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End of the Beginning

Stuart F. Quan, M.D., F.A.A.S.M.
Division of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA; Arizona Respiratory Center, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

With the publication of this issue of the Journal, my tenure as editor-in-chief comes to an end. As I reflect on my 10 plus years at the helm (I am including the run-up period to the first issue), I note that there have been a number of decisions, accomplishments and challenges that have occurred during this period. Some decisions such as selection of the initial color scheme and numbering of the manuscripts seem mundane, but were fundamental to the operation of the Journal. Others, such as selection of associate editors and the editorial board, were essential and ultimately were reflected in the Journal's content and character. In the midst of these operational decisions, we, our entire editorial and production team, had a number of accomplishments.1 I would now like to highlight some of them. First, I believe that we are now the preferred venue for publication of clinical research relevant to Sleep Medicine practitioners. This is reflected by an increase in submissions from less than 50 in our first year to close to 500 in this tenth year. Correspondingly, this has resulted in a decrease in acceptance rate from approximately 50% to less than 40%, which of course has disappointed more authors. More importantly, however, are the positive personal comments that I have received from members of the Academy, the Journal's primary audience. Second, the Journal has attracted international recognition. We are continuing to receive a substantial number of international submissions and have published papers from all continents with the exception of Antarctica! Third, the Journal is indexed on all of the major scientific databases including PubMed, Embase, Google Scholar and Web of Science. As a corollary to our indexing, the Journal has respectable journal metrics with a Google Scholar h5 index of 35, ranking 3rd among non review sleep journals. Finally, the Journal has evolved from a standard print only publication to a multi-media platform with an internet presence, podcasting and the availability of video and other non-print material on the web. These accomplishments would not have occurred without the hard work and dedication of my deputy and associate editors and the editorial board. All of them have served willingly without compensation. In particular, I would like to recognize Dr. Daniel Buysse who served as editor when I was out of country, and Dr. Richard Berry who was the associate editor in charge of the Sleep Medicine Pearls section of the Journal. Finally, the Journal's production staff, in particular managing editor, Mr. Andrew Miller, publications production editor, Mr. Jon Wendling, and Rapid Review editorial assistant, Ms. Rosanne Money are to be commended. Without their hard work and dedication, there would not have been a final product every month.

Despite these accomplishments, there are a number of challenges that the Journal will face as it moves forward. As I have written previously, there will be more competition from an increasing number of journals in the field, most of which are “fee to publish” open access publications.1,2 With the availability of the internet, scientific misconduct and plagiarism are becoming a greater issue.3 Despite the use of online tools and platforms, the ability to process and review submissions expeditiously remains a challenge.4 Most importantly, the landscape of medical publishing has been altered. Already, changes in advertisement policies and the availability of the internet have resulted in the proliferation of the “fee to publish” economic publication model and the imposition of a submission fee for our sister journal SLEEP. The challenge for the Journal will be to remain relevant in the face of not only the changes in the publication landscape, but also with the evolution in the practice of Sleep Medicine. I have no doubt that under the leadership of your new editor, Dr. Nancy Collop, the Journal will meet these challenges and more. Finally, it has been my distinct privilege to have been editor of the Academy's journal. The last 10 years are only the “end of the beginning,” and I feel confident that in the next 10 years, the Journal will reach new heights and continue to be the premier journal in clinical Sleep Medicine.


Quan SF. End of the beginning. J Clin Sleep Med 2014;10(12):1265.



Quan SF, author. The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine—a decade of progress: looking backward and forward. J Clin Sleep Med. 2014;10:5–6. [PubMed Central]


Quan SF, author. Another sleep journal? A reprise in 2014. J Clin Sleep Med. 2014;10:717.


Quan SF, author. The case of simultaneous submission: “flying too close to the sun.” J Clin Sleep Med. 2014;10:833. [PubMed]


Quan SF, author. Expediting peer review: just say no. J Clin Sleep Med. 2014;10:941. [PubMed]