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January 12, 2016

Transforming AJHP

Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., Sc.D. (Hon.), FASHP

Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., Sc.D. (Hon.), FASHP

HAPPY NEW YEAR! As CEO of ASHP, one of my goals has been to help guide the continuing evolution of AJHP, ASHP’s peer-reviewed scientific journal. Over the past year, AJHP has undergone a comprehensive transformation that marks the next phase in the Journal’s prestigious history. I think you’ll like it.

To signify the start of this new era, AJHP is launching a redesign of the cover and interior that will enhance both the print and digital versions. The new design, which will launch with the January 15, 2016, issue, showcases the editors’ new approach to content, with theme issues, increased calls for papers, an enhanced digital experience, and a heavier emphasis on editorials that address the most compelling topics in 21st-century healthcare. These editorials will contemplate complex topics, pose difficult questions, and envision a better future for patients.

The newly designed Journal cover itself reflects a major change in AJHP’s mission: “Advancing Science, Pharmacy Practice, and Health Outcomes.” This broader focus supports AJHP’s role as a source of the latest scientific evidence, practice information, news, and opinion pieces that can guide medication use and healthcare delivery at the patient, population, and policy levels.

This is a bold new vision for the Journal, and I hope that everyone shares our excitement about this transformation. These comprehensive changes didn’t happen overnight though. AJHP Editor in Chief Daniel J. Cobaugh, the Journal’s fifth editor in its 72-year history, has built upon the rich legacy established by his predecessors. Past editors C. Richard Talley, William A. Zellmer, George P. Provost, and Donald E. Francke pursued cutting-edge and captivating content that focused on advancing patient care and the roles of pharmacists.

2016AJHPTheir contributions include articles on advanced systems for medication preparation and distribution; evidence to support pharmacists’ roles as patient care providers; proceedings of visionary consensus conferences; studies on effective approaches to enhance patient safety; professional and ethical imperatives in pharmacy practice; ASHP professional standards that have advanced patient care and practice; and so much more.

To carry on this legacy and ensure that AJHP content continues to support our members’ efforts to provide optimal patient care, the AJHP editors will also pursue two to four theme issues per year. These theme issues will serve as a valuable resource not only for our members, but also for clinicians, thought leaders, policymakers, and others beyond the realm of ASHP and pharmacy. The first two theme issues will focus on Specialty Pharmacy and Individualized Medicine, and Kevin Colgan, M.H.A., of the University Health Consortium, and Phillip Empey, Pharm.D., Ph.D., respectively, will serve as the guest editors for these issues.

Our members also asked for an enhanced digital experience, one that goes beyond duplication of the print content and offers a more interactive experience – and we listened. You’ll notice immediate online upgrades such as the availability of PubMed-indexed, ahead-of-print articles and easier access to the AJHP Voices podcasts. And, over the next several months, AJHP will continue to enhance its digital experience by incorporating the new design into the online version of the Journal, and by developing a more dynamic reader experience that will keep you “turning the pages.”

Take a look at the new AJHP, and let us know what you think. I look forward to your constructive feedback and your continued readership of our scholarly journal.

Thank you for all that you do on behalf of your patients and for being members of ASHP.


May 22, 2015

Taking AJHP to the Next Level

Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., Sc.D. (Hon.), FASHP

Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., Sc.D. (Hon.), FASHP

I AM DELIGHTED to update you on exciting efforts to transform AJHP and to outline the roadmap to achieving that transformation that will unfold over the next several months. As we build on the extraordinary legacy of exceptional efforts of AJHP’s past editors in chief C. Richard Talley, William A. Zellmer, George P. Provost, and Donald E. Francke, we are moving quickly to ramp up delivery of new cutting-edge content, expand reader engagement, and introduce innovations to enhance the print and digital experience.

In January 2015, Dr. Daniel Cobaugh became the fifth editor in chief of AJHP in its 72-year history. He brings his experiences as a researcher, author, and pharmacy leader to the editor role. In the March 15, 2015, issue of the Journal, Dan described his vision for ensuring that AJHP is recognized for its relevance and impact in the complex 21st century healthcare system.

I hope you’ve noticed the enhancements to the AJHP editorial page that reflect Dan’s vision; they are really extraordinary! When the next table of contents arrives in your email box or the print version of the Journal arrives at home, turn to the editorial page to read thoughtful scientific, clinical, patient care-oriented, and public health discussions on some of the most complex topics that confront us as we work to provide the best care for our patients.

You will also see a new approach to cutting-edge clinical content as well as practice advancement topics. Watch for rapidly developed, high-impact coverage in areas like ambulatory care, precision medicine, specialty pharmacy, pharmacists’ prescribing activities, and leadership innovations.

I am especially excited about the new AJHP Residents Edition that will publish its first issue on June 1, 2015. This quarterly web-based supplement to AJHP will provide a unique forum for pharmacy residents and recent residency graduates to showcase projects carried out during their residency training.

AJHP Residents Edition was established following ASHP’s acquisition of JHPR® (Journal of Health-System Pharmacy Residents®), a well-known and respected digital journal for pharmacy residents. The first issue will include five original articles as well as seven reprints of JHPR articles. You will also notice some additional changes with AJHP Residents Edition, including author photos, profiles, and video interviews.

To hear more about AJHP Residents Edition, be sure to listen to the AJHP Voices podcast interview with the founding JHPR editors, Drs. Bryan McCarthy and David Reardon. Also read Drs. McCarthy and Reardon’s accompanying June 1 AJHP editorial in which they describe how a passion for pharmacy residency training drove their desire to establish JHPR and their vision for AJHP Residents Edition.

Our inclusion of photos, videos, and author profiles in AJHP Residents Edition is the first of many steps in our work to increase engagement of readers and authors with AJHP content. You should already be seeing increased social media activity as readers, authors, and ASHP staff share AJHP information and engage in conversations on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and ASHP Connect. Please be a part of the dialogue through social media as engagement with AJHP continues to increase.

When you read the July 1st issue of AJHP, pay special attention to the results of the ASHP National Survey of Pharmacy Practice. You’ll see the article is accompanied by an enhanced data supplement that reveals trends in safety-related technology use by hospital size over the last six years. This is a precursor to the Journal’s future data visualization efforts. You can access these data visuals using the Augmented Reality app with the print issue or by clicking on the data supplement link in the electronic version.

Watch for a contemporary cover-to-cover redesign of AJHP in early 2016. The new design will reflect AJHP’s core values while signaling the Journal’s accelerated evolution as a high impact, customer-friendly 21st century biomedical publication. Perspectives from an array of ASHP members and other stakeholders will be included during the redesign process to ensure an AJHP experience that engages and meets the needs of the broad array of pharmacist patient care providers that comprise ASHP’s membership.

As Dan said in his March 15th editorial, “The integration of technology must carry on such that the Journal’s content continues to be offered on platforms that meet readers’ evolving preferences.” We want you, with a single click, to have access to the AJHP content that is critical to providing the best care for your patients and advancing your practice.

Recently, over 1,500 ASHP members participated in a satisfaction survey of AJHP readers and authors. The survey results will be used by members, the AJHP editors, and other ASHP staff as we undertake a strategic planning process to chart the Journal’s course over the next three to five years. I cannot overstate how important this member feedback will be in ensuring that AJHP is recognized for its relevance and impact in the complex 21st-century healthcare system.

I hope you are as excited as I am about all of the incredible changes that are occurring with AJHP. If you have any suggestions as we move forward, feel free to contact the AJHP editors at

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