The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery began as the Transactions of the American Orthopedic Association, the first volume of which contained the proceedings of the AOA meetings of 1887 and 1888. The journal name was later changed to the American Journal of Orthopedic Surgery. In 1919, this journal became the official publication of the British Orthopaedic Association and the word American was dropped from the title. At the same time, the spelling of Orthopedic was changed to Orthopaedic. Shortly thereafter, in 1922, the name The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery was adopted. In 1948, the establishment of an A (American) and a B (British) volume took place, as the American volume, which owns the JBJS name, agreed to share this journal title with The British Editorial Society of Bone and Joint Surgery. However, as this history reveals, names often change with changing times.
Today is a different day in medical publishing. The Internet is pervasive, and confusion has been created among web users regarding access to and offerings of both the American and the British volume of JBJS. To clarify the identities of the two journals in the electronic information age, the British volume will be undertaking a name change some time over the next five years.
The relationship between the American and British Editors and Boards of JBJS has been a collegial and successful one over the more than sixty years that our joint agreement has been in place. The decision regarding the name change of the British volume was not reached as a result of any disagreement between JBJS-A and JBJS-B. In many ways, this decision will offer benefits to both us and The British Editorial Society of Bone and Joint Surgery as we both explore the expanded use of this era's electronic platforms.
This decision will have no effect on the editorial policies of JBJS. Publication of quality research reports pertinent to orthopaedic surgery will continue to be our focus. Instead, this change in names will allow us to expand our electronic publishing scope in a way that is not confusing to those who use data collection through electronic platforms.
The many years in which JBJS-A has been associated with our British counterpart have been extremely successful for both of us, from an editorial point of view and because of the camaraderie. We plan to continue to work with our British colleagues in areas of mutual benefit. It is our hope that our cordial relationship will continue as the medical publishing world requires changes in the format for orthopaedic knowledge dissemination.