Previous editorials in Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology Review have discussed the impressive range of developments in electrophysiology, and the consequent revolutionary speed of dissemination of relevant information.1,2 Critical assessment of all this prolific production, and presentation of what is really clinically useful or scientifically unmissable, is a crucial task of the editors of every scientific journal. This is the very essence of existence for a review journal.
The novel initiative of the Editors of Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology Review, “What Cannot Be Missed”, is aimed at serving the busy clinician in this particular context: the most important papers on arrhythmia from the year past, as chosen by the section editors and myself, will be presented and discussed in a dedicated article. It is not our intention to present everything that is new. We intend to choose and present just what is necessary for practicing evidence-based medicine in the field of arrhythmias or what, in our opinion, delineates the future in basic science. Needless to say, this is not an enterprise restricted to the editors’ tastes. Editorial board members and readers of the journal are encouraged to write to the Editor expressing their preferences and choices in this respect. Opinions will be collected and considered throughout the year and the first full collection of what is vital compiled as this year draws to a close. Overleaf the editors and I present a list of the unmissable papers from 2017. The editors of Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology Review look forward to receiving your valued opinions.