To Our Readers:
With this issue of Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice, we enthusiastically assume the editorship of the journal. We welcome the responsibility to serve as editor-in-chief and senior editor. Our goal is to continue to provide clinicians with a valuable source for relevant up-to-date information concerning the clinical practice of infectious diseases.
The journal has had 2 distinguished editors-in-chief since its initial issue in 1992, first, Sherwood Gorbach, and more recently, John Bartlett. We thank them for their dedication and leadership and look forward to continuing their tradition. In addition, we gratefully acknowledge the efforts of the members of the previous editorial boards, and we welcome the new board members for their future commitment to the journal.
As with all fields of medicine, there is an ever increasing amount of new information for the practicing clinician. We will strive to present articles on new discoveries and data that may be relevant to the bedside care of the patient.
Original research papers, illustrative case reports, and state-of-the-art review articles from experts in a particular area will continue to be included. We also plan over the course of the next year to add several new sections. Some of the new sections will include New Therapeutics, Radiology of Infectious Diseases, Photographic Images of Infectious Diseases, Infectious Disease Issues in Critical Care, HIV issues, Update on Guidelines, Laboratory Test for Infectious Diseases (including microbiological and immunologic tests), and ID Clinical Corner (discussion related to the logistics of ID practice). In future issues, we plan to continue the section on ID Snapshots which will focus on brief reviews of pertinent recent literature and presentations from recent meetings. In addition, we plan to include information and advice concerning the logistics of office management which should be valuable to those in private practice (issues such as billing and coding and personnel management).
Under the direction of Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, the journal is now available in electronic format which will give our subscribers access to all materials published in printed versions. Furthermore, the review process is now entirely done electronically. We believe that this improvement will shorten the time interval between manuscript submission to publication.
Certainly, the journal will only be as great as its contents. Thus, we welcome the submission of manuscripts on topics of current interest to physicians and other healthcare professionals treating patients with infectious diseases. Prospective authors can access the Web site (http://idcp.prompt.wkhealth.com) for author instructions. Finally, we encourage any suggestions to enhance the quality and utility of the journal.
Thomas M. File Jr, Editor-in-Chief
James S. Tan, Senior Editor