One of the many outstanding benefits of being a member of our Society is access to our professional journal the International Journal of Gynecologic Cancer (IJGC) which is jointly published by IGCS and ESGO. IJGC has allowed us to build a collective knowledge base and play a vital role in the archive of knowledge, and in forming a comprehensive, up-to-date, authoritative body of information.
The journal has provided a unique repository for researchers and clinicians in the field of gynecologic oncology to submit and read information specific to our specialty. Because of the work of the editorial team, our peer review process serves as one of the most important mechanisms for validating the information contained in our journal and is the widely-accepted indicator of quality scholarship and expected standards of academic rigour. The Editorial Board has provided an extraordinary commitment to ensuring that the quality of the published papers is world standard. On your behalf, I thank them for their incredible work.
Recently our Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Uzi Beller made the decision to step down after more than ten years of service. Uzi’s ongoing aim has been to constantly improve the quality of the journal. He has demonstrated this by reducing the time to publication dramatically and by enhancing the quality of the finished product so that there is an annual improvement in the Impact Factor, which is the main objective measure of overall excellence . We owe Uzi and his editorial team a great deal of gratitude and praise for their commitment and dedication to publishing the best science possible in IJGC. The effect of this has seen a huge increase in submissions and an enormous change in the spread of countries whose researchers want to publish with us. We are truly an international journal, unique in our specialty.
The position of Editor-in-Chief for IJGC is a prestigious and honoured role, recognizing an individual’s proven abilities and his/her knowledge in the discipline of gynecological oncology. Strong leadership, interpersonal and organizational qualities will be needed along with a broad network of professional contacts. There is much responsibility for ensuring an important part of the Societies’ obligations to their memberships and the greater gynecological oncology community, but I am confident the role will be personally and professionally rewarding.
Many of you – our members – are excellent candidates for this position. IGCS is lucky enough to have many experts and thought leaders in gynecological oncology with a broad background in basic science and clinical medicine. The Societies will provide the Editor-in-Chief with the essential resources and tools to be successful; if you are interested in the position, please read more about the role and submit your application by March 31, 2017.
I am very appreciative for all that you (as members of IGCS) have and will continue to contribute to IJGC. If I can answer any questions or be of any resource, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is my privilege and honour to serve as President of your society.
Michael Quinn, MA, MGO
2016-2018 IGCS President