The year 2016 marks Arthroplasty Today's second year of publication with recognition by the National Institutes of Health PubMed Central (PMC) digital archive, publication of research using data from the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) and growth in the number and types of manuscripts published.
Modern medicine is as much about communication as it is about anything else: communication between physicians and patients, authors and readers, communication about unique cases and techniques, original research, and best practices. For communication between doctors, the open access medical journal is a powerful and important tool.
Arthroplasty Today is an example of such a journal. Our journal, published by the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), places a high priority on rapid publication and seeks to publish a broad range of content while focusing on the case report. Arthroplasty Today was accepted this year as a PMC journal, and all manuscripts since our inception will be indexed. PMC is the US National Institutes of Health digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. Since its inception in 2000, PMC has grown to an electronic archive offering free access to more than 3 million full-text journal articles.
Arthroplasty Today is the official journal of AJRR and this year marked our first publication of data from AJRR in our June issue. Our current issue again publishes an executive summary of the AJRR Annual Report with a link to the full text of the report on our home page. Once more, our September issue included a worldwide perspective with manuscripts from authors representing 5 different countries and an editorial from Kazuo Hirakawa, MD, PhD, one of our Editorial Board members. Our December theme issue focuses on the complexities of difficult periprosthetic nonunions and pathological fractures. Wayne G. Paprosky, MD, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Christopher M. Melnic, MD, Adult Reconstructive Hip and Knee Fellow, from Rush University Medical Center will comment.
In addition to our usual content, this year marks the first publication of 2 new types of manuscripts. Joseph D. Galloway, MD, and Frank R. Voss, MD, published a white paper entitled, “Help, my rating looks bad! Coding comorbidities in arthroplasty” in the September issue. This type of publication represents a communication venue for health policy from AAHKS. Joseph T. Moskal, MD, John A. Scanelli, MD, and Susan G. Capps, PhD, published a systematic review in this issue, “Still no single gold standard for using cementless femoral stems routinely in total hip arthroplasty.” This type of evaluation is the highest quality method to present review concepts. Our new editorial board member Jayson N. Murray, MA, lends his expertise from his experience with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons to our Editorial Board. In the new world of evidence-based medicine, peer-reviewed systematic reviews are king.
Finally, I would like to thank all of our reviewers for their excellent and timely work. The journal hinges on their selfless efforts. A personal note of thanks also to the AAHKS President, William A Jiranek, MD, FACS, the Board of Directors, the AAHKS Publications Committee, Taylor Bowen (Arthroplasty Today Managing Editor), Mike Zarski (Executive Director of AAHKS), Denise Smith Rodd (AAHKS Publications Liaison), Shanna Sever (Journal Manager, Graphic World Inc. and Elsevier Publications), Matt Giampoala (Senior Publisher, Elsevier), and Associate Editors Stefano A. Bini, MD, Mark J. Spangehl, MD, and Bryan D. Springer, MD, who helped me tremendously this year.
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Published online: October 13, 2016
One or more of the authors of this paper have disclosed potential or pertinent conflicts of interest, which may include receipt of payment, either direct or indirect, institutional support, or association with an entity in the biomedical field which may be perceived to have potential conflict of interest with this work. For full disclosure statements refer to http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.artd.2016.09.005.
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