Sleep Health 2 (2016) 185
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Growth, feedback, and change Sleep Health continues to grow, receiving dozens of submissions of original research about population sleep. Thus far, we have received over 168 submitted articles for publication, with an accept rate of approximately 50%. We have expanded our interactive features to include the options of Audioslides, a way for authors to brieﬂy convey their results to a broad audience, and Continuing Medical Education credits. Our roster of Associate Editors has also expanded: I am excited to welcome Drs Reut Gruber and Wendy Troxel, both of whom bring excellence and expertise to our ranks. The articles and cover art published in our recent issues have generated feedback from our readership. The March 2016 issue featured a painting (Mother) by Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (1863–1923) depicting a mother sleeping with her newborn in bed.1 The Journal received two letters arguing that this image sends unsafe messages about newborn sleeping. In the interest of encouraging dialogue on this topic, we have published these Letters in this issue. 2,3 Other readers expressed concern about Dr Matthew WolfMeyer's commentary 4 regarding research on the sleep of three preindustrial societies by Yetish et al. 5 As the Editor who approved the commentary, I apologize for failing to seek clariﬁcation on potentially inﬂammatory language. In addition, I regret that I did not invite the authors of the original article to review the commentary before its publication and to respond in the same issue if they so desired. Moving forward, the Associate Editors and I have implemented procedural changes regarding such commentaries. First, any letter or commentary that touches on a potentially controversial topic will be reviewed by all Associate Editors. Second, if a letter or commentary directly critiques another's work, we will invite those whose work is addressed to respond in the same issue that contains the critique. These changes will increase not only the richness of our Journal's content but also promote a balance of different points of view. In an interdisciplinary community of scientists, there is seldom singularity in the interpretation of the scientiﬁc ﬁndings, especially on a topic as culturally contextual as sleep health. We invite you to express your views in order to enrich Sleep Health's development into a forum for dialogue about population sleep health issues.
In this issue, we have divided the original research into 3 sections: Child and Adolescent Sleep Health; Post-Partum and Infant Sleep Health; and Sleep Health and Insomnia Patterns among Adults. Thank you again for your support of Sleep Health.
Disclosure Dr. Hale has received or is currently receiving research grant support from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development; the National Institute of Aging; the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. She has served as a consultant to the BoomShop and a project funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the National Sleep Foundation and receives an honorarium from the National Sleep Foundation for her role as editor of this Journal.
Lauren Hale, PhD Editor-in-Chief Sleep Health E-mail address: [email protected]
References 1. Nieto FJ. Sorolla captures the sleep of a mother and her newborn child. Sleep Health. 2016;2(1):1. 2. Horne RSC, Hauck FR. Sleep safe, my baby: letter to the editor. Sleep Health. 2016; 2(3):193. 3. McDonald EM, Neelson SB, Gielen AC. Life shouldn't imitate art: infants need healthy and safe sleep environments: letter to the editor. Sleep Health. 2016;2(3):192. 4. Wolf-Meyer M. Can we ever know the sleep of our ancestors? Sleep Health. 2016; 2(1):4–5. 5. Yetish G, Kaplan H, Gurven M, Wood B, Pontzer H, Manger PR, Wilson C, McGregor R, Siegel JM. Natural sleep and its seasonal variations in three pre-industrial societies. Curr Biol. 2015;25(21):2862–2868.
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