Over the past year, readers have noted several changes with The Journal, including twice-a-month issues, increased use of electronic publication options, and briefer articles, while we preserve The Journal's tradition of presenting high-quality orthopaedic information. I want to describe some other innovative changes that we have put in place to enhance the value of The Journal to your practice.
A new and very valuable change has taken place with The Journal's web site as of June 1. Beyond the new look, the functionality of the web site has been upgraded markedly. The searching capability on this new site is based on "semantic technology," a term that may not be familiar to many orthopaedists. While current searches for orthopaedic articles depend on the correct keyword entry, semantic technology assigns the correct concepts to articles. Semantic searches, which are driven more by "meaning" rather than by a specific keyword, allow subtleties of language to be more easily addressed by the computer software, producing more precise searches and linking for the user than are currently available with conventional text searches. The end result is a quicker, more focused, and more complete retrieval of orthopaedic information on the topic that you select.
The new web site will provide improved capabilities to optimize the use and linkage of your computer and mobile device together. You will now be able to use your iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android to access the same items that you have been working with on your computer, providing access to orthopaedic information when you need it. The new web site improves image quality and ease of image manipulation and allows easier access to CME exams within the article that you are reading.
Over the past years, the publication of supplements on surgical techniques has been highly valued and highly rated by our readers. Building on this prior success, JBJS Essential Surgical Techniques has now become a separate online publication. By presenting the surgical technique in a manner that permits portions or all of the technique to be accessed at any time that is convenient for the reader, we can integrate video and images in ways that make the publication easier to use. These techniques will continue to be linked to a peer-reviewed article describing results for a clinical series of patients for whom this surgical technique was used. The online format allows for a rolling posting of new surgical techniques throughout the year, not just at specified dates.
Another innovative online publication that now is in place is the JBJS Case Connector. This publication includes more than 2000 case reports previously published in The Journal as well as the ongoing addition of new case reports after peer review is complete. The semantic technology mentioned earlier allows the computer to identify connections between the case reports that may easily go undiscovered with conventional text searches. This connectivity can be important for identifying a group of reports of uncommon conditions and will create an "early warning system" to report and aggregate individual case reports of complications or problems with new techniques or devices that otherwise may not be discovered as early.
We have introduced the name "Corridor" to describe a grouping of JBJS articles, surgical techniques, and case reports by subspecialty interest. A number of these Corridors will also include an electronic newsletter that includes commentary by a respected editorial panel of orthopaedists in that subspecialty related to notable articles published outside of JBJS. A subscription to the subspecialty Corridors will be available at a nominal fee for individuals.
JBJS continues to be committed to providing high-quality and up-to-date information to our readers to improve orthopaedic patient care. These new web site features and additional online publications will prove valuable to our readers and will allow the use of modern technology to meet this commitment, establishing JBJS as an integral part of your orthopaedic practice.