595 Patriot Blvd, Glenview, IL 60026


Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2016;149(1):1-6. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2015.11.011
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As stated in previous years, it is our custom to start each new year by highlighting key accomplishments and topics important to our readers that we published in 2015 and heralding innovations and changes that will occur in 2016.

Because of its importance to the membership and mission of the CHEST organization and practice of chest medicine, CHEST, in 2015, continued its commitment to publishing high-quality, evidence-based medicine and trustworthy clinical practice guidelines. For example, CHEST contributed to the advancement of knowledge concerning the prevention of exacerbations of COPD by publishing a joint American College of Chest Physicians and Canadian Thoracic Society guideline on the topic., Also, in a multiyear process of updating the American College of Chest Physicians 2006 Cough Guidelines, CHEST published four cough-related guidelines on topics that included tools for assessing patient cough outcomes, how researchers studying adult patients with chronic cough can avoid pitfalls in intervention fidelity, how to manage somatic cough syndrome and tic cough, and how best to treat unexplained cough.,,, In addition, a new guideline on the technical aspects of endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration was published, as was an expert panel report on adult bronchoscopy training.

As noted last year, but worth reiterating, the CHEST organization continues to use an ongoing guideline updating and publishing process (termed the “living guidelines model”), wherein updates are 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. This new process was initiated in 2014 with the beginning of the updates on managing cough. It was explained in introductory articles that described an overview of the cough guideline update work, methodologies on how the work would be done, and anatomy and neurophysiology of cough.,,

Among other noteworthy original research articles that CHEST published were articles that covered new ground that advanced the fields in COPD, asthma, symptom management, and sleep. These included articles by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that revealed data on the cost of absenteeism related to COPD among adults aged ≥ 18 years in the United States for 2010 and projections through 2020, and data on hospital discharges, readmissions, and ED visits for COPD or bronchiectasis among US adults from a nationwide inpatient sample (2001-2012) and a nationwide ED sample (2006-2011); the impact of COPD on the mortality and treatment of patients hospitalized with acute decompensated heart failure from the Worcester Heart Failure Study; the risk reduction of pneumonia after discontinuation of inhaled corticosteroids in COPD; the association between heroin inhalation and early-onset emphysema; the role of tiotropium in asthma; how often airflow obstruction complicates nonasthmatic eosinophilic bronchitis; and the effect of lifestyle modification on OSA.

Our efforts to build awareness of CHEST content via traditional news outlets as well as social media channels have proven successful with the support of the outstanding staff of the College’s Marketing Communications division. With the College’s Facebook page currently sporting > 96,000 followers, it has become a significant communication channel, and CHEST journal content is featured regularly. The number of likes, shares, and engagement support the broad appeal CHEST has across multiple medical specialties and subspecialties (Figs 1, 2).

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Figure Jump LinkFigure 1 Facebook post statistics for recent ultrasound article. The left side shows the Facebook post; the right side shows the reach of the post via social media.Grahic Jump Location
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Figure Jump LinkFigure 2 Facebook post statistics for recent article on e-cigarettes. The left side shows the Facebook post; the right side shows the reach of the post via social media.Grahic Jump Location

We are pleased to report that CHEST continues to see a steady increase in its impact factor, increasing to 7.483 for 2014, up from 7.132 for 2013 (Fig 3). This improvement places CHEST into the rank of fifth of 54 journals in the Respiratory Systems category and second of 27 journals in the Critical Care Medicine category. With respect to the Eigenfactor, a measure that assesses impact without factoring in self-citations, CHEST ranks second in both the Respiratory Systems and Critical Care categories.

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Figure Jump LinkFigure 3 CHEST impact factor trend over time. IF = impact factor.Grahic Jump Location

The 2014 impact factor of a journal would be calculated as follows:

  • A = the number of times that all items published in that journal in 2012 and 2013 were cited by indexed publications during 2014.

  • B = the total number of “citable items” published by that journal in 2012 and 2013. (“Citable items” for this calculation are usually articles, reviews, proceedings, or notes [not editorials or letters to the editor].)

  • 2014 impact factor = A/B.

