I am pleased to update our JDR contributors with my annual report as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Dental Research. This report gives a progress report on the JDR over the past year. The journal has been able to continue to improve and evolve as a leading source of scientific information in the dental, oral, and craniofacial sciences. The JDR is currently ranked # 1/88 journals in Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine for Eigenfactor™ Score at 0.02137 and in 2-year impact factor at 4.139, the 2nd time in a row that the journal has exceeded 4 for SIF. We had a total of 15,443 citations from 195 articles during 2013-14. The last time the JDR was ranked #1 for SIF was 2003. I feel the journal remains strong not only in these metrics, but also in other important measures of success including numbers of full-text downloads, page views, article influence score among others.
The journal owes much of this success in a team effort including Dr. Christopher Fox, Denise Streszoff, Kourtney Skinner, and Lily Knol at the JDR Headquarters in Alexandria. The editors are also fortunate to be supported by the capable staff at SAGE Publishing, including, Paulina Klein, Andrew Thompson, and Sarah Guidas, who have done a fine job in developing a strong working relationship between the IADR/AADR Central Offices and SAGE to sustain the excellence of JDR. Ms. Karen Gardner as the local editorial assistant at the University of Michigan helps me on the day-to-day administration of the JDR with the careful management of manuscript page proofs among the authors, our office and SAGE. I am also very grateful for the excellent dedication the associate editors of the journal continue: (Professor Dana Graves as Associate Editor for Critical Reviews in Oral Biology and Medicine) and for Professors Jack Ferracane Nicola Innes, Jessica Lee, Jacques Nör and Joy Richman as AEs. I am highly appreciative of the excellent management of challenging manuscript decisions given that JDR’s acceptance rate remains at ~10% on research reports that have steadily increased over the past 5 years (see below).
The following are some highlights of progress of the JDR for 2015:
1. Manuscript Processing. The time from submission to first decision for original and revised manuscripts. The current data on timing for decisioning following manuscript submission is expeditious with the time being 4 days for original submissions and 10.1 days for revised submissions. The time to publication reduced significantly and been well sustained over the past 5-1/2 years and remains very competitive with the scholarly publication field. The numbers of papers triaged is ~60% at entry and 50% at revision to enable submitting authors a quick turnaround to identify other venues for their research.
This increase in manuscript processing efficiency is due to several factors including our editors, journal staff and the SAGEtrack processing system. The improved workflow after a manuscript has been accepted has resulted in arguably the most rapid acceptance to online and print publication in the oral health sciences (online available in ~20 working days, and print publication in 3-4 months from acceptance).
2. Manuscript Submissions and Global Institutional Reach. The JDR remains attractive for manuscript submissions of both original reports and reviews. Figure 2 displays the variety of submissions received by the journal offices, mostly research reports in the biological, biomaterials/bioengineering and clinical disciplines. Further, one can appreciate the types of reviews, editorials and perspectives being received. The latter categories are ones we are working on to consider stimulating more interest via greater promotion of this content. The access of the JDR has been strong through SAGE’s partnership and promotion of JDR content through a variety of outlets such as HINARI (free access of JDR content to libraries in the developing world). The agreement with EBSCO has allowed greater revenue for the JDR (see budget report), while also allowing very good access of JDR content globally. Figure 3 shows the geographic summary of JDR content usage globally showing strong usage by Asia, the Americas and Europe in particular.
3. Promotion of JDR We have dedicated efforts on multiple press releases related to JDR manuscripts. We generally have a perspective article or editorial co-publish on a particular paper of interest on a bi-monthly basis. Thus far in 2015, we have published 23 press releases relevant to the JDR and ADR publications. The IADR Global Headquarters office through support by Ingrid Thomas and Denise Streszoff disseminate press releases that go to a variety of media outlets. I also provide annual highlights on issues or specific content on the JDR Blog site. The following link demonstrates the journal’s strong commitment to the promotion of science to the scientific, clinical and lay communities to engage interest by these constituencies on JDR research. See: http://iadr.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3334#.Vj4N0a6rSZ1.
