JTH Editors: Love Thy Neighbors
Friday, March 6, 2015
Posted by: Frits Rosendaal and Pieter Reitsma
This article was published in the March issue of the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, the official journal of the ISTH.
"The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people." - G. K. Chesterton, 1874–1936
There are quite a few journals that publish research in the field of thrombosis and hemostasis, or that are even more specialized by covering either bleeding, thrombosis, or blood platelets. Research studies in the field are not only published by these journals, but may also appear in those covering all of hematology, general medicine, or biochemistry, and the very best may even appear in general science journals. We therefore have to face the truth that not all new findings in thrombosis and hemostasis appear in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, and that worthwhile, interesting and sometimes even exciting articles appear in specialized sister journals and more general periodicals.
It is natural to view other journals in the field as competitors, and of course, in some sense, journals do compete for the best articles from a large pool of manuscripts in order to strengthen their reputation and impact. Science in general has been described as a field of tough but collegial competition, although we realize that the balance between collegiality and competition may vary between fields, places, and people. What is meant by collegial competition is that, on the one hand, researchers compete for research grants and publication in the best journals, while on the other hand, they work together by sharing early results at national and international meetings, by making unique reagents available, or by participating in multicenter studies. There is little doubt that it is not just competition that drives quality, but also, and probably even more so, the collegial spirit of collaboration and open exchange of ideas.
The journals that are active in the field of thrombosis proved that there is indeed collegiality when the article on the burden of venous thrombosis was published early in October 2014 in five journals simultaneously, as a kick-off for the first World Thrombosis Day.
So, rather than liken the relationship between these journals to that of siblings, perhaps it is better compared to that which exists between neighbors: on the one hand, good neighborship is considered to be important, and more significant than relations with faraway brothers; but on the other hand, we do not wish the neighbors to have a car that is larger and more shiny than ours. So, we wish our neighbors all the best, while keeping an eye on them.
In this spirit, we have introduced a new item in this issue of the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, named ‘What the Neighbors Say’. Under this heading, we will inform the readership about recent publications in the field of thrombosis and hemostasis that we feel describe findings that you may need to hear about but have not yet seen, owing to the multitude of studies and journals. These selected world headlines in the field of thrombosis and hemostasis, of course, represent the highly subjective judgement of the editors in chief on what is important, and they share them with a touch of envy that they were published by the neighbors.
Read "What the Neighbors Say" in the latest issue of JTH.