Welcome to the Journal of Atrial Fibrillation & Electrophysiology

Andrea Natale

Dear colleagues

As we usher in a new year, I am delighted to announce some important changes to the Journal of Atrial Fibrillation (JAFIB). First and foremost, the journal has been renamed as Journal of Atrial Fibrillation and Electrophysiology (JAFIB-EP). This change reflects the true nature of the work being published in JAFIB-EP that covers a broader range of arrhythmia issues, but also reflects the importance of atrial fibrillation and the beginnings of our journal.

In addition to the change in name, we are delighted to announce new sections that will be published periodically by the journal. A section on“Imaging in Electrophysiology,”headed by Dr. Mansour Razminia, will bring cases that demonstratethe utility of intracardiac ultrasound, transesophageal echo, electro anatomical mapping and other modalities to illustrate important teaching points that are valuable to the clinician. Drs. Sergio Pinski and Adrian Baranchuk will head a second section, “Electrocardiography Corner,” that showcases ECG and EGM pearls and pitfalls. A thirdsection, “Robotics in Electrophysiology,” will lay outinteresting cases that are done using a robotic navigation system and will be headed by Drs. Peter Weiss and Tamas Szili-Torok.

Importantly, the new journal will be PubMED indexed and will continue to bring out high quality publications completely free of charge. JAFIB-EP is the only online open access journal that is run by physicians for physicians with no charge for publication or subscription. Please register yourself on the website to be on the subscription mailing list. We continue to believe that the important science in our field should be shared widely across the world without the traditional cost structure of many journals in our discipline.

This is the journal that will continue with the tradition of high-quality publications. In this issue,we will see important contributions on ablation techniques in the left atrium and the superior vena cava for triggers as well as the impact of low-voltage areas, echocardiographic findings, and differences in mapping systems.

We hope that you find the issue as stimulating and informative as we do, and we hope that you continue to consider the journal for your publications. We are confident that together we can continue the mission of helping all arrhythmia patients globally.

Best warm wishes

Andrea Natale MD,FACC, FESC, FHRS, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Atrial Fibrillation & Electrophysiology