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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 199-200

Update from the editor of the journal American society of echocardiography

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography

Date of Web Publication10-Dec-2018

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Michael H Picard
Echocardiography, Cardiology Division, Massachusetts General Hospital, 32, Fruit St., Boston, MA 02114

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jiae.jiae_31_18

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Picard MH. Update from the editor of the journal American society of echocardiography. J Indian Acad Echocardiogr Cardiovasc Imaging 2018;2:199-200

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Picard MH. Update from the editor of the journal American society of echocardiography. J Indian Acad Echocardiogr Cardiovasc Imaging [serial online] 2018 [cited 2019 Jun 18];2:199-200. Available from: http://www.jiaecho.org/text.asp?2018/2/3/199/247031

I am thankful to Dr. Govind for inviting me to write about the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography (JASE) and I am honored to communicate with all of you through these pages in the Journal of the Indian Academy of Echocardiography. I assumed the position of Editor in Chief of JASE in January of this year taking over for Dr. Alan Pearlman who completed a 10-year tenure marked by tremendous growth and changes in the journal. I am now ushering in the fourth decade for JASE.

New information about echocardiography is produced daily. My goal at JASE is to filter all of that information and identify for the echocardiography community the important pieces. While most of our content continues to cover the important topics of ventricular function, valve disease, myocardial ischemia, heart failure, and three-dimensional echo and strain, we also are adding to this list of content with papers on artificial intelligence, fusion imaging, analyses of “big data” sets, population health, and many other new areas of research.

One measure of the success of JASE is the fact that the number of submissions continues to grow and we now average 46 manuscript submissions per month. Since the number of pages in the journal is fixed, unfortunately, with the continued rise in submissions, our acceptance rate has decreased and now, it is 22%. The good news is that the quality of submissions is also increasing and so, the quality of the accepted papers continues to rise.

One of my goals is to expand the international reach and participation in JASE. Our editorial board is now composed of representatives from 15 countries. One of our associate editors is from outside of North America. Our submissions come from all around the world. Last year, 58% of our submissions were from outside of North America and 50% of our published papers were from outside of North America.

JASE is the main method for communication of the American Society of Echocardiography's Guidelines and Standard documents. This year, we published recommendations for multimodality cardiac imaging in patients with Chagas disease. I think you will be seeing more guideline papers like this discussing diseases that impact many corners of the world as I know that a document on rheumatic heart disease is in the works. Other guideline papers published in JASE so far this year include an update on echocardiographic contrast agents (now known as ultrasound-enhancing agents), one on appropriate use criteria for the treatment of patients with severe aortic stenosis, and one on appropriate use criteria for the use of multimodality imaging in valvular heart disease. In the coming year, among the guideline documents, we will publish one paper entitled “Guidelines for performing a comprehensive transthoracic echocardiographic exam in adults.” I am hoping that this comprehensive document will standardize transthoracic echocardiograms around the world. Other guidelines that I anticipate will appear in JASE in the coming year include an update on the stress echo guidelines last published in 2007, one on the assessment of residual valvular regurgitation after transcatheter valve repair or replacement, and a document on performing a comprehensive transesophageal echocardiography on children with acquired or congenital heart disease. And, there are many more in the pipeline!

Dr. Govind and I have discussed a hope that in the future, we will be able to communicate important guidelines or other works from JASE in your journal. As you can imagine in this era of copyright laws and other legal issues, this is a complex process, so it may take some time for us to achieve these goals.

Among my goals for JASE are to not only publish original research, but also review articles updating old and new topics. This year, so far, we have published many such reviews including a series of papers on the roles of echocardiography in the various transcatheter structural heart disease interventions, such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement, transcatheter mitral valve repair using edge-to-edge clip, transcatheter mitral valve replacement, left atrial appendage occlusion, and transcatheter tricuspid valve-in-valve intervention. Other reviews have covered Fabry disease, how to introduce point-of-care echocardiography into medical school curricula, echocardiographic assessment of the cardiopulmonary vascular system, obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and atrial enlargement in the athlete's heart. I am always interested in hearing from readers about other topics they would like to read about.

I am very excited that later in the year, we will have a special issue celebrating over 50 years of the use of Doppler in the cardiovascular system. This will include several papers from those involved in the early development of continuous wave, pulsed wave, and color Doppler, and the papers discuss not only the development but also the earliest applications of Doppler technologies. These papers provide some personal anecdotes and really highlight how our field has benefited from the close collaboration between clinicians and scientists.

Another one of my goals as the editor in chief of JASE is to allow constructive dialogs through our letters to the editor section. When interesting letters are presented, I endeavor to also include a reply from a leader in the field so that there is commentary about the issues presented.

The journal has a strong online presence – you do not need the print copy to see all of our content. Once a paper is accepted, it typically will appear on our website (www.onlineJASE.com) as an article in press in about 6 weeks. If you are interested in signing up for monthly email alerts about new articles in press or our monthly issue's table of contents, you can do so on our website. The video clips that accompany many of our papers are posted on our website and linked to their papers. In addition to our website, we have a great smartphone app from which you can read all of the papers, play the video links, and even directly email an author. I hope you will give these digital tools a try!

Lastly, rather than compose an editor's page each month, I produce a monthly podcast and this has become very popular. The content varies – some months, I provide review and commentary about the month's papers and other months, I have interviewed the authors of specific papers or guidelines. The podcast is a great way to hear and learn about new research papers while you are on the move. There are several ways to access the podcast – it is available on iTunes, it is available on the JASE smartphone app (under the explore tab, there is a multimedia section and in that we post the podcasts), on our JASE website under the multimedia tab, and from the podcast link on smartphones (search under “echocardiography”).

So, in summary, I hope that many of you will access JASE in one of the many ways it is offered. I hope you will see that we continue to preserve its traditions of communicating cutting-edge research that can be translated into your clinical practice. But, we will also continue to evolve. I welcome your feedback and comments and you can reach me any time at JASEeditor@asecho.org.

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