JBME continues to thrive. Our impact factor was largely unchanged at 2.02 for 2018 (from 2.05 for 2017). At the time of writing this, our total submissions in 2019 are on pace to be slightly ahead of last year's 556, and our acceptance rate is a highly selective 25–30% (depending on the outcome of manuscripts currently in review). We continue to streamline all stages of the review and publication process, and we have worked with ASME to get accepted papers published efficiently ahead of the final print journal. The tremendous effort of the Associate Editors (AEs), on all aspects of the journal operation, is acknowledged here with our profound thanks—JBME would not work without them! We especially thank retiring AEs Kris Billiar, David Corr, Ram Devireddy, Guy Genin, Ching-Long Lin, Alison Marsden, Paul Rullkoetter, Joel Stitzel, and Jonathan Vande Geest, and we welcome new AEs Tamara Reid Bush, John Costi, Tony Huang, John LaDisa, Spencer Lake, Grace O'Connell, Sudeep Sastry, Sara Wilson, and Katherine Zhang.
This year marks the eighth edition of the Annual Special Issue of the JBME. This Annual Special Issue highlights invited papers by leaders of the field and also papers from the Fung Medal, the Mow Medal, the Woo Medal, and the Lissner Medal winners from 2019. We thank all of the authors for contributing. We continue to publish the student award papers from the SB3C meeting to our Annual Education Issue (AEI), a relatively new initiative that promotes the educational aspect of our mission and recognizes that many members of the Bioengineering Division have significant educational as well as research roles. Thanks to Michele Grimm, Rouzbeh Amini, and Shannon Stott for serving as the Guest Editors for the 2019 AEI, and to Alysa Morss Clyne, Shannon Stott, and Sara Roccabianca for their anticipated role in the 2020 AEI.
The ASME staff, especially Philip DiVietro, Colin McAteer, Beth Darchi, Tamiko Fung, and Jennifer Smith, continued to provide us with outstanding support year-round and particularly in handling the unique challenges around the Annual Special Issue. Our editorial assistant, Yolanda Washington, deserves special mention for her work on day-to-day operations.
Finally, we thank everyone involved in JBME for their tremendous efforts and look forward to next year's continued success.