The Forest for the Trees
Paul Dirac, an English theoretical physicist who studied quantum mechanics and electrodynamics said “The measure of greatness in a scientific idea is the extent to which it stimulates thought and opens up new lines of research.”
This is a perfect time to reflect on the direction that SCA is heading with regard to research and publication. Our Society has a journal within Anesthesia & Analgesia, the official journal of the SCA where we engage our journal to publish reputable science, late-breaking trials, relevant clinical trials, educational reviews, novel cases, and clinical practice guidelines. The tenure of the recent editors of the cardiovascular section of Anesthesia & Analgesia has ended; we want to thank them deeply for their years of service spent cultivating the SCA “journal within a journal.” Thank you and congratulations to Dr. Chuck Hogue, associate editor-in-chief; Dr. Martin London, associate editor for Perioperative Echocardiography and Cardiovascular Education; and Dr. Jerrold Levy, past associate editor for the Hemostasis section.
In April 2016, the new editor-in-chief, Dr. Jean-Francois Pittet will officially begin his role. He states that he and his team “propose to make, from A&A, the destination journal of the anesthesia community. To achieve this goal, my vision is to develop a journal that is reader-centered and provides the best experience for authors throughout the review process, to publish the best possible articles in education and research, to improve mentoring of young anesthesiologists, to promote the role of anesthesiologists as perioperative physicians and to reach out to anesthesiologists and the general public in the western world and developing countries.”
For the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, a new team of cardiovascular editors has been appointed. As SCA president it is my distinct pleasure to congratulate them and to introduce them to our Society members. Here are a few brief comments and the visions shared with us from each of our new editors.
Associate Editor-in-Chief Dr. Scott Beattie: “I am honored and privileged as a member of the Society to accept the responsibilities as the incoming associate editor-in-chief (cardiovascular) for Anesthesia & Analgesia, the official journal of our society. The journal is the preeminent vehicle to advance the Mission of the Society in promoting excellence in patient care through education and cardiovascular thoracic perioperative research. I view this as a timely opportunity that sits at the intersection of teaching, clinical investigation, knowledge translation, and clinical care. Clinical investigation is, I believe, the life-blood of improvement for our specialty. Evidence-based medicine can only improve clinical outcomes if high-quality research is translated to clinical care. The editor must assume responsibility to facilitate timely and erudite presentation of these advancements. As the associate editor-in-chief I also embrace the global nature of our specialty and plan to be visible, approachable, and open to novel and exciting hypotheses. Please join me in facilitating the creation of a user-friendly, open collegial editorial process, which entices investigators to submit their work to the journal. This process will create added value for our members and investigators, new and old, and last but certainly not least……….our patients.”
Associate Editor for Perioperative Echocardiography and Cardiovascular Education Dr. Nikolaos Skubas: “As editor I plan to actively solicit the submission of research reports and authoritative reviews and editorials, streamline the reviewing process and maintain a respectful dialogue with the authors. In working with my colleagues, I expect to widen the focus of submissions to include vascular, thoracic, and intensive care topics that are of interest to the cardiovascular anesthesiologist. We will also enhance global appeal and explore new and creative avenues for presentation of published and web-based material. In doing so, we hope to enrich the pool of potential manuscript authors to include aspiring SCA members and international authors.”
Associate Editor for Hemostasis: Dr. Roman Sniecinski: “Deciding on appropriate transfusion of blood products, particularly those used to achieve hemostasis, remains one of the routine, yet demanding, aspects of caring for patients undergoing cardiovascular procedures. Novel anticoagulants, new testing devices, and an increasing number of quality metrics continue to challenge the busy clinician. It is my goal as section editor for Hemostasis to make Anesthesia & Analgesia a destination for high-quality clinical and translational research that can provide guidance in this field.“
To quote Stephen King: “When you write…you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest.” This is truly the job of our esteemed new SCA editors. In addition to sound science, reasonable methodology, and the above-mentioned eloquently-stated goals, they have to ensure that our journal publishes that which will serve SCA members best in providing excellence in patient care and outcomes. They have to see the forest for the trees.