I have drunk deep of joy and shall taste no other wine tonight. (Shelley)
Although Shelley had other things on his mind, a new hypothesis, a brilliantly executed experiment, and a key observation all have the power to attract us and to sway us from preconceived ideas and notions. The editor's role is, above all, to hold our attention, and this Gene Rannels has done during his tenure as editor by continuing to make this journal the best and most readable venue for work in lung research.
Editing a journal has never been an easy task. An editor is buffeted from many sides: from the author concerned about the outcome of a paper, to delays in a pending critique from an overextended reviewer, to demanding “on time” schedules of the publisher. Gene has borne these responsibilities with equanimity and has untiringly guided this journal through the past seven years. The Journal has established during this period an ever-growing reputation as a leading voice in lung biology in its multitude and diverse aspects, ranging from basic research to pathophysiology. In many ways, the Journal's strength and vitality are the result of the leadership provided by him and his associate editors John A. Clements, A. B. Cohen, Bruce Freeman, Steven Idell, Ivan McMurtry, Jeanne Snyder, Ewald R. Weibel, Michael J. Welsh, and Jonathan Widdicombe.
This journal (the newest in the American Journal of Physiologyseries) has developed a strong following since its inception in 1989 and with it, an increasing citation impact factor. We on the editorial staff are committed to the path laid out by Gene Rannels and his predecessor Don Massaro and to making the journal an even better read.
So Gene, many thanks for the great effort. It's time to rest on your laurels! I know that you will not have any difficulty in filling up all the free time suddenly available to you. On behalf of the Journal, I wish you continued success in your research and your many other pursuits.
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