From the Editor : Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention

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Kaminsky, Lenny PhD, MAACVPR, FACSM, FAHA; Editor-in-Chief

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Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention: November 2022 - Volume 42 - Issue 6 - p 387-388
doi: 10.1097/HCR.0000000000000756
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The 2022 year has been an “active” one for the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention (JCRP). I have provided a summary of some of the major actions related to JCRP in this column.

We welcomed three new Associate Editors, Dr Sherry Grace, Dr Joel Hughes, and Dr Dan Stevens, to our Editorial team along with 6 new Editorial Board Members (replacing members retiring off the Board). All have provided healthy doses of the four E's, Expertise, Energy, Enthusiasm, and Engagement, to JCRP.

JCRP was the first, and remains the only, professional journal dedicated to improving multidisciplinary clinical practice and expanding research evidence specific to both Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. In 2022, JCRP also celebrated 15 yr of expanding its scope to include primary Prevention of cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases. I am grateful to two of our Editorial Board Members, Dr Diann Gaalema and Dr Charles German, for their work as Guest Editors of the Special Focused Section on Prevention in this issue of JCRP. I am sure you will find the four Invited Reviews informative. I believe they will stimulate clinicians to increase efforts to empower individuals to actively pursue preventive lifestyle practices.

We continued to apply feedback from our Editorial Board and our readers to improve the quality of the Journal. In 2022, we included a new submission category for Rapid Reviews of manuscripts previously submitted, but not accepted, to high-impact clinical journals. We added a feature—Key Perspectives—which provides a concise summary of the key message and clinical/research relevance of the manuscript for our readers. We also now require all accepted manuscripts to provide a Visual Abstract, which we use to promote each manuscript on our social media platforms.

The dedicated and timely work of our Associate Editors, our Managing Editor, our Content Editor, and our Reviewers has allowed us to shorten the average time from the author submission of a manuscript to JCRP to the first decision provided to authors from 29 d in 2018 to ∼15 d currently. All of this has led to a noticeable improvement in the overall quality of submissions to JCRP, which has resulted in raising the Journal's Impact Factor to 3.646 (top 50th percentile for all Cardiac & Cardiovascular Systems journals) and our Cite Score to 3.9 (top 20th percentile for all Rehabilitation journals). I listed the most cited articles from the 39th, 40th, and 41st issues of JCRP in the Table. I encourage you to check out these high-performing articles and the many others in these recent JCRP issues.

Table - Most Cited Articles From JCRP Volumes 39, 40, and 41
First Author Institutiona Article Type Key Words
Randal J. Thomas1 Mayo Clinic Scientific Statement cardiac rehabilitation; behavior therapy; exercise; patient education
Kyle R. Lemay2 University of Ottawa Heart Institute Original Investigation anxiety; cardiovascular diseases; depression; outcome assessment; rehabilitation
Richard W. Bohannon3 Campbell University Scientific Review clinimetrics; functional capacity; sit-to-stand test; validity
Hon K. Yuen4 University of Alabama at Birmingham Original Investigation active video gaming; dyspnea; exercise capacity; home-based pulmonary rehabilitation; quality of life
Anna Rutkowska5 Opole University of Technology Original Investigation chemotherapy; exercise training; lung cancer; pulmonary function tests
Salvatore Carbone6 Virginia Commonwealth University Invited Review cardiovascular disease; frailty; handgrip; muscle strength; sarcopenia
Biagio Sassone7 University of Ferrara Original Investigation cardioverter-defibrillators; COVID-19; physical activity
Jon Ander Jayo-Montoya8 University of the Basque Country Original Investigation cardiorespiratory fitness; exercise design; high-intensity interval training; low-volume training; myocardial infarction
Robert Berry9 Henry Ford Hospital Case Series exercise training; heart disease; home-based cardiac rehabilitation; telehealth
Andrew H. Lutz10 Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System Original Investigation cardiac rehabilitation; frailty; physical function
Rebecca H. Haraf11 Case Western Reserve University Literature Review adaptation; comfort; COVID-19; masking; rehabilitation
Sae Young Jae12 University of Seoul Original Investigation C-reactive protein; cardiorespiratory fitness; pneumonia
Erik H. Van Iterson13 Cleveland Clinic Commentary facial mask; preventive cardiology; SARS-CoV-2; secondary prevention; severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2
Jenna L. Taylor14 Mayo Clinic Invited Review cardiorespiratory fitness; compliance; coronary artery disease; exercise adherence; feasibility
Sherrie Khadanga15 University of Vermont Original Investigation cardiac rehabilitation; secondary prevention
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I hope many of you will add your four E's to JCRP in 2023.


