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Proceedings of the Editorial Board Meeting of The American Journal of Cardiology on March 25, 2012

      The 2012 meeting of the editorial board of The American Journal of Cardiology (AJC) was held on March 25, 2012, in Chicago, Illinois, at the time of the Annual Scientific Sessions of the American College of Cardiology. The meeting's purpose was to review the AJC's publication results for 2011, to recognize in particular those AJC board members who had reviewed the most manuscripts in 2011, and to receive criticisms and suggestions from board members on how to improve the journal. The meeting went as follows:
      • 1
        The publisher of the AJC, Jane Grochowski, presented information on how the AJC stands compared with other cardiology journals.
      • 2
        Introduction of new editorial board members (Table 1).
        Table 1New board members 2011
        Eloisa Arbustini
        Cristina Basso
        Johnson Francis
        Joseph A. Hill
        Bradley A. Maron
        Peter A. McCullough
        Frank Pelosi
      • 3
        AJC board members reviewing the most manuscripts in 2011 (Table 2): Jane Grochowski provided plaques to each of these 9 top reviewers who during 2011 reviewed 8 or 9 manuscripts.
        Table 2Top AJC board reviewers in 2011
        Monty M. Bodenheimer (9)
        Steven P. Glasser (9)
        Gregory Y.H. Lip (9)
        Eugene R. Passamani (9)
        David D. Waters (8)
        Martin A. Alpert (8)
        Eric R. Bates (8)
        Mun K. Hong (8)
        Charles Maynard (8)
      • 4
        Numbers of manuscripts submitted, withdrawn, accepted, and declined in 2011: A total of 2,965 manuscripts were received in 2011; 14 were withdrawn by the authors, 702 (24%) were accepted, and 2,249 (76%) were declined. Of the 982 manuscripts submitted from the USA in 2011, 356 (35%) were accepted; of the 1,969 manuscripts submitted from non-USA countries, 346 (18%) were accepted.
      • 5
        Numbers of editorial pages, types and topics of reports published in the AJC in 2011 (Table 3): Of the 3,820 editorial pages published, 3,637 (95%) were used for articles and an additional 32, for Readers' Comments, such that 97% of the editorial pages published in 2011 were used for publication of manuscripts. Of the 612 reports published, 555 (91%) involved multiple patients and 11 (2%), single patients. Eighteen reviews, 9 editorials, 7 Editor's Roundtables, and 5 From-the-Editor columns were published in 2011. The topics of the articles published in 2011 are also listed in Table 3.
        Table 3Number of editorial pages and types and topics of articles in The American Journal of Cardiology (regular issues) in 2011
        Volumes 107 and 108
        January to December 2011
        Editorial pages—total 3,820
         Articles 3,637 (95%)
         Readers' Comments (number) [replies] 62 (60) [10] (2%)
         Staff and editorial board 48 (1%)
         Table of contents 72 (2%)
         Instructions to authors 1
        Types of Articles 612
         Multipatient studies 555 (91%)
         Case reports 11 (2%)
         Reviews 18 (3%)
         Editorials 9 (1%)
         Editor's Roundtables 7 (1%)
         Historical 7 (1%)
         Nonpatient studies 0
         From-the-Editor columns 5 (1%)
        Topics of articles 612
         Coronary artery disease 241 (39%)
         Preventive cardiology 44 (7%)
         Arrhythmias and conduction disturbances 43 (7%)
         Heart failure 66 (11%)
         Valvular heart disease 50 (8%)
         Cardiomyopathy 29 (5%)
         Congenital heart disease 41 (7%)
         Methods 9 (1%)
         Systemic hypertension 13 (2%)
         Historical studies 6 (1%)
         Miscellaneous 69 (11%)
         Interviews 1
      • 6
        Numbers of manuscripts submitted and published in AJC 1983 through 2011 (Table 4): In 1983, the first full year of the present editorship, 1,234 manuscripts were submitted and 643 were accepted. In 2011, 2,951 were submitted and 702 were accepted. During these 29 full years of the present editorship a total of 60,966 manuscripts were submitted and 20,171 (33%) were accepted. The acceptance rate continues to drop despite the publisher's providing more editorial pages and the manuscript length continues to decline.
        Table 4Numbers of manuscripts submitted and published in The American Journal of Cardiology 1983 to 2011
        Year Number of Manuscripts Submitted Number of Manuscripts Published or Accepted Percentage Accepted
        1983 1,234 643 52%
        1984 1,605 747 46%
        1985 1,707 645 38%
        1986 1,574 616 39%
        1987 1,525 695 46%
        1988 1,496 636 42%
        1989 1,740 699 40%
        1990 1,717 662 38%
        1991 1,615 680 42%
        1992 1,873 664 35%
        1993 1,997 619 31%
        1994 1,783 604 34%
        1995 1,844 668 36%
        1996 1,930 701 36%
        1997 1,898 768 40%
        1998 1,992 631 31%
        1999 2,170 703 32%
        2000 2,226 630 28%
        2001 2,068 682 33%
        2002 2,171 683 31%
        2003 2,190 783 36%
        2004 2,109 842 39%
        2005 2,661 984 37%
        2006 3,061 653 21%
        2007 3,184 710 22%
        2008 2,888 709 25%
        2009 2,864 728 25%
        2010 2,893 684 24%
        2011 2,951 702 24%
        Total 60,966 20,171 33%
      • 7
        Number of editorial pages for articles and Readers' Comments published in the AJC 1983 through 2011 (Table 5): During the 29 full years of the present editorship, 89,389 editorial pages have been used for articles and 1,068, for Readers' Comments, totaling 90,457 pages. The number of articles published during these 29 years in the AJC totaled 19,727 and the number of Readers' Comments, 1,460.
        Table 5Number of editorial pages for articles and Readers' Comments published in The American Journal of Cardiology 1983 to 2011
        Year Pages for Articles Pages for Readers' Comments Total Number of Articles Number of Readers' Comments
        1983 3,130 27 3,157 643 53
        1984 3,007 36 3,043 747 80
        1985 2,623 21 2,644 645 40
        1986 2,627 17 2,644 616 40
        1987 2,810 23 2,833 695 45
        1988 2,646 26 2,672 636 60
        1989 2,903 19 2,922 699 36
        1990 3,001 20 3,021 662 40
        1991 3,165 38 3,203 680 59
        1992 3,211 46 3,257 711 53
        1993 2,890 37 2,927 650 64
        1994 2,493 31 2,524 604 46
        1995 2,570 34 2,604 668 52
        1996 2,775 29 2,804 658 52
        1997 3,328 32 3,360 826 45
        1998 3,048 35 3,083 664 37
        1999 3,015 38 3,053 680 42
        2000 2,962 38 3,000 648 37
        2001 3,862 37 3,899 701 39
        2002 2,835 45 2,880 680 45
        2003 2,982 35 3,017 763 32
        2004 3,131 39 3,170 808 42
        2005 3,242 43 3,285 736 49
        2006 3,406 65 3,471 695 70
        2007 3,540 50 3,590 695 59
        2008 3,474 48 3,522 647 59
        2009 3,491 32 3,523 632 46
        2010 3,585 65 3,650 626 68
        2011 3,637 62 3,699 612 70
        Total 89,389 1,068 90,457 19,727 1,460
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