Hello again, JPO readers!
The JPO Editorial Board and I have been intently discussing different ways to elevate the visibility and reputation of our journal. Although we feel that the quality of JPO articles has been steadily advancing, I believe that our visibility and reputation will progress even more favorably if we can increase the quality of our articles further while making the content more pertinent to P&O clinical practice.
But what actions can we take to move our journal in this direction? Well, one of our primary objectives should be to increase both the quantity and quality of manuscript submissions to JPO. But how do we make this happen? I would like to start by focusing our efforts close to home, specifically with JPO readers.
I suspect there are numerous professionals among you who have spent a considerable amount of time putting together excellent presentations and lecturing on various topics of interest at the national academy symposium, local chapter meetings, or other conferences relevant to our profession. I would like to encourage those individuals to take the next step and put together a manuscript based on their work in order to disseminate their message more broadly. Also, many of you have probably attended conferences and heard presentations that would be ideal for publication in JPO. In those instances, please consider approaching the authors and suggesting that they submit a manuscript to our journal.
The peer review process at JPO has grown stronger over the years, involving the contributions of many fine individuals who carefully critique manuscript submissions and provide helpful feedback to authors. For those submissions that are deemed to have substantial merit, peer review is intended to help authors present their information in the most favorable and professional manner possible. Again, please regard JPO as a professional forum to share your own expertise and encourage the contributions of your colleagues.
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 me or any of the Editorial Board members with your thoughts.
Steven A. Gard, PhD
Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics (JPO)