Hello again, JPO readers!
I hope you have enjoyed meeting and hearing from each of the JPO Editorial Board members during the past several issues. We have assembled an outstanding Editorial Board for our journal consisting of a select group of dedicated and respected professionals from the P&O field. They have proposed many interesting and innovative ideas for improving JPO, increasing its relevance for all of our readers and making an even greater impact on the field.
I would like to share with you a couple of new features that we have recently implemented to further enhance JPO's visibility, appeal, and reputation. The first of these is called “Published Ahead-of-Print,” which allows us to digitally publish accepted articles online in advance of the print version. This is advantageous for authors because it enables their work to be published and cited much sooner, and this is beneficial for readers because they obtain access to articles weeks or even months before hard copy publication. Be sure to look for the Published Ahead-of-Print menu tab on the JPO's publisher's Web site (http://journals.lww.com/jpojournal) to stay abreast of our latest journal content. (Please note that Academy members can easily access the JPO LWW Web site via a gateway on the Academy's JPO site, http://www.oandp.org/jpo).
Second, JPO is now offering authors the ability to publish their articles “Open Access.” Open access articles are available online to the general public free of charge, facilitating global dissemination of research findings while increasing the article's impact on the P&O profession. This option is important because some grant funding agencies now require that investigators publish their articles in journals that offer open access, and until recently, this excluded JPO from consideration. More information about the open access option can be found in JPO's “Instructions for Authors.”
As always, we would love to hear your ideas for growing JPO's stature in the field while increasing its relevance to your profession. Please feel free to contact any of the Editorial Board members or myself with your thoughts.
Steven A. Gard, PhD
Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics