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Journal of Hand Surgery Global Online: The Year in Review

  • Tamara D. Rozental
    Correspondence
    Corresponding author: Tamara D. Rozental, MD, Division of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, Department of Orthopedics, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, 330 Brookline Ave – Stoneman 10, Boston, MA 02115.
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    Division of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, Department of Orthopedics, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
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      Allowing free and immediate access to publications, open-access publishing has steadily gained ground, and the Journal of Hand Surgery Global Online (JHS GO) ensures that the field of hand surgery stays at the forefront of changes in medical publishing.
      • Pandita R.
      • Singh S.
      A study of distribution and growth of open access research journals across the world.
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      American Association for Hand Surgery
      The Price of Publishing: An Investigation of the Open Access Landscape in Hand Surgery.
      Our focus was on building a journal of the highest possible quality, designing a streamlined and integrated editorial process, and striving to make JHS GO a highly desirable journal for submission at national and international levels. We have built an article transfer system with the Journal of Hand Surgery so as to facilitate the submission process and avoid the duplication of reviews. We have also identified topics of particular interest to our readers and have compiled special issues around them. This year, we will dedicate our special issues to the wide-awake local anesthesia no tourniquet (WALANT) technique and peripheral nerve surgery.
      Since JHS GO’s inception, we placed a strong emphasis on achieving diversity among our editorial board, a rarity in the medical publishing world. Ahead of the trend examining disparities in authorship and editorial boards, JHS GO is proud to include 11 international members, 4 women, and 4 underrepresented minorities to its editorial board.
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      • Varady N.H.
      • Chen A.F.
      • Earp B.E.
      Gender disparity trends in authorship of hand surgery research.
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      • Rouan J.R.
      • Kibbe M.R.
      Need for better diversity among editorial boards of surgery journals.
      By 2022, JHS GO was accepted for indexing by PubMed Central, the Directory of Open Access Journals, and Scopus. The Directory of Open Access Journals has become one of the largest and most well-reputed indexing services within open-access journal publishing, and today, it contains more than 8,000 listed titles and 800,000 searchable articles.
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      PubMed Central is the US National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine’s free, full-text database with references to articles in biomedical and life science journals. PubMed Central was developed and is maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the United States National Library of Medicine. It is searchable via PubMed. PubMed now has over 30 million citations and provides each article with a unique PubMed identification number. It is the most used citation database in the world. As an open-access publication, all JHS GO citations have full-text links, increasing the reach and impact of our articles. We are excited to be included among the high-quality journals indexed in these databases and look forward to receiving more submissions in the years to come.

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