In the words of the great philosopher, Dr. Seuss:
“How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”1
It is hard to believe that my first year as editor is already over! It has been a valuable learning experience and I am very excited about the growth of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine (JCSM) this year. We are getting both more, and, higher quality manuscripts. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has developed and the JCSM has published a number of important guidelines this year including the quality measures,2–6 a consensus statement on the recommended amount of sleep for adults,7 a position paper on telemedicine,8 the clinical guidelines for circadian rhythm disorders9 and the clinical practice guideline for treatment of sleep apnea with oral appliances.10
We are looking forward to more of those guiding manuscripts this year from the AASM including: Pharmacological Treatments for Primary Insomnia in Adults; Diagnostic Testing for Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults; and PAP Therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
In addition, the journal is also branching out into some new areas. Are you a “tekkie,” a coding guru, or do you practice sleep medicine in a land far away? Then we may want you! We are looking for contributors to our new sections on Emerging Technologies, the Global Practice of Sleep Medicine and Understanding Durable Medical Equipment (DME) and Beyond. We are providing these new sections this year to enhance our value to the readership.
The guidelines for each section are available on the JCSM website (http://www.aasmnet.org/JCSM/Authors.aspx). All manuscripts should be 1,500–2,000 words in length (not including the abstract and references). For Emerging Technologies, figures are encouraged as well as evidence of efficacy. A gadget for any type of sleep disorder or sleep assessment will be considered. For the DME and Beyond section, in addition to the description of the policies or regulations themselves, we are asking the authors to provide a clinical example to make it more “real world” for the reader. And finally, for the Global Practice, we would like the authors to include information about the country's demographics, sleep medicine training, the practice of sleep medicine in the country, any barriers to that practice, and issues relating to cost and coverage of services. For questions, don't hesitate to contact the journal office or me. The manuscripts will be managed by the new section editors (DME – Dr. Rich Berry at the University of Florida; Technologies – Dr. Lee Brown at University of New Mexico; and Global Practice – Dr. Shirin Shafazand at the University of Miami).
The editors and staff hope you are continuing to enjoy and benefit from reading the JCSM as we strive to make it better each edition. Per Dr. Seuss, “Oh the things you can find, if you don't stay behind!”11
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Aurora RN, Collop NA, Jacobowitz O, Thomas SM, Quan SF, Aronsky AJ, authors. Quality measures for the care of adult patients with obstructive sleep apnea. J Clin Sleep Med. 2015;11:357–83. [PubMed Central][PubMed]
Kothare SV, Rosen CL, Lloyd RM, et al., authors. Quality measures for the care of pediatric patients with obstructive sleep apnea. J Clin Sleep Med. 2015;11:385–404. [PubMed Central][PubMed]
Trotti LM, Goldstein CA, Harrod CG, et al., authors. Quality measures for the care of adult patients with restless legs syndrome. J Clin Sleep Med. 2015;11:293–310. [PubMed Central][PubMed]
Edinger JD, Buysse DJ, Deriy L, et al., authors. Quality measures for the care of patients with insomnia. J Clin Sleep Med. 2015;11:311–34. [PubMed Central][PubMed]
Krahn LE, Hershner S, Loeding LD, et al., authors. Quality measures for the care of patients with narcolepsy. J Clin Sleep Med. 2015;11:335–55. [PubMed Central][PubMed]
Watson NF, Badr MS, Belenky G, et al., authors. Recommended amount of sleep for a healthy adult: a joint consensus statement of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society. J Clin Sleep Med. 2015;11:591–2. [PubMed Central][PubMed]
Singh J, Badr MS, Diebert W, et al., authors. American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) position paper for the use of telemedicine for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. J Clin Sleep Med. 2015;11:1187–98. [PubMed]
Auger RR, Burgess HJ, Emens JS, Deriy LV, Thomas SM, Sharkey KM, authors. Clinical practice guideline for the treatment of intrinsic circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders: advanced sleep-wake phase disorder (ASWPD), delayed sleep-wake phase disorder (DSWPD), non-24-hour sleepwake rhythm disorder (N24SWD), and irregular sleep-wake rhythm disorder (ISWRD). An update for 2015. J Clin Sleep Med. 2015;11:1199–236. [PubMed]
Ramar K, Dort LC, Katz SG, et al., authors. Clinical practice guideline for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and snoring with oral appliance therapy: an update for 2015. J Clin Sleep Med. 2015;11:773–827. [PubMed]
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