As this year draws to a close, it seems an appropriate time to reflect on the progress of Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review during 2014.
An increased issue frequency compared with previous years has meant a rise in the number of manuscripts published, from 11 in 2012, to 23 in 2013, and rising to 32 in 2014.
All of the review articles that have appeared in the journal have passed through at least one round of double-blind peer review, with the average time from initial submission to first decision of 26 days. Most papers then undergo minor or major revision and at least one further round of peer review (just four papers were accepted without revision). I then conduct a final review of all papers myself before their final acceptance and publication. The average time from submission to acceptance of published papers in 2014 has been 10 weeks. The support of the journal’s peer review board and members of the wider cardiology community who have been called on to review papers in their specialist areas, and the authors who have worked with them to develop and refine their papers, have been integral to the success of the peer-review process.
Three issues of Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review are planned next year – to be published in April, August and November 2015. We hope to publish an increasing number of articles online first, to create a steady flow of new, relevant content to the journal’s website, www.aerjournal.com.
Thank you for your contribution as readers, reviewers and authors, which has been essential to the success of the journal in 2014. We look forward to your continuing support over the coming year.