When I became Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons at the beginning of 2009, I followed in the footsteps of three Editors-in-Chief who had made JAAOS the gold standard for clinical review journals—John W. Frymoyer, MD, the late Alan M. Levine, MD, and William P. Cooney, MD. As I stated in my first editorial in the March 2009 issue of our Journal, my goal was “to continue to enhance the quality and reputation of JAAOS.”
By every measure, JAAOS remains the gold standard.
With the assistance of highly talented Deputy Editors and a dedicated AAOS staff, I wished to build upon that legacy of excellence. So during the past seven years, you have seen the Journal respond quickly to the ever-changing climate of orthopaedics and publishing and keep pace with rapidly moving developments.
In the March 2009 issue, we introduced the first of our Clinical Practice Guideline summaries, distilling the essence of the Academy’s recommendations for treating our patients. These summaries themselves were soon followed by Case Studies based on the guidelines, to further assist members in applying the recommendations, and then by summaries of and hypothetical clinical cases based on the Academy’s Appropriate Use Criteria, introduced in the August 2013 issue of the Journal.
We updated the Perspectives on Modern Orthopaedics and Advances in Therapeutics and Diagnostics categories into the Orthopaedic Advances series to provide “timely, reviewed, cutting-edge information, as it develops, in any of the topic areas of interest to the readership of the Journal”—and proved how cutting-edge that information was.
In April 2010, we introduced CME based on JAAOS articles—and within a year were able to offer up to 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for each questionnaire, applicable to the scored and recorded self-assessment (SAE) requirements for each participant, as mandated by the ABOS MOC process. “The new SAE developed by the JAAOS editorial board meets the ABOS criteria for length and breadth of the test and its intended purpose,” wrote Marybeth Ezaki, MD, in her editorial introducing JAAOS SAE CME in the April 2011 issue.
In continuing to fulfill what I called the Journal’s “responsibility to the Academy membership,” we have presented a host of special articles as well as supplements of critical importance. We publish summary reports on the Extremity War Injuries Symposia held in January in Washington, DC. In July 2013, we published the supplement Femoroacetabular Impingement, based on the AAOS/ORS–hosted symposium held in downtown Chicago, and earlier this year published a supplement of articles drawn from presentations made at the AAOS/ORS jointly hosted research symposium, Musculoskeletal Infection: Where We Are Now.
In response to members’ needs, in this digital age of communication, we took a major step into the online environment in April 2013 by presenting the first of our popular, no-cost member benefit JAAOS Plus online webinars, Management of Fractures of the Proximal Ulna. These webinars are given four times a year and allow readers of the Journal to “meet the authors” of important articles presented in pages of JAAOS.
We took the Journal’s “responsibility to the Academy membership” another step forward last year by undertaking to present selected Instructional Course Lectures in our pages, prior to their publication in the annual volume that debuts each year at Annual Meeting. And while selected Lectures initially appeared in print, we have begun this year to present these articles—as well as other important material—exclusively online in a format we call Online Extra.
The Online Extra format—and our Advance Access feature, allowing members to read upcoming content prior to its appearance in print—grew out of discussions with our new publishing partner, Wolters Kluwer, who took on publication and distribution of the Journal in March 2014. The advantages of scale and global reach that Wolters Kluwer bring to us are impressive. Just as important is our shared incentive to keep pace with the continuing advances in technology and in our field. A large part of the continuing success of JAAOS has to do with the forward-looking momentum the Journal has always exhibited. As John Frymoyer, MD, our first Editor-in-Chief, stated in his 2013 editorial in these pages, reflecting upon the first 20 years of the Journal’s existence, the founding of JAAOS was based on a mission to publish the latest information, make every effort to serve our readership, and ensure the highest quality of material presented. No small task—but JAAOS has been up to the challenge.
We now take on an additional challenge, and a critically important one. Beginning with this issue, JAAOS is publishing original research studies. You will find the first four of these new clinical research papers starting on page 769. We undertake this new initiative as part of our ongoing commitment to give you the highest-quality material, promoting advancement in the science of orthopaedics.
We now extend that commitment to excellence with our publication of original research studies, case studies, and surgical techniques articles. Starting in 2016, we will also select additional articles from papers, award posters, and scientific exhibits presented at the Annual Meeting in Orlando. Look for this additional content to appear during 2016.
As I also mentioned in my first editorial in 2009, maintaining the JAAOS level of excellence has been and continues to be a group effort. During my tenure, I have been able to rely on the Journal’s extraordinary board of Deputy Editors, our hundreds of volunteer peer reviewers, and our dedicated editorial staff, as well as the feedback we have received from Academy members and our thousands of many other readers.
As my term as JAAOS Editor-in-Chief is ending, I am pleased to announce that a member of our editorial review board, William N. Levine, MD, formerly our Deputy Editor for Shoulder and Elbow topics, will assume the Editor-in-Chief’s chair. I assure you that our Journal could not be in better hands.
I look forward to assisting Dr. Levine however I can during his transition, and I look forward to many more years of excellent scholarship in the pages of the “Yellow Journal.”