The beginning of this new year marks a transition in editorship for JPGN. During the past 5 years, Dr Alfredo Guarino has served as the ESPGHAN editor of the journal and is completing his term. During that time, Dr Guarino proposed and was involved in implementing several important policy changes for this journal related to electronic submission, case reports, supplements, society documents, and special features (1). To his credit and that of his predecessors, the journal's impact factor has steadily increased in the past 5 years. I personally appreciated the time that Dr Guarino took before I began my term as NASPGHAN editor to meet with me to discuss our plans for the journal (2). I will miss working with Dr Guarino, but look forward to visiting him and the associate editors in Naples in the future. On behalf of the journal and its editorial board, I would like to express an immense thank you to Dr Guarino and Ms Daniela Finizio, ESPGHAN editorial coordinator, and their colleagues for their dedicated service.
With this issue of the journal, Dr David Branski begins his term as ESPGHAN editor. Dr Branski is chairman of Pediatrics and the Dr Israel J. and Dena B. Zimmerman Professor of Pediatrics at the Hadassah University Hospitals in Jerusalem, Israel. Having trained as a Fellow in Pediatric Gastroenterology at Children's Hospital in Buffalo, NY, under Dr Emmanuel Lebenthal (founding editor of JPGN), Dr Branski represents a legacy of JPGN editorship. Dr Branski has achieved an impressive and diverse record of scholarship in pediatric gastroenterology research. He is joined by a preeminent international group of associate editors. I have enjoyed speaking with Dr Branski in advance of assuming his editorship about general plans and we arranged to discuss details during his visit to the United States. He brings great enthusiasm and ideas to the journal. It is a pleasure to welcome Dr Branski and I look forward to working with him and his colleagues. We thus say both “ciao” and “shalom” to Drs Guarino and Branski and wish them both well.
1. Guarino A. JPGN
in the next 5 years: from Naples to the net. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 2005; 40:118–119.
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2. Guarino A. JPGN
goes to Stanford. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 2006; 42:133.