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Overview of the Editorial Process

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Joel A Block, MD
The Willard L Wood MD Professor, and
Director, Division of Rheumatology, Rush University Medical Center

Editor in Chief, Osteoarthritis and Cartilage

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Overview of the Editorial Process

  1. 1. Overview of the Editorial Process Joel A Block, MD The Willard L Wood MD Professor, and Director, Division of Rheumatology, Rush University Medical Center Editor in Chief, Osteoarthritis and Cartilage OARSI Toronto, ON 4 May 2019
  2. 2. In the last 12 months, I have had the following relationships related to OA research: Nature of Financial Relationship 1. Commercial Interest 2. What Was Received 3. For What Role Novartis, Pfizer, Abbvie, Jannsen, TissueGene Research Funds Clinical Trials Daiichi-Sankyo, Agios, Omeros Royalties Intellectual Property: Cell lines Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc., GlaxoSmithKline, Inc. Medivir Inc Consulting Fees: OA Therapeutics Consultant ** Osteoarthritis Research Society International Stipend Editor-in-Chief, Osteoarthritis and Cartilage ** Not Commercial
  3. 3. Publishing in OAC I. Biomedical Publishing II. Osteoarthritis & Cartilage
  4. 4. Publishing in OAC I. Biomedical Publishing A. Where are we? B. Where are we going? II. Osteoarthritis & Cartilage
  5. 5. Biomedical Publishing: Where are we? • Total number of Scholarly Peer-Reviewed Journals, 2014 28,100 English-language journals 6450 non-English-language journals • 2.5 million articles a year. • Journal Publishers: 5000–10,000 globally ~ 5000 included in the Scopus database. • Main English-language journal publishers ~ 650 ~ 11,550 journals; ~45% of the total journal output by title. • Not-for-profit: 480 publishers and about 2300 journals Source: STM Report, Ware and Mabe, 2015
  6. 6. Publishing in OAC I. Biomedical Publishing A. Where are we? B. Where are we going? II. Osteoarthritis & Cartilage
  7. 7. Biomedical Publishing: Where are we Going? STM Report, Ware and Mabe, 2015
  8. 8. Biomedical Publishing: Where are we Going? STM Report, Ware and Mabe, 2015
  9. 9. Biomedical Publishing: Where are we Going? Source: Nature 2018. https://www.nature.com/magazine- assets/d41586-018-00927-4/d41586-018-00927-4.pdf China U.S. E.U.
  10. 10. Publishing in OAC I. Biomedical Publishing A. Where are we? B. Where are we going? II. Osteoarthritis & Cartilage
  11. 11. Publishing in OAC I. Biomedical Publishing A. Where are we? B. Where are we going? II. Osteoarthritis & Cartilage A. What are our processes?
  12. 12. OAC Editorial process Author submission Reject without Review (50%) Editor in Chief Peer Review (Content Review) Statistics Review Reject Revise or Accept Assessment of reviews Managing Editor: screen Deputy Editor Clinical or Basic/Translational Associate Editor Content Editor Editor in Chief
  13. 13. OAC Editorial process • Submissions are screened for Form by the Editorial Office For queries or questions: oac@Elsevier.com • Every Paper is examined by the Editor in Chief • Every Paper is evaluated by at least 2 Editors and generally 3 Editors • Only 50% of submissions are sent for review
  14. 14. Publishing in OAC I. Biomedical Publishing A. Where are we? B. Where are we going? II. Osteoarthritis & Cartilage A. What are our processes? B. What are our trends?
  15. 15. OA & C: Impact Factor By Year 2008 4.082 2009 3.88 2010 3.953 2011 3.904 2012 4.262 2013 4.663 2014 4.165 2015 4.535 2016 4.742 2017 5.454
  16. 16. OA & C: Papers Published 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 201820172016201520142013201220112010200920082007200620052004200320022001 NumberofPapers Year of Publication OAC Papers Per Year Total Papers
  17. 17. OA & C: Acceptance Rate, % 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020 %Accepted Year Acceptance Rate by Year
  18. 18. Osteoarthritis & Cartilage (Summary) • OA & C has had a trend of increasing numbers of submissions from 2000, and has concomitantly published increasing numbers of papers per year • Despite publishing increasing numbers of papers annually, OA & C has had decreasing acceptance rates; 24% in 2018 [i.e., 76% rejection rate] • Conclusion: In 2019, it is harder to be published in OA & C than ever previously
  19. 19. Publishing in OAC The Bottom Line: • OAC accepts less than ¼ of submissions; hence, large numbers of extremely good papers are rejected. Priority is determined by the Editors. • It is the Peer Reviewers who ensure the quality of OAC. • We cannot discern subtle differences in quality and importance without our Reviewers • Peer reviewers bring unique expertise and perspective • Constructive comments by our Reviewers markedly improve the quality, validity (and reproducibility) of the papers we publish.
  20. 20. Questions?

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