Summer 2017  

Diseases of the Colon & Rectum Website Redesigned with New Features

Diseases of the Colon & Rectum Website Redesigned with New FeaturesDiseases of the Colon & Rectum’s redesigned website offers many user-friendly features to make DC&R more enjoyable. A “carousel” of images chosen from feature articles selected by the editor highlights articles of special interest. The editor’s monthly video summarizes issue highlights and journal updates. The table of contents features new icons allowing the reader to view video abstracts for each article. These are video presentations by the lead or senior author telling the reader important points about the article and why it is worth reading. Yellow icons take the reader directly to other video content.

The website contains links for access to recent clinical practice guidelines and links to the “free article of the week.” This is available to all website visitors, even if they are not ASCRS members or Journal subscribers. Many of these are accompanied by visual abstracts, which are one-slide summaries of the entire content of an article. These are ideal for tweeting and sharing on social media.

DC&R podcasts are one of the more popular features of the site, and every month account for hundreds of viewer downloads. The podcasts are lively, entertaining and professionally done.

“Tips for Submitting Content to DC&R,” has tips that will be helpful for individuals considering submitting content to DC&R. Information includes what happens to a manuscript after it is submitted to DC&R, creating a video abstract, how to resubmit a manuscript that has been recommended to be revised, the author checklist and using the orcid ID.

The International Content site features a list of upcoming international meetings. This is regularly updated to allow busy surgeons to plan their meeting schedule. One can also find a listing of international societies and training programs in colon and rectal surgery.

New to the DC&R website in the coming months:

  • “Legislative Updates and Healthcare Economics,” featuring updates from the ASCRS Healthcare Economics Committee.
  • “Giving Back: An International Viewpoint,” highlighting activities of ASCRS International Scholarship recipients and opportunities for philanthropy and volunteer activities to help these worthy individuals and their home institutions.
  • “Residents’ Corner,” devoted to colon and rectal surgery resident education. This section will be of interest to all members and will consist of case- and algorithm-based presentations on topics in colon and rectal surgery, followed by expert commentaries.

The DC&R website also has a social media section where you can follow tweets with the handle @dcrjournal. Please check the website at If you have forgotten your username, e-mail If you remember your username, but have forgotten your password, click the “forgot password” link on the journal sign-in page and an email will be sent to the address of record.

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