Publication of the December 1999 issue marked a changing of the guard for the American Journal of Physiology-Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology. On January 1, 2000, the editorial office of the Journal moved from Penn State University to the University of Illinois as my Editorship transferred to Professor Asrar Malik. Dr. Malik has organized a new group of highly qualified Associate Editors and has appointed a new Editorial Board who will carry the Journal into the next century. (Manuscripts still under review at the turn of the year will continue to be processed at Penn State until all relevant final editorial decisions have been made.)
The purpose of this Editorial is to extend my most sincere thanks to all members of the scientific community who have supportedAJP-Lung through my seven years as Editor. The founding Editor, Don Massaro, provided guidance invaluable to our early efforts to organize and streamline journal operations (1). Moreover, nine investigators have served as Associate Editors, four of whom have continued with the Journal for the past six years. This level of dedication, characterized by careful and consistent work of the Associate Editors, has been essential to building the strength of the Journal. Their efforts, along with those of their dedicated staff, have maintained the high standards of quality while substantially reducing the average time consumed by manuscript review. Over the same interval, the Journal has enjoyed significant growth. Between 1993 and 1999, submission rates grew twofold and the number of published articles increased to a comparable extent.
Our ability to provide timely editorial review of submitted manuscripts has depended entirely on the large number of individuals who generously offered their time and expertise in support of the peer review process. These include 125 investigators who have served as members of the Editorial Board as well as innumerable additional scientists who reviewed manuscripts regularly on an ad hoc basis. No journal can survive without the support of expert reviewers. We thus thank all those who have participated in the review process for their dedication and effort.
In the next few years, we can expect substantial changes in the journals of the American Physiological Society (APS), including transition to electronic submission. Once established, these approaches will further streamline and accelerate review and publication in all APS journals. We look forward to continued involvement in the publication activities of the Society and urge readers of the Journal to participate as well. We extend our sincere thanks to all of you for your generous support of the Journal over the past seven years.
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