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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Letter From the Editor- December

Dear JITC Readers,

Welcome to the final JITC digest of 2020. You are likely reading this email within a few days of the winter solstice—the shortest day of the year. Although 2020 has been a highly challenging year with some dark and difficult times, it is reassuring to know that each passing day will come with a little more light. 
Although the term has by now become cliché, we are indeed living in unprecedented times. Yet looking back upon 2020, some bright spots emerge from the dark and challenging circumstances in which we have been living. The society’s various task forces and working groups published several impactful papers, one of which, by Brian Gastman and colleagues on the SITC Surgery Committee, appears in this month’s issue. SITC also successfully carried out its first ever all-virtual annual meeting, and it was an amazing opportunity to reconnect with colleagues from all over and experience the very best in immunotherapy research (even if our interactions were through videochat windows). 
Additionally, JITC increased its impact factor to 10.252 in 2020, making it the highest ranked fully open access immunology journal and in the top 7 percent of all journals published in the oncology and immunology categories. I’m so grateful to you, our JITC readers, for your constant support of the journal, as well as the tireless efforts of all of our editors and peer reviewers. Thank you all so much for helping to make JITC the field-leading journal that it is today.
The articles in this month’s JITC digest are exemplary of why the journal continues on an upwards trajectory of success. Not only are the highlighted studies well-designed and tightly controlled, but the results forecast important trends for the future of the immunotherapy field. 
Two unique angles on therapeutic vaccination are provided by Juliane Schuhmacher et al and Iuliia Efimova et al, demonstrating that synthetic long peptides and cells dying an iron-dependent death, respectively, may offer advantages for the development of anti-tumor immunity. 
Combination regimens including multi-tyrosine kinase inhibitors and checkpoint blockade are the subject of reports by Javier Martin-Broto et al and Kohei Shigeta et al, further establishing the importance of angiogenesis in immune exclusion and demonstrating that combination strategies could expand the number of tumor types susceptible to PD-(L)1-targeting therapies. 
Finally, Diana Canals Hernaez and colleagues provide proof of concept that antibodies specific to tumor-restricted glycans can be developed and that they can specifically kill cancer cells when conjugated to toxic payloads.
I hope you enjoy this month’s JITC digest, and I wish a sincere and heartfelt happy holidays and best wishes for the New Year!

Pedro J. Romero, MD
Editor-in-Chief, Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer

To view the entire September 2020 JITC Digest, please click here

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