Optometry and Vision Science (OVS) has enjoyed great success over the past few years and now typically publishes 16 to 17 articles each month, in addition to its other features. Just a few years ago, the journal averaged 7 to 10 articles per issue. At the same time, the journal has enjoyed a rising reputation and impact internationally. It remains the leading optometry journal in the world based on its impact factor. This expanded OVS has come with increased quality, and our readers have been noting this. In addition, our Topical Editors have been actively promoting the publication of rigorously conducted eye and vision research, with its record numbers of submissions in the past 2 to 3 years. This year OVS has received as many manuscript submissions in the first 6 months as were submitted in the entire year of 2009!
Now the journal will be expanding and enriching its publications in a new way, with added features on clinical communications in one section of the journal.
Beginning in October, OVS will not only bring a full set of original research articles, in both print and online, but also begin to take greater advantage of enriched digital content (e.g., videos) that can only be produced online. The expanded and enriched content is the full use of color, without cost to the authors, for all Case Reports, Clinical Reports, and Technical Reports. In the October issue, we will introduce a new section on “Clinical Communications” led by OVS Editorial Board member Larry Alexander, OD, FAAO. Dr Alexander will provide brief take-home messages for the clinical cases and clinical commentaries and perspectives that have been accepted by OVS through the usual editorial peer-review process. He will use a format much like our monthly “OVS Announces.”
I am excited about this enriched expansion that brings appropriate attention to the best of refereed clinical contributions.
In the October issue, Dr Alexander gives you his “take-home messages” for four separately authored clinical cases, along with a submitted clinical commentary on visual acuity. In the past, it was the clinical publications that could best take advantage of the full-color images and video clips that were only available online. It has not always been possible to provide this to the fullest extent in the formats of the past. But now it is. Beginning this October, and in each issue that follows, OVS will provide this. For example, a major point of one of the three clinical cases in October is the way in which interviews can be an essential part of decisions on cataract surgery. The article will provide three video clips documenting the techniques of the important patient interview.
As we move forward, I plan to introduce a monthly section of the journal (“Video Corner”) that will provide recommended publicly available video clips, along with published and referred video submissions that have been accepted via our editorial process.
The Board of Directors of the American Academy of Optometry has been enthusiastically supporting the expansion of OVS and believes that Academy members and OVS subscribers will really appreciate these additions.
As Editor-in-Chief, I am delighted that OVS can now capture the obvious new publication enrichment possibilities in this digital age.
Anthony J. Adams