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Introducing the New AGA Journal: ‘Gastro Hep Advances’

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Gastro Hep Advances is a new, peer-reviewed journal to be published by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)! It aims to provide a broad-scope, online-only, open-access journal to present the latest basic, clinical, and translational gastroenterology and hepatology research findings. The first issue will appear in January 2022.

In addition to full-length original research articles, the journal will publish comprehensive reviews, commentaries, and editorials. The open-access model enables authors with funding mandates to have a high-quality home for their research.

Gastro Hep Advances will expand the AGA Journal family (Gastroenterology, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology (CGH), Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology (CMGH), and Techniques and Innovations in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy), providing a home for the exploding volume of biomedical data with an online forum and limitless possibilities.

Gastro Hep Advances will consider high-quality articles that cascade down from these journals and also encourages submission of manuscripts not submitted to the other AGA journals. Gastro Hep Advances is less concerned with novelty and subjective perceptions of significance—the aim is to publish technically, ethically, and scientifically sound research discoveries.

Gastro Hep Advances is published 6 times per year with the number of issues increasing over time. Shortly after articles are accepted, they will be posted to the Articles in Press page of the journal’s website and will ultimately be indexed in PubMed Central. Additionally, federally funded research will be deposited into PubMed Central, which satisfies the National Institutes of Health access policy. The journal’s website will support multimedia files and supplemental data including images and video and audio files. Gastro Hep Advances provides updates and commentary via Facebook, Twitter, and The AGA Journals Blog.

The editors in chief, Dr Vinod K Rustgi (Distinguished Professor of Medicine, GI Fellowship Program Director, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School) and Dr Shanthi Srinivasan (R. Bruce Logue Chair in Digestive Diseases, Professor of Medicine, Director, Division of Digestive Diseases Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine) would like to hear your thoughts and ideas for the journal—contact them at ghadvances@gastro.org.

Dr Srinivasan noted that the online venue allows rapid dissemination of novel and scientifically important research and expands the AGA offerings into topics not currently covered in depth, such as Artificial Intelligence and Bioinformatics.

Srinvasan says “we feel this is the perfect time for the launch of an online journal to serve gastroenterologists, hepatologists, pancreatologists, and endoscopists. The goal is to cover basic science, translational, clinical, population, and implementation research as well as educational and policy interests in the US and globally”.

Gastro Hep Advances also plans to explore issues of diversity, inclusion, health care disparity, and equity as well as provide a forum for discussion among contributors from government, administrators, payors, and patients.

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Dr. Kristine Novak

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Dr. Kristine Novak is a science writer and editor based in San Francisco. She has extensive experience covering gastroenterology, hepatology, immunology, oncology, clinical, and biotechnology research discoveries.

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