Message from JASE EIC Michael Picard, MD, FASE

A Note to the JASE Community

Dear JASE readers, reviewers, and authors,

I hope that you, your patients, colleagues, families, and neighbors are remaining well. It is gratifying to see the efforts of everyone working to fight this pandemic – there are so many different ways that people can and are contributing.

I am writing to let you know that JASE is committed to supporting all of your efforts. With the delays in communication that occur with disseminating information in a hard copy journal published once per month, it is difficult to publish the latest up-to-date information in our journal but we will do so on our website in coordination with ASE and its leadership. A link to the ASE statement on protection of patients and echocardiography service providers during this COVID-19 outbreak can be found on the JASE website. I also encourage you to view the recently conducted superb ASE webinar on preparedness for echo labs.

If you are a reviewer for our journal and need more time to complete your task or need to decline a review that you previously accepted, we can accommodate all requests, please just let our editorial office know. I understand that there are other important priorities confronting you right now.

I also understand that research efforts may be delayed. The Journal will be flexible regarding all matters related to the publication process. If authors need more time for submission of their revisions or the copy-edited page proofs please contact us.

To those of you who are quarantined, furloughed, or under a shelter-in-place order, I encourage you to remain connected to others. “Social distancing” does not mean that you should be “socially isolated.” The ASE and our JASE communities are dispersed around the world – I urge you to use technology to connect and practice “distant socializing.”

Lastly, I want to thank all members of the JASE team and employees of our publisher, Elsevier. All are working behind the scenes to keep the journal running while also balancing other important tasks.

I wish all of you the best and thank you for all of your efforts in fighting the pandemic.

Michael H. Picard MD, FASE
Editor in Chief, Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography

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