Once again, we have reached the end of a very successful year in the history of the International Journal of Stroke. Now, at the end of our eighth year, we are in the fortunate position of having an impact factor on the rise attributed to the quality of manuscripts, you are submitting and the readability of the journal. In this vein, the structure continues to evolve.
Many of you will recall that we launched the journal with a content focused solely on review but have gradually evolved the format to include a modest number of high-quality research articles and an annual bumper research edition.
This change in structure has also been in response to the extraordinary number of submissions that you have made, emphasizing the appetite and need for more top-quality science to be published and new vehicles for publication. The whole publishing industry is undergoing the most rapid change, perhaps since the invention of the printing press. What the journal landscape will look like, even within five-years is hard to predict; what we do know is that we must evolve rapidly!
The second structural alteration has been to expand our Editorial Board roles. We have introduced new section editors, who are leaders in their field. I warmly welcome: Genetics: Martin Dichgans (Germany) and Hugh Markus (UK); Basic Science: Malcolm McLeod (UK) and David Howells (Australia); Imaging: Mark Parsons (Australia); Acute therapy: Andrew Demchuk (Canada) and Peter Sandercock (UK); Rehabilitation: Marion Walker (UK) and Julie Bernhardt (Australia); Cognition disorder: Amy Brodtmann (Australia) and Sarah Pendlebury (UK).
I am certain they will all make a wonderful contribution to the matrix of the journal.
As well as working to engage science leaders in their field, we are also building on the wealth of experience in the field of stroke from our senior colleagues who will contribute as consulting editors; it is a pleasure to welcome Stephen Davis (Australia), Veronika Skvortsova (Russia), Bo Norrving (Sweden), Ulrich Dirnagl (Germany), Graeme Hankey (Australia), and Conrado Estol (Argentina).
We would like to thank Michael Hennerici for agreeing to continue to support us in this role after assisting us to pioneer the journal.
You'll be pleased to know that the evolutionary process continues, and in 2014, there will be a number of surprises and improvements for our expanding and dedicated readership. See you next year!