This week Mady Tissenbaum retires from her role as Publisher of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. Mady walked through the doors of the JBJS office 42 years ago to assume the role of a copy editor. She has been with JBJS ever since and her career responsibilities developed as the organization grew and expanded. Mady has presided over multiple important changes at JBJS: the move to Needham with the purchase of our building when we outgrew the shared space with The New England Journal of Medicine, the transition from paper and typewriter manuscripts and paper review processes to electronic submission and review, the launch of The Journal online at jbjs.org, and the branching out of our offerings to include JBJS Case Connector, JBJS Essential Surgical Techniques and JBJS Reviews.
Mady has literally “done it all” at JBJS. She has trained and collaborated with 6 Editors and attended over 60 Trustee meetings. She has led countless staff meetings and presented at a similar number of Editorial Board meetings. She has run the HR services, done all the contracting for purchased services and knows every stage of development of our complex IT backbone.
In addition, she is the archivist for The Journal and has most of its history in her head. Throughout her career, she has committed herself to the legacy of quality content that JBJS is known for, as well as to the staff, authors, and readers. Her contributions have enhanced not only JBJS, but also the larger community of scholarly publishing.
We wish you Godspeed in retirement, Mady, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for dedicating your career to JBJS and the physicians and patients it serves.
Fondly and with great respect,
Marc Swiontkowski, MD
Last week, Thomson Reuters released the 2014 edition of the Journal Citation Reports (JCR). This annual report includes several journal performance metrics, the best known of which is certainly the Impact Factor. The Impact Factor measures the citation performance of journal articles over a two-year period.
Like all metrics, the Impact Factor has its strengths and weaknesses, its champions and detractors. At JBJS, we are focused on a range of metrics, including the quality of articles submitted to us for publication, author satisfaction, and direct reader feedback and engagement.
Having said that, we wish to acknowledge the painstaking work by our Editor-in-Chief, Editorial Board, reviewers, and authors who contributed to a second straight year of dramatic growth in our Impact Factor, which increased 22.5% to 5.280 (from 4.309). That’s the highest Impact Factor among the 72 orthopaedic journals included in the JCR.
We’re proud that JBJS is having a steadily increasing influence as a source of orthopaedic information. Our ultimate goal remains the same, however – to have a positive impact on surgical expertise, clinical outcomes, and patient care.
–Mady Tissenbaum, Publisher, JBJS
A year ago we debuted the “peer-review statement” in The Journal to emphasize our commitment to pre-publication peer review and to the rigorous, double-blind peer-review process that is integral to our editorial standards.
Today we are happy to announce our participation in PRE-val, the flagship service offered by PRE (Peer Review Evaluation). Our readers will notice the PRE-val badge above the article title for most JBJS articles published on our website in the past 12 months. Clicking on the badge reveals the PRE-val window, which provides detail about the peer review for that particular article. We know that your confidence in the reliability of the information published in The Journal will be increased by the enhanced transparency of our peer-review process.
As a result of the commitment to peer review shared by JBJS and PRE, our Board of Trustees approved the acquisition of PRE in 2014. We are excited about this launch, and we look forward to the implementation of this valuable service on the sites of our partner publishers over the coming months. You can learn more about PRE here. Of course, we welcome your feedback; please let us know what you think of this initiative by writing to us at email@example.com.
Medical publishing continues to evolve-sometimes to keep up with technology, sometimes due to financial constraints, and, unfortunately, sometimes in ways that make some of us uncomfortable-but readers of JBJS can be assured that our commitment to peer review and the quality it helps us to achieve will not waver. “Excellence Through Peer Review” will always remain a critical element of our core mission.
–Mady Tissenbaum, Publisher, JBJS
The Board of Trustees of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc., is pleased to announce new leadership at STRIATUS/JBJS. Mady Tissenbaum, formerly Associate Publisher and General Manager, has stepped into the role of Publisher, while Paul Sandford, formerly the Chief Financial Officer, will serve as CEO.
“We are fortunate to have such strong leaders within the JBJS organization. With the departure of Kent Anderson, who held the post of CEO and Publisher, we did not have to look far to identify who we felt could best ensure continued success for The Journal,” explained Richard Gelberman, MD, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “Together, Mady and Paul bring enormous skill and experience in publishing, strategic planning and finance. Further, they have a strong history of operational leadership and effectiveness in working together with our Board of Trustees.”
“The focus of The Journal remains the same: to provide the most valued orthopaedic information across our portfolio of four journals, to offer practical continuing medical education solutions for our audience, and to continue to support the highest standards of unbiased, peer reviewed, scientific literature, ” commented Tissenbaum.
Sandford added, “This is an exciting time for The Journal as we celebrate our 125th anniversary. We have a dedicated and talented team in place to ensure that the organization continues to produce high-quality, actionable content for the next 125 years and beyond, as we continue to reflect and adapt to changes both in orthopaedics and in publishing.”