Message From the Editor

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Dear Colleagues and Readers,
Innovations is proud to publish the abstract issue for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS). This issue contains the program and the abstracts that were presented at the 20th Annual Meeting in Rome, Italy, on June 7–10, 2017.
Our Journal has continued to grow along with our Society. We had a record number of manuscripts submitted and pages published last year. These achievements reflect the hard work of many of our members who have contributed content for publication and offered their time generously to review articles. It cannot be emphasized enough how important the enthusiastic participation of ISMICS members and meeting participants are to the success of Innovations.
Our Annual Meeting provided a wealth of exciting information to the attendees. The quality of the abstracts was extremely high this year. The presentations gave a broad overview of recent developments in our field. I hope that the authors and the presenters will strongly consider sending their work to Innovations if they have not already done so. The submission can take the form of an original article, case report, video presentation, how-to-do-it article, or review article. All manuscripts will have a rapid and fair review process. Most of our articles are published within 6 months of submission and are then readily accessible on MEDLINE.
This year, ISMICS will again be presenting cash awards for the best manuscripts submitted from papers selected for presentation. Two awards will be given in 2017: $2000 to the winner of the Best Manuscript submitted before or during the Annual Meeting and $1000 to the winner of the Best Manuscript submitted within 60 days after the Annual Meeting.
I will be happy to speak with any of you to discuss your submission or about any suggestions you might have for improvements to our Journal. Our managing editor, Carol Blasberg, also will be happy to answer any inquiries. There are many opportunities to contribute for both members and nonmembers alike. To submit your work, the link to Editorial Manager, the online submission, and review system can be found at I also urge you to bookmark our Journal website
Many thanks for your support of Innovations.
Sincerely yours,
Ralph J.

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