State of the journal 2017

State of the journal 2017 In 2004, I began my role as Editor‐in‐Chief (EIC) of the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology and have now entered my 15th year in this position. It seems an apt time to reflect on what I learned through the years.My tenure began in the midst of personal tragedy, for my parents’ home had just burned down–my mother died in the fire and my father was on life support in a coma in a burn unit. About a week later I was in the Editor's seat, with my wife Bonnie, who had previous editorial experience, taking over the Managing Editor position for the first year (I promised her that she only had to do it for the first year and then I would let her out of her “obligation”—ok, so that didn't happen, for she was too good to let go!). The previous Editor did not give me the JCE reviewer list, so I had to create a new one, one name at a time. I requested the current Editorial Board to continue in their position, and fortunately almost all did except for a few basic scientists. So, a rather bumpy beginning, but with the support of my Editorial Board and Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology Wiley