Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 13: 891
Business, but not as usual F. JOHNSTONE, FOR THE EDITORIAL OFFICE Editorial Office, Aberdeen, UK
To cite this article: Johnstone F, for the Editorial Office. Business, but not as usual. J Thromb Haemost 2015; 13: 891.
‘In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun’ (from Mary Poppins, 1964) In our role as Editorial Assistants for the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, our working day is spent sequestered behind a computer screen, processing manuscripts from the initial submission stage through to editing the final versions, compiling the monthly issues, corresponding with authors, and everything else in between that ensures the efficient running of the journal. Therefore, it is quite a change of routine when, every summer, we are invited to participate in the annual, scientific ISTH meetings, which have seen us travel all over the world to promote the journal. Every second year, a large congress is held with a focus on educational meetings and presentations on the latest research; during the years in between, smaller SSC annual meetings take place, mainly concentrating on the evolving work in the scientific subcommittees. Each meeting is unique in terms of location and scale, but what is evident, and welcomed, is that every event organizer ensures that the participants experience the culture local to that city. For example, in Amsterdam you could meander by the canal that ran through the conference hall, while eating ‘stroopwafels’ and in Cairo, the Great Pyramids of Giza provided the backdrop to the Welcome Reception. Although Liverpool was simply a train journey away, it is a vibrant, cultured city, and it was quite a spectacle to witness scientists emulating Beatlemania while immersed in a local tribute band. And, of course, it is not every day that you can have your photograph taken alongside a Maiko (an apprentice Geisha) in Kyoto, or on a Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee while working. For the participants, these meetings are opportunities to engage with the global community of thrombosis and hemostasis, and it is no different for us; not only can we be more holistically involved in the field, but we can connect with those who collectively make the journal what it is, from our team of Associate Editors, to our publisher, to our colleagues at the ISTH, and, most importantly,
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to the readers and authors of the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, without whom there would be no journal. For the majority of the meetings, we can be found at the JTH booth, dispensing the latest copies of the journal and, in congress years, the State of the Art book (a collection of review articles written by speakers of the State of the Art lectures). This year, the State of the Art issue will be available in the more portable USB flash drive format so receivers need not fret about trying to squeeze the weighty volume in their luggage. It is refreshing to see readers so keen to get their copy, especially after the diligent efforts expended behind the scenes to get it assembled in such a short space of time. Usually, our work is faceless, so a particular highlight of tending the JTH booth is interacting personally with people with whom we correspond and being able to put faces to names. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet with potential new authors as we can advise them how best to prepare their manuscripts in accordance with our guidelines. When we are absent from our temporary workspace, and not sampling the local food on offer, we will be in editorial meetings, because the conferences allow us to convene with our Associate Editors and Methodological Reviewers, who have traveled from all parts of the globe to be in attendance. These meetings invoke lively discussions and generate new ideas, which are encouraged, as we are always striving for ways in which to improve the journal. Valuing the contributions of our team, we also appreciate being informed about any issues they may have so we can endeavor to rectify these, in an attempt to make their work with JTH as straightforward as possible. Although the annual meeting constitutes only a few days of our working year, it is a highly productive and enjoyable excerpt, and if you are making the trip to this year’s congress in Toronto, make sure to stop by the JTH booth for your State of the Art flash drive, information about the journal, or even a chat about the intricacies of maple syrup. But, if you are seeking permission for dual authorship or additional authors for your manuscript, we will politely refer you to the Editors in Chief.