New faces, similar efficacy, growing ambitions
© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
Published: 18 January 2013
It is my pleasure to succeed to and to continue the work of Professor Ivo Brosens, who has been leading Gynecological Surgery in the last years. In the past, I had the privilege to work for him clinically and to collaborate with him scientifically. Now, I have accepted the challenge to follow in his footsteps and contribute to the house journal of a leading society in gynecological endoscopy. Ivo has upgraded the journal enormously. He stimulated the number of submissions, speeded up the review process, and increased the number of published papers and pages without compromising on its quality. He has pushed up the number of print subscriptions by 20 % in the last 2 years, and our journal enjoyed for the last 2 years over 21,000 full article downloads yearly. Editorial work by both Ivo Brosens and Nancy Habils, as his assistant, has been swift with a tremendous turnover for submissions, with a first decision at 20 days, and final decision at 30 days. With such a track record and key figures, the Editorial Board thanked but regretted to say Ivo Brosens goodbye at the successful ESGE meeting in Paris last June.
Summary format of submission types to the gynecologic surgery. Correspondence is still accepted
Title page, Abstract, Background, Method(s), Finding(s), Conclusion(s), max 50 references
Invited commentary on topics of current interest in gynecological surgery. Title, Abstract, Background, Method(s), Finding(s), Conclusion(s), 1 figure and 1 table, max 25 references, 2,500 words
Title, Abstract, Background, Method(s), Finding(s), Conclusion(s), Acknowledgements, and max 100 references
Techniques and instrumentation
Title, Abstract, Background, Method(s), Finding(s), Conclusion(s), max 25 references, max 2,500 words, max 4 authors
Title, no Abstract, Background knowledge (what is already known in max five lines), New Knowledge (what this report adds in max five lines), Finding(s), Conclusion(s), 1 figure with legend, max 7 references, 300 (image) to 500 words (case report), and max 4 authors
Further, the Associate Editors, and in the next years, Editorial Board members, will be personally responsible for generating high quality reviews and opinion articles on emerging techniques, which are of relevance to trainees as well as busy practitioners. It is their responsibility to the membership of this society. Academic board members will be prompted to submit also translational or basic research articles that are of relevance to gynecologic surgeons. We also need to expand our international coverage, and we will soon create an active international editorial board, making our journal of relevance to non-ESGE and overseas members as well. While we await inclusion, the Editorial Board will yearly grant eight papers, selected on their merits, an open access status worth $2,000. All these initiatives should make your submissions and subscription to Gynecological Surgery even more rewarding. I am looking forward therefore to your first submission for 2013!