You are holding the inaugural “Thematic Issue” of the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine (CJSM). This is a departure from our normal format. Our Thematic Editor, Dr. Tom Best, and Guest Editor, Dr. Doug McKeag, have put together this unique collection of manuscripts that have been invited from world experts. They represent the state of the art in current concussion knowledge and practice. This contentious topic is difficult to address, so our editors and authors deserve a special “thank you” for providing us, the clinicians, with a scientific, yet practical collection.
The thematic issues are only one example of continued growth for CJSM. We also are pleased to announce that, in 2002, CJSM will become a bimonthly publication. The expansion to six issues will allow us to add new features, increase the number of manuscripts, and shorten the lag in getting new knowledge into print.
Each year, one of the six issues will be a thematic issue that focuses on a topical, controversial, or complex clinical topic. Since its launch in 1991, CJSM has aimed to publish the best original scientific content in its field. We recognize that this type of information forms the foundation upon which our discipline will establish its growth, credibility, and excellence.
At the same time, we also acknowledge that the clinician needs practical information and that he or she values the opinion of experts. In a small way, we will be meeting these needs through the launch of our “Practical Management” section, coordinated by Drs. Stu Weinstein and Mark Juhn. This section will, from time to time, address a very focused clinical issue from the perspective of the expert clinician. The thematic issues are an extension of this concept, covering a focused topic in more depth. We thank Dr. Best for taking on the task of coordinating our subsequent thematic issues, which will each feature an expert guest editor.
These new additions will not replace our existing format. The regular features that have graced our Journal over the past 10 years will continue to appear, including Editorials, Original Investigations, Critical Reviews, Case Reports, and the Journal Club.
Lastly, we are now fully on-line. Subscribers to CJSM can access our web site at no charge and retrieve abstracts, full text, and pdf files of the Journal content. In addition, you can request e-mail notification to have the table of contents sent to you electronically, in advance of the print copy. Please feel free to visit our site at http://www.cjsportmed.com
Our objective is to provide you, the clinician, with a complete package of scientific, practical information in a timely fashion, and that is the goal toward which we will continue to strive.