Some Changes in Store for the Journal
I assumed responsibility as the editor-in-chief of the journal in July 2016. Since then, I have devoted a lot of effort to learning the management process. This includes reviewing each new submission, assigning articles to the associate editors (AEs), reviewing their decisions and the comments provided by peer reviewers, rendering final decisions, and choosing the content and sequence of articles for each issue. Occasionally, unexpected issues arise and I have been fortunate to be able to seek guidance from our founding editor-in-chief, David Gaba. With nearly 12 years of history with the journal, there are few issues he has not seen or handled before. He continues to be an invaluable resource (although I try not to call upon him too often). I have also benefitted tremendously from my team of AEs. They are a talented and dedicated group that works tirelessly to ensure the success of the journal. We communicate regularly, not only about individual manuscripts but also about how the journal can better serve the healthcare simulation community.
For the last few months, the editorial team and I have been discussing several changes that we believe will help the journal become more responsive to authors and our readers. Two of these changes affect the process of reviewing manuscripts, while the last one addresses the content that we publish.