Financial security, online enhancements and a stable Impact Factor rating were keys to another successful year for Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Robert D. Madoff, Minneapolis, MN, reports.
The Journal’s publishing agreement with Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, which went into effect in 2009, guarantees royalties to the Society. Despite current economic conditions, the agreement secures the Journal’s finances through 2013.
“A smooth transition from Springer to Lippincott Williams & Wilkins was completed, allowing re-establishment of strong ties to a team well known to the Editorial Office and the Society,” Dr. Madoff explained. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins was the previous publisher of DC&R.
Improvements to the Journal’s online platform include monthly “Editor’s Selection” article postings, a “Related Articles” section, and the ability for users to create custom selections. In addition, the Editorial Board plans to “improve our interface with the ASCRS Website to maximize traffic at each site,” Dr. Madoff said.
“We anticipate that the Journal’s electronic version will play a progressively more central role in the future, and will increasingly drive revenue via online advertising,” he added.
Dr. Madoff reported that the Journal maintained a stable Impact Factor rating of 2.615, compared to 2.621 the year before. DC&R now ranks 26 of 148 surgical journals, and 24 of 55 gastroenterology and hepatology publications. A journal’s Impact Factor is a measure of quality based on total number of citations and articles published. Articles in DC&R were cited 12,568 times.
“The Journal continues to pursue a strategy of select publication, aiming for the highest article quality,” he explained. “The acceptance rate was 14% in 2009, down from 25% in 2008, accelerating the long-term trend toward increasing stringency of acceptance,” he added.
Dr. Madoff also reported:
- DC&R will introduce a new “For Debate” Section that will help advance novel ideas, therapies and concepts, and promote discussion and research.
- The Journal’s “Invited Commentaries” section has been replaced with editorials that appear at the front of each issue. The goal is to more effectively draw attention to articles of special interest.
- Drs. Marcus Bernstein, Toronto, ON, Canada; Leonard Gunderson, Phoenix, AZ; Kirk Ludwig, Milwaukee, WI; and Miguel Rodriguez-Bigas, Houston, TX, retired as Associate Editors in 2009.
- Drs. Justin Maykel, Worchester, MA; Arden Morris, Ann Arbor, MI; and Matthew Mutch, St. Louis, MO, were appointed to the Editorial Board as Associate Editors.