Editorial: Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research®: The World’s General-Orthopaedic Journal
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- Leopold, S.S. Clin Orthop Relat Res (2013) 471: 2417. doi:10.1007/s11999-013-3060-1
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If an orthopaedic journal is serving its constituency well, the material it disseminates must be as useful, interesting, and readily consumed in Bogotá as it is in Bayonne. Musculoskeletal diseases and injuries do not respect national borders.
At Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research®, we want to be the world’s general-interest orthopaedic journal. The numbers suggest we are on the way. Last year, 57% of manuscript submissions to CORR® came from outside the United States. That is a large proportion, and it is growing. Forty-six percent of the unsolicited papers we published last year were from countries outside the United States. The percentage of manuscripts we publish from developing markets—though not as high as western Europe or the United States—continues to rise as the biomedical research infrastructure (the main driver of the quality of submissions from those markets) improves.
More importantly, CORR® has a broad international reach. The large majority (63%) of our nearly 460,000 article downloads in 2011 (the last year for which granular data are available) came from outside North America. Users in the Asia-Pacific region accounted for 27% of CORR® downloads. European users accounted for 29%.
We recognize that in order to serve surgeons worldwide, our journal needs to maintain close relationships with the specialty societies that represent surgeons across the globe. This has long been our priority at CORR®. We are the official journal of several major international societies, and affiliated with orthopaedic specialty societies from Greece, Spain, Turkey, Israel, and Argentina, as well as the International Hip Society. Our editorial board draws orthopaedic expertise from five continents, representing the thought leaders of 14 countries.
Related to that, I would like to recognize and thank our panel of Deputy Editors and Society Liaisons, whose contributions to our journal are invaluable:
Judith F. Baumhauer – Foot and Ankle – Rochester, NY, USA
Joseph Bernstein – Resident Education – Philadelphia, USA
Mohit Bhandari – Evidence-based Orthopaedics – Ontario, Canada
Charles N. Cornell – Trauma – New York, USA
Stuart B. Goodman – Hip Society Liaison – Stanford, USA
John H. Healey – Tumor and Musculoskeletal Tumor Society Liaison – New York, USA
Tae Kyun Kim – Adult Knee Reconstruction – Seoul, Korea
Bruce A. Levy – Sports Medicine – Rochester, MN, USA
Mark W. Pagnano – Knee Society Liaison – Rochester, MN, USA
Rocco P. Pitto MD – Adult Hip Reconstruction – Auckland, New Zealand
Raphaël Porcher – Statistics – Paris, France
Charles A. Reitman – Spine – Houston, USA
David C. Ring MD – Hand – Boston, USA
Sanjeev Sabharwal – Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society Liaison – Newark, USA
Montri D. Wongworowat – Musculoskeletal Infection Society Liaison – Loma Linda, USA
We are proud to be associated with them. Although we cannot list the full roster of our ABJS Member Associate Editors, North American Associate Editors, and International Associate Editors—we are fortunate to have several dozen, including 17 international associate editors—we are grateful for the skill, diversity of viewpoint, and expertise they bring to the task. With their help and guidance, CORR® will become the world’s orthopaedic journal.
Most importantly, regardless of where or what you practice, we want to know what you are looking for in a general-interest journal of orthopaedic surgery.
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