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APA Journal - Academic Pediatrics

Letter From the
Founding Editor-in-Chief
Reflections on the 10th Anniversary of the Journal
James M. Perrin, MD, Founding Editor-in-Chief

The end of 10 years as Editor-in-Chief of Ambulatory Pediatrics provides me some perspective on the growth of the journal and the Academic Pediatric Association (APA) over this decade. During my time on the board of the APA (chair of the Public Policy Committee and the Research Committee at different times), I had reluctantly supported the notion that the APA should have an official journal, although I voted against an independent journal—instead believing that the APA would be best served through linking with an ongoing successful journal. The APA had some discussions with one of the key pediatric journals at the time but decided against a relationship because that journal would not allow the APA to have any role in the choice of new editors and for concerns about other sponsors of that journal. The board then voted to pursue an independent path, including possibilities of assuming oversight for an ongoing journal or developing a new journal.
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