Showing posts with label journal developments. Show all posts
Showing posts with label journal developments. Show all posts

Friday, October 2, 2015

You Asked for It! Implementing the Innovations in Pediatrics You Asked For

By: Lewis First, MD, MS; Editor-in-Chief        

          One of the highlights of being an editor is hearing from readers on a regular basis, and over the six years since I have been at the helm, it is common for readers to say things like “why can’t the journal give me just what I need rather than have to search each issue for articles that are of relevance to what I do” or “I didn’t even realize the print edition only has half the published articles of each issue.”  We see millions of readers accessing our journal online only versus the thousands of subscribers who get the print version.   
     We also see the incredible advances in online journal technology enabling us to offer multimedia innovations and further speed up how studies are shared with you. For all these reasons and more, beginning this fall and going into 2016, we are changing how we share articles and studies with you—making the journal easier to access for your needs, and at the same time changing what the online and print edition of the journal will contain and look like going forward.  In a commentary written by our senior editorial team (doi: 10.1542/peds.2015-2877), we introduce the “Gateway”—a new platform that will enable you to manage Pediatrics so it works for you uniquely whether you want to peruse an entire issue or just articles that are of important to what you do.  We also alert you to the fact that as of January, the print edition will consist of all one page abstracts for research articles in the journal and all AAP policies with full-text but no longer will full regular articles or other features appear in print.  
      Instead, all full text articles and non-policy features (as well as all policies too) will appear on the online edition of each journal.  This comes as a result of the input from AAP members.  Having an online network for the journal will also enable us to release new studies daily rather than weekly and bring you linkage to all other AAP journals and newsletters you subscribe to.  Please read the commentary, then use the Gateway to access the journal and manage how you want to personalize each issue when the new platform debuts in October. Please send us your feedback through our Contact Us Form.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

The New Year Brings New Changes to Pediatrics

There has not been a year since becoming editor-in-chief that Pediatrics has not introduced changes in our journal to further its mission to provide valid and reliable information that will lead to better health outcomes for children—and this year is no exception.

Beginning with the January issue, our editorial board is delighted to welcome some new features into Pediatrics as well as some production changes to enhance the readability of our journal.

These are described in a Commentary (doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-3421) we are releasing online. New features include two new columns—one written and peer-reviewed by trainees through the AAP’s Section on Medical Students, Residents and Fellows in Training (SOMSRFT) and the other entitled: “Diagnostic Dilemmas and Clinical Reasoning” offers you a chance to work through a clinical situation with input from a variety of experts with the hope you can solve the case before those experts do.

From a production standpoint, beginning in January, we introduce a new interior design with cleaner, more open pages and a new font to make the journal even easier to read.

And if you are a social media user, we have changes planned for how we use our Facebook and Twitter sites that we highlight in the Commentary.

Our recent reader survey suggested that readers want even quicker access to new studies via print, web, and mobile devices. And our plans for the upcoming year may mean big changes for our print version as well as easier and more rapidly published access to studies and articles with whatever technology you have.

I could go on, but instead, I encourage you to read the commentary, check out the new features and changes and tell us what you think by responding to this blog, sending us an e-letter or posting a comment on our Facebook or Twitter sites.

Pediatrics belongs to all of us vested in child health—so thanks for the ongoing feedback as we continuously strive to improve the health of the young patients we care for.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A New Year Can Be a Time of Change for Pediatrics—Both the Field and Our Journal!

Original photo by chripell via Flickr (modified)
Happy New Year! Given the fast pace at which health care is changing, especially the field of child health, keeping up with new information that can change how we practice can be like trying to drink from a fire hose—unless we can help adjust the flow of information so that it is better customized for the needs of each of us.

That is just what we are in the process of doing at Pediatrics and in other AAP publications: using new methods to get you the information you need, when you need it without overwhelming you with information you may not find pertinent to your specific scope of practice.

We have a number of changes planned for our journal in the upcoming year that involve new features, AAP Gateway, a new interface that will enable you to more easily find what you want in all the AAP publications you subscribe to, and an expanded presence in a variety of social media platforms that will better alert you to what you need to know for the children for whom you provide care. All of this is explained in a commentary that I and our new Deputy Editor Alex Kemper have written along with Senior Managing Editor Joe Puskarz and Managing Editor Kate Larson (doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-3458)

These changes are a result of your feedback as readers of our journal, and we want that feedback to continue in the year(s) ahead. Let us know what you think of Pediatrics by leaving a comment below, writing us an eLetter about changes described in the commentary or simply sharing your thoughts via social media (Facebook and Twitter) —not just this month but with each issue and change in the months ahead.