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Proceedings of the Editorial Board Meeting of The American Journal of Cardiology on March 10, 2013

      The 2013 meeting of the editorial board of The American Journal of Cardiology (AJC) was held on March 10, 2013, in San Francisco, California, at the time of the Annual Scientific Sessions of the American College of Cardiology Foundation. The meeting's purpose was to review the AJC's publication results for 2012, to recognize in particular those AJC board members who had reviewed the most manuscripts in 2012, 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. She emphasized that AJC article downloads continue with an upward trend, that the ScienceDirect and HealthAdvance platforms were upgraded, and that paper to electronic migration continues. She pointed out that the redesign of the cover now allows the entire table of contents to fit on the cover, and I am very pleased by that move. She also presented the top cited articles published in the AJC in 2012. AJC article downloads in 2012 numbered 1,261,223, essentially no change from downloads in 2011. She provided a list of the top downloaded articles on the AJC Web site in 2012. Interesting (to me) is the fact that none of the top 10 concerned percutaneous coronary intervention studies. Grochowski also showed on-line usage by country and, the United States was first followed by Great Britain, Japan, India, Italy, Canada, and so on. Grochowski also discussed Elsevier's clinical key, which is an on-line clinical reference product designed for clinicians in the hospital setting. It includes 500 journals, 800 books, and 1,000s of videos, images, clinical guidelines, point-of-care clinical summaries, patient education content, and clinical trial information. She also discussed developments in mobile access provided by ScienceDirect apps. The access through smart phones and iPad tablets provides search, retrieval of full text, and bookmark for later use. User log-in is required. She indicated that the average print circulation in 2012 was just under 24,000 and 97% of that was in the United States. Readership among cardiologists in the American Medical Association registry indicated that only 2 journals were ahead of the AJC in readership and they were the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Clinical Cardiology. She also described how Elsevier continues to market actively their journals. During my editorship, the AJC has been published by several different companies. In my view, Elsevier is the absolute tops and is truly an editorial content-oriented company. They want the best articles available in their journals.
      • 2.
        Introduction of new editorial board members: We welcomed Drs. Subhash Banerjee and H. Vernon Anderson.
      • 3.
        AJC board members reviewing the most manuscripts in 2012 (Table 1): Jane Grochowski provided plaques to each of these 5 top reviewers, who during 2012, reviewed 8 or 9 manuscripts.
        Table 1Top American Journal of Cardiology Board reviewers in 2012
        Antonio Abbate
        Monty M. Bodenheimer
        Marc Cohen
        Johnson Francis
        Donald C. Harrison
        Charles E. Rackley
      • 4.
        Numbers of manuscripts submitted, withdrawn, accepted, and declined in 2012: A total of 2,720 manuscripts were received in 2012: 7 were withdrawn by the authors, 685 (25%) were accepted, and 2,028 (75%) were declined. Of the 910 submitted from the United States in 2012, 363 (40%) were accepted; of the 1,803 manuscripts submitted from non-United States countries, 322 (18%) were accepted.
      • 5.
        Numbers of editorial pages, types and topics of reports published in the AJC in 2012 (Table 2): Of the 3,779 editorial pages published, 3,605 were used for articles and an additional 52 for Readers' Comments, such that 96% of the editorial pages published in 2012 were used for publication of manuscripts. Of the 597 articles published, 557 (93%) involved multiple patients and 5 (1%), single patients. Thirteen reviews, 7 editorials, 2 Editor's Roundtables, and 4 From-the-Editor columns were published in 2012. The topics of the articles published in 2012 are also listed in Table 2.
        Table 2Number of pages, types of articles and topics of articles published in The American Journal Cardiology in 2012
        Volumes 109 and 110 January 2012 to December 2012
        Editorial pages 3,779
         Articles 3,605 (95%)
         Staff and editorial board 48
         Table of contents 72
         Readers' Comments (Page No.) [Replies] 52(53)[11](1%)
        Types of articles (excludes Readers' Comments) 597
         Multipatient studies 557 (93%)
         Case reports 5 (1%)
         Reviews 13 (2%)
         Editorials
         Editor's Roundtables
         Historical (4%)
         Nonpatient studies
         Interviews
         From-the-editor columns
        Topics of articles (excludes Readers' Comments) 597
         Coronary artery disease 238 (40%)
         Preventive cardiology 54 (9%)
         Arrhythmias and conduction disturbances 55 (9%)
         Heart failure 45 (8%)
         Valvular heart disease 38 (6%)
         Cardiomyopathy 29 (5%)
         Congenital heart disease 29 (5%)
         Methods 9 (1%)
         Systemic hypertension 10 (1%)
         Historical studies 4 (1%)
         Miscellaneous 86 (14%)
         Interviews 2
      • 6.
        Numbers of manuscripts submitted and published in the AJC, 1983 through 2012 (Table 3): In 1983, the first full year of the present editorship, 1,234 manuscripts were submitted and 643 were accepted. In 2012, a total of 2,713 were submitted and 685 were accepted. During these 30 full years of the present editorship, a total of 63,679 manuscripts were submitted and 20,856 (33%) were accepted. The acceptance rate has remained the same in recent years despite the publisher providing more editorial pages. The AJC publishes more tables and figures than other cardiology journals and if we were to decrease that number, as some other journals have done, we would be publishing more manuscripts, but I favor publication of multiple tables and figures. Our acceptance rate would be lower if submitted manuscripts were not shortened considerably before acceptance.
        Table 3Numbers of manuscripts submitted and published in The American Journal of Cardiology (1983 to 2012)
        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
        2012 2,713 685 25
        Total 63,679 20,856 33
      • 7.
        Number of editorial pages for articles and Readers' Comments published in the AJC, 1983 through 2012 (Table 4). During the 30 full years of the present editorship, 92,994 editorial pages have been used for articles and 1,120 for Readers' Comments, totaling 94,114. The number of articles published during these 30 years in the AJC totaled 20,324 and the number of Readers' Comments, 1,513.
        Table 4Number of editorial pages for articles and Readers' Comments published in The American Journal of Cardiology (1983 to 2012)
        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
        2012 3,605 52 3,657 597 53
        Total 92,994 1,120 94,114 20,324 1,513
      • 8.
        Report from Brian Jenkins, Elsevier Multimedia Editor, Elsevier Multimedia Publishing: Jenkins discussed endeavors by Elsevier to increase usage of continuing medical education activities as a part of the AJC. He also oversees the symposia, 3 of which were published in 2012 (Table 5).
        Table 5Symposia published in The American Journal of Cardiology (separate from the regular issues) in 2012
        Number Publication Date Guest Editor(s) Topic Number of Articles Number of Pages
        1S July 1 Antonio M. Gotto, Jr Evaluation and management of cardiovascular risk 3 26
        6S September 15 Marc Humbert, Vallerie McLaughlin Right ventricle in pulmonary hypertension 8 51
        9S November 6 Michael H. Davidson Diabetes and cardiovascular disease 8 68
        3 19 145
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