As we say goodbye to an unprecedented year, we remain deeply grateful to the many people who make the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery possible. One year ago, no one envisioned a December 2020 issue in which the table of contents would feature titles such as “Videographic evaluation of aerosol generation during cataract surgery” (page 1683), “LASIK procedures during COVID-19” (page 1682), or, especially, “Remote corneal suturing wet lab: Microsurgical education during the COVID-19 pandemic” (page 1667). These contributions and a host of other high-quality articles—whether in response to or despite the pandemic—continue the crucial work of advancing clinical science and speak to the ongoing commitment of the entire JCRS family and its parent organizations, ASCRS and ESCRS, to persevere in seeking answers and disseminating information that ultimately serves our patients despite an enormous global disruption of business as usual.
Our reviewers generously give their expertise and personal time to vet and improve the work of others before it reaches the pages of JCRS. We value this opportunity to share the list of 2020 reviewers in the back of this issue (page 1694), and please join us in thanking this elite group for their commitment to the peer review process. Members of The 100 Club (page 1700) are highlighted and have made a truly extraordinary commitment in reviewing more than 100 manuscripts for JCRS. It is impossible to overstate the importance of the work our reviewers do to ensure both the quality and the relevance of work you see in print and online at JCRS. Their efforts are reflected in the 2019 Impact Factor of 2.689, which is up from 2.238 in 2018, an increase of 20%. Please consider saying “yes” when called on to review, and we encourage you to contact us at [email protected] if you would like to register as a reviewer.
All of our editorial board members earned their stripes as reviewers first, and we rely heavily on their ongoing commitment and creativity along with our Consultation Section editors and Review/Update editors. We thank them for all they do to shape and deliver content that makes a difference in everyday practice. JCRS is a direct extension of this group's expertise and diversity. As noted in the October issue, we are thrilled to welcome Dr. Filomena Ribiero (Portugal) and Dr. Craig See (United States) as the co-editors of JCRS Online Case Reports (JCRO).1 All accepted case reports will now be published in JCRO, a growing open-source platform that we believe will serve the international ophthalmology community in exciting new ways moving forward. We wish to acknowledge once again the remarkable 25 years of contributions of our outgoing Case Reports Editor, JCRS Editor Emeritus, and co-founding editor, Emanuel S. Rosen, MD, FRCSEd. Our journal exists today only through the vision and friendship he shared with cofounding JCRS Editor Stephen A. Obstbaum, MD. Look at what you have accomplished!
JCRS would not exist without our talented and dedicated editorial staff, which includes our Managing Editor Genie Bailey, Peer Review/Publications Manager Jackie Garcia, Editorial Assistant Alison Jefferson, and Social Media Editor Caroline Anderson. Thank you to our fantastic team!
Finally, we say farewell to one of the great ones, Dr. Alan Crandall, long-time JCRS Editorial Board member, past ASCRS President, humanitarian, and beloved clinician, teacher, father, and husband. He will be immensely missed, but his ripples will move generations of ophthalmologists to look far beyond themselves to discover or recover what is beautiful about our sight-giving specialty.
Thank you all for your continued support of JCRS, and we wish you all peace and joy in the New Year.
William J. Dupps Jr, MD, PhD
Thomas Kohnen, MD, PhD, FEBO
Sathish Srinivasan, FRCSEd, FRCOphth, FACS
Liliana Werner, MD, PhD
1. Kohnen T. On the shoulders of giants. J Cataract Refract Surg 2020;46:1329–1330