The Society’s journal, Diseases of the Colon and Rectum (DC&R), launched its iPad app in February 2012. The app is available free at the iTunes store, and using it ASCRS members can download the complete journal free of charge to their iPads. “With the increasing popularity of portable electronic media, our new app makes the Journal instantly available any time a subscriber wants to read it,” Editor-in-Chief Dr. Robert D. Madoff, Minneapolis, MN reports.
“The app has been downloaded over 5,700 times in the six months since its introduction. A survey of our readership shows extremely high satisfaction with user friendliness, visual display, ease of finding content and navigability,” he says.
In an unrelated development, DC&R has recently received its highest Impact Factor ever: 3.132. This figure continues a decade-long trend of rising Impact Factor, increasing from 2.819 last year and 2.536 the year before.
“The progressive increase in DC&R’s Impact Factor is due to both to the high quality of papers being submitted and to our highly selective editorial philosophy that focuses on publishing only papers of the best quality,” Dr. Madoff says.
A journal’s Impact Factor is a measure of quality based on total number of citations and articles published. DC&R’s Impact Factor now ranks it 20 of 198 titles in the Surgery category, up from 31 last year. News of the strong increase in Impact Factor came after Dr. Madoff reported on the journal’s progress at the Society’s annual business meeting in San Antonio.
The Journal has added two new sections: “For Debate” and “Historical Reviews.” “ ‘For Debate’ is intended to provide a platform to propose novel ideas or concepts, and a forum to further discussion and stimulate new research. ‘Historical Reviews’ is intended to provide a historical prospective on issues related to modern practice—be it the evolution of surgical technique, changing concepts of colorectal disease, or simply an interesting biographical vignette,” Dr. Madoff says.
“We expect both electronic versions of the Journal—web and iPad-based -- to play an ever more central role in DC&R’s future,” Dr. Madoff reported. “We are striving to optimize the reader’s experience with beautiful graphics, customization options and increased video content.”
“Our overall goal remains to continually improve quality of content to make DC&R the authoritative journal in the field of colorectal disease, both nationally and internationally,” Dr. Madoff reports.
The Editor-in-Chief announced the retirement of three Associate Editors, thanking them for “their tireless efforts on the Journal’s behalf,” and appointment of four new Associate Editors.
Retiring Associate Editors are Drs.: Nancy N. Baxter, Toronto, ON, Canada; Henrik Kehlet, Copenhagen, Denmark; and Fumio Konishi, Saitama, Japan.
New Associate Editors are Drs.: Donato F. Altomare, Bari, Italy; David A. Etzioni, Phoenix, AZ, Alessandro Fichera, Seattle, WA, Mattias Soop, Auckland, New Zealand, and Akira Sugita, Yokohama, Japan.
Among section editors, Dr. Scott R. Steele, Ft. Lewis, WA, replaces Dr. Tracy L. Hull, Cleveland, OH, who rotated off the editorial board, as section editor for Dynamic Articles. Continuing as section editors are Drs. Kelli Bullard Dunn, Louisville, KY, Current Status; William C. Cirocco, Detroit, MI, Selected Abstracts; David A. Margolin, New Orleans, LA, Self-Assessment and Web Editor; and John R.T. Monson, Rochester, NY, Media Reviews.
Continuing as co-editors are Drs. W. Donald Buie, Calgary, AB, Canada, and Thomas E. Read, Burlington, MA.