With this issue, we welcome John Heffner as our new Deputy Editor, Reena Mehra to our Associate Editors group, Reena Mehra and Mihaela Teodorescu as our new co-editors of our Contemporary Reviews in Sleep Medicine series, and 26 new Editorial Board members (names shown in Table 1).

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Table 1 Editorial Board Members Who Joined the Team in 2015

Over the past few years, the number of submitted articles and the number of revised articles have remained relatively consistent. In 2015, we will have ended the year at approximately 3,120. We think this is impressive, given the growing number of new open-access journals and branded spinoffs in the respiratory and critical care fields. In fact, just this year, another journal with an impact factor was added to the Respiratory Systems category.

For 2015, 10% of original research submissions and 4% of case report submissions were accepted. These data reflect the fact CHEST continues its policy to only publish the highest quality original research manuscripts and only accept cases that describe a novel disease or mechanism.

CHEST continues to be a globally impactful journal. In 2015, approximately 60% of our submissions came from outside North America. Moreover, we continue publishing international editions in China, India, Italy, Mexico, the Middle East, and Spain, helping to grow the global footprint of our CHEST Journal and the CHEST organization.

Since its inception in 1935, the Journal had been self-published by the American College of Chest Physicians. Starting this month, CHEST has chosen to work in partnership with Elsevier as its publisher. While maintaining editorial control over the Journal, this partnership will allow us to grow the reach and awareness of the Journal, provide world-class data reporting and trend analysis, increase our outreach for the best clinical research in the field, and provide a competitive business backbone to increase our support for the CHEST organization. We are confident that the global footprint of Elsevier, its ScienceDirect and ClinicalKey content delivery platforms, and its commitment to attracting the best clinical science for the Journal will provide the resources for CHEST to continue to evolve, innovate, and bring our readers the most relevant, cutting-edge content to help them provide the best patient care every minute of every day. Please join us in celebrating a new relationship that we believe will benefit our readers, our parent CHEST organization and its membership, and our new business partner, Elsevier.

Some exciting new content innovations will be available to CHEST authors and readers through Elsevier’s ScienceDirect platform. These will include: (1) a virtual microscope that will allow authors to submit high-resolution figures that can be viewed and zoomed in on to great detail not previously possible (Fig 4), (2) interactive case reports that will allow us to modify case-based sections such as Pearls and Chest Imaging so that the reader has to select the right answer from multiple choices, (3) multimedia audio slide summaries that will allow authors to record up to a 5-min audio file, with slides, that summarizes their paper, and (4) interactive 3D radiologic imaging that will allow conversion of images to an interactive 3D model (Fig 5). These innovations will be implemented throughout 2016, and instructions on how to use them have been added to our Instructions to Authors, which can be found at: http://journal.publications.chestnet.org/ss/forauthors.aspx

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Figure Jump LinkFigure 4 Example of a virtual microscope image. The image can be zoomed in on in the same way that users can zoom into street levels on maps.Grahic Jump Location
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Figure Jump LinkFigure 5 Example of an interactive 3D model. The imaging will allow conversion to show different aspects of the radiology.Grahic Jump Location

We are actively assessing other innovations that may be implemented at a later date. A list and description of the aforementioned content innovations, as well as ones we are considering, can be found at: https://www.elsevier.com/books-and-journals/content-innovation#list

In addition, the partnership with Elsevier will allow for a number of benefits to authors and readers. First of all, we will no longer charge authors for submission of color figures. We believe this will enhance the visual appeal of articles and provide more clarity when looking at data plots and graphs, as color will be easier to discern than grayscale. In addition, Elsevier teams will redraw figures and use color in graphs and charts where appropriate to create consistency in the look and feel of the Journal, improving readability and data interpretation by the reader. Second, Elsevier will provide an author dashboard; the authors will then be able to see information about their article, such as citation statistics and bibliometrics, as well as usage and downloads. In addition, to facilitate wider dissemination of our correspondence, we are moving that section from an online-only status and putting it back into the print journal as well as online. We are excited to offer all of these services to our authors and readers.

We want to assure our authors that all of these content innovations and benefits will be free of charge!

