Letter From the JCTS Editor: An Exciting Start
The winter is still upon us and to cite Frank Sinatra, even in California it is cold and damp. Luckily we have snow this year and quite a lot of it. And more is expected to come. It is a good time to focus on JCTS. We are off to a good start of the year and our ongoing thematic issues have attracted many submissions. Some of these are past the official deadline but we remain flexible and are open to consider additional submissions within a reasonable timeline. We also want to highlight the most recent thematic focus on Integration of Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) with Clinical and Translational Science. We hope that this important area will attract submissions that illustrate a broad spectrum and look forward to seeing this issue brought to completion by the summer.
It is now only two months to the Translational Science 2023 meeting and we look forward to see many of you at the meeting. It will be nice to return to Washington, DC after 4 years and the program committee has worked hard to put together an outstanding agenda, available on the ACTS website. There will be a number of “firsts” for JCTS at the meeting – the first ever Publication Award will be given highlighting an important JCTS publication. I believe the task given to the ACTS Awards Committee was hard as there has been a number of stellar publications in recent years and there will be more opportunities for nominations in coming years. Additionally, together with our publisher, Cambridge University Press, we will be offering a new “How to Get Published” seminar that illustrates the process involved from drafting a manuscript to submission and the perhaps more hidden steps from acceptance to final publication. We will also be providing information on some of the tools that Cambridge University Press offers. We look forward to getting some constructive feedback to see how we can further refine the presentation in future years.
On a more somber note, this month represents the one year mark of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The suffering of the Ukrainian people has been immense and our Ukrainian health care colleagues have endured a virtually endless number of challenges. It is important not to lose sight of this tragedy as the months roll on, especially as no clear end is in sight. We can only hope that the coming year will offer some path out of this terrible situation and that some resemblance of normality can return. On that hopeful note we wish you a productive winter and hope to meet up at TS23.
Lars Berglund, M.D., Ph.D., FAHA
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Clinical and Translational Science (JCTS)
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