The emergence of the Internet and the Digital Age has made it possible to exchange large amounts of information worldwide in real time. With the rapid growth of knowledge in the musculoskeletal field, it is timely for JBJS to introduce an open access (OA) journal to provide readers throughout the world with the most current updates in their areas of interest. While there can be little argument against the concept of OA publications, concerns have been expressed regarding the veracity of the scientific content and the rigor of the peer-review process. Addressing these concerns has been central to the planning and development of JBJS Open Access.
Since its inception, The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery has maintained a focus on publishing the highest-quality orthopaedic information relevant to orthopaedic surgeons, trainees, and other musculoskeletal health professionals. The peer-review process is central to The Journal’s authority as a scientific publication and its recent achievement as the only orthopaedic journal with an impact factor above 5.0. JBJS Open Access will have its own dedicated board of distinguished Associate Editors and will continue to tap the current well-established pool of expert Consultant Reviewers. The Associate Editors have been carefully selected on the basis of their expertise, the quality of their contributions as reviewers, the breadth of their subspecialty interests, and their geographic location, representing several continents. JBJS Open Access is dedicated to communicating the best evidence and most advanced data on the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disease worldwide, reflecting the international perspective of the OA concept.
JBJS Open Access will offer the same quality, editorial oversight, and innovation that are the hallmarks of JBJS. Authors will receive comprehensive, constructive, and balanced peer review of their submissions after evaluation by the Co-Editors, Associate Editors, Consultant Reviewers, and editorial staff. Accepted manuscripts will be edited to the same rigorous standards as articles currently published in JBJS in order to maintain the highest levels of quality, accuracy, and clarity. Manuscripts will be published in a continuous manner in order to ensure a steady flow of new information and will be fully citable, easily accessible, and searchable from Google and across different database products. An application for PubMed Central (and subsequently MEDLINE) indexing will be made as soon as the appropriate milestones are reached, after which all previously published articles will be indexed.
The Journal wishes to encourage authors from anywhere in the world to submit manuscripts to JBJS Open Access. All submitted manuscripts will undergo peer review, and the decision regarding publication will be dependent on the outcome of the peer-review process. JBJS Open Access has the support of the Board of Trustees of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated, an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to producing a family of print and online publications related to the field of orthopaedics. The Editor-in-Chief, Co-Editors, and Associate Editors look forward to the success of JBJS Open Access and are confident that this initiative will make a positive contribution to the availability of timely, online, evidence-based content relevant to musculoskeletal health-care practitioners around the world. We are confident that JBJS Open Access will play a major role in enabling you to provide the best orthopaedic care for your patients.