Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology (CTG), published on behalf of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), is a double-blind peer-reviewed, open access, online journal dedicated to innovative clinical work in the field of gastroenterology, pancreatology, and hepatology. CTG seeks to promptly publish and broadly disseminate important clinical care insights and significant scientific discoveries that impact the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of digestive disorders. CTG hopes to fulfill an unmet need for clinicians and scientists by welcoming novel cohort studies, early-phase clinical trials, qualitative and quantitative epidemiologic research, hypothesis-generating research, and studies of novel mechanisms and methodologies including public health interventions. CTG also welcomes hypothesis-generating studies, methods papers, and translational research with clear applications to human physiological processes or diseases involving the gastrointestinal system. CTG adopts the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) definition of translational research:
Translational research includes two areas of translation. One is the process of applying discoveries generated during research in the laboratory, and in preclinical studies, to the development of trials and studies in humans. The second area of translation concerns research aimed at enhancing the adoption of best practices in the community. Cost-effectiveness of prevention and treatment strategies is also an important part of translational science1.
This definition therefore requires the application of findings to human subjects, either directly or indirectly. Basic science research, particularly research involving animal models or in-vitro work, is best reported elsewhere. CTG expands the scope of translational research to include public health dimensions that impact the human experience. CTG devotes itself to publishing timely medical research in gastroenterology, pancreatology and hepatology with:
- Original Research Articles
- Review Articles
- Brief Report
- The Clinician’s Toolbox: Understanding our Tests (a structured assessment of individual diagnostic tests used in gastroenterology, pancreatology and hepatology)