Dear Authors, Reviewers and Readers:
The boards of editors and editorial staff of the AGA journals — Gastroenterology, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology (CGH), Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology (CMGH), and Techniques and Innovations in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (TIGE) — sincerely hope that you and your families are safe and well during this unsettling time caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that in many cases time and resources are slim, as you balance your professional and personal lives. We also understand the need to move forward in conducting and publishing research in the field of digestive diseases.
Given that unpredictable clinical service and research laboratory closures are a reality for many of you, thus disrupting the ability to respond to reviewer comments for revised manuscripts, our editors will prioritize reviewer comments to limit the need for additional experiments or data. You may also wish to contact the journals’ editors to discuss which revisions can be achieved during the COVID-19 emergency.
We have already extended the typical timeframes for reviewers. However, if you require additional time to complete a review, or need to decline an assignment to which you have already committed, please contact the editorial staff for the respective journal.
The AGA journals are interested in expediting the evaluation of articles on COVID-19; for some high-impact articles that require minimal revision, the time from submission to acceptance has been within 48 hours, with online posting within approximately three business days. We look forward to working with authors on high-impact, novel research on the latest advances in this rapidly changing field.
We remain eternally grateful to the thousands of dedicated clinicians and researchers who remain engaged in their research and are completing reviews during this uncertain time. We applaud the members of the gastroenterology community who are on the frontlines of this pandemic serving the needs of patients. From all of us at AGA, thank you.
With warm wishes,
The Journals’ Editors-in-Chief and Editorial Staff