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Historical Perspectives: Twenty-five Years in Review

Cannon, W., Dilworth, Jr, MD*; DeHaven, Kenneth, E., MD; Fanelli, Gregory, C., MD

Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review: March 2018 - Volume 26 - Issue 1 - p 1
doi: 10.1097/JSA.0000000000000174

*Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, San Francisco Medical Center

Department of Orthopaedics, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Greenville Health System, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, San Francisco

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Reprints: W. Dilworth Cannon Jr, MD, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, Medical Center, 1701 Divisadero Street, #240, San Francisco.

Welcome to the 25th year anniversary issue of our Journal. To start the year with a celebration, this first issue of 2018 includes the top-cited articles published in our journal during our editorial tenure over the last 25 years. Thomson Reuter, now Clarivate, was kind to provide us with the top 25 most cited articles from 1993 to 2017.

In this first issue, you can enjoy reading the full text of the 3 most cited articles, and the article abstracts for the remaining 22 most cited articles in our journal. To view the full texts of the highly cited articles that have impacted our journal reading community over the past 25 years, please visit our journal website:

You will notice that the journal cover for this issue contains the first 4 covers from our inaugural year in 1993. Please read our first editorial online (, as we still feel that what was important in 1993 also holds true today.

The second and third issues of volume 26 will be published following our usual focus issue format with review articles, but our fourth quarterly issue of 2018 will continue our 25th year celebration. For the fourth issue of 2018, we asked our board to answer the question: what do the next 25 years hold for our reading community and what practices have evolved the most over our journal lifetime? Our editorial board chose the top dozen or so most interesting subjects in sports medicine and arthroscopy. These authors will tell us where we have been in the past, where we currently are, and what the future holds for these interesting subjects.

For a historical perspective, in 1992, Dr Cannon was recruited by Raven Press to start a new quarterly journal focusing on specific focus issues for review articles in sports medicine and arthroscopy. After accepting this position, he recommended bringing on board a second senior editor, Kenneth E. DeHaven, MD, who accepted this position. In 2002, Gregory C. Fanelli, MD joined the Board as associate editor. Dr Fanelli has contributed greatly to the success of our Journal, not only volunteering to do a number of issues as guest editor, but also making valuable suggestions for our guest editors.

No journal would succeed over 25 years without an engaged and knowledgeable board. We are fortunate to have sports medicine and arthroscopic experts from around the world on our journal editorial board, who have made suggestions for topics and recommended potential authors for our review issues. We think that our unique format of publishing review articles in a specific focus area has been very popular among our readers, and many journals have followed in our footsteps. Residents and clinicians frequently try to find an array of articles covering just 1 topic under 1 cover, and this journal meets that need.

We sincerely hope that our readers will continue to enjoy our journal and share in our 25-year celebration with issues number 1 and 4 of volume 26 in 2018. Please contact us to comment on what journal articles have made a difference to you over the last 25 years.

Let us know what you think of the journal and the last 25 years as a reader, author, or contributor at

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