Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition:
Dr Heyman is the Western Hemisphere Editor-in-Chief, and Dr Branski is the Eastern Hemisphere Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.
Received 31 March, 2011
Accepted 31 March, 2011
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Beginning in the June 2011 issue, JPGN introduces a new article type, Rapid Communication, and alters its publish ahead of print (PAP) policies to facilitate accelerated publication of important advances in basic, translational, and clinical research of primary interest to pediatric gastroenterologists, hepatologists, and nutritionists.
Manuscripts considered for the rapid review process will be limited to original studies judged to be of general scientific or public health importance. Authors requesting the rapid review process will be required to provide a detailed cover letter that outlines the rationale behind a fast-track review of their work. Guidelines for Rapid Communication articles are available in the Instructions for Authors on the Journal Web site at http://edmgr.ovid.com/jpgn-na/accounts/ifauth.htm.
The evaluation of manuscripts accepted for Rapid Communication will require at least 2 reviews, completed within 2 weeks of submission. A Managing Editor will obtain a commitment from reviewers to complete their assessments within 10 days. The Journal plans to publish 1 or 2 Rapid Communications per issue. The Editors-in-Chief may solicit recommendations from reviewers for experts who may be approached to write a brief Commentary on issues covered in a Rapid Communication. The same deadlines will apply.
PAP provides rapid online access to important new data, and enables authors to cite their work promptly. All accepted submissions will be published in manuscript form on the Journal Web site within 5 business days and will carry the watermark “Accepted.” To avoid errors and delays, manuscripts must be carefully proofread by authors before submission. Typographical and other textual errors may delay final acceptance or may be published online as is (reviewers are not responsible for proofreading). The print version will replace the PAP manuscript after final copyediting and proofreading.
We anticipate that these innovations in reviewing procedures and early publication will promote research and career opportunities for investigators in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition, and enhance the impact of JPGN. Constructive suggestions are most welcome.