Journal Editor's Spring 2013 Update

Jeryl C. Jones, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVR, Editor-in-Chief

April 18, 2013

Hello all. It’s been a year of many changes for the Journal. I assumed full responsibilities as the Journal’s Editor-in-Chief on Jan. 1, 2013. Dr. Thrall assumed the role of Consulting Editor and ACVR(RO) representative on the Board. Ms. Lucinda Ayres was promoted to Managing Editor for the Journal’s business office. Ms. Meredith Duey assumed the role of Managing Editor for the Journal’s publishing office. Dr. Lorrie Gaschen was reappointed as Associate Editor representing the IVRA on the Editorial Board. Editorial Board members have begun meeting yearly to develop strategies for addressing concerns and improving the quality of the Journal. These dedicated and talented people have provided me with invaluable advice and support. A complete list of Editorial Board members can be found at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1740-8261/homepage/EditorialBoard.html

Editorial Board activities update:

  • The VRU Aims and Scope has been revised. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1740-8261/homepage/ProductInformation.html
  • The position of VRU Consulting Editor of Experimental Design and Statistics has been advertised.  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/store/10.1111/(ISSN)1740-8261/asset/homepages/vru_statistician.pdf?v=1&s=54ac51be56c89ee9be24eaeb7649bd9e8d1a4006 Applications will be reviewed in June/July. Please feel free to recruit candidates you think would be suited and encourage them to apply.
  • The VRU Author Guidelines have been reviewed and revised. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1740-8261/homepage/ForAuthors.html No major changes were made in the basic components of the Guidelines.  Changes primarily consisted of providing more specific language, bullets, and clarifications to help authors better understand expectations.   Authors are strongly encouraged to ensure that manuscripts are consistent with these author guidelines before submitting.   Failure to follow guidelines increases manuscript turnaround time and decreases the likelihood of acceptance.
  • International engagement efforts are ongoing. The VRU name has been updated on the list of journals that follow the International Committee of Medical Journal Editor’s Universal Requirements for Manuscripts http://www.icmje.org/journals.html. I’ve joined the International Association of Veterinary Editors and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME). Logos for IVRA, EAVDI, and ECVDI have been added to the VRU coverpage.   Meeting abstracts for IVRA, EAVDI, and ECVDI will be published in VRU, using a similar format to that used for ACVR meeting abstracts. Dr. Renee Leveille donated a complete collection of VRU journals to the library of Austral University’s Veterinary School in Chile and shipping costs were paid using the VRU Editor’s budget.
  • Efforts to grow the number of high quality peer reviewers are ongoing.    As manuscript submission numbers grow, a need also exists for growing the number of expert peer reviewers.   High quality manuscript reviews by members of the Editorial Board and peer reviewers are key factors for maximizing quality of manuscripts and minimizing manuscript turnaround time.  VRU Board members and I strongly endorse and encourage inclusion of peer reviewer training in residency training programs through mechanisms such as Journal club discussions.   Post-publication peer reviews in the form of Letters to the Editor are also strongly encouraged.  An “Acknowledgement of reviewers” feature has been added to thank Editorial Board members and peer reviewers for their efforts.  The list of reviewers for the period of Jan. 1, 2012 to November 30, 2012 was published in the January 2013 issue.  This will be continued as a yearly feature.   A new “Would you like to be a VRU reviewer?” frame has been added to the Wiley homepage for VRU. This links to the new user registration page in ScholarOne.  A new scoring table with checkboxes has been added to the Reviewer evaluation page so that reviewers can more quickly communicate their opinions for originality, significance, scientific quality, reader interest, composition, and adherence to author guidelines. Ms. Ayres and I regularly update contact information for reviewers in our database and invite new reviewers who have expertise in areas related to manuscript submissions. The quality of reviews is scored and this score is factored into decisions for subsequent invitations. I’m planning to attend the Seventh International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication, Sept. 7-19, 2013 in Chicago to get additional ideas.   If you have other suggestions for improvement, please let me know.

Manuscript Submissions and Processing updates:

  • We received 217 manuscript submissions and published 110 articles during 2012. 
  • The mean time from submission to first decision for all manuscripts submitted between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2012 and for which a decision was made on or after Jan. 25, 2012 was 29 days.  
  • Average publication time from receipt of the accepted manuscript to EarlyView publication was 45 days.
  • Case history reports are no longer being accepted.  Imaging Diagnosis articles continue to be accepted, but the threshold for acceptance is very high.  A maximum of 2 Imaging Diagnosis articles will be printed per issue.
  • An Invited Review feature has been added.  A maximum of 1 Invited Review article will be published per issue and will address timely topics that are likely to have broad interest for VRU subscribers. Page charges for Invited Reviews will be waived.   If you would like to be considered for this feature, please send your article proposal and subtopic outline to me.
  • Full text downloads increased by 4%, with the top downloaded articles listed below:

Most downloaded articles 2012

Rank

 Authors

 Article Title

 Volume

 Issue

 

 1

 Palus, V. et al.

 MRI FEATURES OF CNS LYMPHOMA IN DOGS AND CATS

 53

 1

 

 2

 Tsukagoshi, T. et al.

 DECREASED GALLBLADDER EMPTYING IN DOGS WITH BILIARY…

 53

 1

 

 3

 Tsai, S. et al.

 IMAGING CHARACTERISTICS OF INTRATHORACIC HISTIOCYTIC…

 53

 1

 

 4

 Sharma, A. et al.

 COMPARISON OF RADIOGRAPHY AND ULTRASONOGRAPHY…

 52

 3

 

 5

 Drost, W. et al.

 DIGITAL RADIOGRAPHY ARTIFACTS

 49

 s1

 

 6

 Scrivani, P. et al.

 RELATIONSHIPS AMONG SUBGROSS ANATOMY, COMPUTED…

 53

 1

 

 7

 Gendron, K. et al.

 MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING CHARACTERIZATION OF…

 53

 1

 

 8

 Lynch, K. et al.

 DETECTION OF PNEUMOTHORAX AND PLEURAL EFFUSION…

 53

 1

 

 9

 Le Roux, A. et al.

 VALUE OF TRACHEAL BIFURCATION ANGLE MEASUREMENT…

 53

 1

 

 10

 PeaseASE, A. et al.

 ULTRASOUND-GUIDED CERVICAL CENTESIS TO OBTAIN…

 53

 1

 

I look forward to working with you. Please feel free to use the Contact Us email form if you have any questions or ideas for improving the Journal.

Respectfully submitted,

Jeri Jones