The editorial board of most journals represents the intellectual and academic support of the editor. This editor assumed the position when we combined 2 journals—The Gastroenterologist and The Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, maintaining the latter name in 2001. At that time, Dr Howard Spiro had retired as Editor, and as Editor of The Gastroenterologist I was selected to lead the combined journal. Fortunately, over the past decade, we have been able to bring this journal into the mainstream of leadership among gastroenterology journals. We have maintained an academic position and have continued to publish editorials, clinical reviews, research articles, an occasional case report, and letters to the editor. Our material has risen from approximately 400 articles per year to over 1100 manuscripts per year. Our publisher has given us unconditional, enthusiastic confidence in running the journal. Furthermore, over the past few years, we have aligned with the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) and continue to develop that relationship. The journal is now truly an international journal. We have maintained our position and have improved both our Eigen factor and impact factor ratings.
After a decade of running the journal, I thought it wise to review all aspects of the journal with a select committee of the Board and the publisher. This was done last September. We decided to revise the Editorial Board so that it more accurately represents what is done to assist the editor. There are many who have helped immeasurably at the onset and during their careers, for which this editor is extremely grateful. We now come to a point in time where the Board will be redesigned into the following categories:
Senior Associate Editors: Dr Anil Nagar has been extremely helpful in leading the peer review program for the Alimentary Tract, and, similarly, Dr Joseph Lim has assumed that responsibility for the liver. I still choose the papers through an initial screening and make the final decision on publication, although Dr Lim is fully in charge of all hepatology manuscripts. The other senior associate editors will be Myron Lewis, who writes our biographies, and Michael Fried, who coordinates and represents the efforts with WGO.
Advisory Associate Editors: This will include members who have been extremely helpful in advising the development of the journal and to whom I am deeply grateful. Donald Castell, Ken DeVault, Rosemarie Fisher, Irvin Modlin, and A Brian West.
Section Editors: These editors will continue to work with the present editors who are responsible for soliciting and developing clinical review articles and making major decisions on reviews submitted to the journal.
The rest of the Editorial Board will be divided into an Editorial Review Board, which will consist of those who do the major amount of reviewing, and the Editorial Board, which will consist of those who have selected societal and interdisciplinary responsibilities, although conducting less reviews. We feel strongly that creating a Review Board is important to maintain the high-quality peer review process.
I am deeply appreciative to all members of the Board and the publishers who in the past have helped bring this journal to its outstanding reputation, maintaining it at a very high level. In addition, I am deeply grateful for the continued efforts in soliciting and reviewing major contributions. We believe that our place in the clinical and academic field of gastroenterology and hepatology is highly respected, and I am grateful to those who have helped us maintain this position in the world of journals and education.