A quick glance at the web page and you will immediately notice that the Journal has a fresh new look. This exciting redesign of JWOCN retains all of the critical elements you demand of your Journal, cutting edge platform articles in wound, ostomy and continence nursing, all the latest in professional practice issues contained in our regular feature articles, and innovative case studies in our Clinical Challenges.
However, the changes apply to more than the cover. I am also pleased to announce changes in our Editorial Board. Deputy Editor Dorothy Doughty is retiring from the Board after more than 15 years of service. Dorothy's contributions to the Journal are immeasurable; they have profoundly improved our effectiveness as a resource for readers, and our efficacy in attracring the top authors on WOC related topics.
Dr. Joyce Pittman has agreed to serve as the new Deputy Editor. Because of the unprecendented growth in the Journal in recent years, her privotal position within a growing Editorial Board is more important than ever, and Joy is just the person to bring a new level of excellence to the Journal. Joy's name is familiar to every WOCN Society member as she has served as the National Conference Planning Committee Chair and she is a prolific author.
Within my tenture as Editor, I have seen the annual number of submitted manuscripts grow from 50 per year to approximately 175 per year. Each of these papers represents hard work and investment on the part of one or multiple authors and each is given the attention that it deserves. This attention begins with the assignment of Peer reviewers who provide expert opinion concerning whether the topic of the manuscript fits with the Journal's mission, its clinical and scholarly merit, its potential contribution to WOC care and its priority for publication. Each manuscript and Peer reviewer input is then forwarded to the appropriate Section Editor, who adds her own expert opinion and forwards the manuscript to the Editor for an initial decision. At this point, all comments get embedded into the manuscript for author feedback. Upon reecipt of the revised manuscript, the paper is again reviewed to ensure that all revisions have been completed. Final edits are made if necessary for publication, and the manuscripts moves into a now robust group of manuscripts awaiting publication. This process is extensive and arduous, but is essential to ensure the higest quality for the Journal.
Because of this tremendous growth in the volume of manuscripts, I have appointed two stellar professionals to act as a Wound Section Editor team. Professor Teresa Kelechi is known to any WOC nurse as a prolific researcher, productive author, skilled clinician and mentor. She has written extensively in the area of lower extremity wounds. Her colleague is Wound Section Editor Dr. Dea Kent, who is also well known within the WOC nursing community. She is an experienced leader within the Society, and is also an experienced researcher and author. Together this team provides the experience and skills to provide a new level of excellence to the world's premiere publication for WOC specialty practice nursing.
Mikel Gray, PhD, FNP, PNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN
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