We all know how vital REM sleep is for memory consolidation and learning. For the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, we are adding REM to our repertoire as well. A new section, entitled “REM: A Publication for Residents and Fellows,” will be released this year in Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. This section will feature manuscripts and images in sleep medicine, submitted by physicians in training. Like our sleep, these young doctors are cycling through their training and hopefully will cycle into REM!
The reason for this is to align the journal with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine's strategic plan to promote the field of sleep medicine to physicians in training. Additionally, REM provides an opportunity for trainees to contribute to the sleep medicine literature. This section will be run by an editorial board of physicians who are currently sleep fellows or about to be in fellowship with the guidance of two of Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine's associate editors: Madeleine Grigg-Damberger and Cathy Goldstein. The REM editors were chosen from a broad pool of applicants based on their personal statements and CVs. The REM Editor-in-Chief is Jennifer L. Marsella, MD from the University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York. Her editorial staff include Anuja Bandyopadhyay, MBBS from Indiana University Health Sleep Medicine Center, Indianapolis, Indiana; Anand Bhat, MD, FACP from the University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, Kansas; Ilia Kritikou, MD from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Vaishnavi Kundel, MD from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York. In addition, all of the applicants for these positions were added on as reviewers for the new section.
The REM section is targeted for manuscripts of high relevance to providers in training. We are starting out by soliciting the following types of manuscripts: Board Review; Perspective; Shift Work; Media Review; Images in Sleep Medicine; and Letters to the Editor. The information for authors is available on the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine website and the articles will range from 500 to 1,250 words. The process is similar to any other manuscript sent to the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine and includes a review by the journal's staff to make sure the essential elements are present. The manuscript will then be sent to the REM editorial board who will assign reviewers from the pool. Once reviews are obtained, the REM editor will make a recommendation to one of the REM coordinating Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine Associate Editors who will then recommend a decision to me, the Editor-in-Chief.
Sleep medicine has a bright future, and the new REM section will help turn the dreams of aspiring sleep medicine clinicians and researchers into a reality.
Collop NA. A new stage for the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: REM. J Clin Sleep Med. 2018;14(1):5.