JCSM Clinical Reports

On the broad field of clinical cachexia, sarcopenia and muscle research

Tobias Daniel Trippel, Nicole Ebner, Goran Loncar, Stephan von Haehling

In his best-known novel Effi Briest, the Berlin (Germany) based apothecary and realist writer Theodor Fontane (1819 to 1898), introduced the dictum ‘Ein weites Feld’. “A broad field”, or in concrete categories “a large topic”, is a catchy phrase nowadays used by academics when an issue is commonly understood as too large for consideration. The past months have brought an interesting array of international submissions ranging from prognostic implications of body mass index and tissue loss in cancer to chronic kidney disease to this journal. Manuscripts on imaging or biomarkers aspects, among others, draw a heterogeneous picture of clinical reports in the field. Yet, upon completion of JCSM Clinical Reports’ Issue 1, Volume 2 we are delighted to display the rapid progress this editorial project takes on the large topic of cachexia, sarcopenia and muscle research. Coherently, we follow our stringent editorial path and hope to consider and integrate a ‘broad field’ from a clinical point of view.  

Oodles of opportunities: The Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle in 2017

Stephan von Haehling, Nicole Ebner, Stefan D. Anker

The good news first, the Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle (JCSM) has not only maintained its impact factor, but it has even increased it again, now reaching 9.697 as has been published by Thomson Scientific a few weeks ago. To get a grip of the impact factor, it has to be acknowledged that it requires calculation of cites to items published in 2014 and 2015 divided by the number of items published in 2014 and 2015. In numbers, we reached a total of 368 cites in 2014 and 272 cites in 2015, summing up to 640 cites in total. This may not seem a lot, but considering that we only published 66 items deemed countable (editorial comments and letters-to-the-editor are not counted) the final impact factor reached 9.697, implying that our papers are cited almost 10 times over the course of two years. This places JCSM as the number 8 ranked journal amongst all journals in the category “Medicine, General and Internal“ (Table 1) and as number 2 ranking publication amongst all nutrition journals, among which, however, JCSM is still not offficially listed by Thomson Scientific (Table 2).  As we have done before and are not getting tired of, we herewith express our gratitude to all authors, reviewers, and editorial board members for their great efforts to produce JCSM at good quality and we greatly appreciate and value also the interest and support of all those who enjoy reading JCSM and cite the papers published there. Of course, the Journal would not be what it is without our editorial office team Monika Diek and Corinna Denecke, and we would also like to express our thanks for their professional support!



Ana Maria Rodriguez, Julia Braverman, Dimple Aggarwal, John Friend, Elizabeth Duus
María Claudia Espinel-Bermúdez, Eliseo Ramírez-García, Carmen García-Peña, Antoni Salvà-Casanovas, Liliana Ruiz-Arregui, Ángel Cárdenas-Bahena, Sergio Sánchez-García
Takashi Mori, Ichiro Fujishima, Hidetaka Wakabayashi, Masataka Itoda, Kenjiro Kunieda, Jun Kayashita, Shinta Nishioka, Akiko Sonoda, Yoshitoshi Kuroda, Minoru Yamada, Sumito Ogawa
Tobias Daniel Trippel, Nicole Ebner, Goran Loncar, Stephan von Haehling



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Editor in Chief:
Stephan von Haehling

Executive Editor:
Nicole Ebner
Senior Consulting Editors:
Stefan Anker
Andrew Coats