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Spread the Word About CHEST for 2017: Collaboration With Elsevier, Publishing of Guidelines, More Multimedia Content, and Changes for Reviewers and Authors FREE TO VIEW

Richard S. Irwin, MD, Master FCCP; John E. Heffner, MD, FCCP; Jean Rice, BA; Cynthia T. French, PhD, FCCP
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Editorial Office of CHEST, Glenview, IL

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. 2017;151(1):1-5. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.11.011
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As we have done in past years,,, we begin the new year with a recap of CHEST's accomplishments during the year gone by and previews of what is to come in the new year. We remain gratified that manuscript submissions from leading clinicians and scientists allow CHEST to present our readers with the best in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine that will continue to advance both research and clinical practice. As our field evolves with new procedures, drugs, and therapies and greater understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of disease, we strive to present the most up-to-date research on best practices to diagnose and treat our patients. We are grateful to our authors from around the globe who submit to CHEST but also to our reviewers who dedicate themselves to selecting and improving manuscripts submitted to CHEST.

In 2016, we began a partnership with Elsevier as our publisher. Although CHEST retains editorial control, Elsevier has the resources to expand the reach of the Journal and provide data and robust metrics that helps us understand our readers’ interests and needs. Since last January, the ScienceDirect platform has provided CHEST and advanced digital resources to our institutional (library) readers. In 2017, the online version of CHEST will migrate to an Elsevier website that will provide readers with state-of-the-art Internet features. Readers will find the site offers intuitive access to topics, article collections, multimedia, and supplemental material, all designed to match their readers' needs for greater efficiency in incorporating new knowledge into their research and clinical practice.

In partnership with Elsevier, CHEST will launch an open access expansion journal that will publish original research, case reports, and other features. As with all open access journals, the business model is based on article processing fees paid either by the funding bodies or authors. The fees will be in line with other open access journals and discounted for CHEST members and trainees. Authors will retain copyright under Creative Commons licenses that allow broad distribution of articles and the information they contain. This new journal will begin accepting submissions in 2017 with a first issue to publish later in the year.

In addition, we will expand the reach of the Journal by sponsoring our first CHEST Conference this spring in Amsterdam: COPD: Current Excellence and Future Development (http://www.chestcopdconference.com). David Mannino, one of our Editorial Board members, will chair the Program Committee; cochairs are John Hurst of the University College London (United Kingdom) and Alberto Papi of the Univesità degli studi di Ferraro (Italy). The conference aims to disseminate cutting-edge findings on COPD and provide a unique focused platform for clinicians, experts, and specialists to come together for discussion on current best practices and future directions in diagnosis, treatment, and therapeutic innovations.

In collaboration with Elsevier, CHEST has developed a special series of continuing medical education (CME) opportunities with an Online CME Resource Center that provides video-based supplements and CME credits. Current programs include Home Noninvasive Ventilation Therapy for COPD, COPD Advanced Patient Management, and Servo Ventilation Sleep Disordered Breathing (Fig 1). Additional topics are planned. If you wish to suggest additional topics, please contact editor@chestnet.org.

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Figure Jump LinkFigure 1 CHEST and Elsevier Online CME Resource Center offerings. CME = continuing medical education; NIV = noninvasive ventilation; SV = sero ventilation.Grahic Jump Location

CHEST continues its long tradition of publishing evidence-based medicine articles to provide trustworthy clinical practice guidelines. The CHEST organization and its Guidelines Oversight Committee has launched the “Living Guidelines” model, which publishes specific topics within a disease-focused guideline on a rolling basis. This approach allows more expeditious updates to keep guidelines current and relevant to practice. In the past year, CHEST published Antithrombotic Therapy for Venous Thromboembolic Disease: CHEST Guideline and Expert Panel Report; Treatment of Unexplained Chronic Cough: CHEST Guideline and Expert Panel Report; Occupational and Environmental Contributions to Chronic Cough in Adults: CHEST Expert Panel Report; Chronic Cough Due to Gastroesophageal Reflux in Adults: CHEST Guideline and Expert Panel Report; Technical Aspects of Endobronchial Ultrasound Guided Transbronchial Needle Aspiration; and Liberation from Mechanical Ventilation: An Official American College of Chest Physicians/American Thoracic Society Clinical Practice Guideline.,

