Journal Editor's Fall 2009 Update

Dr. Donald E. Thrall, DVM, PhD, Editor-in-Chief Fall 2009

Author Access to PDF File of Accepted Manuscript. We are happy to announce that Wiley-Blackwell's Author Services website is now able to provide authors access to the final PDF of their published article as soon as the paper is published online. Rather than emailing PDF offprints as an email attachment after issue publication, authors will be directed to the Author Services website (http://authorservices.wiley.com/) to track their paper's progress through the production process, and to immediately gain access to the final PDF as soon as it is published online. In addition, corresponding authors may now enter their co-author's email addresses so that they can also receive alerts as the article travels through production and they can also access the final PDF. All authors may also each nominate up to 10 other people to receive free access to their article (i.e., specialists in the field who may be interested in reading/citing the article). Authors are eligible to claim a discount of 25% on all Wiley books.

Manuscript Submissions/Page Budget. In 2008, 198 manuscritps were submitted to the journal for consideration; this is an all time high. With the increasing submission of high-quality material, the annual page budget increased from 624 pages to 720 beginning in January, 2009. This allowed approximately 12 additional manuscripts to be published each year, and the backlog of manuscripts awaiting publication to be reduced.

Impact Factor. The journal's Impact Factor declined very slightly in 2008 from 1.053 to 0.985. The ranking in the Veterinary Sciences category also declined slightly from 41/133 to 50/134. The journal is still ranked in the top 50 journals in ISI, and the decline in the Impact Factor is minimal. One possible reason for the decline may be that the number of papers in this citation period (2006-2007) increased while the number of citations remained at almost the same level as the last citation period (2005-2006) which would have an effect on the impact factor calculation.

Non-US Contribution to Journal. The fraction of published papers that were submitted from outside of the United States each year first overtook those submitted from the U.S in 2003, and this has continued. These foreign submissions, many of which are exemplary, have been valuable in expanding the scope and quality of the journal in addition to maintaining manuscript submission rate. The relative proportion of U.S. vs. non-U.S. papers has stabilized over the past few years with approximately 55% of submissions being of non-U.S. origin, and 45% being of U.S. origin.

Associate Editors. Associate Editors of the journal are nominated by the Editor for a 6 year period, with final approval resting with Council. Duties of the Associate Editors are to review selected manuscripts, serve as judges in the ACVR Resident-Authored paper award, to serve as the ACVR journal support committee, and to provide advice to the Editor. There are 10 Associate Editors with 5 representing the ACVR, 3 representing the ECVDI and one each representing EAVDI, and IVRA. The term of Dr. Erik Wisner an ACVR representative, expires at the end of 2009. I contacted Dr. Marc d'Anjou, a regular contributor to the journal and invited him to join the Associate Editors and he has agreed to this nomination. The term of Dr. Robert Kirberger, representative of the ECVDI, also expires at the end of 2009. I asked Dr. Dominique Penninck, ECVDI President, to identify a replacement and she has submitted the name of Dr. John Graham for consideration. Drs. d'Anjou and Graham will be joining the Associate Editor team in January, 2010.

Resident-Authored Paper Award. There were 28 eligible submissions in 2008-2009, identical to the number that were eligible in 2007-2008. These are significant increases above the 18 eligible papers in 2006-2007. The ACVR is proud of the interest in this award. In 2008-2009, the submissions came from the following disciplines: radiology, radiation oncology, surgery, neurology and EMCC. The Associate Editors rank the papers and the paper with the low mean score Is determined the winner. The winning manuscript for 2008-2009 was "Effect of Wetness Level on the Suitability of Wet Gauze as a Substitute for Superflab(r) as a Bolus Material for Use with 6MV Photons" by Dr. Jerome Benoit. Dr. Benoit was a radiation oncology resident at North Carolina State University and is now in private radiation oncology practice in the United Kingdom. The honorarium for the resident-authored award is $500.

Senior Student Award. Twenty-eight ACVR Senior Student Awards were presented this Spring. There were 24 awards in the U.S., and 4 in Canada. Each recipient, as selected by members of the school's radiology department, received an award certificate, a one-year subscription to Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound, and a voucher for complementary registration at an ACVR annual meeting. Journal Supplement: With the success of the journal supplement on Digital Imaging, an additional supplemental issue is being planned. Dr. Chris Lamb will be the Guest Editor for a supplement dealing with MRI of neural disease. The publication target is January, 2011.