The great challenge
(Portuguese PDF version)

Winston Bonetti Yoshida *

* Editor-in-chief of the Jornal Vascular Brasileiro.

J Vasc Br 2005;4(1):1-3

Last Christmas' eve I was taken by surprise when I heard that the Editor-in-chief of the Jornal Vascular Brasileiro, Dr. Telmo Bonamigo, was resigning from his position. He considered his mission accomplished and was "passing the baton" to another colleague. I had the opportunity to get in touch with him and suggested that his decision to leave was, in my opinion, premature for several reasons: his management success in the implementation and initial development of our Society's journal; the competence which he had been showing for 3 years; because he had less than a year left to complete his management as an Editor-in-chief of the SBAVC; and, using another metaphor, if it is not broken, do not fix it. However, we understand his considerations on the burden represented by his dedication to this work, spending profitable hours of hard work, which were totally rewarded by the excellent results obtained, well known by all of us.

Soon after, the President of the SBACV, Dr. Liberato K. Moura, invited me to replace Dr. Bonamigo in this mission. I was honored for this invitation and accepted the challenge, but conscious of the need, and particularly of the difficulty to maintain the same quality standard of the work developed by the previous Editor. I thank my colleagues from the Board of the SBACV for the indication and trust placed in me for this honorable position.

As Dr. Bonamigo wrote in his editorial, the route to be followed was well established and the road well paved. In this sense there are still great goals to be achieved by the journal, namely, to be indexed in the SciELO (a process which has already been started) and in the Medline databases. After that a great effort will be required in order to give the journal a competitiveness level to mach foreign journals, with an attractive impact to attract more articles from our community and from other countries.

In order to do so, a certain regularity of article publications should be maintained, but without dismissing the scientific quality criteria of the publications, a work that should be done by our mostly qualified team of scientific reviewers. We must attract the journal particularly to several good quality works that are put aside in drawers after they are presented in Congresses. In this sense we must stimulate our authors by directly publishing selected or awarded works that are sent in the original version for evaluation of the Scientific Committee of our Congresses and pre-approval of publication merit of those that were also selected, but sent as abstracts. Our Associated Editors and Members of the Editorial Board should engage in an active search for other good works presented in National and International Congresses, as well as invite the authors to make a full version of the work to be published in our journal.

Thus, the requirements of this important position will basically be to keep the achieved standard and seek an attractive impact factor. I would like to count on Dr. Bonamigo's suggestions and experience, as well as on our Society's colleagues in order to always improve our journal. The time we have available until the end of this management is short if confronted to the great objectives to be achieved. Nevertheless, as the previous Editor-in-chief, I hope to pave another great part of this road, so that the task will be even softer for the following Editor.

At a time in which we are candidates for including our journal in the SciELO database, it is worth commenting on the importance of such initiative. SciELO was created in 1997 by BIREME and FAPESP to give more visibility to the scientific production in Latin America. It currently makes full articles available of at least 139 publications: 95 from Brazil, 34 from Chile, and 10 from Cuba.

The most important criteria for being included in the SciELO are: minimum number of 60 articles/year, periodicity, punctuality, quality, and impact factor. The number of articles must significantly increase, so that we can have some time left at the end of the process before each trimestral issue. We invite our colleagues at the SBACV to send their articles to J Vasc Br.

The quality of our articles is evaluated by our team of proof-readers, who have been doing a great work concerning suggestions and criteria, but still have to substantially reduce the time for this evaluation, so that we meet the other requirements.

Finally, there is the impact factor, which corresponds to the number of citations of works published in our journal by authors from this and other journals of SciELO and other indexers. Thus, the importance of J Vasc Br will depend a lot on the authors who publish on it, citing or referring the highest number of articles from J Vasc Br as possible. We must abandon the habit of only citing foreign authors, when there are excellent works published in our community. To do so, authors only have to perform a search on Lilacs and SciELO's databases ( and relate the articles found in their references. In this issue we prepared an index of authors and articles published by the J Vasc Br up to the present moment, as a way to make this task easier. We must give value to the competence of our group of authors by citing them.

In this phase of consolidation of debates and meditation on the journal's destiny, it is important to point out that its growth depends much more on positive actions by the members of the SBACV than by the editorial board or even the journal itself.

Thus, we invite everyone to send a higher number of articles, always improving their quality, and give value to these article by citing them on your publications.

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