In an editorial entitled “Techniques in Orthopaedics Remake,” published in the December 2014 issue, I described a variety of planned improvements and changes intended to strengthen the journal’s traditional coverage of surgical techniques while expanding its scope and quality. Important steps were taken during 2015 to realize these goals. I will discuss each below in bulleted paragraphs.
- Active Editorial Board: A very significant effort this year involved the creation and activation of a new editorial panel. I recruited 14 outstanding, energetic, committed, well-organized orthopedic surgeons and an industry leader to serve as Associate Editors for the sections now listed in the journal masthead in print issues and the Web site. Each recruited multiple experts from their subspecialty to serve on the editorial board in their sections. The members of the board then recommended several other subspecialists to serve as reviewers. Information on the board members’ and reviewers’ interests was loaded into the Editorial Manager system, and active reviewing commenced. The rigorous and thorough reviews of invited and unsolicited articles, completed since the system went live, have been impressive, a standard that will definitely raise the quality level of the publication.
- Revised Translational Symposium Format: In addition to retaining its traditional coverage of surgical techniques, the structure of the symposia has been expanded to incorporate articles submitted by basic scientists and developers from industry on novel research techniques, models, and technology. Guest editors with a broad view of topics including unresolved issues, evolving surgical techniques, and research activities have been engaged to recruit contributions from clinicians and scientists. Authors will communicate the key components of translational development of technologies and techniques from the inception of ideas in the laboratory, through preclinical research, to phased clinical testing and implementation in the community. An article will be included in each symposium to address the health policy and financial and professional issues raised by the topic. The symposium on Rotator Cuff Injuries that will be published in the June issue will be the prototype for the new format.
- New Feature: “Novel Research Methods and Models”: While basic scientists and clinical researchers have long been able to publish the results of their studies in scientific journals, they have not previously had a platform to publish on new and unique research methods, experimental models, and clinical research protocols. This new feature, recommended by our Associate Editors in Basic Science and Clinical Research, is intended to allow investigators a place to describe and claim credit for developing such innovations that are used subsequently by other investigators to conduct similar studies. Please spread the word that we will welcome unsolicited articles of this type for active peer review.
- Expanded International Contributions: Recognizing that significant surgical techniques and new technology emerge from various places in the world, we have increased our engagement of international leaders to serve as issue editors, authors, editorial board members, and reviewers. A good example is the symposium in the current issue edited by Professor Peter V. Giannoudis, a distinguished orthopedic surgeon from London, England. France was the quest nation for the 2013 Annual American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons meeting, and Professor Giannoudis served as moderator for an opening-day symposium. The session featured Dr Masquelet and other French surgeons discussing their experience with this technique. Developed in France, the technique is now widely used throughout the world to reconstruct bone gaps and nonunions. Professor Giannoudis, who has extensive experience with the technique, was able to attract articles from the developer, Dr Masquelet, and other notable French surgeons. A future issue that will be edited by Dr Kevin Tetsworth from Australia will focus on the new technology of 3D printing. Many submissions for “Tips and Pearls” over the years have come from other countries, and we anticipate the trend will continue.
- Enhanced Electronic Publishing: Consistent with modern trends, the access to content of TIO through the journal’s Web site has increased steadily over the past few years. To enable timely publication of Tips and Pearls, some of the articles are now published in electronic form only. The publisher, to allow readers to search for and purchase individual articles from symposia and other features, has implemented new mechanisms. We have created a new section for social networking and are beginning to use it for marketing and educational programming. We are considering developing the capability in the future to acquire and publish video content on our Web site.
- Technology-related Issues Forum: In addition to including a capstone article in each symposium on the health policy and financial and professional issues related to the topic of that symposium, this new feature will allow authors to contribute unsolicited articles discussing this domain of issues. We are seeking thoughtful articles that will comprehensively consider all sides of the business, ethical, regulatory, and social impacts of technology in our field.
I am grateful to the many people who have signed on to serve as editorial board members and reviewers. Their active support will be pivotal in realizing the goal of transforming TIO into a more useful and higher impact source of information on the latest techniques and technology. As we strive to make TIO even better, we welcome feedback and suggestions from our readers. You may contact me directly at [email protected].Copyright © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved