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New year resolutions
  1. Andrew Bush1,
  2. Ian Pavord2
  1. 1Imperial College and Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2Glenfield Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Andrew Bush, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, London, UK; a.bush{at}

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We have deliberately not published these in January, so they will be intact beyond the first week of the New Year. This is in essence a six month report of where we are, and where we hope to go. It is also a formal invitation to the readership to be pro-active with suggestions for improvement.

The Journal

We received 1839 submissions in 2010. Outright rejections were 41% and eventual acceptance rate was 16%. Time from submission to first decision was 26 days (54 days for reviewed papers). We received submissions from all round the world, reflecting our International standing, and the main areas were UK 27%, USA 10%, Italy 6%, Netherlands 5%, China 5% and Japan 4%. We are particularly grateful to the Associate and Deputy Editors and the reviewers, without whom the Journal would not function. A particular thanks to our statistical team, Drs Gibson, McKeever and Tata from Nottingham. They have provided superb and prompt reviews, and majorly contributed to keeping the manuscript quality high. Thanks also to Dr Jenny Quint who has done such an excellent job with ‘lung alerts’ and Mark FitzGerald who has kept the flow of fascinating Images, Case reports and Pulmonary puzzles going. We have appointed an entirely new Editorial Board and have had two excellent editorial meetings in Barcelona, with lots of energy and ideas. We want to take these forward in 2011. Our aim is to keep getting the content right, and see that reflected in a rising impact factor. We are also grateful to our Journal support staff, in particular Claire …

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