Like the President of the United States, the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology (JNO) is given an initial 4-year term. As we pass the mid-point of this 4-year term, your editorial office wanted to update you on the Journal.
As you know, in 2010, our publisher, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, moved the JNO to an online submission system. This has streamlined the management of manuscripts as well as the revision process and publication. We have experienced a 17% increase in submissions over the past 2 years, yet have maintained a rapid time to first decision, averaging 21 days. To a large degree, this is due to the outstanding responsiveness and hard work of our reviewers.
In addition to the rapid escalation in peer review management activities, we have implemented several innovations since the start of 2010. One such feature is the availability of “Published Ahead-of-Print.” At the JNO online site, accepted articles are published within 8 weeks of acceptance and immediately become part of the medical literature cited in PubMed. This means our articles now experience a rapid time from acceptance to publication.
Additionally, we have expanded our online repertoire. To date, 4 podcasts have been posted, featuring interviews with authors of State-of-the-Art Reviews and named lecturers (Hoyt, Jacobson). “Virtual issues,” content collections of previously published JNO articles associated with a particular topic, are also available. Current topics include nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy and idiopathic intracranial hypertension. Our expanded electronic capabilities also allow us to publish videos of eye movement abnormalities and pupillary disorders as part of an accepted manuscript, enabling you, the reader, to enjoy an enhanced reading experience online.
The readership of the JNO has been surveyed on 2 occasions in recent years. We have responded by maintaining and adding regular sections including State-of-the-Art Reviews, Point-Counterpoint, Photo Essay, Literature Commentary, Basic Science in Neuro-Ophthalmology, and Clinical-Pathological case study. But at the core of the Journal is the original material submitted by our readers and the greater neuro-ophthalmic community. Our reach into that community continues to grow as the JNO now has received submissions from 36 countries in 2011.
We are grateful for the tremendous support given to the Journal by the editorial board, our reviewers, and the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society publications committee and board of directors. It is an honor to oversee and direct the JNO. The future looks bright and we look forward to sharing it with you!