As we approach the end of the year, we are pleased that the American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology has enjoyed another successful year. Although it can be difficult to obtain a true idea of what impact our Journal is having, there are many indicators we like to use as bellwethers of our progress.
Our favorite positive reinforcement revolves around how many scientists wish to contribute to our Journal. Consequently, I couldn't be happier with our current manuscript submission trend that finds us comfortably hovering around 10% increase in submissions over 2004, which was already a record year for us. A particular journal exists to provide a publication organ where researchers can make their findings available to an interested and informed community. We are pleased that the American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology provides a satisfactory and attractive forum for the regulatory, integrative, and comparative physiology community.
Another area we are particularly proud to see flourish is our Call for Papers series. The year 2005 saw a marked increase in topics and submissions responding to Calls. Many of the call topics came from ideas and interests held by our Associate Editors, but a great number of the Call topics resulted from the detailed and important issues presented at the EB/IUPS 2005. We were singularly pleased to find an enthusiastic response from many of the symposium presenters when we approached them about conducting calls on their topics. The eagerness of our guest editors is infectious and gratifying, since it is they who are giving our Journal the opportunity to highlight important topics such as Gender Differences in Pain and Inflammation, Molecular Mechanisms Linking Salt to Hypertension, and Metabolic Syndrome: From Clinical Insights to New Therapies, only to name a few. Our success with these special calls only encourages us to continue, and we are greatly anticipating a similarly animated response to our EB 2006-related calls for papers. I would like to sincerely thank all of our valued guest editors who have worked so hard for their topics and for the Journal this year. They have made a palpable contribution to the continued improvement of the Journal, and their efforts are greatly appreciated.
Although we do not like to weigh the importance of the Impact Factor too heavily, it is encouraging that we have a strong Impact Factor despite receiving considerably more manuscripts in the past year, which, in fact, should have significantly reduced our Impact Factor. The surge in submissions means papers that have had less time to be cited will be overrepresented. Because we are continuously receiving more manuscripts, this effect will prevail. However, our analysis indicates that the citations made to each individual study have increased by such an amount that we nevertheless expect an Impact Factor closer to 4 for the coming year.
Because the people most responsible for the progress and reputation of the Journal are all those scientists who contribute their best and most innovative studies, we would like to single out eight manuscripts that have proved very popular (1–8). The articles have been accessed online an extremely high number of times and have also proved useful as resources for a variety of studies judging by the number of times these articles have been cited. The articles mirror the broad field of research published in the American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the contributors, referees, editors, and editorial staff who work to make this a truly leading journal in its field.
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