Craig Niederberger, Antonio Pellicer
How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.
-A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
What a wonderful time you gave us, readers and authors of Fertility and Sterility. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve you as you propelled our field of reproductive medicine forward these past 10 years. We share profound gratitude that you chose our journal for your great works and to guide the remarkable work that you do every day.
We are deeply grateful for our Associate and Specialty Editors who served as the backbone of peer review for our journal: Kurt Barnhart, Robert Brannigan, Mats Brännström, Owen Davis, Dominique de Ziegler, Jacques Donnez, Michael Eisenberg, Tommaso Falcone, Renato Fanchin, Eve Feinberg, Rebecca Flyckt, Nicolás Garrido, William Gibbons, Jim Hotaling, Susan Klock, Richard Legro, Steven R. Lindheim, Pauline Mendola, Jennifer E. Mersereau, Robert John Norman, Richard Paulson, John Petrozza, Terhi T. Piltonen, Ranjith Ramasamy, Leslie Schover, Richard Scott, Beata Seeber, Suneeta Senapati, Carlos Simón, Anne Steiner, Mary Stephenson, H. Irene Su, Margrit Urbanek, and Brad Van Voorhis. Their judgment, integrity, and willingness to work deep into the night carefully guiding articles from submission to fully appraised and polished works made possible the high quality of the original studies published in the past 10 years.
We are truly thankful for the remarkable creative work of our Editorial Editors, who crafted our Views and Reviews, Fertile Battles, and Inklings: Robert Brannigan, Robert Casper, Marcelle Cedars, Jacques Donnez, Cynthia Farquhar, Rene Frydman, Neri Laufer, Richard Legro, David Meldrum, Richard Paulson, William Schlaff, Mark Sigman, Carlos Simón, and Zev Rosenwaks. It has been an extraordinary experience working alongside their imaginative minds with such a profound understanding of the unique issues confronting reproductive medicine.
We have a unique place in the history of reproductive medical journals. Ours was the first, debuting in January 1950. (All articles are online, and all but the prior year are available to all free of charge. See www.fertstert.org
.) Our “50 Years Ago Today” columnists Alan DeCherney, Eve Feinberg, Daniela Galliano, and Martin Kathrins crafted insightful, at times amusing, and always relevant casts into the past in the context of the present, and we thank them for their wonderful writing.
We had the great fortune to have two brilliant and ingenious Video and New Media Editors, Steven Palter and Kurt Barnhart, who brought to the journal our Dialog platform, where authors and readers can interact directly and in near real time; our Journal Club Global, where the academic exercise of reviewing journal articles, once limited to an individual's institution, could be extended to the globe and engage the authors themselves; and a true video article format indexed in the National Library of Medicine. It has been an unparalleled pleasure working alongside these great minds and innovators. We also thank all of their Interactive Associates who made the ideas of the Video and New Media Editors a reality.
Our Editorial Board is a body of our most trusted reviewers, and all articles must be reviewed by at least one member. A journal is only as good as its peer review, and the willingness of these individuals to carefully examine submissions and to probe authors in the pursuit of crafting articles of the highest utility and quality is something for which we are deeply indebted. We also thank all those who have reviewed our articles over the past 10 years.
Reproductive medicine is a diverse field, from mental health to medically assisted reproduction. Editorials accompanying articles not only put them in context for clinical use but also inform those who are outside the subspecialty of the meaning of the advance described in the article. These editorials, which we call “Reflections,” are written by experts in the field, and we asked them to write comprehensibly for all to understand. We thank them for their knowledge, skill, and effort.
And we thank you, our dear readers, for we would be nothing without you.
It has been an incredible joy serving as the conduit for your knowledge, wisdom, and words in reproductive medicine for these past 10 years. Yet, we look not back, but forward, to the future Fertility and Sterility, knowing that it has a strong and vibrant American Society for Reproductive Medicine behind it and that it will be steered by great minds and capable hands. The reputation of our journal has increased year after year, setting the foundation for the birth of three sister journals that will certainly also be successful. As your co-Editors-in-Chief, we say farewell, but we will always be your devoted friends and admiring colleagues.