2017 is an exciting year for the Psycho-oncology journal. It is the 25th anniversary for the journal which has come of age. As Editors, we want to express our gratitude to the many authors, reviewers and readers who have made it happen. Your continued support for Wiley and us has been unwavering and an important component in our success. To mark this occasion we want to give an update and tell you about some innovations.
CHALLENGES in PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY SERIES.
Beginning in 2017, invited Commentaries will be published to highlight new issues in oncology which have psychosocial and behavioral ramifications. Invited authors for each Commentary will include internationally known oncologists and psycho-oncologists. The first of the Series will be New Challenges in Precision Medicine in which communication is a major concern and delay in end of life discussions. Other New Challenges topics being considered are Challenges in Psycho-neuro-immunology Research in Cancer; in Survivorship; in Depression and Cancer Research. By introducing this series the aim is to make important links across the disciplines which emphasize the multi-disciplinary care concepts.
In 2016 we introduced a radical change to the editorial board structure. In order to engage junior and middle level investigators in the journal, earlier in their career, we established this Affiliate Board to bring in ideas from junior faculty. Affiliate Board Members and their countries of origin are:
Cris Decat Bergerot (Brazil), Pernille Envold Bidstrup (Denmark), Csaba Dégi (Romania), Jayita Deodhar (India), Wendy Lam (Hong Kong, China), Sokhna Ndiaye (Senegal), Ying Pang (China), Errol Philip (USA), Natalia Rivkina (Russia), Sigrun Vehling (Germany), Claire Wakefield (Australia), Katriina Whitaker (UK).
The senior Board has been reviewed and efforts made to diversify the international representation further with additional psycho-oncology professionals from Lower and Middle Income countries. More manuscripts are coming from these countries and we try to nurture scholarship there by encouraging and supporting young investigators. The growing strength of psycho-oncology in Asia is impressive and the number of board members from this area has been increased. For full details please see journal website [http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1099-1611/homepage/EditorialBoard.html].
REWARDING REVIEWERS: WILEY’S PARTNERSHIP WITH PUBLONS.
Wiley has partnered with Publons to give you official recognition for your contribution to peer review. Publons helps you to record, verify, and showcase your peer review contributions for use in promotion and funding applications. When you review for Psycho-Oncology, you can opt in to get credit on Publons. For further information on Wiley’s partnership with Publons, please visit https://publons.com/in/Wiley/
SPECIAL TOPIC ISSUES.
We welcome suggestions of topics for a Special Issue—an emerging topic that should be covered in more detail. A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER to both Boards is under consideration as a possible vehicle for greater and more rapid sharing of ideas and implementation of them.
The Editors welcome your thoughts about 2017 and gratefully thank you for your participation and support for the journal.
For further information and comments please contact the Editors by email.