Sunday, April 17, 2016

What to know when launching a journal: An interview with Dr. Cato T. Laurencin

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Cato Laurencin
Ever been curious to know what it takes to launch a new journal?
We interviewed Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, Editor-in-Chief of both Regenerative Engineering and Translational Medicine and Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, to learn more about what motivated him in launching his two Springer journals and what the process involved.
 
Dr. Laurencin will be the Kavli Distinguished Lecturer and Plenary Speaker at The Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring 2016 meeting (28-March through 1-April, 2016) in Phoenix, AZ. Additionally, he will be receiving the Society for Biomaterials Founder’s Award at the World Biomaterials Congress (17-22 May, 2016) in Montreal, QC, where the first Cato T. Laurencin Travelling Fellows will also be presented. 
Q:  You’ve launched two very different journals over the last few years very close together in time but quite different in scope (Regenerative Engineering and Translational Medicine and Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, respectively). What motivated you?
A: In both cases I think that we are in a transformational period for both areas of scientific inquiry. For health disparities, there really isn’t an international publisher of scholarly articles on racial and ethnic health disparities like Springer and health disparities I think will define medicine in the 21st century. For Regenerative Engineering, we feel we are at the dawn of a new field. We anticipate great things.
Q:  What would you say are the most important steps for setting up a journal for launch?