Editorial| Volume 245, P228-229, February 2016

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A grateful look behind and a hopeful look ahead

      After eight years Professor Steve Humphries steps back as the Editor-in-Chief of Atherosclerosis. The European Atherosclerosis Society, the authors and the readers of Atherosclerosis are very much indebted to Steve Humphries as well as Dr. Sarah Leigh, who accompanied him all the way long as the Editorial Office Manager, for their compassion and hard work that they invested into our journal. Atherosclerosis receives 1500 newly submitted manuscripts per year, nearly 500 of which are going to be published. Under Steve's leadership Atherosclerosis has become a very well reputed journal. In a very recent survey conducted by Elsevier, Atherosclerosis was highly appreciated by its authors for the speed and quality of the review process and the subsequent publication of accepted manuscripts. In 2015, the average time from submission to first decision from acceptance to online publication takes 23 and 14 days, respectively. These numbers very well compare with those of other journals in the cardiovascular research field. The average time from first submission to publication was brought down from 35 weeks in 2011–25 weeks in 2015. The authors also acknowledge the high reputation, the quality of the Editor and Editorial Board and the final quality of Atherosclerosis as far beyond benchmark.
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