Thursday, August 14, 2014

Great time in Giessen, Germany

I had a truly wonderful time last week participating as an invited speaker tot the 12th Annual Retreat of the International Graduate Program in Molecular Biology and Medicine of the Lung.  This program is sponsored by the Universities of Giessen and Marburg, and is directed by Dr. Rory Morty, our very capable Associate Editor.  The scientific program and social activities were absolutely fantastic.  The invited speakers included two Nobel laureates (Professors Robert Huber and Harald Zur Hausen), Sir Magdi Yacoub, His Eminence Cardinal Willem Jacobus Eijk, Archbishop of Utrecht, The Netherlands and many others.  The student presentations were splendid.  Dr. Morty invites two graduate students every year to participate in the retreat.  According to inside information, publishing in AJP-Lung, and other journals of course, is looked upon favorably!!  If you are a graduate student in biomedical science, next time you are in a scientific meeting, look up Dr. Morty (Associate Editor for AJP-Lung), introduce yourself and let him know what you are doing.

Sadis Matalon

Friday, August 1, 2014

Foward and Upwards!

 FORWARD AND UPWARDS: AJP-Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology Impact Factor increases from 3.523 to 4.041

Shortly after I was appointed Editor of AJP-Lung, I wrote an editorial titled: "The American Journal of Physiology Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology: "The best place to publish basic, translational, and hypothesis-driven clinical lung research". January 1, 2012: L1-L3; DOI: 10.1152/ajplung.00356.2011

The Associate Editors and I have worked very hard to achieve this goal. We have instituted a number of changes which are detailed in this AJP-Lung Powerpoint.

Our 2 major challenges we instituted were to:
1. Increase our impact factor and
2. Increase submissions of high quality manuscripts.

I am truly delighted to tell you that our impact factor increased from 3.523 in 2012 to 4.041 in 2013. Our 5-year impact factor is 4.338. At the same time submissions of research manuscripts are 5% higher than last year. Most importantly we are proud of the number of emails from contributors thanking the Associate Editors for the in depth, timely and helpful reviews of their manuscripts.

Please remember that this is your journal and the Associate Editors and I will spare no effort to continue to improve it. We welcome your comments and suggestions for review topics, calls for papers, changes in our editorial process etc. AJP Lung is dedicated to publishing and disseminating high-quality original and review articles on all aspects of lung research. We welcome articles that highlight new mechanisms of pulmonary diseases and that offer insights into new treatments.



Sadis Matalon
Editor in Chief
AJP-Lung Celluar and Molecular Physiology