JVIR Celebrates 25 Years of Innovation.
Part 4: 2006–2010 Tony P. Smith, MD
In January 2006, the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (JVIR) introduced its fourth Editor, Albert A. Nemcek, Jr, MD (Figs 1, 2). In his ﬁrst editorial, titled “A New Helmsman” (1), he wrote: I see my job as editor of JVIR in terms of a number of key responsibilities. Most important is the need to provide journal subscribers a high-quality, timely, and rigorously reviewed collection of original scientiﬁc papers, communications, and editorials appropriate to the practice of evidence-based interventional radiology… I am also excited about the role of JVIR as an educational tool. I believe this role will become even more important as practitioners are required to address continuing educational needs and lifelong learning in the Maintenance of Certiﬁcation process now being developed by the American Board of Radiology and other medical specialty boards. A new cover was introduced for the January 2006 issue (Fig 3). After 4 years of effort, the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Guidelines for the Management of Patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease (2) was published in JVIR in September 2006. Two authors of that multiauthored publication, David Sacks, MD, and Ziv J Haskal, MD, future editor of JVIR, published a companion commentary in the September issue titled “Peripheral Arterial Disease Practice Guidelines and Sausage.” This is how the authors described their experience of creating these consensus guidelines: “One may not want to observe how laws or sausage (or multispecialty guidelines) are made, but the end product may be good” (3). The Education in Interventional Radiology supplement was published in November 2006 with Guest Editor Robert K. Ryu, MD. The topic was the changing face of radiology education, including maintenance of certiﬁcation, primary certiﬁcate in vascular and interventional From the Division of Peripheral and Neurological Interventional Radiology, Department of Radiology, Duke University Medical Center, Erwin Road, Room 1502, Box 3808, Durham, NC 27710. Received August 6, 2015; ﬁnal revision received and accepted August 8, 2015. Address correspondence to T.P.S.; E-mail: [email protected]
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Figure 1. Albert A. Nemcek, Jr, MD, fourth Editor of JVIR, January 2006 to December 2010.
radiology (IR), and an interesting account of an audit from the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), titled “The ACGME Audit of the IR Fellowship Program: Surviving an Attack of Bureaucracy,” by David W. Hunter, MD, from the University of Minnesota (4). With the January 2007 issue, Elsevier became JVIR’s third publisher, and that relationship is still ongoing. David C. Madoff, MD, was announced as Deputy Editor in the October 2007 issue. In that same issue, continuing medical education (CME) test questions for selected JVIR articles debuted as a monthly feature, and more than 8,000 CME examinations were taken during Dr. Nemcek’s term as Editor.
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Figure 2. The ﬁrst four editors of JVIR, from left to right: Karim Valji, MD, 2001–2005; Albert A. Nemcek, Jr, MD, 2006–2010; Gary J. Becker, MD, 1990–1995; and Daniel Picus, MD, 1995–2000.
In 2008, the new IR Safety Rounds section debuted in the January issue as a regular feature. In keeping with the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR)’s strategic direction, Dr. Nemcek unveiled reorganization of the JVIR Editorial Board along subspecialty lines in his second editorial, which appeared in the January 2008 issue. Dr. Nemcek also made a plea that fellowship programs consider a reviewer “mentoring” program for trainees interested in learning about, and becoming involved in, manuscript review. Also in 2008, the tradition of moving the editorial ofﬁces to the Editor’s location ended, and JVIR’s editorial ofﬁce was moved to its permanent location at SIR headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia. In the January 2009 issue, JVIR nicely commemorated 20 years of publication with an editorial titled “JVIR turns 20!” The SIR 2009 Standards Division Guidelines Supplement, edited by John F. Cardella, MD, was published in July 2009 and included qualityimprovement guidelines, safety guidelines, consensus documents, credentialing statements, policy and position statements, technology assessment documents, and emerging technologies. JVIR endorsed the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) Statement, which was developed with the goal of improving the quality of published reports of randomized clinical trials. A lead article by James B. Spies, MD, in the October 2009 issue and an accompanying editorial by Dr. Nemcek laid out the history and principles of the CONSORT criteria, which were developed in the early 1990s. These criteria are now required to be met before publication of prospective studies in JVIR. Clinical practice articles were introduced in February 2010. These articles focus on nonprocedural management of medical problems frequently encountered in the
IR patient population. In 2010, the Global Statement Deﬁning Interventional Radiology was published, and the Fellow Reviewer Program was created, extending reviewer positions to fellows in training and encouraging mentors. An August 2010 supplement, Thermal Ablation 2010: At the Crossroads of Past Success, Current Goals, and Future Technology, was published under the editorship of Daniel B. Brown, MD. This supplement consists of exceptional review articles concerning important and timely topics in the growing area of interventional oncology. JVIR continued to publish important clinical and laboratory studies during Dr. Nemcek’s term. Topics were always timely, such as the practice of interventional oncology, but also widely varied, even including publications on scientiﬁc publication and presentation such as “Outcomes of Rejected JVIR Manuscripts” in November 2008 (5), “The Quality of Interventional Radiology Literature: A Review of Articles Published in JVIR and [Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology]” in October 2009 (6), and “The Rise and Fall of Arterial Interventions: Presentations at the [SIR] Annual Scientiﬁc Meeting” in November 2010 (7). JVIR accelerated its migration into the electronic age during the 2006–2010 interval. Dating back to the ﬁrst ofﬁcial issue in 1990, JVIR’s complete full-text archives became available online in August 2008. The JVIR International Afﬁliate Program was launched in 2009 to provide online-only subscriptions to international readers. The Articles in Press feature, with articles published online ahead of print, was implemented in 2010. Ziv J Haskal, MD, JVIR’s ﬁfth Editor, penned in the January 2011 issue: “It is hard to convey to non-editors the scale of work that this JVIR Editor [Dr. Nemcek]
Figure 3. JVIR cover, January 2006.
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shouldered. During his tenure, Al has handled approximately 4,000 submissions. Al’s contributions to the Journal have been tremendous, and on behalf of myself and the interventional community of the world, I would like to thank him for his incredible knowledge of the ﬁeld, leadership, vision, and dedication” (8).
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3. Sacks D, Haskal ZJ. Peripheral arterial disease practice guidelines and sausage. J Vasc Interv Radiol 2006; 17:1379–1381. 4. Hunter DW. The ACGME: audit of the IR fellowship program: “surviving an attack of bureaucracy”. J Vasc Interv Radiol 2006; 17: S141–S154. 5. Silberzweig JE, Khorsandi AS. Outcomes of rejected journal of vascular and interventional radiology manuscripts. J Vasc Interv Radiol 2008; 19: 1620–1623. 6. Meyer M, Nsouli-Maktabi H, Spies JB. Quality of interventional radiology literature: a review of articles published in JVIR and CVIR. J Vasc Interv Radiol 2009; 20:1271–1276. 7. Riguetti C, Uﬂacker A, Hannegan C, Uﬂacker R. The rise and fall of arterial interventions: presentations at the society of interventional radiology annual scientiﬁc meeting. J Vasc Interv Radiol 2010; 21: 1657–1662. 8. Haskal ZJ, Albert A. Nemcek, Jr., MD, JVIR Editor. J Vasc Interv Radiol 2011; 22:1–2. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jvir.2010.07.020.