There is an enormous global burden of disease related to musculoskeletal trauma.[1,2] Orthopaedic trauma requiring surgery continues to occur at significant rates, has a tremendous economic impact and accounts for significant morbidity and long-term disability resulting from injury.[1–3] There is a large unmet need to share best international practices in orthopaedic trauma so that the enormous financial and social burden of disease can be better dealt with. There is also a need for an international forum that connects all Orthopaedic Trauma Societies globally to achieve a more coordinated approach to this problem.
I am pleased to confirm that the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA), in partnership with Wolters Kluwer have launched OTA International, a new open-access journal published alongside the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. As a key partner of the international orthopaedic trauma community, OTA International is dedicated to advancing the field of orthopaedic trauma within a global setting, thereby optimizing care of the patient with musculoskeletal injuries and supporting strategies to reduce the global burden of musculoskeletal trauma. OTA International aims to further knowledge, foster innovation, support research and education, and promote quality and good clinical practice in the field of orthopaedic trauma. The journal will provide both scientific innovation and educational material, disseminate clinical trial information and registry data, and highlight key scientific advances presented at meetings held by global orthopaedic associations and trauma societies, as well as national and international orthopaedic trauma collaboratives. Readers can also expect articles and abstracts arising out of the OTA's educational activities and conjoint meetings held with other organizations.
The journal has high standards of peer review set by exceptional leaders within the orthopaedic community, which allows for an insightful approach to presenting significant developments in trauma surgery throughout the world. Contributions are welcome from surgeons and trauma clinicians, educators and researchers in all sub-specialty areas of orthopaedic trauma, basic science and biomechanics, quality and safety systems, population health, and health policy and economics relevant to orthopaedic trauma. The journal brings value to authors, the OTA membership and readership of OTA International with enhanced exposure of global research and more freely available research and educational content. As the first Editor-in-Chief, and on behalf of our Deputy Editors and Editorial Board, I thank you for considering our journal for publication of your work.
1. Mock C, Cherian MN. The global burden of musculoskeletal injuries: challenges and solutions. Clin Orthop Relat Res
2. GBD 2016 DALYs and HALE Collaborators. Global, regional, and national disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) for 333 diseases and injuries and healthy life expectancy (HALE) for 195 countries and territories, 1990-2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016. Lancet
3. Hernlund E, Svedbom A, Ivergard M, et al Osteoporosis in the European Union: Medical Management, Epidemiology and Economic Burden. A report prepared in collaboration with the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industry Associations (EFPIA). Arch Osteoporos