The editors have good opportunities for pod-casting, video and other online materials for JDR subscribers were piloted for the first time last year. We have increased podcasting and have enlisted many of the Associated Editors, Guest Editors to co-moderate podcasts. Recently, we completed our 6th podcast that will showcase some very large clinical studies that examined the risk factors for dental implant complications. The podcast will be connected with two editorials and 3 original clinical reports on the prevalence and treatment of peri-implantitis that will appear in the January 2016 issue of the Journal.
(See: http://jdr.sagepub.com/site//misc/Index/Podcasts.xhtml). SAGE used the JDR as a pioneer journal that was to take advantage of mobile usage for both the JDR and Advances in Dental Research (both apps available since 2011). The usage of these applications is being continually monitored and appears to be growing at a good rate.
4. Continue Publication of Advances in Dental Research e-supplements.
The Advances in Dental Research Publication remains a valuable tool for the AADR and IADR for the dissemination of research, particularly as a part of workshops and symposia. Since 2010, we have published 10 e-supplements to the ADR. Most recently, Dr. Eino Honkala served as Guest Editor for a special issue on Global Health Inequalities in the Africa and the Middle East Region (AMER) proceedings from the Cape Town meeting (See http://adr.sagepub.com/content/current ). We have another Advances in process based on the IADR Symposium held in Boston on Implant Dentistry organized by Dr. Michel Dard of NYU College of Dentistry. This supplement appears to be on track for a publication date of February 2016.
5. Supplements on Clinical Research and JDR Clinical & Translational Research.
We have published 6 JDR supplement issues on clinical research, an important focus for the journal. The impact of the clinical supplements have been strong and at many levels and helped pave the way for the birth of the new JDR Title, JDR Clinical and Translational Research. In my editorial from the September issue of the Journal, I highlight the final clinical research supplement publication and provide perspectives on the new journal concept (See: http://jdr.sagepub.com/content/94/9/1177.full ). We work to emphasize that we want to continue to publish clinical works in the main JDR, while working diligently to promote the success of the new journal through its Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Jocelyne Feine. The Editorial team of the JDR is very supportive of Dr. Feine as a strong champion for the new journal with a vision that can provide a good opportunity for investigators wanting to consider this journal venue. The JDR Editorial leadership will continue to work closely with her on the communication of papers from JDR to JDR-CTR. We have begun to transfer selected papers from the JDR to JDR-CTR based on limited publication priority of rejected JDR papers. It is too early to tell what impacts the new journal will have on clinical submissions to the JDR.
6. Expand Special Issues in the Journal. We are very pleased to have piloted the first special issue last year for the JDR. The first special issue was on novel materials and technologies in dental, oral and craniofacial sciences with Guest Editor, Dr. Jack Ferracane. There was a very positive response to the issue that included significant reviews and quality original manuscripts. We published a second special issue on Craniofacial Stem Cells in Health and Disease in November 2015. This special issue provided the current state-of-the-art of the biology of stem cells in craniofacial development and health, as well as their role in the etiology of diseases/conditions affecting craniofacial tissues.
We recently launched a call for a new JDR special issue on Orofacial Pain with Guest Editor Dr. Ronald Dubner, former Editor-in-Chief of Pain and Internationally-recognized leader in the field. He is an enthusiastic Guest Editor and I am optimistic this will be another excellent issue that should publish in the third or forth quarter of 2016. The special issue will highlight developments in acute and chronic orofacial pain. This peer-reviewed special issue will provide an assessment of the current state-of-the-art of the biology, diagnosis and clinical management of pain disorders associated with the dental, oral and craniofacial complex. The issue will be of interest to students, dental researchers and practitioners involved in the biology, translational research and management of pain. This special issue will focus on identifying and addressing the impact of chronic pain in the oral-dental complex to fields such as basic biology, the translational of acute to chronic pain, as well as clinical implications in the management of pain in children or adults due to dental, orofacial cutaneous/mucosal and musculoskeletal conditions. New approaches associated with the identification of biological, physical and behavioral characteristics in the personalized management of pain will also be considered.
I thank our JDR Contributors for your continued confidence and support of me as I serve the IADR and AADR as Editor-in-Chief. I consider this position an honor and a privilege to play a part in the direction of the JDR. I will continue to work diligently alongside our talented editors, staff, authors and readership to continue to innovate and preserve the outstanding legacy the journal has enjoyed in its nearly 100 years of contributions to our field.
William V. Giannobile
University of Michigan, USA
Journal of Dental Research