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Editorial
Mar/Apr 2017

JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery—The Year in Review, 2016

Author Affiliations
  • 1Editor, JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery
  • 2Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences, MCW Clinic at Froedtert West, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2017;19(2):87. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2017.0029

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.

Table.  
JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery Statistics for 2016
JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery Statistics for 2016

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 Table24 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!

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Article Information

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 (jrhee@mcw.edu).

Published Online: February 9, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2017.0029

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

References
1.
Rhee  JS.  High-impact articles—citations, downloads, and Altmetric scores.  JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2015;17(5):323-324.PubMedArticle
2.
Bater  KL, Ishii  M, Joseph  A, Su  P, Nellis  J, Ishii  LE.  Perception of hair transplant for androgenetic alopecia.  JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2016;18(6):413-418. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2016.0546PubMedArticle
3.
Drost  BH, van de Langenberg  R, Manusama  OR,  et al.  Dermatography (medical tattooing) for scars and skin grafts in head and neck patients to improve appearance and quality of life.  JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2016. Published online September 22, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2016.1084PubMed
4.
Miller  MQ, Dighe  A, Cui  Q, Park  SS, Christophel  JJ.  Regenerative medicine in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery: a review.  JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2016;18(5):391-394. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2016.0913PubMedArticle
5.
Rhee  JS.  Best of JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery: top viewed articles of 2015.  JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2016;18(2):87-88.PubMedArticle
6.
 JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery peer reviewers in 2016  [published online February 9, 2017].  JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2017. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2017.0030
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