The Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (JVIR)—the monthly, peer-reviewed flagship publication of the Society of Interventional Radiology—announced several major changes for 2011—all directed at highlighting the global impact of this minimally invasive medical specialty and its lead journal.
JVIR, which has been published since 1989, focuses on critical and cutting-edge medical, minimally invasive, radiological, pathological and socioeconomic issues of importance to vascular and interventional radiologists.
“Changes have been made to further enhance the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology’s core strengths, particularly to streamline its editorial process. My target goal is 30 days for time to first decision for new manuscripts,” said new editor-in-chief Ziv J Haskal.
“JVIR is a vigorous engine for rapid peer review and delivery of the most novel and impactful, global, cutting-edge, basic science research, clinical reports and evidence-based medicine—JVIR aims to build on that legacy,” explained Haskal, who is also professor of radiology and surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and vice chair of strategic development and chief of vascular and interventional radiology, image-guided therapy and interventional oncology at the University of Maryland Medical Center, both in Baltimore, USA.
JVIR’s new look includes a cover design that incorporates the title’s bold new logo, contemporary graphics and abstract angiographic images, while changes to the publication’s text style, image treatments and layout combine to provide enhanced readability.
“At a time when there is a growing demand for high-quality, evidenced-based work, JVIR delivers,” said James F Benenati, president of the Society of Interventional Radiology, interventional radiologist and medical director for the Noninvasive Vascular Laboratory at Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute in Miami, USA. “As interventional radiology expands globally, the time is right for new initiatives that will leverage the tools, technology and experience of SIR members,” Benenati continued.
“The combined expertise of the newly reconfigured JVIR editorial board—a smaller group of renowned associate editors—including a new deputy editor Tony P Smith—will ensure uniformity, fairness and efficiency in manuscript handling, comments and revisions,” said Haskal. Smith is a professor of radiology and division chief of peripheral and neurological radiology at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, USA.
In keeping with JVIR’s vision for a stronger international focus, the new board includes interventional radiologists from the United States, Canada, India, Japan and Korea.