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A Q&A with Michael Zitzmann

The New Editor-in-Chief of The Aging Male

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Meet the Editor

Professor Michael Zitzmann, born in 1964, is a high school teacher specializing in the fields of andrology, endocrinology, diabetology and sexual medicine at the University Clinics of Muenster, Germany.

He is a member of international committees, journal editorial boards and is on the Educational Board of the European Association of Andrology (EAA) and the German Adiposity Foundation.

Prof. Zitzmann is author of the EAA guideline on functional or late-onset hypogonadism and the EAA guideline on Klinefelter Syndrome. He was recently elected Honorary Member of the Royal Society of Medicine of the United Kingdom.

He talks to us about the kind of research the journal publishes and what the journal is looking to achieve, as well as recommendations for memorable research published in the journal.

A Message From Professor Bruno Lunenfeld:

The aging of the human male requires special consideration; The Aging Male was founded to encourage physicians and other health-care professionals to understand male illness in the context of the aging process as a whole and to adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to caring for patients and to allow them to age in health and dignity. As the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the journal I tried to develop its multidisciplinary nature and by 2002 it was covered in Index Medicus, Medline and others. As we move to make the journal Open Access and to published academic articles freely and permanently available online, I have asked Prof Michael Zitzmann to take over as Editor-in-Chief. He is the perfect scientist to lead the editorial board, with his experience he will further develop the journal. I will continue to act as Senior Editor and will help Michael whenever he needs me.

As the new Editor for The Aging Male, what are your plans for the next year?

The Aging Male has always been a wonderful platform to reach a multidisciplinary community of publishing researchers as well as interested readers. Now, it will be even more feasible to gain access to papers due to the new open access policy of the Journal. It will be my pleasure to promote this information as well as publish high-quality manuscripts covering the full spectrum that this journal offers. Publishing the ISSAM Guidelines on late-onset hypogonadism in men will be a next landmark of The Aging Male.

As a prospective author, what are the benefits of publishing open access in The Aging Male?

Publishing in The Aging Male, which is an open access journal, provides the possibility for scientific researchers to reach a wide readership. This is not only due to the journals open access model but also The Aging Male's interdisciplinary nature. It reaches Urologists, Andrologists as well as Endocrinologists, Therapists in Sexual Medicine as well as Diabetologists and others. The journal has an attractive Citescore of 4.2 reflecting the success of its approach and its establishment within the international research community.

What’s the most innovative paper you’ve seen in the journal in recent years?

The most innovative paper published in The Aging Male is for me: Groti Antonič K, Antonič B, Žuran I, Pfeifer M. Testosterone treatment longer than 1 year shows more effects on functional hypogonadism and related metabolic, vascular, diabetic and obesity parameters (results of the 2-year clinical trial). 2020 Aug 26:1-13. Another important publication is Çayan S, Uğuz M, Saylam B, Akbay E. Effect of serum total testosterone and its relationship with other laboratory parameters on the prognosis of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in SARS-CoV-2 infected male patients: a cohort study. 2020 Sep 3:1-11. A definitely important paper is also Kaya E, Sikka SC, Kadowitz PJ, Gur S. Aging and sexual health: getting to the problem. 2017 Jun;20(2):65-80.

What research topics would you like to see more of in the journal this year?

I would like to see more randomized-controlled clinical trials and very good reviews on andrology as well as sexuality in older men. A new aspect I would like to see is the publication of psychology- or psychiatry-oriented research. The Journal could expand into this direction. I will invite renowned researchers to publish reviews within the above-named scope of The Aging Male.

What support can you give researchers hoping to publish in your journal?

I will support researchers be giving them the opportunity to reach a wide interdisciplinary readership by publishing in a renowned journal with a reasonable Citescore. The decision time will be fast and less than a month in most cases. The Reviewers will be carefully selected. I can only encourage submitting high-quality research, as the journal has high standards. In this I will be supported through advice and counselling by Bruno Lunenfeld, the Senior Editor and one of the most respected Researchers within the field.

How can someone who wishes to publish in The Aging Male go about doing so?

The Aging Male is easy to reach and offers a comfortable internet platform for authors. There is more Open Access information on the publishers website - https://authorservices.taylorandfrancis.com/publishing-open-access/. Alongside this are pages detailing various agreements which offer discounted Open Access - https://authorservices.taylorandfrancis.com/publishing-open-access/oa-agreements/ and information on how authors from lower income countries can access discounted publication - https://authorservices.taylorandfrancis.com/publishing-open-access/requesting-an-apc-waiver/

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