The European Journal of Anaesthesiology has impressively increased its impact factor from 1.68 to 4.50 since Martin Tramèr, the two Deputy-Editors-in-Chief (Walid Habre and Bernhard Walder) and his team of Associate Editors took over in January 2010. Initially ranked in 14th place, the Journal has now reached seventh position among Anaesthesiology and Pain journals (2020) in the Web of Science Citation Index Platform.
This success is because of a rigorous editorial policy with strict initial triage, professional reviewing, statistical and language editing, the implementation of the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) for all manuscripts and adherence to international guidelines on adequate data reporting. We extend our gratitude and congratulations to the whole Editorial Team for this achievement.
Submissions are increasing steadily in parallel with the increase in impact factor. Conversely, the global acceptance rate is decreasing, down to 20.3% in 2019.
The most highly viewed articles last year were guidelines and reviews, together with some original articles and controversies.
Needless to say, the European Journal of Anaesthesiology is fully identified as the journal of the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (ESAIC, formerly ESA). The new editorial team will strive to improve ranking and lead the European Journal of Anaesthesiology to become among the top five journals in Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Peri-operative Medicine within the next 5 years. To achieve this, increasing the focus of Intensive Care Medicine (ICM) topics in the journal is essential. This shift has been requested by the ESAIC Board of Directors and the current President, Professor Kai Zacharowski.
Readers of Intensive Care Medicine articles and readers of Anaesthesia articles may be different; however, 70% of ICUs in Europe are chaired and run by anaesthesiologists. The new editorial team will develop intensive care medicine (ICM) themes as an integrative topic in the Journal. The new European Journal of Anaesthesiology should not be considered as being in competition with current ICM journals. Rather, it aims to become a new player in the field. The European Journal of Anaesthesiology will also need to develop a new identity. Peri-operative medicine is a natural gateway to intensive care, as anaesthesiologists and intensivists share common concepts, such as sedation, management of the airway, local/regional and multimodal analgesia, advanced haemodynamic management and ventilatory strategies. Content should also be developed strategically to emphasise the link between anaesthesia, peri-operative medicine and intensive care.
The Journal's title will not be changed. Not only is the European Journal of Anaesthesiology recognised by the international academic community but most importantly, adding anything to the title would unfortunately reinitiate the impact factor from scratch.
Sections for Intensive Care and Peri-operative Medicine articles will be presented in some issues, as has already been done for some specific anaesthesia articles. There will also be guest reviews or debates on important topics with the support of well known key opinion leaders in the field.
How to improve the visibility and readership of European Journal of Anaesthesiology?
We will try to implement various changes. Results from major ESAIC-sponsored studies should preferentially be published in the European Journal of Anaesthesiology. We would ask the Research and Scientific committees to specify that preferential publication in European Journal of Anaesthesiology is mandatory for those receiving ESAIC grants. Reviews, attractive debates and guidelines will be of specific importance as they directly affect clinical practice and attract frequent citations. We will include articles on the development of peri-operative medicine including pain, as well as articles on intensive care.
The editorial board will continuously consider new article formats for the journal. We will continue to regularly publish specially themed issues. We will collaborate with other journals to produce joint publications, and with the Scientific and Research Committees of Euroanaesthesia in order to discuss and present leading, recently published articles.
In addition, we believe that the following items are important and the new editorial team will work to accomplish these:
- (1) European Journal of Anaesthesiology is the Journal of ESAIC. This journal must be highlighted on the ESAIC website starting page with easy accessibility to the latest online version.
- (2) Efforts must be made to attract younger academic readers and young clinical anaesthesiologists.
- (3) Promotion of the European Journal of Anaesthesiology, and in particular, Intensive Care articles must be leveraged through Social Media. Promotion of E-toc and weekly promotion of selected articles will be done.
- (4) Creation of short video interviews of senior authors will be used on social media.
- (5) We will expand Open Access for improved visibility. We currently offer immediate Open Access for Editorials, Invited Commentaries and Guidelines, and delayed Open Access (within 1 year after publication) for all others.
- (6) Translations of a selection of articles into Russian, Chinese, Spanish and closer collaborations with national journals will be proposed.
The new team
We have strengthened the structure around the EIC (Professor Charles Marc Samama, France) with eight Deputy Editors. Three (Professor Nicolas Bruder, France; Professor Michelle S. Chew, Sweden and Professor Anne-Claire Lukaszewicz, France) are specialised in intensive Care and peri-operative medicine. Professor Dan Longrois from France is well known for his knowledge in methodology in anaesthesia and intensive care. Professor Patrice Forget, UK, is mainly involved in clinical pharmacology and perioperative epidemiology. Professor Esther Pogatzki-Zahn, Germany, is an anaesthetist and a leading pain specialist. Professor Marc Van de Velde, Belgium, is a leading specialist in obstetric anaesthesia and paediatric anaesthesia. Finally, Professor Tom G. Hansen, Denmark, is a leading specialist in paediatric anaesthesia as well.
The European Journal of Anaesthesiology's success is built upon the quality of its peer-review by readers like you. We would like to thank all previous reviewers for the European Journal of Anaesthesiology here and hope for your continued collaboration. We also look forward to welcoming new reviewers in this important task. This is one way of supporting ESAIC and its journal and volunteering is highly appreciated. At the end of the year all reviewers will be acknowledged in one issue of the European Journal of Anaesthesiology.
A second journal with full Open Access
The same editorial team will also manage a brand-new journal as of early 2021. The title will be ‘European Journal of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care (EJAIC)’.
This new journal will consider all scientifically sound manuscripts, which cannot be accepted for publication in European Journal of Anaesthesiology because of limited space. Basic Science with experimental studies and Intensive Care manuscripts may thus have an additional opportunity to be published. Last, but not least, funded research, which cannot be submitted to the European Journal of Anaesthesiology because it is not a full Open Access journal would also be published in the new journal.
Editing and publishing a second journal will only result in limited extra work for:
- (1) the editorial board, as the articles would have been submitted to European Journal of Anaesthesiology and checked;
- (2) the reviewers, in similar fashion to the editorial board;
- (3) the authors (submission of an article to European Journal of Anaesthesiology could include optional automatic transfer to EJAIC if rejected by the Journal).
Launching an Open Access journal would be conditional upon receiving sufficient number of articles of good quality, but not selected for the European Journal of Anaesthesiology. There is a growing open access market with scientific and nonscientific benefits, so the project may be considered risk-free.
The European Journal of Anaesthesiology new team is very pleased to share these very exciting projects with you. We need your support and opinions in order to improve the quality of the Journal. We hope that you will now consider the European Journal of Anaesthesiology as a priority journal to publish your work. You can be assured of expert evaluations of your manuscript and a rapid response after peer-review.
As a reader of the European Journal of Anaesthesiology, we hope you will enjoy reading the most recent and important scientific information related to your daily clinical routine.
What is new?
- (1) One Editorial team for two journals, a shift towards increased Peri-operative and Intensive Care content with better and enhanced showcasing of the broader areas under the responsibilities of anaesthesiologists in alignment with the strategy defined by the ESAIC Board of Directors.
- (2) Improved visibility and recognition of European Journal of Anaesthesiology.
- (3) Development of an Open Access journal, the European Journal of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care.
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