2020 was clearly the year of Covid-19. First, we want to thank all of the GI healthcare workers for the personal sacrifices you made to care for your patients, your family, and yourself. The virus directly impacted our health, our practice, our families, and also our journal, often in surprising ways. Early in 2020, GIE developed an ultra-rapid review process to get critical information on Covid-19 to our readers, including first-in-class educational pieces from Milan, China, and New York, all early epicenters, on how to manage endoscopy in the pandemic. We tasked a small group of Associate Editors, our Managing Editors, and our Editorial Board to review, revise, and publish important articles within 1 week from submission.
One unanticipated impact of the pandemic was the surge in articles submitted to GIE. We saw a 37% increase in submissions of original content in 2020, with that number reaching more than a 100% increase in the early months of 2020, including some rapidly emerging Covid-19 papers, but also non-Covid articles. We speculate that the downtime when elective cases were canceled allowed authors more time to write and submit papers.
One negative consequence of the surge in articles was a sharp drop in the acceptance rate. We generally aim to publish 200 to 220 original articles per year, similar to our sister journals. Like other highly ranked journals, GIE has a very competitive acceptance rate, typically in the mid teens, which dropped to the low teens during much of 2020, a necessary but painful step in order to preserve our content and impact. Many authors felt this change, with some good articles getting rejected.
The good news is that we are slowly getting back to normal. Over the course of 2021, we will edge back closer to our higher pre-Covid acceptance rates. We do thank our authors for their understanding in these challenging times and encourage you to continue submitting your best papers to GIE.
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