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The year in Gut 2008
  1. Robin Spiller
  1. Division of Gastroenterology, University Hospital Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
  1. Professor R Spiller, Division of Gastroenterology, University Hospital Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2UH, UK; robin.spiller{at}

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As the year ends, we can look back at another great year for Gut. This is the year that our impact factor reached 10.0 (see figure) and we can say that Gut is now firmly established along with Gastroenterology and Hepatology as amongst the three top gastrointestinal journals in the world, covering the fields of gastroenterology and hepatology (see fig).

This has not been achieved without considerable effort and hard work from many people, including the Gut Editorial Office and the Associate Editors. Together, we are now processing manuscripts at a record speed. Our median time for first decision is just 11 days. Given that we only accept the very best, we must regrettably reject around 85% of all manuscripts, so it makes sense to make a quick decision without sending out for review those that obviously do not match the aims of Gut, which are shown on our website. These are “to publish original articles describing novel mechanisms of disease and new management strategies, both …

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