Each year, CHEST has expanded its multimedia content, embedding videos in original research and review articles to illustrate key points. Our newest section, Ultrasound Corner, has grown rapidly and now offers practical tips on point-of-care ultrasonographic imaging and lays the educational foundation for clinicians to incorporate this increasingly important technique into their pulmonary and critical care practices. The remarkable expansion of this section resulted in Seth Koenig inviting Viera Lakticova to join him as section editor. The Giants in Chest Medicine series has continued publishing conversations with prominent investigators and clinicians who tell the story of their careers and insights into the rich history of our field and offer advice for those beginning their careers. Our podcasts, moderated by D. Kyle Hogarth, provide lively conversational summaries of selected articles. They have become one of the most popular features of CHEST.

Although the impact factor for CHEST dropped slightly to 6.136 in the most recent listings, the Journal is ranked sixth of 58 respiratory journals and fifth of 23 journals in the critical care category, maintaining CHEST’s position as one of the premier journals in respiratory and critical care. Also, in the Eigenfactor rankings, a measure that assesses impact without factoring in self-citations, CHEST ranks second in both respiratory and critical care categories.

It is interesting to note that when first released, the 2015 impact factor for CHEST was listed as 5.94, but an analysis by Cynthia T. French, assistant editor of CHEST, and Elsevier staff brought to light some errors in the calculation and Thomson Reuters revised the impact factor upward. The partnership and resources provided by Elsevier were key to our success in quickly obtaining the data that allowed us to identify and correct the miscalculation.

Although CHEST strives for a high impact factor, we do not chase a higher impact factor at the expense of delivering relevant clinical content to our readers. One study that was published this year reflected that fact. In this analysis, CHEST was shown to rank 28th of the top 100 journals cited in UpToDate Clinical Impact and was the highest ranking respiratory journal.

With the assistance of Elsevier, CHEST recently completed a reader survey to assess how we are performing and to better meet reader needs. We were gratified to see that 56% of our respondents considered CHEST to be the top journal in our field (Fig 2). In addition, 88% of our readers check the publication of the Journal at least monthly (Fig 3). Ninety-two percent of survey respondents stated that the Journal provides good coverage of the specialist field and helps them to do their jobs better (Fig 4).

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Figure Jump LinkFigure 2 Elsevier reader survey results on quality of CHEST in comparison with journals in its field.Grahic Jump Location
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Figure Jump LinkFigure 3 Elsevier reader survey results on how frequently CHEST is read.Grahic Jump Location
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Figure Jump LinkFigure 4 Elsevier reader survey results on satisfaction with CHEST coverage.Grahic Jump Location

CHEST is maintaining the same number of submissions as it has over the past 10 years; we ended 2016 with an estimated 3,100 manuscripts submitted. We continue to urge those with novel and groundbreaking original research, unique case reports, and other manuscripts that will advance our field to submit to CHEST if exposure to clinicians is a top priority. A recent survey of practicing physicians reported that they considered CHEST to be the most important clinical journal in respiratory medicine.

Acceptance rates in 2016 have slightly tightened, with 9% of original research and 3% of case reports accepted.

Our journal relies on the excellent work of our peer reviewers in evaluating and improving manuscripts. The “heavy lifting” in reviews for CHEST is done by the international experts on our Editorial Board. We wish to welcome several new members of the Board: Paul H. Mayo, Anne E. Vertigan, Karen E. Dill, Souheil El-Chemaly, Neil A. Halpern, Kenneth N. Olivier, Stephen M. Pastores, and Viera Lakticova.

