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ASIP Pathogenesis Blog, January 2016

President's Perspective. . The American Journal of Pathology
William B. Coleman, PhD, ASIP President

The mission of the American Society for Investigative Pathology is " promote the discovery, advancement, and dissemination of basic and translational knowledge in experimental pathology and related disciplines..." The dissemination of information related to scientific discovery is critical to the advancement of science. This was true in the early (pre-electronic) period of biomedical science and remains true today. The ASIP contributes to the dissemination of scientific discovery through "...meetings, publications, and educational activities..." This blog post will focus on the official journal of the ASIP - The American Journal of Pathology (AJP). The current Editor-in-Chief of the AJP is Dr. Kevin Roth, who traced the history of the AJP in his 2012 ASIP Centennial Editorial (K.A. Roth, 2012, Am. J. Pathol. 180:1337-1339; access the full text.The AJP was preceded by the Journal of the Boston Society of Medical Sciences (1896-1900) and The Journal of Medical Research (1901-1924). The journal became The American Journal of Pathology in 1925. For the interested reader, the complete archives of these journals dating to 1896 can be accessed from the AJP website. The AJP is the most-highly cited source for original research on cellular and molecular biology and mechanisms of disease. Published papers advance basic and translational knowledge of the pathogenesis, classification, diagnosis, and mechanisms of disease, without preference for a specific analytic method, but with high priority given to studies on human disease and relevant experimental models using cellular, molecular, animal, biological, chemical, and immunological approaches in conjunction with morphology. Given the wide scope of the AJP, papers are published that cover the major areas of interest to ASIP members, including cancer, inflammation, vascular biology, epithelial and mesenchymal biology, genetic disease, renal pathology, immunopathology, stem cells, neuropathology, animal models of disease, and numerous others.

While many ASIP members publish in the AJP, the majority of papers published in the journal originate from non-ASIP-member laboratories. This observation probably reflects the need or tendency for ASIP members to publish some of their work in subspecialty journals, but it may also reflect a failure of ASIP members to recognize the AJP as an outstanding vehicle for dissemination of basic science research related to the pathology, pathogenesis, and pathobiology of human disease. I encourage each ASIP member to give serious consideration to the AJP when submitting your next manuscript for publication. Here are a few statistics about the AJP that may be of interest: (i) the AJP is ranked among the top-ten pathology journals (2014 impact factor, 4.591; ranking ninth among pathology journals), (ii) the 5-year impact factor is 5.071 (based upon 2014 analysis), (iii) the 2014 Eigenfactor (which measures the importance of the journal to the scientific community) for AJP is 0.06689 (ranked first among pathology journals), and (iv) the 2014 h-index for the AJP is 217 (ranked first among pathology and forensic medicine journals). In addition, the AJP is the most-cited pathology journal (ranked first among pathology journals) with >39,000 citations annually.

What’s new at the AJP? The Editor-in-Chief, Senior Associate Editor, and the rest of the editorial leadership of the AJP (along with the ASIP leadership) continue to work hard to ensure that the journal publishes high-quality papers based upon original research, as well as invited reviews and mini-reviews, or collections of reviews, and commentaries on topics of interest to the readers. In addition, review papers based upon ASIP Award Lectures are published in the AJP . For ASIP members planning to submit manuscripts to the AJP in 2016, page charges have been reduced to $185 per page for Regular Members who are corresponding authors at the time of submission (compared to $195 per page for non-ASIP members), and there are no longer any fees for color figures or supplemental data. Color use should be limited to scientifically necessary usage (as well as schematic and model illustrations), with a preference for black/white/gray fill in bar graphs. These changes to the fee structure can result in savings of as much as $1000 for the typical AJP article, which is 12 pages in length. With regard to open access, the AJP is now offering the Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license, allowing users to access and share such articles easily via the license. The CC BY 4.0 license is available for authors whose funders require it.

I certainly hope that you have gained a better understanding of the importance and prestige of the AJP for our Society members and all of the Pathology community. I invite you submit your manuscripts - submission fees are waived for ASIP Regular and New Century Members who are corresponding authors at the time of submission. Join us in fulfilling ASIP’s mission to promote, advance, and disseminate knowledge in experimental pathology.


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