This New Year brings several exciting developments to the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, starting with this issue. As of January 1, 2020, Wolters Kluwer, a leading global provider of information and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry, is the new publisher of JCRS. We are excited about the technical support Wolters Kluwer provides, as well as their commitment to rigorous academic publishing and serious analytics. We agree with American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Executive Director Steve Speares, who said, “In collaborating with Wolters Kluwer, JCRS has an opportunity to amplify the scientific exchange of innovative research and breakthrough findings, enhancing surgical outcomes and ultimately improving patient care.”
The journal will also have two editor transitions in 2020. Dr. Nick Mamalis, current president of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, will be stepping down from the Editorial Board in May 2020. Dr. Mamalis has contributed greatly to the growth and development of the journal, having served as Associate Editor of JCRS from 2001 to 2006 and as Editor of JCRS since 2007, and will be certainly missed. Taking over as U.S. Editor will be current Associate Editor Dr. W.J. Dupps, Jr. Dr. Dupps is Professor of Ophthalmology and Biomedical Engineering at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, and is a refractive, corneal, and cataract surgeon at the Cole Eye Institute in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition, the Editorial Board is excited to welcome Liliana Werner, MD, PhD, from the John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah in the role of U.S. Associate Editor. Dr. Werner is an outstanding laboratory scientist who specializes in pathology, intraocular lens materials, and accommodating mechanisms.
The aim of JCRS is to publish manuscripts of a guaranteed high academic and scientific standard of broad international relevance to the field of cataract and refractive surgery. Our accepted manuscripts will advance the science in the field by challenging and/or improving current and emerging techniques and practices and adding to the general knowledge of cataract and refractive surgery. Maintaining this high standard would not be possible without the peer-review system and the dedication and expertise of our peer reviewers. In an effort to show the value we put on our academic peer reviewers, we are pleased to announce that together with our new publisher, Wolters Kluwer, JCRS will be joining the Publons community. Similar to ORCID, Publons gives peer reviewers the opportunity to track their peer reviews and research impact. JCRS is continually building its peer reviewer database. If you are interested in contributing to the journal as a peer reviewer, please express your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to the continued involvement from you, our readers and authors. From submitted articles to letters to the editor and case reports, together we are exploring, building, and developing the field of cataract and refractive surgery. All of us from the Editorial Board wish you a prosperous New Year!