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Electronic publishing and the Journal of Biomechanics
The use of the internet for the review and publication of scientiﬁc articles represents one of the greatest recent advances in the dissemination of scientiﬁc information. By eliminating the need to physically send manuscripts to editors, reviewers, and publishers, and allowing nearly immediate availability of accepted manuscripts online, we can publish scientiﬁc articles with greater ease and speed than before, while improving the quality of the review process. Electronic publishing also allows the use of digital media, such as animations or highresolution images, which cannot be published in print form. The Journal of Biomechanics has made a strong, early commitment to electronic publishing. In 2000, Elsevier made the Journal of Biomechanics available online, and by 2003 completed the process of archiving the entire contents of the journal on the online website (http://www.sciencedirect.com) back to the ﬁrst issue (Volume 1, Page 1, 1968). Hopefully you have had a chance to peruse some of the fascinating and seminal work published in the early years of biomechanics. In January, the Journal of Biomechanics launched the Elsevier Editorial System (EES), which allows for online submissions and reviews of new manuscripts. This system has greatly expedited the submission and review processes: and shortened average review times. The Journal is thriving, and the impact factor has steadily risen over the last few years. This past year we have seen unprecedented growth, with an increase in submissions of more than 40%. Many of our authors have expressed concern that this increase in submissions caused a backlog of several months in our printing process. Unfortunately, one consequence of increased submissions is that we are forced to accept a smaller percentage of papers for
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publication. However, rest assured that we have taken several measures to alleviate this problem as soon as possible. Elsevier has increased our page budget over the next 2 years. The increase is immediately apparent in recent issues of the Journal, which are much thicker than usual, containing up to 30 articles as compared to an average of 15–20 articles per issue in past years. Furthermore, all accepted articles are rapidly formatted and proofed, and are immediately available for download as ‘‘Articles in Press’’ on the website. These papers are in ﬁnal form, and only lacking the eventual volume and page numbers that will be assigned with print publication. Once they appear on ScienceDirect, articles are considered to be ‘‘published’’. No further changes can be made, as this electronic version must exactly match the future print version. The Journal of Biomechanics has been a tremendous success on ScienceDirect, with nearly 400,000 downloads in 2004. Many authors have asked what the proper mechanism is for citing such articles. With the advent of electronic publishing, every accepted article is now assigned a unique sequence of characters and numbers, termed the ‘‘Digital Object Identiﬁer’’, or DOI (for example, doi:10.1016/j.jbiomech.2004.11.006). The DOI is permanently linked to the article as a unique identiﬁer and can be used to cite the article before the volume and page numbers are available. With many new journals published exclusively online, several authors raised concerns about the fate of print publication. Rest assured that there are no plans to discontinue print publications of the Journal of Biomechanics. However, we do hope that more authors will take advantage of the unique capabilities and advantages that electronic publishing allows, including the addition of supplemental material such as
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animations, large datasets, and detailed theoretical derivations. We expect that the Journal of Biomechanics will continue to reﬂect the expansion of the ﬁeld over the next few years. We are developing strategies to best capitalize on this growth. As a consequence, we have restructured our Editorial Board to improve the review process further. We like to take this opportunity to welcome our new board members and thank our authors and reviewers for their contributions to the Journal of Biomechanics.
Farshid Guilaka,, Rik Huiskesb (Editors-in-Chief) a Departments of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering, Duke University Medical Center, 375 MSRB, Box 3093, Durham, NC 27710, USA E-mail address: [email protected]
Department of Biomedical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, Wh-4.131, P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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