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Editorial: Thanking CORR’s Peer Reviewers

Leopold, Seth S. MD

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Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research: December 2019 - Volume 477 - Issue 12 - p 2615-2616
doi: 10.1097/CORR.0000000000001014
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The theme of gratitude seems to be appearing more and more lately, both in orthopaedic journals [5, 7, 10] and in the lay press [1, 3]. Perhaps this is a reflection of the broader “wellness” trend, now quite-reasonably defined as an industry, in light of its 2019 value in excess of USD 4 trillion [2]. The concepts of wellness and gratitude as currently construed may be a fad. Even if they are, I say buy the ticket and take the ride. Given recent world events—open any daily newspaper—if an idea is going to have its moment, let it be gratitude.

So, I’ll delay no longer: The 924 peer reviewers who reviewed at Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research® have my personal, deep, and abiding gratitude for their generosity of time and spirit. They carried an extraordinary load, given the large and growing number of manuscript submissions CORR® receives. The names of all of individuals who reviewed since this time last year appear on pages 2814 to 2825 here. And I send my special thanks to CORR’s “Top Reviewers,” whose names are listed on pages 2813 to 2814 of this issue.

In a year of high-profile frauds [4, 9] and published papers in the biomedical sciences containing serious errors—some of which were cited many hundreds of times [8] before being retracted [6]—CORR remains critically dependent on the generosity and talents of our peer reviewers. Their critical- appraisal skills help surgeons to make better decisions based on what they read, and as a result, these reviewers help patients to lead healthier lives. And for that, the other editors at CORR and I are very, very grateful.

Just a few words about CORR’s Top Reviewers: To make this select list, a reviewer had to score consistently at or very close to the top of our scoring rubric, and perform at least four reviews last year. Fewer than 5% of those who reviewed for us last year made this grade, and I congratulate them on this extraordinary accomplishment. In addition to our gratitude, I am pleased to offer each of these unusually skillful readers of science a 1-year electronic subscription to CORR, and (if they will allow me) a personalized note to their department chair and/or hospital leadership.

And so we at CORR end 2019 on a note of gratitude. Not a bad way to go out.


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2. Minds Brand. The health & wellness industry is now worth $4.2 trillion. April 25, 2019. Available at: Accessed September 2, 2019.
3. Ducharme J. 7 surprising health benefits of gratitude. Available at: Accessed September 2, 2019.
4. Else H. What universities can learn from one of science’s biggest frauds. Available at Accessed September 2, 2019.
5. Kelly JD 4th. Your Best Life. Breaking the cycle: The power of gratitude. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2016;474:2594-2597.
6. Lancet Editors. Retraction—Cardiac Stem Cells in Patients with Ischaemic Cardiomyopathy (SCIPIO): Initial results of a randomized phase 1 trial. Lancet. 2019;393:1084.
7. Leopold SS. Editorial: What do you say when a patient says thank you? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2019;477:1763-1764.
8. Retraction Watch. Top 10 most highly cited retracted papers. Available at: Accessed September 2, 2019.
9. Science News Staff. Duke University settles research misconduct lawsuit for $112.5 million. Available at: Accessed September 2, 2019.
10. Verhiel SHWL, Greenberg J, Zale EL, Chen NC, Ring DC, Vranceanu AM. What role does positive psychology play in understanding pain intensity and disability among patients with hand and upper extremity disorders? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2019;477:1769-1776.
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