CHEST®, the flagship peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST), is seeking applicants for the next Editor in Chief (EIC). President of CHEST, Dr. John Studdard, has given some insight into the successes of the journal during current EIC, Dr. Richard Irwin’s tenure, and what we can expect from the respected individual who will take his place in 2019.
“From my perspective as a community-based physician practicing pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine, I believe the responsibility of member-based organizations like CHEST is to ensure that we create meaningful science, create outstanding education, and work to ensure these are disseminated and implemented. One of the most important vehicles that we depend on is our CHEST® journal.
CHEST® is more than just a medical journal; it is the face and brand of the American College of Chest Physicians. Recognition and awareness of the journal as the face of the organization is an incredibly important aspect of what it means to the CHEST organization as a whole.”
Dr. Studdard’s insights as to some of the successes and the future of CHEST®:
Question: What is your view on the successes of the journal over Dr. Irwin’s tenure?
Answer: A. The journal consistently ranks as the #1 relevant journal for respiratory clinicians and providers.
B. The journal’s “impact factor” has increased significantly, which supports its efforts to attract the best clinical research and content.
C. New sections added provide applicable clinical information, address hot and controversial topics, and underscore the human side of medicine to support the best patient-focused care.
D. The continual improvement of our online platform, including development of multimedia content and other innovations that take advantage of the digital evolution of online content delivery.
E. Last, but not least, I believe our members who are clinicians consider CHEST® to be the one journal to review cover to cover and to be their “go to” journal for relevant clinical insights and information.
Question: What challenges does CHEST expect the next EIC to be facing?
Answer: We clearly practice in an environment where there are constant pulls for the time and attention of clinicians … a constant influx of information and education in multiple formats and delivery systems. The journal CHEST® must highlight the information we need most that will impact patient care. Our new EIC, and the team assembled, will need to solicit the best research, continue our digital evolution, and ensure they are delivering this information in the way that our members and learners find the most accessible.Question: Where do “we” want the journal to go?
Answer: Your leadership of the American College of Chest Physicians has great respect for the editorial independence of the journal. The EIC and the Editorial Board that is assembled will lead where the journal goes. As the embodiment of the brand of the CHEST organization, we clearly want to see the journal continue to be the authoritative, respected, trusted, “go to” resource for clinical pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine professionals.
CHEST is now accepting applications for the position of Editor in Chief of the CHEST® journal. For more information visit http://info.chestnet.org/editor-in-chief. Applications are due by February 1, 2018.