Innovation is not new for CHEST. Scholarly Kitchen recently noted “One frequent design challenge for both print and online is to make multimedia content more apparent to online users. The Chest redesign is notable in this regard, as the editorial explaining it carefully demonstrates how to access video, audio, and data options around articles. It reads like an instruction manual, which is not a criticism. Change has to be handled carefully, and most journals (and organizations in general) under-communicate changes and benefits to their customers. On the strategic front, the Chest redesign is geared to providing more online-only content, a strong trend among journals, especially as print advertising continues a slow and steady decline.”

Our reputation is very important to us. When a new, start-up journal invited Dr Irwin and other members of our Editorial Board to join the Editorial Board of a journal with a name almost identical to ours, we sprung into action to stop the confusion that was created by this and to protect our name and legacy. The first thing that we did was send the following letter to all who might have been confused by this invitation:

“We are writing to you to make you aware that an independent, unaffiliated company called ‘iMedPub’ is soliciting our editors, authors, and reviewers to join the editorial board of the ‘Journal of Chest’ as well as to submit manuscripts to the ‘Journal of Chest.’ It is causing a great deal of confusion because of the similarity between the names of our journal.

The ‘Journal of Chest’ has no affiliation with or endorsement from CHEST. They are an independent commercial publishing company looking to start a new journal that is very similar in name to ours.”

After legal remediation, the other journal changed its name to avoid further confusion with CHEST. We took a stand on this matter to protect the name and legacy of our Journal, CHEST, and the integrity of medical publishing.

In closing, much has happened in 2015 and will be happening in 2016. We hope that you will help us spread the word of all that we report here. We would be remiss if we didn’t 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. Thank you for your ongoing support and contributions to CHEST.

Irwin R.S. .Welch S.J. .Rice J. .French C.T. . Spread the word about CHEST in 2015: rising impact factor, continuous innovations, and changes to the editorial team. Chest. 2015;147:1-3 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef]
 
Criner G.J. .Bourbeau J. .Diekemper R.L. .et al Prevention of acute exacerbations of COPD: American College of Chest Physicians and Canadian Thoracic Society Guideline. Chest. 2015;147:894-942 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Criner G.J. .Bourbeau J. .Diekemper R.L. .et al Executive summary: prevention of acute exacerbations of COPD: American College of Chest Physicians and Canadian Thoracic Society Guideline. Chest. 2015;147:883-893 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Boulet L.P. .Coeytaux R.R. .McCrory D.C. . on behalf of the CHEST Expert Cough Panelet al Tools for assessing outcomes in studies of chronic cough: CHEST guideline and expert panel report. Chest. 2015;147:804-814 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
French C.T. .Diekemper R.L. .Irwin R.S. . on behalf of the CHEST Expert Cough Panel Assessment of intervention fidelity and recommendations for researchers conducting studies on the diagnosis and treatment of chronic cough in the adult: CHEST guideline and expert panel report. Chest. 2015;148:32-54 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Vertigan A.E. .Murad M.H. .Pringsheim T. . on behalf of the CHEST Expert Cough Panelet al Somatic cough syndrome (previously referred to as psychogenic cough) and tic cough (previously referred to as habit cough) in adults and children: CHEST guideline and expert panel report. Chest. 2015;148:24-31 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Gibson P. .Wang G. .McGarvey L. .Vertigan A.E. .Altman K.W. .Birring S.S. . Treatment of unexplained cough: CHEST guideline and expert panel report. Chest. 2016;149:27-44 [PubMed]journal
 
Wahidi M.M. .Herth F. .Yasufuku K. .et al Technical aspects of endobronchial ultrasound guided transbronchial needle aspiration: CHEST guideline and expert panel report. Chest. 2015;:- [PubMed]journal
 
