JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery enjoyed an enormously successful past year. The richness of the submitted manuscripts and dedication of our reviewers and editorial leadership made for a blockbuster year for the journal. Thanks to you, the journal enjoyed a record number of submissions —278 in 2016 vs 240 in 2015 (Table). In addition, our most important category of research manuscript submissions also jumped to 207, an increase of nearly 14% from the previous year.
Not only is the journal committed to publishing the best science of our specialty, we are always striving to be relevant, vibrant, and contemporary to the issues important to our patients and the public at large. In a past editorial,1 I discussed the concept of Altmetric score—a measure of online attention (eg, Twitter, Facebook, news coverage)—and how this score offers our authors a sense of the reach and attention of their published article. The 3 articles noted in the Table2- 4 give a sense of the scale and breadth of the topics in our published articles that have captured public interest—from pushing the boundaries of regenerative science to social perceptions of aging and scarring from disease.
In a future editorial, I will highlight and showcase our top viewed and downloaded articles of 2016, as I have done in previous years.5 You can also find these same metrics of success and impact by viewing our newly designed website (http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamafacialplasticsurgery), which makes navigating and reading an easy pleasure. These categorized “top” articles are just a link away when you open the journal home page.
Our peer-review process is founded on the principles of fairness, timeliness, and constructive quality improvement. We are so fortunate to have such dedicated and gifted reviewers who give so freely of their time and expertise to shape the content of our journal. These individuals are recognized in our online list of peer reviewers published simultaneously with this editorial.6
Change and renewal is constant, and it is no different for our journal editorial leadership. I would like thank our outgoing editorial board members Peter Hilger, Patrick Byrne, Yadro Ducic, and Stephen Park. Also, we have sunsetted the masthead category of Contributing Editors, and thus we also say thank you to our outgoing members Gerald Harris, Dan Meara, and Sabrina Fabi. All of these individuals have contributed greatly, and we are forever grateful for their time and wise counsel. Please join me in welcoming new editorial board members, Robin Lindsay, Jeffrey Moyer, J. Jared Christophel, Jeffrey Marcus, and Edwin Williams. Finally, we welcome Lisa Ishii in her new leadership role as she transitions from Statistical Editor to Associate Editor.
Thank you for the tremendously successful 2016!
Corresponding Author: John S. Rhee, MD, MPH, Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences, MCW Clinic at Froedtert West, 9200 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53226 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Published Online: February 9, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2017.0029
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.
Rhee JS. JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery—The Year in Review, 2016. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2017;19(2):87. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2017.0029