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Critical Care: 20 Years in Publishing

In 1997, Critical Care launched in publication with the Editor-in-Chief, Jean-Louis Vincent, leading the Editorial Board in pioneering the field of critical care and emergency medicine. As the world was 'on the brink of an electronic revolution' (Hubbard & Vincent, 2006), the journal (or "forum" at the time) made use of the internet as a new resource: a platform for sharing breakthrough discoveries, or simply new ideas, in an emergency clinical setting.

In the past 20 years, the journal has contributed to improving the care of critically ill patients by acquiring, discussing, distributing and promoting information that remains relevant to intensivists.

We're looking back at the milestone achievements and highlights that have made Critical Care the field's leading journal, as it is today.  Associate Editor, Stephen Brett, shares his thoughts on the journal, below.

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Jean-Louis Vincent answers your questions

We invited you to submit your questions on Twitter, and Jean-Louis Vincent answered them. In our new podcast, our Editor-in-Chief talks to us about the future of the field of critical care medicine, and also answers some of your questions. Listen to the podcast here.

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We asked our global authors why they publish with us

"I think that Critical Care is one of the most important journals in the field of critical care medicine. Publications are of a consistently high quality and, thanks to open access, there has been high visibility for my own papers. Not charging authors for letters helps clinicians and researchers exchange their own opinions about recent advances in critical care medicine and to discuss how to interpret results from large randomized controlled trials. In my opinion, as experimental research also remains well represented, senior researchers in the field will continue to routinely publish their clinical studies in Critical Care."
Prof Fabio S. Taccone is Assistant Professor at the Department of Intensive Care of Hopital Erasme in Brussels, Belgium


"Critical Care has a very large and diverse readership. The journal regularly informs readers about new papers and, as a result, the papers are publicised very quickly - which I have found useful for both readers and authors. Critical Care also selects highly experienced reviewers, meaning papers usually improve between original submission and final acceptance. If papers are not accepted, the reviewers’ comments usually serve to improve the paper so that it gets accepted by another journal."
Dr Marlies Ostermann is a Consultant in Critical Care & Nephrology at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Foundation Trust, London and Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College London, UK

"Critical Care is seen as one of the most influential journals in the field in China, articles always cover frontier research and practical technology for Chinese intensivists."
Prof Haibo Qiu is Chair of the Department of Critical Care Medicine at the Zhongda Hospital School of Medicine, Southeast University, Nanjing, China