Letter From the JCTS Editor: Dog Days of August
When transitioning from Stockholm to New York some 30 years ago I did encounter a number of new expressions, some more colorful than others, and the phrase “dog days of August” was one of them. Only when for the first time experiencing the heat and humidity typical of a New York August month did I fully appreciate its meaning, being more used to Scandinavian August months more typical of an early fall. But with climate change, even at those latitudes, the term “dog days” may now be more fitting. We may still have, at least with regard to the climate, some dog days ahead but I can assure you that JCTS will keep steaming full speed forward, come dog days or high water. Our thematic issues are getting a lot of attention, and three of them are now in the latter stages of the review process. Many papers have already been accepted and are available on the website and we encourage everyone to look at these. Last month we introduced two new thematic calls, both with due dates in January 2023 and submissions are welcome already from the announcement.
We are also happy to announce that the visibility of the journal is increasing. As many of you know already, JCTS was accepted into Scopus in 2021 and shortly thereafter into the Emerging Sources Citation Index, an important stepping stone for a young journal. We are very pleased that Clarivate now has notified us that JCTS will receive an Impact Factor in 2023. This Impact Factor will reflect the yearly mean number of citations of articles published in 2021 and 2022. As for any journal receiving a new Impact Factor, we anticipate that JCTS will start at a relatively modest level. However, given the many interesting and important manuscripts submitted to the journal by our colleagues and the hard work of our Editorial Board, we hope that the trajectory will be steadily upwards in numbers. Without doubt, the development is very positive and I think we can all be pleased. The journal keeps receiving submissions representing a broad translational spectrum and we aim to serve as a forum for all areas relevant to clinical and translational science. When we turn the calendar into September and the fall calendar gets into gear, we look forward to a new exciting period and we will do our utmost best to respond in a timely matter to our submitting colleagues.
In the meantime, I wish all of you a restful couple of weeks during the remainder of the August dog days before getting back to clinics, research, teaching and service duties. For sure, there is never a dull moment in this line of work. We are all privileged to be able to participate in developing new treatments and discoveries, engaging with patients and communities and helping to guide the next generation who undoubtedly will surpass us all in their ability and achievements.
Lars Berglund, M.D., Ph.D., FAHA
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Clinical and Translational Science (JCTS)
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