Ernst A. .Wahidi M.M. .Read C.A. .et al Adult bronchoscopy training: current state and suggestions for the future: CHEST expert panel report. Chest. 2015;148:321-332 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Irwin R.S. .French C.T. .Lewis S.Z. .Diekemper R.L. .Gold P.M. . on behalf of the CHEST Expert Cough Panel Overview of the management of cough: CHEST guideline and expert panel report. Chest. 2014;146:885-889 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Lewis S.Z. .Diekemper R.L. .French C.T. .Gold P.M. .Irwin R.S. . on behalf of the CHEST Expert Cough Panel Methodologies for the development of the management of cough: CHEST guideline and expert panel report. Chest. 2014;146:1395-1402 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Canning B.J. .Chang A.B. .Bolser D.C. .Smith J.A. .Mazzone S.B. .McGarvey L. . on behalf of the CHEST Expert Cough Panel Anatomy and neurophysiology of cough: CHEST guideline and expert panel report. Chest. 2014;146:1633-1648 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Ford E.S. .Murphy L.B. .Khavjou O. .Giles W.H. .Holt J.B. .Croft J.B. . Total and state-specific medical and absenteeism costs of COPD among adults aged ≥ 18 years in the United States for 2010 and projections through 2020. Chest. 2015;147:31-45 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Ford E.S. . Hospital discharges, readmissions, and ED visits for COPD or bronchiectasis among us adults: findings from the nationwide inpatient sample 2001-2012 and nationwide emergency department sample 2006-2011. Chest. 2015;147:989-998 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Fisher K.A. .Stefan M.S. .Darling C. .Lessard D. .Goldberg R.J. . Impact of COPD on the mortality and treatment of patients hospitalized with acute decompensated heart failure: the Worcester Heart Failure Study. Chest. 2015;147:637-645 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Suissa S. .Coulombe J. .Ernst P. . Discontinuation of inhaled corticosteroids in COPD and the risk reduction of pneumonia. Chest. 2015;148:1177-1183 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Walker P.P. .Thwaite E. .Amin S. .Curtis J.M. .Calverley P.M. . The association between heroin inhalation and early onset emphysema. Chest. 2015;148:1156-1163 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Rodrigo G.J. .Castro-Rodríguez J.A. . What is the role of tiotropium in asthma?: A systematic review with meta-analysis. Chest. 2015;147:388-396 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Lai K. .Liu B. .Xu D. .et al Will nonasthmatic eosinophilic bronchitis develop into chronic airway obstruction?: A prospective, observational study. Chest. 2015;148:887-894 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Ng S.S. .Chan R.S. .Woo J. .et al A randomized controlled study to examine the effect of a lifestyle modification program in OSA. Chest. 2015;148:1193-1203 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
The Scholarly Kitchen. The journal redesign—more complicated, more costly, and more strategic than ever.http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2014/07/07/the-journal-redesign-more-complicated-more-costly-and-more-strategic-than-ever/. Accessed December 4, 2015.
 

Figures

Figure Jump LinkFigure 1 Facebook post statistics for recent ultrasound article. The left side shows the Facebook post; the right side shows the reach of the post via social media.Grahic Jump Location
Figure Jump LinkFigure 2 Facebook post statistics for recent article on e-cigarettes. The left side shows the Facebook post; the right side shows the reach of the post via social media.Grahic Jump Location
Figure Jump LinkFigure 3 CHEST impact factor trend over time. IF = impact factor.Grahic Jump Location
Figure Jump LinkFigure 4 Example of a virtual microscope image. The image can be zoomed in on in the same way that users can zoom into street levels on maps.Grahic Jump Location
Figure Jump LinkFigure 5 Example of an interactive 3D model. The imaging will allow conversion to show different aspects of the radiology.Grahic Jump Location

Tables

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Table 1 Editorial Board Members Who Joined the Team in 2015

References

Irwin R.S. .Welch S.J. .Rice J. .French C.T. . Spread the word about CHEST in 2015: rising impact factor, continuous innovations, and changes to the editorial team. Chest. 2015;147:1-3 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef]
 