Lenny Kaminsky, PhD, MAACVPR, FACSM, FAHA


1. Thomas RJ, Beatty AL, Beckie TM, et al. Home-based cardiac rehabilitation. J Cardiopulm Rehab Prev. 2019;39(4):208–225.
2. Lemay KR, Tulloch HE, Pipe AL, Reed JL. Establishing the Minimal clinically important difference for the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale in patients with cardiovascular disease. J Cardiopulm Rehab Prev. 2019;39(6):E6–E11.
3. Bohannon RW, Crouch R. 1-Minute Sit-to-Stand Test. J Cardiopulm Rehab Prev. 2019;39(1):2–8.
4. Yuen HK, Lowman JD, Oster RA, de Andrade JA. Home-based pulmonary rehabilitation for patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. J Cardiopulm Rehab Prev. 2019;39(4):281–284.
5. Rutkowska A, Jastrzebski D, Rutkowski S, et al. Exercise training in patients with non–small cell lung cancer during in-hospital chemotherapy treatment. J Cardiopulm Rehab Prev. 2019;39(2):127–133.
6. Carbone S, Kirkman DL, Garten RS, et al. Muscular strength and cardiovascular disease. J Cardiopulm Rehab Prev. 2020;40(5):302–309.
7. Sassone B, Mandini S, Grazzi G, Mazzoni G, Myers J, Pasanisi G. Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on physical activity in patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators. J Cardiopulm Rehab Prev. 2020;40(5):285–286.
8. Jayo-Montoya JA, Maldonado-Martín S, Aispuru GR, et al. Low-volume high-intensity aerobic interval training is an efficient method to improve cardiorespiratory fitness after myocardial infarction. J Cardiopulm Rehab Prev. 2020;40(1):48–54.
9. Berry R, Brawner CA, Kipa SG, Stevens C, Bloom C, Keteyian SJ. Telemedicine home-based cardiac rehabilitation. J Cardiopulm Rehab Prev. 2020;40(4):245–248.
10. Lutz AH, Delligatti A, Allsup K, Afilalo J, Forman DE. Cardiac rehabilitation is associated with improved physical function in frail older adults with cardiovascular disease. J Cardiopulm Rehab Prev. 2020;40(5):310–318.
11. Haraf RH, Faghy MA, Carlin B, Josephson RA. The Physiological impact of masking is insignificant and should not preclude routine use during daily activities, exercise, and rehabilitation. J Cardiopulm Rehab Prev. 2021;41(1):1–5.
12. Jae SY, Heffernan KS, Kurl S, et al. Cardiorespiratory fitness, inflammation, and the incident risk of pneumonia. J Cardiopulm Rehab Prev. 2021;41(3):199–201.
13. Van Iterson EH, Laffin LJ, Crawford M, Mc Mahan D, Cho L, Khot U. Cardiac rehabilitation is essential in the COVID-19 era. J Cardiopulm Rehab Prev. 2021;41(2):88–92.
14. Taylor JL, Holland DJ, Keating SE, Bonikowske AR, Coombes JS. Adherence to high-intensity interval training in cardiac rehabilitation. J Cardiopulm Rehab Prev. 2021;41(2):61–77.
15. Khadanga S, Savage PD, Gaalema DE, Ades PA. Predictors of cardiac rehabilitation participation. J Cardiopulm Rehab Prev. 2021;41(5):322–327.
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