The New Order at the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics

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In January of 2018, the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics continues to transition into an integrated relationship with the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA). This arrangement includes the provision for the editorial office to be restructured with 5 Deputy Editors. Because of a steadily and rapidly increasing number of submissions to the Journal, and realizing the importance of not keeping authors waiting for a publication decision, we are restructuring our editorial workflow to be flexible and efficient with the addition of the Deputy Editors. To streamline the editorial process, Deputy Editors are each assigned to one topical category.
Hip and Lower Extremity—Simon P. Kelley.
Trauma—William L Hennrikus.
Sports Medicine—Philip L. Wilson.
Neuromuscular—William C. Warner.
Spine—George L. Thompson. George will continue in his role as Executive Editor.
Statistically, this division by anatomic region and topic is a reasonable representation of current submissions. These changes are preliminary and experience over the next year is needed to see if these categories are in fact well proportioned. Dennis R. Wenger will continue as the Book Review Editor.
This new relationship with POSNA includes a formalized arrangement with educational review articles from the POSNA Education Committee. Derek M. Kelly has been appointed as the Review Article Editor and the liaison with the POSNA Publications Committee, and this role will transition to Kelly Vanderhave, the new Publications Chairperson, in May. Lori A. Karol, a past president of the Society has been designated to serve as a member of the Journal’s Editorial Board, to enable a fresh editorial perspective. The POSNA president will rotate off the editorial board every 2 years, serving as the Society voice. The Editor in Chief of the Journal will serve as an ex officio member of the Board of Directors of the POSNA and will attend their meetings.
Each Candidate Active and Active POSNA Member receives full online access to all current and past issues on as a member benefit. All members can choose to receive print issues at a deeply discounted print rate through the POSNA office.
We are increasing the number of issues published each year, and we are publishing more articles online, which will allow the Journal to reduce our backlog of papers waiting for publication. Importantly, it will permit a more efficient and timely processing of submissions to final decision.
We have added a topic specific specialist to the review process which will result in a better product.
Moreover, we will begin to explore opportunities to reach our readers with a greater online presence, interactive communication and social media. We think these changes better position the Journal for the changing landscape in Medical publication and will help authors continue to publish the best research and treatment of musculoskeletal problems in children.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank POSNA members, the editorial board and our tireless peer reviewers for their dedication to the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics and for the time and energy they have spent in strengthening this journal to better serve the pediatric orthopaedic community worldwide.

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