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JBSR - Newsletter from the Editor-in-chief

Dear colleagues,
The period heading to the new year is often the time people like to think positively, rest a bit, shop for the ones they love, enjoy simple little things like family, precious food and drink. Many also use this time to measure ground covered since the last time and the one to be covered until next time, and this is what I did and what will be the substance of the JBSR editor-in-chief’s first newsletter of the year.
For the Belgian Society of Radiology (BSR), the annual meeting closes the year just before it officially ends. This year’s meeting was again a piece of success, sold out long before the date and enhanced by the presence of renowned speakers who gave excellent educational talks. Again, the meeting was a show of blatant evidence that the next generation of Belgian radiologists is ready to take the challenges of continuing education, google-isation/uber-isation and reduced budgets. Two other facts support the growing role of the youth in our radiological scientific community: first, since its creation by the scientific council of the BSR, the subsection devoted to the young radiologists (YRS) has shown dynamism largely above that of the remaining scientific sections. Rightfully as the corollary of the first point, a representative of the YRS now seats in the editorial board of the JBSR. He will be aiming to encourage submission of reports and original studies to the journal from the young radiologists and residents. In addition, he will be in charge of selecting, commenting and discussing accepted papers with high educational value, using the social media accounts of the journal/BSR.  
We are thankful our minister, Dr. Maggie De Block, honored our annual meeting by her presence and speech, though she didn’t bring good news on a strictly budgetary point-of-view. In her defense, financial efforts are rightfully requested to all departments except maybe those in charge for relieving us from our ever-growing sense of insecurity. Meanwhile, the imaging needs are also growing, letting us face the issue of doing more with less. In our minister’s speech, there were insights towards a greater self-control of our budget. Using effectively these tools is only part of the task we have to take. We have to use our creativity to anticipate and rebuild radiology in the eve of the changes propelled by information globalization and artificial intelligence. In line with this, the emergence of a new section of our society this year, dedicated to leadership, management and quality in radiology is noteworthy. On a personal note significant steps should be encouraged towards less automated tasks such as integrative and multimodality imaging interpretation in our practice.
The 2016 annual meeting was the closing summit of our journal’s activity last year. The special issue we printed on this occasion summarizes where we want to be on a constant basis. That means less case reports and more original articles/thesis summaries and continuous education/review articles. In 2016, we have published 113 articles. Our journal reviewers brilliantly took the challenge of reviewing these articles and many more, as the mean rate of rejection was 62% and time to response was 40 days. With the help of the new editorial board ( announced in our printed issue, we will be trying to further reduce the time to response next term. Our editorial board is still short of two open positions as section editors for abdominal imaging and female/breast imaging, and we hope these positions will be filled soon by some of the highly recognized national figures in these subspecialties. To further expedite the review process, a greater compliance to the submission new guidelines of the journal will be required during a manuscript quality-check process by the editorial assistant prior to any other action. 
The journal has recently successfully passed the Pubmed Central (PMC) standards evaluation and only requires passing the XML evaluation before being fully indexed, which is now a matter of weeks. The journal article PDF links are now automatically sent to search engines like Google Scholar and ResearchGate to cite only those few. These steps will eventually increase journal visibility and attractiveness for authors, sine qua non conditions for further significant improvements.
The next special issue will be devoted to Pediatric radiology and Breast/Women Imaging, a huge task ahead for the scientific section chairs of the BSR who will act as special guest editors, just as the chairs of the chest and musculoskeletal imaging did in 2016.
To all the authors, journal reviewers section editors and special guest editors, I take the opportunity of this newsletter to simply say: Thank you! This note of thanks also goes for the current board of the BRS that has been a strong support to the journal, as 2017 will be election year and change of board at the BSR. To all, especially our readers and article submitters, please be indulgent for what we missed in 2016, and stay connected with us in 2017 to see how we progress.

Dr. Alain Nchimi


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