Because we are always looking for ways to thank and recognize our reviewers, we are considering an integration with Publons (http://www.publons.com). Publons works with the world's top publishers so reviewers can effortlessly track, verify and showcase their peer review contributions across the world's journals and get the recognition they deserve for their efforts. This organization allows reviewers to collate their reviewer history across multiple journals and receive public credit for their work. The site is currently live online and provides a platform for any reviewer to create a professional profile (Fig 5) and receive recognition and has a rapidly growing community of over 90,000 reviewers. Manuscript Central, the manuscript submission and peer review system used by CHEST, is developing plans to integrate with Publons. We anticipate our future capabilities to aid reviewers in directly updating their Publons profiles each time they complete a review for CHEST. Stay tuned.

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Figure Jump LinkFigure 5 Sample Publons reviewer profile. Number of reviews is logged, not the identity of papers reviewed.Grahic Jump Location

In addition to keeping CHEST at the forefront of publishing the best in clinical research, we have strived to maintain the highest ethical standards for those who publish in these pages. A number of instances arose this year of unreported conflicts of interest (COI) by authors. We therefore examined the efficiency and comprehensiveness of how we request COI information from authors during the submission process. This review resulted in our decision to phase in the use of the COI form created by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Authors will be familiar with this standardized form because it is used by many journals in the medical community. It will streamline authors’ ability to provide their COI data and help us ensure the scientific integrity of our publications. Check the CHEST Instructions to Authors for updates to the policy and process. Because failure to disclose important potential conflicts of interest may sometimes lead to retractions of articles and this can, at the very least, be embarrassing to authors, we encourage authors to disclose anything that is potentially relevant. “When it doubt, disclose.”

To sum up, CHEST remains dedicated to maintaining and growing its long history of publishing the most advanced original research in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine while accelerating the translation of research into improved patient care through our reviews, guidelines, and other sections of CHEST designed for clinicians. Aided by our partnership with Elsevier, we will continue to adopt the best publishing and multimedia practices to deliver this information efficiently and effecitively to our readers and members.

As always, we enthusiastically thank our valued authors, editorial board members, reviewers, and readers for the important role they play in the success of CHEST. We welcome you to contact us at editor@chestnet.org with your feedback and suggestions. Thank you.

Irwin R.S. .Augustyn N. .French C.T. .Tedeschi V. .Rice J. .Welch S.J. . on behalf of the Editorial Leadership Team 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 the new visual identity. Chest. 2014;145:1-5 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Irwin R.S. .Welch S.J. .Rice J. .French C.T. . on behalf of the Editorial Leadership Team 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] [PubMed]
 
Irwin R.S. .Welch S.J. .Rice J. .French C.T. . on behalf of the Editorial Leadership Team 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. Chest. 2016;149:1-6 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Kearon C. .Akl E.A. .Ornelas J. .et al Antithrombotic therapy for VTE disease: CHEST guideline and expert panel report. Chest. 2016;149:315-352 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Gibson P. .Wang G. .McGarvey L. .et al Treatment of unexplained chronic cough: CHEST guideline and expert panel report. Chest. 2016;149:27-44 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Tarlo S.M. .Altman K.W. .Oppenheimer J. .et al Occupational and environmental contributions to chronic cough in adults: CHEST expert panel report. Chest. 2016;150:894-907 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Kahrilas P.J. .Altman K.W. .Chang A.B. .et al Chronic cough due to gastroesophageal reflux in adults: CHEST guideline and expert panel report. Chest. 2016;150:1341-1360 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Wahidi M.M. .Herth F. .Yasufuku K. .et al Technical aspects of endobronchial ultrasound guided transbronchial needle aspiration. Chest. 2016;149:816-835 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Schmidt G.A. .Girard T.D. .Kress J.P. .et al Liberation from mechanical ventilation in critically ill adults: executive summary of an official American College of Chest Physicians/American Thoracic Society clinical practice guideline. Chest. 2017;151:160-165 [PubMed]journal
 
