A ‘‘high-resolution’’ endoscopy for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy A toothpick is an ‘‘edited’’ Christmas tree. Dmitri D. Shostakovich Russian composer (1906-1975) Dear Readers: In January 2005, my team and I launched a new Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (GIE,) with a modern ‘‘look’’ and ‘‘feel,’’ and with many new electronic and printed features but with a single aim: to bring new knowledge to the world’s endoscopists and keep them excited about what they can do when using an endoscope to treat their patients. In January 2006, I am very pleased to share with you, readers and authors, our current state of affairs as a journal, what we have accomplished thus far, and where we are heading in the year to come. The word endoscopy derives from the Greek endo(within) and -scopy (vision) and implies the examination of the interior of a bodily organ or canal. The term could also be metaphorically used as a ‘‘look within,’’ an introspection on who we are and what we do with our mission as an editorial team for GIE. Although to an endoscopist, the term ‘‘high resolution’’ means the process of separating and reducing something to its constituent parts, like the resolution of light into its spectral colors, to us, metaphorically, ‘‘high resolution’’ means our state of firm determination to make GIE the premier, indispensable journal that every practicing endoscopist will seek, devour, and cherish month after month. Our role as an editorial team has been and will continue to be the careful and fair selection of new endoscopic knowledge, generated all over the world by curious practitioners and researchers, and the preparation of this material (in the form of text, images, or video clips) for the most succinct presentation. This process, which involves painful rejecting, cutting, deleting, omitting, combining, and splicing of the primary material, has to be carefully balanced to attain the elegance, clarity, and simplicity of a toothpick, while preserving the beauty, complexity, and phantasmagoria of a Christmas tree. We feel that the new GIE has accomplished this and has been welcomed by everyone, authors and readers alike. The next several paragraphs outline several key aspects of our year’s
accomplishments, and they portray the perception of GIE among readers and authors, based on recent surveys conducted by our publisher, Elsevier. As such, these results affirm our high-resolution introspection (endoscopy) for GIE. Further, they address our future goals and resolutions for 2006 and beyond.
EDITOR’S EXPECTATIONS FOR GIE When I assembled my editorial team, I asked for enthusiasm, punctuality, fairness, scientific rigor and critical
GIE will only become a better journal and a better medium of communication if it becomes a forum for dynamic exchange between reviewers, editors, authors, and readers.
evaluation, open-mindedness, expeditiousness, communication, and active promotion of our goals as a journal to our readership. I have been very lucky and honored by their response. In the first 10 months of 2005, my associate editors’ team, the members of the editorial board, the editorial review board members, the members of the international editorial board, and our reviewers handled more than 1100 submissions, with an average time to decision after original submission of 36 days and an average time to publication after original submission of 10 months. As a result, hundreds of articles; thousands of images; and many editorials, videos, diagrams, and algorithms have appeared in GIE. In its entirety, handling of submissions has been electronic, streamlined, and efficient, allowing for high-quality imaging, video clips, figures, diagrams, and tables to appear quickly in the electronic and printed pages of GIE, with incomparable sharpness and accuracy. The journal’s messages have been crisp, the reporting provocative, and the contributions invaluable to our readers.
WHAT DO OUR READERS THINK OF GIE Copyright ª 2006 by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 0016-5107/$32.00 doi:10.1016/j.gie.2005.11.035
Our readers consider GIE as highly clinically relevant, because it provides up-to-date information on novel endoscopic techniques, presents high-quality research, and has Volume 63, No. 1 : 2006 GASTROINTESTINAL ENDOSCOPY 1
an authoritative editorial staff. Nearly 9 in 10 subscribers (85%) found GIE to be ‘‘extremely’’ to ‘‘very’’ useful; nearly all (96%) rated the overall ‘‘look and feel’’ of the journal as at least ‘‘good,’’ with half (49%) going so far as to say it was ‘‘excellent.’’ The same proportion (98%) found the layout of the journal at least ‘‘somewhat easy’’ to follow. The sections of GIE that subscribers found most useful were these: ‘‘Review Article’’ (90%), ‘‘ASGE Guidelines/Technical Assessment’’ (86%), ‘‘Original Article’’ (85%), and ‘‘Technical Review’’ (84%). The journal feature that received the ‘‘highest usefulness’’ rating was the location of editorials near pertinent articles (68%). More than half of the subscribers also gave ‘‘high usefulness’’ ratings to the introduction of capsule summaries (56%) and the addition of commentaries to ‘‘At the Focal Point’’ (55%). Of the 6 most prominent GI journals evaluated in the survey, GIE was rated highest for clinical content (mean, 4.18 of 5), features (3.96), and overall ‘‘look and feel’’ (4.15). Gastroenterology was rated highest for its research content (4.28). Because of our expanded online features, 7 of 10 subscribers (69%) now access GIE online, an increase from 55% in a similar 2003 survey. Eight of 10 online users felt the journal’s Web site was easy to access and navigate.
WHAT DO OUR AUTHORS THINK OF GIE In a similar survey, our authors were asked to evaluate and rate the performance of GIE against other journals in which they published their work. We asked them to examine the following factors: editorial board, such as refereeing standard, refereeing speed, the editor and editorial board; publisher, such as production speed, physical quality, and publishing services; and external factors, such as our impact factor and our reputation. The overall satisfaction rating of our authors for GIE is 70.9% (average for all journals, 66%). The most important factors for GIE authors were the refereeing speed, our reputation and our impact factor, and our physical appearance as a journal, with a grading of 7 of a maximum of 10. Among other journals in the field of gastroenterology, GIE receives the fewest rejected papers (21%), which suggests that authors choose to submit their work first to GIE and not after they have been rejected by other journals. The authors appreciate that more than 95% of the papers undergo editorial
2 GASTROINTESTINAL ENDOSCOPY Volume 63, No. 1 : 2006
revisions, and more than 80% of them prefer the online submission system.
WHAT DO WE SEE IN THE FUTURE GIE will only become a better journal and a better medium of communication if it becomes a forum for dynamic exchange among reviewers, editors, authors, and readers. We have been blessed with an increased pool of new and dynamic reviewers, expert editorialists, and an increasing rate of submission of good-quality papers, frequently accompanied by vivid video clips. All these, linked with our electronic system of submissions and tracking, as well as our online features, will undoubtedly create a more interactive journal. More importantly, our editorial team has been tasked to ‘‘see the future’’ and to act by providing our readers not only with the latest in GI endoscopy but also with what they see on the horizon of our field. Our educational mission is growing through our continuing medical education program, which has been welcomed and used extensively since its inception last year and is under expansion and revision for 2006. We hope that our readership will expand to include more GI surgeons, pediatric gastroenterologists, and endoscopy nurses. Under ‘‘New Methods,’’ we will expand our content to cover all the technologic advances in endoscopy, and our readers will enjoy more papers written by an expanding group of authors of variable backgrounds, such as engineers and surgeons. Our video forums will also allow our readers to enjoy GIE ‘‘live’’ by watching video clips of new techniques and procedures performed by innovators and experts. With the help of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, other national and regional societies, and our publisher, we also plan to facilitate the availability of GIE to every endoscopist in the world, while welcoming their contributions. It has been a great year for all of us at GIE, and we hope that you have enjoyed it as much. For 2006, make GIE ‘‘your’’ journal, with your comments, your contributions, your criticisms, and your time. We will cherish them all and we will thrive along. Editorially yours, George Triadafilopoulos, MD Editor-in-Chief, GIE