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Excellence Through Peer Review
James D. Heckman, MD, Editor-in-Chief
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2001 Jan 01;83(1):1-1
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Over the last few months, many changes have occurred in your Journal, with the addition of such new features as The Orthopaedic Forum, Ethics in Practice, and Evidence-Based Orthopaedics as well as electronic enhancements through our collaborative efforts with the Video Journal of Orthopaedics. All of these changes have been made to increase The Journal's usefulness to all orthopaedic surgeons, regardless of their specialty interest. This first issue of 2001 has a new style of presentation that we hope will enhance your ability to read, use, and enjoy the material presented in The Journal.
While many changes have occurred and are occurring in The Journal, the long-standing tradition of delivering high-quality peer-reviewed information, established by my predecessors and professionally conducted by our outstanding corps of Deputy and Associate Editors and reviewers, continues unchanged. Adherence to those high standards is well encapsulated in the slogan "Excellence Through Peer Review," an important and meaningful expression of The Journal's ongoing policy and philosophy, which will never change or be compromised.
This is an era of rapid change in the publishing field. The advent of the electronic era has radically altered the way in which we transmit and receive all types of information, including medical information. Through our new web site, slated to be fully operational by February, The Journal is prepared to be a ready access point for orthopaedic information. We plan to develop this web site in a way that will be user-friendly and supportive of the educational initiatives of our two founding organizations, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Association.
As part of The Journal's continuing effort to serve you better, there will be a number of upcoming improvements:
· With this edition, we commence the monthly specialty update entitled "What's New in . . ." Working through the Council of Musculoskeletal Specialty Societies of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, we will present, each month, a thorough summary of the state-of-the-art thinking in a selected orthopaedic specialty. Over the course of the year, each of the twelve major specialties in orthopaedics will be updated, so that the general orthopaedist can keep in touch with the rapidly developing advances in these areas.
· This month, we are introducing summary pages, which present brief capsules of each month's scientific articles to provide an introduction to the information being presented in those articles.
· This year, we will begin to provide Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit on a quarterly basis for routine reading of The Journal. We will be working through the sponsorship of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons to provide up to fifty hours per year of American Medical Association category-I CME credit for Journal reading. A written test, to be completed and returned to The Journal office for grading, will be provided on a quarterly basis. Successful completion of the test makes the reader eligible for the CME credit.
· We are working to make the articles shorter and easier to read, without compromising their content. This will give us the opportunity to publish more of them, with less delay. The editorial board is working diligently to facilitate the publication of as many important articles as possible, and we are pleased to report that, over the last six months, the acceptance rate for scientific articles has almost doubled. We hope to provide a greater variety and extent of information without compromising the high standards that traditionally have been an essential part of the editorial process.
The many changes that have occurred over the last year, perhaps most dramatically characterized by the new appearance of The Journal this month, are changes in style rather than substance. We hope that you find The Journal, in whatever format you choose to use, to be of greater interest and more valuable to you in the care of your patients in the years to come. We pledge to always preserve the high quality of Journal information through the peer-review process, and "Excellence Through Peer Review" will be the guiding principle behind all that we do. I look forward to receiving feedback from you about the changes that have been made; constructive criticism will further enhance The Journal's value to you and your patients. We want to hear from you, and we need to know how you feel about your Journal.

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These activities have been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
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