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You, Abstracts, ISHLT and JHLT: How You Improved the Impact Factor


Vincent Valentine, MD
Links Editor-in-Chief



links imageThe ISHLT is a multidisciplinary and professional organization dedicated to improving the care of patients with advanced heart and lung disease through transplantation, mechanical support and innovative therapies via research, education and advocacy. The force behind this dedication is of the members, by the members and for the members. We are the members and because of us and our dedication to our patients, The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation is today first in the category of Transplantation, third in the category of all Surgical Journals and ninth in Cardiovascular. We should be proud. You should be proud. This great feat has started with you, still starts with you and will continue to start with you. It ultimately begins with the submissions of your abstracts. Today, begins abstract season for the upcoming 36th Annual ISHLT Meeting in Washington, DC. The season will remain open for 92 days and closes on November 3, 2015. From an English Country Estate, all is ready, the game is afoot. Start submitting your abstracts today.

Lest we forget, it's because of you and under the tutelage of our illustrious Editor-in-Chief, Mandeep Mehra, our Journal has risen to the occasion. Instead of resting on our peak Impact Factor of 6.650, we will reach for another summit. Our most recent efforts putting us on the right tract (see figure) over the last five years have included:

  1. Nimble review decisions with a target of 21 days to first decision
  2. Rapid publications on-line, now within 48 hours of acceptance and 3 months or less in the print edition
  3. Development of a strong reviewer base across members with a target for high quality reviews and editorial decisions
  4. Diversification of the JHLT into "End Stage Heart and Lung Disease" with special emphasis on Mechanical Circulatory support and Pulmonary Hypertension
  5. Launching of new features including State of Art Reviews, Perspectives, Research Correspondences
  6. Provision of unlimited online supplementary materials, Audio Slides, Virtual Histology
  7. Creation of digital interface with IPAD application
  8. Renewed and vigorous involvement of young editors and investigators
  9. Evolution of a Social Media office to start in 2015 targeting an interface with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and online blogs

Disclosure Statement: The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose.




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