Ouellette D.R. .Patel S. .Girard T.D. .et al Liberation from mechanical ventilation in critically ill adults: an official American College of Chest Physicians/American Thoracic Society clinical practice guideline: inspiratory pressure augmentation during spontaneous breathing trials, protocols minimizing sedation, and noninvasive ventilation immediately after extubation. Chest. 2017;151:166-180 [PubMed]journal
 
Cain K.D. .Sehgal B.R. .Covinsky K.E. .Kaelber D.C. .Sehgal A.R. . The clinical impact of medical journals. Ann Intern Med. 2016;165:227-228 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Kantar Media Journal Ad Revenue Data Report:12.www.kantar.com.
 

Figures

Figure Jump LinkFigure 1 CHEST and Elsevier Online CME Resource Center offerings. CME = continuing medical education; NIV = noninvasive ventilation; SV = sero ventilation.Grahic Jump Location
Figure Jump LinkFigure 2 Elsevier reader survey results on quality of CHEST in comparison with journals in its field.Grahic Jump Location
Figure Jump LinkFigure 3 Elsevier reader survey results on how frequently CHEST is read.Grahic Jump Location
Figure Jump LinkFigure 4 Elsevier reader survey results on satisfaction with CHEST coverage.Grahic Jump Location
Figure Jump LinkFigure 5 Sample Publons reviewer profile. Number of reviews is logged, not the identity of papers reviewed.Grahic Jump Location

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Irwin R.S. .Augustyn N. .French C.T. .Tedeschi V. .Rice J. .Welch S.J. . on behalf of the Editorial Leadership Team 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 the new visual identity. Chest. 2014;145:1-5 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Irwin R.S. .Welch S.J. .Rice J. .French C.T. . on behalf of the Editorial Leadership Team 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] [PubMed]
 
Irwin R.S. .Welch S.J. .Rice J. .French C.T. . on behalf of the Editorial Leadership Team 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. Chest. 2016;149:1-6 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Kearon C. .Akl E.A. .Ornelas J. .et al Antithrombotic therapy for VTE disease: CHEST guideline and expert panel report. Chest. 2016;149:315-352 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Gibson P. .Wang G. .McGarvey L. .et al Treatment of unexplained chronic cough: CHEST guideline and expert panel report. Chest. 2016;149:27-44 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Tarlo S.M. .Altman K.W. .Oppenheimer J. .et al Occupational and environmental contributions to chronic cough in adults: CHEST expert panel report. Chest. 2016;150:894-907 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Kahrilas P.J. .Altman K.W. .Chang A.B. .et al Chronic cough due to gastroesophageal reflux in adults: CHEST guideline and expert panel report. Chest. 2016;150:1341-1360 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Wahidi M.M. .Herth F. .Yasufuku K. .et al Technical aspects of endobronchial ultrasound guided transbronchial needle aspiration. Chest. 2016;149:816-835 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Schmidt G.A. .Girard T.D. .Kress J.P. .et al Liberation from mechanical ventilation in critically ill adults: executive summary of an official American College of Chest Physicians/American Thoracic Society clinical practice guideline. Chest. 2017;151:160-165 [PubMed]journal
 
Ouellette D.R. .Patel S. .Girard T.D. .et al Liberation from mechanical ventilation in critically ill adults: an official American College of Chest Physicians/American Thoracic Society clinical practice guideline: inspiratory pressure augmentation during spontaneous breathing trials, protocols minimizing sedation, and noninvasive ventilation immediately after extubation. Chest. 2017;151:166-180 [PubMed]journal
 
Cain K.D. .Sehgal B.R. .Covinsky K.E. .Kaelber D.C. .Sehgal A.R. . The clinical impact of medical journals. Ann Intern Med. 2016;165:227-228 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Kantar Media Journal Ad Revenue Data Report:12.www.kantar.com.
 
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