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Ann Liver Transplant 2021; 1(1): 1-1

Published online May 31, 2021 https://doi.org/10.52604/alt.21.0001

Copyright © The Korean Liver Transplantation Society.

Launching Annals of Liver Transplantation: First small steps toward remarkable academic achievements in liver transplantation

Shin Hwang

Department of Surgery, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/bync/4.0/) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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This year is the 22th anniversary of the Korean Liver Transplantation Society (KLTS). During the past 32 years following the first liver transplantation in Korea, remarkable advances have been made in clinical and research fields of liver transplantation, especially in living donor liver trans-plantation. Korea has become one of leading countries in the clinical field of liver transplantation. The KLTS rep-resents clinical and academic aspects of liver transplanta-tion in Korea.

For further development of KLTS, Annals of Liver Trans-plantation (ALT), the official journal of the KLTS, was launched. This is the first issue of ALT. ALT is an interna-tional, peer-reviewed open access journal. This journal pursues its advancement through original articles, reviews, case reports, editorials, and letters to the editor. The journal is for clinicians and scientists in liver transplantation. It is also for those in other fields who are interested in liver transplantation.

The aim of ALT is to make contribution to saving lives of patients undergoing liver transplantation through active communication and exchange of study information on liver transplantation and provision of education and training on liver diseases. The ALT serves as a platform for debate and reassessment, a trigger of innovation, and a major pedestal for promoting understanding, improving outcomes, and advancing knowledge and techniques for liver transplanta-tion.

Regarding liver transplantation in Korea and Asian coun-tries, problems and viewpoints are different from those of Western countries. Ethical and legislative problems are more serious. The situation of organ donation and level of research are also different from those in other regions. Severe donor shortage has led to marked development in living donor liver transplantation. Thus, editorial members of ALT will make more efforts to reflect characteristics of our regional academy.

Recently, commercialism of scientific journals has in-creased to the extent that it has increased the financial burden for authors. ALT will be a good journal at the Sci-ence Citation Index level without imposing undue financial burden to authors. One of the most important aspects of publication in a scientific journal is easy and rapid commu-nication. Thus, ALT will provide easy accessibility and con-venience for authors and readers.

The ALT is starting with small steps now. These small steps will lead to remarkable achievements that members of the KLTS and International Liver Transplantation Society will be proud of in the near future.

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Editorial

Ann Liver Transplant 2021; 1(1): 1-1

Published online May 31, 2021 https://doi.org/10.52604/alt.21.0001

Copyright © The Korean Liver Transplantation Society.

Launching Annals of Liver Transplantation: First small steps toward remarkable academic achievements in liver transplantation

Shin Hwang

Department of Surgery, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/bync/4.0/) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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This year is the 22th anniversary of the Korean Liver Transplantation Society (KLTS). During the past 32 years following the first liver transplantation in Korea, remarkable advances have been made in clinical and research fields of liver transplantation, especially in living donor liver trans-plantation. Korea has become one of leading countries in the clinical field of liver transplantation. The KLTS rep-resents clinical and academic aspects of liver transplanta-tion in Korea.

For further development of KLTS, Annals of Liver Trans-plantation (ALT), the official journal of the KLTS, was launched. This is the first issue of ALT. ALT is an interna-tional, peer-reviewed open access journal. This journal pursues its advancement through original articles, reviews, case reports, editorials, and letters to the editor. The journal is for clinicians and scientists in liver transplantation. It is also for those in other fields who are interested in liver transplantation.

The aim of ALT is to make contribution to saving lives of patients undergoing liver transplantation through active communication and exchange of study information on liver transplantation and provision of education and training on liver diseases. The ALT serves as a platform for debate and reassessment, a trigger of innovation, and a major pedestal for promoting understanding, improving outcomes, and advancing knowledge and techniques for liver transplanta-tion.

Regarding liver transplantation in Korea and Asian coun-tries, problems and viewpoints are different from those of Western countries. Ethical and legislative problems are more serious. The situation of organ donation and level of research are also different from those in other regions. Severe donor shortage has led to marked development in living donor liver transplantation. Thus, editorial members of ALT will make more efforts to reflect characteristics of our regional academy.

Recently, commercialism of scientific journals has in-creased to the extent that it has increased the financial burden for authors. ALT will be a good journal at the Sci-ence Citation Index level without imposing undue financial burden to authors. One of the most important aspects of publication in a scientific journal is easy and rapid commu-nication. Thus, ALT will provide easy accessibility and con-venience for authors and readers.

The ALT is starting with small steps now. These small steps will lead to remarkable achievements that members of the KLTS and International Liver Transplantation Society will be proud of in the near future.

The Korean Liver Transplantation Society

Vol.1 No.1
May, 2021

pISSN 2765-5121
eISSN 2765-6098

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