According to a recent JBJS readership study among more than 1,000 orthopaedic surgeons, print readership of JBJS remained fairly consistent from 2012 to 2014; 91% accessed the JBJS print edition frequently/occasionally in 2012, and 87% did so in 2014. The percentage of respondents accessing JBJS online access jumped significantly from 58% in 2012 to 74% in 2014. Roughly 30% cited reading all/most of their issue in both the 2012 and 2014 studies.
Additionally, the survey revealed a slight increase in relevancy of JBJS to clinical practice/research compared to 5 years ago. In 2012, 33% stated JBJS was more relevant compared to the past 5 years; in 2014 36% rated JBJS more clinically relevant that it was 5 years prior.