European Stroke Journal announcement to ESO members

Dear Colleague,

Along with holding our first ESO conference in 2015, one of our major objectives was to create our own journal with the aim that it opens its pages in early 2016. I am delighted to announce that we have moved several steps closer to this target. Following an intensive period of negotiation, on the one hand, and review of a wonderfully strong field of applicants on the other hand, recent days have seen us sign a deal with a publisher and select our most senior editors to lead the formation of the new European Stroke Journal (ESJ).

Our publisher will be the respected UK based firm, SAGE. SAGE publishes a series of medical and scientific journals, is known for its ethical approach and was recently also chosen by our colleagues in the WSO to become the new publisher for International Journal of Stroke, with which we intend to have a friendly and co-operative rivalry.

Our new Editor in Chief will be Bo Norrving, from Lund in Sweden. Bo has impeccable credentials for this role. He is a former President of the World Stroke Organisation and has represented stroke at the World Health Organisation. He has been senior consulting editor for Stroke. He brings vast experience and huge commitment to stroke, to Europe and to the task before him. He will handle the political, ethical, scientific and practical aspects with assurance and diplomacy, and will draw huge credit to ESO and ESJ in the process.

We are equally delighted that Bo will not face this task alone. He will be supported by a vice editor who can claim similar distinction. Didier Leys from Lille in France has expressed his enthusiasm to work alongside Bo in building this exciting new venture for ESO. As well as editorial duties at JNNP for 7 years, Didier also has strong political credentials: he was President of ESO from 2010-2012, and served on the Executive Committee that took the tough decision to establish our independent conference.

We believe that we have a partnership that has the very best people and publisher available and I am sure that you will join in welcoming SAGE and congratulating Bo and Didier in their new roles. We also are confident that all of our fellows and members will do their utmost in practical ways to support the journal. We ask every fellow and member to consider to send just one of their best manuscripts to ESJ over the next year – one that you know is worthy of the top journals in our field – so that we can hit the ground running with a strong flow of first rate papers. Giving one great paper to a new journal will have a negligible effect on your personal publication ranking but will have a major effect on the journal’s chance of a rapid and notable rise into citation territory. It represents a small, inexpensive but tangible way of demonstrating support for ESO and for European stroke science. For the first two years (at least) there will be a prize for the unsolicited paper that attracts the highest number of citations in the 12 months from its first publication in ESJ.

With best regards

Ken Lees

Kennedy Lees

Bo Norrving Bo Norrving
Bo Norrving is Professor in Neurology at Lund University, Sweden. He has broad experience in stroke, from clinical research (including many seminar papers and books), publishing (associate/senior consulting editor positions for Stroke and Neuroepidemiology), stroke society leadership (past vice President of the ESO, immediate-past President of the World Stroke Organization), to governmental/ policy positions. The latter include acting as chair of stroke section for ICD 11 at WHO, the WSO Global Policy committee, the Swedish Stroke Register (Riksstroke), and co-chair of the WSO Guidelines and Quality Committee.
Didier Leys Didier Leys
Didier is Professor of Neurology at the University of Lille, and a former President of the European Stroke Organisation. He has a long history of collaboration in the stroke field within Europe, especially with Finland, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Didier’s research activity has 3 main orientations: the relationship between stroke and dementia, mechanisms of cervical artery-dissection, and thrombolysis in acute cerebral ischaemia. He has authored 466 publications attracting 15,541 external citations. His served for 7 years as associate Editor of the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry (April 2004-March 2010), and has been editorial board member and reviewer for several other journals.

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