Criner G.J. .Bourbeau J. .Diekemper R.L. .et al Prevention of acute exacerbations of COPD: American College of Chest Physicians and Canadian Thoracic Society Guideline. Chest. 2015;147:894-942 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Criner G.J. .Bourbeau J. .Diekemper R.L. .et al Executive summary: prevention of acute exacerbations of COPD: American College of Chest Physicians and Canadian Thoracic Society Guideline. Chest. 2015;147:883-893 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Boulet L.P. .Coeytaux R.R. .McCrory D.C. . on behalf of the CHEST Expert Cough Panelet al Tools for assessing outcomes in studies of chronic cough: CHEST guideline and expert panel report. Chest. 2015;147:804-814 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
French C.T. .Diekemper R.L. .Irwin R.S. . on behalf of the CHEST Expert Cough Panel Assessment of intervention fidelity and recommendations for researchers conducting studies on the diagnosis and treatment of chronic cough in the adult: CHEST guideline and expert panel report. Chest. 2015;148:32-54 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Vertigan A.E. .Murad M.H. .Pringsheim T. . on behalf of the CHEST Expert Cough Panelet al Somatic cough syndrome (previously referred to as psychogenic cough) and tic cough (previously referred to as habit cough) in adults and children: CHEST guideline and expert panel report. Chest. 2015;148:24-31 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Gibson P. .Wang G. .McGarvey L. .Vertigan A.E. .Altman K.W. .Birring S.S. . Treatment of unexplained cough: CHEST guideline and expert panel report. Chest. 2016;149:27-44 [PubMed]journal
 
Wahidi M.M. .Herth F. .Yasufuku K. .et al Technical aspects of endobronchial ultrasound guided transbronchial needle aspiration: CHEST guideline and expert panel report. Chest. 2015;:- [PubMed]journal
 
Ernst A. .Wahidi M.M. .Read C.A. .et al Adult bronchoscopy training: current state and suggestions for the future: CHEST expert panel report. Chest. 2015;148:321-332 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Irwin R.S. .French C.T. .Lewis S.Z. .Diekemper R.L. .Gold P.M. . on behalf of the CHEST Expert Cough Panel Overview of the management of cough: CHEST guideline and expert panel report. Chest. 2014;146:885-889 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Lewis S.Z. .Diekemper R.L. .French C.T. .Gold P.M. .Irwin R.S. . on behalf of the CHEST Expert Cough Panel Methodologies for the development of the management of cough: CHEST guideline and expert panel report. Chest. 2014;146:1395-1402 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Canning B.J. .Chang A.B. .Bolser D.C. .Smith J.A. .Mazzone S.B. .McGarvey L. . on behalf of the CHEST Expert Cough Panel Anatomy and neurophysiology of cough: CHEST guideline and expert panel report. Chest. 2014;146:1633-1648 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Ford E.S. .Murphy L.B. .Khavjou O. .Giles W.H. .Holt J.B. .Croft J.B. . Total and state-specific medical and absenteeism costs of COPD among adults aged ≥ 18 years in the United States for 2010 and projections through 2020. Chest. 2015;147:31-45 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Ford E.S. . Hospital discharges, readmissions, and ED visits for COPD or bronchiectasis among us adults: findings from the nationwide inpatient sample 2001-2012 and nationwide emergency department sample 2006-2011. Chest. 2015;147:989-998 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Fisher K.A. .Stefan M.S. .Darling C. .Lessard D. .Goldberg R.J. . Impact of COPD on the mortality and treatment of patients hospitalized with acute decompensated heart failure: the Worcester Heart Failure Study. Chest. 2015;147:637-645 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Suissa S. .Coulombe J. .Ernst P. . Discontinuation of inhaled corticosteroids in COPD and the risk reduction of pneumonia. Chest. 2015;148:1177-1183 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Walker P.P. .Thwaite E. .Amin S. .Curtis J.M. .Calverley P.M. . The association between heroin inhalation and early onset emphysema. Chest. 2015;148:1156-1163 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Rodrigo G.J. .Castro-Rodríguez J.A. . What is the role of tiotropium in asthma?: A systematic review with meta-analysis. Chest. 2015;147:388-396 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Lai K. .Liu B. .Xu D. .et al Will nonasthmatic eosinophilic bronchitis develop into chronic airway obstruction?: A prospective, observational study. Chest. 2015;148:887-894 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Ng S.S. .Chan R.S. .Woo J. .et al A randomized controlled study to examine the effect of a lifestyle modification program in OSA. Chest. 2015;148:1193-1203 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
The Scholarly Kitchen. The journal redesign—more complicated, more costly, and more strategic than ever.http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2014/07/07/the-journal-redesign-more-complicated-more-costly-and-more-strategic-than-ever/. Accessed December 4, 2015.
 
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