Urgent Notice to Our Authors
Several times over the past four years, we have written about the increasingly difficult page constraints for the journal. Over these four years, the number of manuscripts submitted to Hypertension has doubled; yet the page allotment provided by the American Heart Association has remained stable. For this reason, there are only a limited number of devices that the Editor can offer on behalf of our authors to increase the number of papers published while keeping this page allotment stable. Clearly, our major option is to reduce the number of pages of each paper. We therefore make the following urgent suggestions to our authors. With your cooperation, we could increase the number of manuscripts published by 20 percent if we adhere to the following format and new editorial policy. 1. Henceforth, we reduce the maximum number of pages of each paper from 25 to 20 typescript pages (including tables, figures, and references). 2. We will not publish figures and tables if they duplicate one another. 3. Be fair in your selection of references by including only primary references; thereby, one may reduce the number of references by approximately 20 percent. If we follow the foregoing recommendations and policy, there is no reason why we cannot increase the number of papers published in Hypertension by 20 percent per year. It follows that we shall not be obliged to increase the number of rejections to more than 70 percent, a figure that we are approaching at the present time. Furthermore, to obviate major problems for our authors and the referees, we also recommend the following procedure for the “Methods” section: Please refer to a prior publication of yours if you will use a previously published “Materials and Methods” section. You may state, “In brief… ,” but please be very brief (five sentences or less). In lieu of an extensive rewriting of the methods, please include either three photocopies or three reprints of that prior publication including the “Materials and Methods” you will report. We will then transmit these copies to our referees who, in turn, will refer to this information. In this fashion, you will not have to repeat this material and will thus shorten your manuscript. We will send this notice to our referees so that they will clearly understand this new policy. We appreciate your cooperation and hope that in one year’s time we shall have increased the number of published papers by 20 percent.