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- Spencer B. King III, MD, MACC, Editor-in-Chief, JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions∗ ()
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Dr. Spencer B. King III, Saint Joseph’s Heart and Vascular Institute, 5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30342.
Knowing Bob Hope’s ending song and the old Japanese habit of piping out “Auld Lang Syne” when it is closing time dates me, but as I prepare to complete my term as editor-in-chief of JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions, these thoughts come to mind. A few issues ago I wrote an open letter to my successor, not knowing who it would be. Now we know and the announcement that it would be David Moliterno was a very pleasant sound to my ears. More introduction of David will follow in a subsequent Editor’s Page, but his selection is a sign that the change of administration will be accomplished smoothly and without any conflicted emotions. (Perhaps unique this year.) What I want to do with this space is to thank those who made JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions work these past 10 years.
From the first days, Elizabeth Wilson, who, among her many valuable roles at the ACC, was head of publishing, gently guided me through the process of starting a new journal. Tony DeMaria was my mentor (in public I call him my father), and the expert executive editors, Glenn Collins and Justin Byrne in the San Diego JACC headquarters office, made the machine work. I was fortunate enough to have everyone I asked to serve as associate editor agree and jump in. From my first deputy, Walter Mashman, to David Holmes, David Williams, Anna Kalynych, and Ulrich Sigwart, all of whom have served admirably, to the current associate editors, this most demanding and I hope rewarding job could not have been executed with more care and, thankfully, without mutiny. The associate editors’ job is the most important ingredient in making a journal successful. It is their guidance that provides selection of the best papers among many worthy contributions. With the acceptance rate below 10%, this is a daunting job. Their selection of expert reviewers and the recommendations they make to the editorial group usually carry the day. The value of the unselfish contribution of the more than 1,000 reviewers who have carefully evaluated and provided their advice to the associate editors cannot be overestimated. The contribution of hours, in some cases weeks and months of time to this process by you reviewers continues to impress and amaze me. I have followed the previous tradition of JACC by shielding the associate editors from having to take credit for rejected papers. Like Tony DeMaria always said and I joked—the associate editor is responsible for your rejection letter, whereas the editor-in-chief takes credit for your acceptance. Who are the current associate editors, these unsung heroes of the review process? You know them from the index page of the journal and, as they also finish their term, I want to thank them for the tremendous job they have done. That is why they get the big bucks! (They wish!) Habib Samady (Deputy Editor), John Douglas, Vasilis Babaliaros, Michael McDaniel, and Kreton Mavromatis are the Emory-based associate editors. Chris White of Ochsner Health System, Skip Anderson of the University of Texas (Houston), Steve Ellis of the Cleveland Clinic, David Moliterno of the University of Kentucky, John Webb of the University of Vancouver, Seung-Jung Park of the University of Ulsan College of Medicine in Seoul, Korea, and Stephan Windecker of University Hospital Bern in Switzerland round out this dream team. I cannot thank them enough for what they have done for the journal and for interventional cardiology, but I will attempt to in the months ahead.
The other critical component of success for the journal is the group of professionals who guide every aspect of the publication, the staff at Heart House. The vice president for publishing, Kim Murphy, Meredith Hurt, executive managing editor for the JACC journals, and Robbyn Schuchart, managing editor for JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions make this thing work. Robbyn is my most active e-mail address next to my exceptional executive assistant, Jill Franklin, who is also completing her term with me on this fantastic voyage. We have said it many times but the JACC journals are a family, and I owe much to Valentin Fuster who has made JACC even greater and has been most collaborative with the sister journals such as ours. Justine Turco, editorial director of JACC, enables smooth cooperation on consideration of papers originally submitted to JACC but of primary interest to interventional readers. I owe a special debt of gratitude to Eugene Braunwald who was chair of the publications committee 10 years ago. Without his confidence I would not have had the honor of serving in this position. Finally, to my wife Gail who has tolerated (no, really supported) my frequent distractions to work on the journal during holidays and family vacations.
I must confess that when I read the official ACC announcement that the new editor had been selected and that I was retiring from the journal some pangs of regret began to well up in me. I have been president of a number of organizations but “editor-in-chief” sounds much more primitive and muscular. This sense of loss, however, was short-lived as I anticipate increased freedom to engage in other activities that I hope will be constructive. To quote from George Washington’s farewell address (also retiring after a second term), “I anticipate with pleasing expectation that retreat in which I promise myself to realize without alloy the sweet enjoyment of partaking in the midst of my fellow-citizens the benign influence of good laws under a free government” (1). This, indeed, is my wish for all of us. And, for all of you who made these 10 years so great, “thanks for the memories.”
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