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Gut goes from strength to strength
  1. Emad M El-Omar
  1. Correspondence to Professor Emad M El-Omar, Professor of Gastroenterology and Editor in Chief, GUT; Division of Applied Medicine, Institute of Medical Sciences, Aberdeen University, Foresterhill, Aberdeen AB25 2ZD, UK; e.el-omar{at}

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2011 was an excellent year for the Gut family. Our team of dedicated associate editors, editorial staff, publishers and reviewers ensured that the journal continues to deliver the highest quality clinical science from all corners of the globe. Our impact factor climbed from 9.3 to 10.6, which is a major achievement for our journal. In 2011, we have received a record number of manuscripts allowing us the luxury of selecting the very best for publication. We instituted a maximal drive towards efficiency and boast arguably the most favourable editorial handling times for any major journal. The most crucial marker is the average time to reach decision for reviewed manuscripts, which now stands at 19 days. This means that the overwhelming number of reviewed manuscripts receive a decision in less than 3 weeks. I am very proud of my team for achieving …

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