From the Editor

Stepping Down

When I became editor in chief of The American Journal of Cardiology in June 1982, I certainly did not expect to still be in that position in June 2022, forty years later. The journal started in 1958 as the official journal of the American College of Cardiology and Dr. Simon Dack was its editor in chief until June 1982.  I recently learned that my health was not quite as good as I had thought and therefore it seemed most appropriate for the superb publisher of Elsevier (Helene T. Caprari) to select a new editor. It has been a wonderful 40-year ride, and watching the journal grow and prosper has been gratifying and exciting.  During this 40-year run (excluding non-full years 1982 and 2022) a total of 92,626 manuscripts have been received (not including hundreds of Reader’s Comments) and 26,486 have been accepted and published. The number of manuscripts has gradually increased through the years, such that in recent years an average of about 70 new manuscripts have been received weekly. The acceptance rate has gradually decreased, such that in 2022 it was in the lower teens.

I wish to thank all the numerous generous reviewers through the years. They made the editor in chief position much easier. A number of changes in the format have been instituted since 1982. The journal has never bucked me on suggestions for improvement of the journal. I will miss working with the manuscript-submitting authors, the dedicated reviewers, and the wonderful publishers I have interacted with through these decades.

The journal fortunately will be in good hands. Dr. Subhash Banerjee, a brilliant interventional cardiologist and investigator and Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, will now lead this journal as interim editor in chief to even greater success. My best and thank you all.

William C. Roberts, MD