IFAR, International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology, is the informational centerpiece for cutting edge discovery and innovation, best practices, and commentary and debate, for clinicians and researchers worldwide with interest in the fields of rhinology, allergy, cranial base and associated disorders. It is the official journal of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA) and the American Rhinologic Society (ARS).

A new decade, a new Editor‐in‐Chief

Timothy L. Smith MD MPH FACS

First, a sincere thank you

In the spring of 2011, the first issue of IFAR was published with Editor‐in‐Chief David W. Kennedy, MD. The original editorial outlined the place to be occupied by IFAR: an educational portal for the intellectual property of several international societies dedicated to the study of the nose, sinuses, and cranial base, our stated domain.1 Now 10 years later, under Dr. Kennedy's leadership, IFAR has become a preeminent medical journal in Otolaryngology‐Head and Neck Surgery while still experiencing consistent and rapid growth of submissions (70% increase over 3 years), article downloads (700% increase over 5 years ‐ that's not a typo), citations (2 year citations increased 60% over 5 years) and impact (increasing metrics annually). Perhaps I am biased, but as I survey the publishing landscape, much of the best science in the entire field of Otolaryngology‐Head and Neck Surgery is coming from investigators within our domain.2 We all thank Dr. Kennedy for his tireless efforts in setting the stage for continued success. From where I sit, I cannot see a ceiling for the Journal's impact on the field of medicine.

Our team is strong and includes all of you

We are all indebted to the associate editors, editorial board, and IFAR LLC for their continued leadership. In addition, our reviewers are simply the best the field has to offer.3 As we look ahead, our vision is that IFAR will be the centerpiece for cutting edge discovery and innovation, best practices, and commentary and debate for clinicians and researchers who are either a central part of our domain or who take peripheral but relevant interests. Of greatest import, we are honored by the manuscript submissions from clinicians and scientists worldwide; the “International Forum” in our Journal title not only signals our reach but asserts our influence. Our motto: “Send us your best work: we will fairly and expeditiously peer review it and if accepted, we will promote and circulate it around the globe.”

Looking ahead

I hope you will enjoy some changes that roll out in this month's issue as well as in the coming months. We will utilize the cover to highlight a variety of topics and underscore “Featured” articles, reviews, and editorial material. You will see Editorials on topics that emphasize recent related publications and provide compelling commentary. We do this to serve you and your patients. Whenever you have ideas of how IFAR can better serve your needs, do not hesitate to contact me. As we spring into this second decade of IFAR, I am all ears.



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