Recent Changes in the Form and Substance of CHEST
Richard S. Irwin, MD, FCCP
Editor in Chief, CHEST
Professor of Medicine and Chief, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, U Mass Medical School / U Mass Memorial Health Care, Worcester, USA
The recent changes in the form and substance of CHEST evolved from a systematic process that began with the change in editorial stewardship on July 1, 2005 and a commitment on the part of the new steward to: improve the quality of research and scholarly works and educational offerings published in CHEST that will advance our field while preserving what the readers of CHEST expect and need. CHEST is above all else an interdisciplinary clinical journal with a very important educational mission. The evolutional process included focused conversations with many, surveys of our readership, and a strategic planning meeting with a newly established interdisciplinary, multinational, advisory group of Associate Editors. From this, decisions were made to 1) more sharply focus the content of cardiovascular subject matter to cardiovascular relationships as they relate to pulmonary, critical care, and sleep; 2) have CHEST become more reflective of contemporary societal issues and the practice of medicine; 3) enhance the subject matter published in print and online to make CHEST easier and faster to read and access; 4) revise the blueprint of CHEST; 5) publish as quickly as possible the large backlog of accepted manuscripts; and 6) appoint an outstanding Editorial Board with superior credentials and reviewing skills, and well defined reviewing expectations and responsibilities. Strategically, the January 2006 issue of CHEST had a new cover that heralded that changes have taken place in the editorial content and format of what will be published in the pages of the Journal as the new era begins in its 71 year history. The cover was designed to reflect the changes that will occur. While the new design of the cover appears fresher and more modern, it has not lost the identity of its heritage. Nor has the new blueprint shown in the accompanying Table.

Table. The New Table of Contents for CHEST
・ Editorials
・ Original Research
・ Recent Advances in Chest Medicine
・ Translating Basic Research into Clinical Practice
・ Special Features
・ Global Medicine
・ Medical Ethics
・ Topics in Practice Management
・ Selected Reports
・ Postgraduate Education Corner
   * Contemporary Reviews in Sleep Medicine
   * Contemporary Reviews in Critical Care Medicine
   * Chest Imaging and Pathology for Clinicians
   * Pulmonary and Critical Care Pearls
   * Case Records from the University of Colorado
   * Medical Writing Tips of the Month
・ Correspondence