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- David J. Wilber, MD, FACC, Editor-in-Chief, JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology∗ ()
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Dr. David J. Wilber, Editor-in-Chief, JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology, American College of Cardiology, HeartHouse, 2400 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20037.
Since its founding, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) has progressively evolved into a bellwether of clinical cardiovascular science. With the tremendous growth and diversification of cardiac subspecialties, the JACC family of journals expanded over the past decade to include JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions, and JACC: Heart Failure. With this issue, JACC, in partnership with the American College of Cardiology, introduces a new member of the family: JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology.
We are challenged by the need to provide care for millions of patients worldwide who experience, or who are at risk of developing, serious heart rhythm disorders. The success of initial therapeutic strategies, from pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators to catheter ablation, has improved quality of life and survival for many, but has created a host of new concerns and opportunities in long-term care for the generalist, cardiovascular specialist, and electrophysiologist alike. We believe that the new journal, by building a diverse community of scholars drawn from a broad and international spectrum, and with a primary focus on optimizing patient care and outcomes, can contribute to meeting these challenges and improve the health of our patients. At present, information regarding heart rhythm disorders comes from a bewildering array of sources. Our goals are not only to facilitate the timely dissemination of new high-quality information, but also to foster communication, provide critical assessment and perspective, and offer a framework that lays out key areas of controversy and uncertainty, as well as potential directions for future resolution. We also seek to enlist and mentor younger generations of cardiovascular investigators and scholars, not only in their contributions to journal content, but also through dedicated time with the journal and their understanding of the mission, process, and objectives of medical communication.
JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology will encompass all aspects of the epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. Submissions of original research from all related fields are encouraged, including cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, neurology, genetics, and outcomes research. Experimental and pre-clinical work that relates directly to diagnostic assessment or therapeutic interventions is also encouraged. A fundamental goal is to provide the practicing electrophysiologist with both physiological context and practical information to guide clinical decision making and enhance patient care. JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology will be published bimonthly in both electronic and print format. JACC will remain a platform for new electrophysiology (EP) research of broad interest and effect for the general cardiology community. The new journal will include outstanding investigations of a more focused nature in cardiac EP, selected through the same rigorous review process and subject to the same high standards as papers in JACC.
In addition to original research papers, the new journal will provide other features and resources that will foster clinicians’ ability to “hone their craft” and stay abreast of emerging information and trends in their field. Regular features will include a State-of-the-Art Review, focused on a specific disease entity, and ranging from basic mechanisms to clinical manifestations, treatment, and a global perspective; Clinical Implications of Basic Research will explore the potential clinical impact of new or controversial concepts and findings in basic and translational EP. Other periodic features will include: 1) Practice Corner: invited commentary to inform, provide background, and assess the potential effect of new health care guidelines, regulatory mandates, and emerging trends and news related to EP practice; 2) Late-Breaking EP: reviews of recent or late-breaking EP-related trials from major U.S. and international meetings; 3) Images in Clinical Electrophysiology; and 4) Mini-Focus Issues with advanced solicitation of original research and reviews on specific areas of interest and importance to the field. Initial topics for the upcoming year include “percutaneous epicardial interventions,” “ventricular arrhythmias in patients with LVADs,” and “rotors as targets for ablation of atrial fibrillation.” Over the next year, we will also introduce features that will appear exclusively on the JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology website. Among these will be peer-reviewed case reports, instructional and “how-to” videos, and supplementary information related to the journal content in a searchable format.
In his first Editor’s Page as the new Editor-in-Chief of JACC, Dr. Valentin Fuster stressed the qualities of simplicity, insightfulness, and inclusivity as driving forces for the JACC family of journals. Along with my deputy and associate editors, I share these views. We also endorse the need for better ways to deliver information and perspective in a layered, multifaceted, and incremental fashion, allowing readers with many other time demands the opportunity to choose which aspects most suit their needs for subsequent in-depth exploration and fuller understanding. We invite the EP community, both newcomers and those more seasoned, to join us and share in this endeavor.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation