Vernon T. Tolo, MD, assumes role as Editor-in-Chief
Vernon T. Tolo, MD (Editor-in-Chief, 2010-2014)
Preserving Stability While Embracing Change
Vernon T. Tolo, MD (Editor-in-Chief, 2010-2014) presided over a particularly dynamic period of JBJS history that was marked by a wide range of organizational changes, technological advancements, experimentation, new initiatives, and new products. Working alongside the first-ever JBJS CEO/Publisher Kent Anderson under the new corporate banner of STRIATUS/JBJS, Dr. Tolo guided the organization through a number of important developments, including:
Separating the American and British volumes of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery
Shifting to the publication of 2 shorter biweekly issues of JBJS instead of 1 larger monthly issue
Launching 3 online-only continuous-publication journals (JBJS Essential Surgical Techniques, JBJS Case Connector, and JBJS Reviews)
Creating subspecialty-specific “corridors” and newsletters on the JBJS website
Selecting particularly noteworthy or time-sensitive articles for “online first” publication (“JBJS Express”)
Fostering greater reader engagement through online commenting and “Letters to the Editor” functionality
Emphasizing the incorporation of video content across all products, platforms, and devices
Experimenting with the use of “semantic technology,” with a focus on concepts rather than keywords, to improve search functionality
Fostering improved uniformity and transparency of the author disclosure process through the adoption of the standard ICMJE conflicts-of-interest form
Decreasing the time to publication through an emphasis on shorter articles, online-only publication of selected articles, and streamlined internal processes
Optimizing the ability of readers to access JBJS content on mobile devices
Adopting the PRISMA guidelines for the conduct of meta-analyses and systematic reviews
Establishing a Board of International Deputy Editors to better reflect the global reach of JBJS
Introducing a robust series of webinars moderated by recognized experts in the field
Instituting a new approach to recertification in the form of the virtual JBJS Recertification Course
Publishing several special reports and supplementary issues in partnership with other organizations (including the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy [JOSPT] as well as the International Consortium of Orthopaedic Registries [ICOR])
Experimenting with technological initiatives within the publishing field (ORCID iDs, PRE-Score, Pre-Val, SocialCite, QR codes)
During his tenure, Dr. Tolo steadily advanced the JBJS mission of delivering excellence by ensuring the integrity and transparency of the peer review and publication processes, faithfully serving the interests of both authors and readers, and consistently emphasizing the importance of focusing on the ultimate goal: improved patient care and outcomes.
Click below for links to editorials written by Dr. Tolo during his tenure as Editor-in-Chief (2010-2014).
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