TCOL: a quarter of century
TCOL: a quarter of century
Techniques in Coloproctology (TCOL) was founded in
1992, as the official journal of the Italian Association of
Coloproctology Units (UCP Club). The first version was in
Italian and in English. Since then, many authors have
contributed to the development of the journal. Among the
others, I would like to mention Steven Wexner, from the
USA, Francis Seow Choen, from Singapore (the two
CoEditors), and Andrew Zbar, from Australia. Although the
journal was not indexed yet, they made many outstanding
contributions and allowed it to reach an international
standard. Let me also thank my family, Marian Shields and
Caterina De Bono, who strongly supported me.
Springer-Verlag became the publisher of TCOL in 1999
and helped us to index the journal. Madeleine Hofmann
and her staff, from Milan, did a great job of making the
journal known worldwide. I am very indebted to the Italian
Society of Colo-Rectal Surgery, which became our main
sponsor and was followed by several international
societies, from all continents, which took TCOL as their
official journal. Among them are Israeli, Mediterranean, Indian
and Chinese societies. We now publish 12 issues per year
online with more meta-analyses and systematic reviews,
plus multimedia articles focused on surgical techniques.
We received the first impact factor of 1.2 in 2011, and it
has now increased to 2.3, due in great part to the
outstanding work done by Giuseppe Gagliardi, who became
the second Editor-in-Chief. Both of us have strived for a
transparent relationship with the manufacturing companies
and made a point of requiring authors to declare their
conflict of interest, if any, in order to emphasize the
importance of ethical reasoning and behavior in the field of
coloproctology, in the interest of both science and patients.
After a quarter of a century devoted to the journal, it is
time for me to leave it in the expert hands of the
Editors-inChief Giuseppe Gagliardi and Jonathan Lund, supported by
the Springer-Verlag, the new owner. Giuseppe, a colorectal
surgeon practicing in Chicago and affiliated with Herand
Abcarian’s department, managed TCOL for 10 years.
Jonathan is a well-known colorectal surgeon in Derby and
the University of Nottingham, UK. Both of them have a
strong scientific background I am sure they will ensure that
the journal reaches even higher levels of excellence.
I would like to thank all those who helped TCOL to
become successful, i.e., the members of the editorial board,
the reviewers and the presidents of the affiliated societies. I
am confident that the journal will continue to be an
appealing forum for clinical and research achievements.
Compliance with ethical standards
Conflict of interest The author has no conflict of interest.
Ethical approval This article does not contain any studies with
human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.