Journal of Thoracic Imaging:
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For last year's words belong to last year's language And next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.
T. S. Eliot
With this issue of JTI, we usher in the 28th year of the journal. This past year was framed by two major milestones: it began with the debut of our expanded bimonthly publication schedule and ended with a fond farewell to case reports.1,2 This combination of events has laid the groundwork to publish a greater number of review articles and to enhance the speed with which we publish original scientific articles in 2013 and beyond. We anticipate that these changes will work synergistically to further enhance the journal's reputation and meet the evolving needs of our international readership.
2013 thus marks the beginning of a new era for JTI, in which we will publish a greater number and variety of timely cardiopulmonary imaging review articles, both as part of our signature symposia issues and as stand-alone reviews. Beginning in March 2013, we will also debut American Board of Radiology Self Assessment Module (SAM) offerings for a number of these articles. In combination with our many other educational and quality improvement offerings, these new features will help to solidify JTI's role as a primary educational resource for our subspecialty.
As Editor, I am excited by both the prospect of providing our readers with a greater variety of educational content and by the opportunity to expand the diversity of authorship in JTI. Indeed, it is my goal to feature review articles by both renowned senior authors in our field and by a younger generation of authors who are at the forefront of the expanding borders of our specialty. Toward this end, I would like to bring to your attention an exciting series of review articles in this issue on molecular imaging with PET by Dr. Drew Torigian and colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania.3–5 To help guide the selection of future invited review articles, I have appointed a task force of JTI Editorial Board members which is expertly led by Dr. David Lynch.
In addition to broadening our invited authorship opportunities for review articles, we are working diligently to enhance the publication experience for all JTI authors. For example, we are now publishing original scientific articles ahead of print, within approximately 2 months after acceptance. This timeline ensures that work published in JTI is rapidly available to our readership and to the larger scientific community, thus providing the opportunity to enhance the potential impact of our publications.
I enthusiastically look forward to a new year of editing JTI, and to the new beginnings and new voices that it will bring. I hope that you will join these voices by submitting your work to JTI this year.
1. Boiselle PM. A new JTI milestone. J Thorac Imaging. 2012;27:1
2. Boiselle PM. A fond farewell to case reports. J Thorac Imaging. 2012;27:337–338
3. Kwee TC, Torigian DA, Alavi A. Overview of PET, hybrid PET instrumentation and PET quantification. J Thorac Imaging. 2013;28:4–10
4. Kwee TC, Torigian DA, Alavi A. Oncological applications of PET for evaluation of the thorax. J Thorac Imaging. 2013;28:11–24
5. Kwee TC, Torigian DA, Alavi A. Non-oncological applications of PET for evaluation of the thorax. J Thorac Imaging. 2013;28:25–39