The baton is passed


It is with great pleasure and honor that we assume the duties of editors-in-chief of the Movement Disorders Journal. Movement disorders is the flagship journal of the Movement Disorder Society and serves as the major vehicle for communicating clinical and scientific information to physicians and scientists interested in movement disorders. The vision, energy, and wisdom of the previous editors, David Marsden and Stanly Fahn, Andrew Lees and Anthony Lang, and most recently Christopher Goetz and Gunther Deuschl have transformed the nucleus of an idea into the premier journal in the field of movement disorders in a mere 20 years. We are awed by their accomplishments.

But, there are daunting challenges ahead. The publication model of previous years is rapidly changing and we will have to be thoughtful and nimble to remain apace. We must continue to publish high level clinical articles while attracting new articles on the most important clinical trials, translational basic research, and relevant reviews. We must strive to raise our impact factor which has important academic and economic implications, and is necessary in order for us to compete with other journals in attracting the best articles. At the same time, we cannot ignore our focus on those clinical aspects of movement disorders which are not widely cited, but are the foundation of the journal and very much appreciated by our readership. We believe that the movement disorder field is unique in combining clinical phenomenology with translational science, and we intend to maintain and expand on this format. Our goal is to communicate state of the art information in movement disorders to both clinicians and scientists.

As the new editors, we will take a fresh look at all aspects of the journal. We will review and expand the roles of the associate editors and the editorial board. We will strive to achieve timely decisions on manuscripts with minimal reviewer fatigue. We will work with our publisher to ensure rapid and high quality publication. We will reassess the layout of the journal, facilitate expedited publications and include monthly opinion pieces and reviews on relevant hot topics. We will aim to reduce the number of issues to one per month, but to introduce theme issues that focus on specific areas that are of interest to our clinical and basic science readership. We will also regularly feature historical biographies and photographs of leaders in the field of movement disorders, so that the important contributions of our teachers are not forgotten by future generations.

We are very excited about the future of the journal and approach our new positions with enthusiasm.