ATS to Relaunch PATS With an Eye Towards Clinical Practice

PATSIn 2013, Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society will be relaunched in a new online-only format with revamped editorial content geared towards practicing clinicians in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine.

The new PATS will initially be published bimonthly and will become a monthly journal as more content is submitted. Special conference issues and supplements will continue to be published in the current PATS format.

The new PATS will focus not only on clinically relevant research but on a range of other topics of concern to clinicians. Each regular issue of the new PATS will contain a selection of original research articles, concise clinical reviews, commentaries on topics of clinical interest, and editorials on policy topics and current ATS statements and documents. The new PATS will also help promote and disseminate ATS activities, including the International Conference, other ATS journals, and ATS educational programs.

In addition, PATS will include content on other topics of value to clinicians and ATS members, such as maintaining certification and analyzing healthcare policy initiatives. The revamped journal will offer readers a more user-friendly version of PATS with content that is more directly applicable to clinical practice.

According to incoming PATS editor John Hansen-Flaschen, MD, who will succeed Alan Leff in April 2012, PATS will not compete directly with the Blue Journal but will rather “focus on advancing medical practice and serve primarily as a medium for communication between scholars and practicing clinicians.”

An article in the February issue of ATS News on the appointment of John Hansen-Flaschen as the next editor of the Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society incorrectly stated that the new online, clinician-oriented format of PATS will be launched in 2012. The new PATS will be launched in 2013.