A decade ago the American Academy of Sleep Medicine established the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine as a relevant and practical resource for sleep clinicians. The peer-reviewed journal quickly filled an important niche in the field by providing new research and a forum for timely debates and commentaries focused on applied sleep science and sleep medicine.

Since JCSM’s inception, Stuart Quan, MD, has been at the helm as Editor-in-Chief, ably guiding the founding and development of the publication.  Under his leadership, JCSM has grown and matured into an influential and widely respected monthly journal. According to both Thomson Reuters’s Web of Science and Google Scholar Metrics, the impact factor and h-5 index of JCSM rank third among all original sleep and circadian science journals.

We are indebted to Dr. Quan for the dedication and commitment to excellence that he has displayed while overseeing the official publication of the AASM. Although his work is not yet done, he is approaching the final year of his two-term tenure as Editor, which will conclude in December 2014.

The AASM now faces the challenge of selecting and appointing Dr. Quan’s successor as JCSM Editor. This is an important decision, as the new Editor will shape the future of the journal and direct the dissemination of novel science that will advance the sleep medicine field.

To ensure the implementation of a fair and transparent application and selection process, I have appointed a JCSM Editor Search Committee, which will be led by Chair Andy Chesson, MD. The committee will review all submitted applications, evaluate applicants and conduct candidate interviews before making a final recommendation to the Board of Directors. Complete details and application materials will be available in January when the AASM officially announces the open position.

I also want to thank JCSM Deputy Editor Dan Buysse, MD, the many AASM members who serve as an Associate Editor or member of the JCSM Editorial Board, and the production staff in the national office. Their hard work and attention to detail have played an important role in the journal’s success.

Your complimentary subscription to JCSM is one of the many benefits you receive as an AASM member, and the journal continues to offer something for everyone. I encourage you to browse the latest articles in the current issue or archives, earn continuing medical education (CME) credit online, subscribe to the Kindle Edition, or submit a paper by going to the JCSM website at www.aasm.org/jcsm.


M. Safwan Badr, MD