Spotlight interview – Hans Hauner

obesity-factsEASO is delighted to introduce readers to Professor Hans Hauner, editor-in chief of Obesity Facts, the official journal of the European Association for the Study of Obesity.

Hans, please tell us a bit about your professional background. How did you come to be editor of Obesity Facts, The European Journal of Obesity?

I trained as an internist with a sub-speciality in Endocrinology and Metabolism. Between 1997 and 2003, I was deputy head of the Clinical Department for the German Diabetes Centre in Düsseldorf. Since 2003 I have been Chairman in Nutritional Medicine at the Technical University of Munich. From the beginning of my career, my research interest and activities were focused on obesity and type 2 diabetes, covering a broad range of topics – from the genetics of obesity and adipose tissue biology to clinical studies.

When Johannes Hebebrand, the founding editor-in-chief of Obesity Facts retired in 2013, he and Karger Publishers contacted me to succeed him in the role. After brief consideration I accepted the challenge of further developing this well established and highly respected European Obesity journal.

Please tell us the history of the journal. How was it started and by whom? What is the current circulation? When did it become open access? Can you tell us something about Karger, the publisher of Obesity Facts?

The journal was started in 2007, and right from the beginning received considerable attention within the scientific community. The number of article submissions to the journal was rapidly increasing at that time, though the distribution was quite limited. This was probably due to the explosion of scientific literature around obesity and endocrinology during this period and, simultaneously, the shrinking budgets of most libraries. Therefore, the former editor-in-chief and the publisher made a key strategic decision to develop Obesity Facts as an open access journal. Obesity Facts has been an open access journal since volume 6, 2013. This change in distribution, which makes the contents more easily available for scientific discussion, is also intended to increase dissemination of the journal.

With the introduction of a publication fee, the number of submitted manuscripts dropped substantially. Now, however, the scientific community seems to have accepted the concept and holds the scientific excellence of and free access to the journal in high regard. The number, and most notably, the quality of manuscripts is clearly rising again. This may also be due to the substantial increase of the journal’s impact factor recently; it rose to 2.25 this year and will hopefully continue to rise.

Obesity Facts is published by Karger Publishers, a globally active medical and scientific publishing company. Independent and family-run for four generations, Karger is dedicated to serving the information needs of the scientific community with publications of high-quality content, covering all fields of medical science. Karger issues more than 100 digital and print journals as well as publishing 50 books a year.

Would you like to tell us about the current issue?

The current issue is a perfect example of the wide spectrum of topics covered through the journal, with articles ranging from basic research, animal studies and methodological papers to systematic review articles highlighting current topics of interest. We are pleased that the current issue also contains the European Guidelines for Obesity Management in Adults developed by the Obesity Management Task Force of EASO.