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A Bit of Sandpaper

Spiegel, P. M.D.

Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma: July 1996 - Volume 10 - Issue 5 - p 297
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“Editor... A bit of sandpaper applied to all forms of originality”

Elbert Hubbard

It was some 10 years ago that Mary Rogers, then Editor-in-Chief of Raven Press, Ltd., selected this bit of sandpaper to be the founding editor of Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. Life has never been the same since. Imagine a spouse living with a human “spell check” who delightedly finds errors of grammar and punctuation in your grocery lists, telephone messages, and checks. My first thank you is to Carol, who lovingly persevered through this mania.

My second thank you is a collective one...

  • to the authors who initially exposed their manuscripts to peer review; an act both of overt courage and insanity
  • to the Editorial Board who labored through the papers, seeking to find divine wisdom from the electronic pens of their colleagues
  • to the authors again for revisions, accompanied by cajolings, scoldings, pleadings, and final tweakings
  • to the publishers who magically put the words and pictures into print, creating a publication that we were proud to be a part of

Special thanks go to Kathey Alexander, my “handler” at Raven Press; Fred Behrens, the Deputy Editor for North America; editorial assistants Judy Overman and Sharon Brownlee; and the officers and members of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and International Society for Fracture Repair.

Lippincott-Raven Publishers has selected Roy Sanders, M.D., to be the new Editor. I feel extremely confident that he brings the necessary energy, talent, and enthusiasm to elevate JOT to being the pre-eminent orthopaedic trauma journal of the 21st century. As for myself... time now for amateur paleontology, recreational writing, and serving as Founder of MEA (Manuscript Editors Anonymous). To that end—in all sobriety—I promise never ever again to bring red pencil to paper, to desecrate, mutilate, or otherwise destroy a writer's work. (Well, maybe an occasional revision... just to stay sharp, of course.)

“Editor... One whose profession is arguing with writers”


“Editor... A man who knows what he wants, but doesn't know what it is”

Walter Davenport

P. Spiegel, M.D.

Editor Emeritus

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