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JRRD Editorial Board Meeting. 103 South Gay Street 7 th and 5 th Floors Baltimore, MD July 23, 2009. Meeting Agenda. 1:00 – 1:15 p.m. Welcome from Michael Selzer, RR&D Director 1:15 – 1:30 p.m. Welcome from Robert Ruff, Deputy Editor

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jrrd editorial board meeting

JRRD Editorial Board Meeting

103 South Gay Street

7th and 5th Floors

Baltimore, MD

July 23, 2009

meeting agenda
Meeting Agenda
  • 1:00 – 1:15 p.m. Welcome from Michael Selzer, RR&D Director
  • 1:15 – 1:30 p.m. Welcome from Robert Ruff, Deputy Editor
  • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Overview of JRRD progress, Stacie Yuhasz
  • 2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Veteran Artwork Gallery Viewing Time and Break, 5th Floor
  • 3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Veteran Artwork Voting
  • 3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Public Affairs Update, Dore Mobley
  • 3:30 – 3:45 p.m. JRRD Web and Web Trends Data, James
  • McAnany
  • 3:45 – 5:00 p.m. Discussion
  • 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Break (working dinner meeting to follow)


dinner meeting agenda
Dinner Meeting Agenda

Fogo De Chao

Churrascaria, Brazilian Steakhouse

600 East Pratt Street, #102

  • 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Working Dinner Meeting
  • 6:45 – 7:00 p.m. Speaker: Thomas Stripling
  • 7:45 – 8:00 p.m. Speaker: Stephen Fausti
  • 8:00 – 8:30 p.m. Closing Remarks: Stacie Yuhasz


contents agenda
Contents Agenda
  • Mission Statement
  • Single-Topic Issues
  • JRRD Editorial Data, Social Networking Initiatives, & Editorial Policies
  • Break and Informal Awards
  • NVCAF Artwork Voting
  • JRRD Public Affairs Update
  • JRRD Web and Legacy Data
  • Topics of Discussion
  • Break
  • Dinner Meeting with 2 Speakers


jrrd mission
JRRD Mission

To responsibly evaluate and disseminate scientific research findings impacting the rehabilitative healthcare community



Introduction of New JRRD Editorial Board Members

Brian Hafner, PhD

Prosthetics & Orthotics ProgramDepartment of Rehabilitation

University of Washington

Ilan Harpez-Rotem, PhD

Yale UniversityPsychiatry


thank you to departing board members
Thank You to Departing Board Members

R. Lee Kirby, MD. FRCPC

Arthur Mak, PhD

Jerry Schein, PhD


single topic issues 2009
Single-Topic Issues 2009

Outcomes in SCI and Pain 46(1)

Dr. Eva Widerstrom-Noga

Single-Topic Section on Dysphagia:

Evidence-Based Practice 46(2)

Ms. Tobi Frymark and Dr. Carol Smith Hammond

Prosthetics and Orthotics 46(3)

Mr. Charles Dankmeyer

TBI-SOTA 46(6)

Dr. Henry Lew


single topic issues 2010
Single-Topic Issues 2010

Prosthetics Outcomes

Dr. Gayle Reiber

VA Data Quality - Outcomes

Dr. Elizabeth Tarlov

Wound Healing (Single-Topic Section)

Dr. Kath Bogie

Rehabilitation Robotics

Drs. Lum, Nef, and Hidler


single topic issues 2011

21 Single-Topic Issues Published

Since 2002

Single-Topic Issues 2011

Prosthetics SOTA

Consortium, Meeting organized by

Dr. Bob Jaeger

Wheelchair Engineering

Dr. Rory Cooper



Information based on all manuscripts whose submission date is Between Jan 1, 2008 and Dec 31, 2008 and decision date is On or after Jan 1, 2008

Grouped by: Country Of Submission

Foreign submissions have increased from

14 countries in 2004 to over 25 countries in 2008.




Impact Factor

Slowly Rose



Example from ISI of One Article’s Influence

Volume 41 3a, 2004

Authors from:

VA Palo Alto and Lund University, Sweden

isi citation tree for 1 jrrd article
ISI Citation Tree for 1 JRRD Article

35 citations in 22 different journals


2006 and 2007 articles which are indexed in the web of science to mirror the 2008 impact factor
2006 and 2007 Articles Which are Indexed in the Web of Science to Mirror the 2008 Impact Factor


eigenfactor score essentially a web page ranking algorithm
Eigenfactor™ Score Essentially a Web Page Ranking Algorithm
  • “The Eigenfactor™ score of a journal is an estimate of the percentage of time that library users spend with that journal.
  • The Eigenfactor™ algorithm corresponds to a simple model of research in which readers follow chains of citations as they move from journal to journal.”*



Black arrows point to different journal categories

(select examples)

This static visualization gives an

overview of the citation network

for JRRD in 2005.

A different journal group:

“The IEEE Control Systems Magazine is the largest circulation technical periodical world-wide devoted to all aspects of control systems.”

Line opacity represents

connection strength

scaled by

Eigenfactor™ Score.

Magenta coloring refers

to medically oriented journals.

Green arrows point to

individual journals

(select examples)

Medicine Citation Pattern

jrrd green initiative
JRRD Green Initiative
  • Green Initiative – Paper Stock, FSC (Forest Stewardship Council ), Working with GSA
  • Recycling / Reuse – GSA and JRRD In-House Program
  • Utilization of Older Stock – New Employee Education Initiative, Pilot Program at Perry Point
  • Reduction in Mailing – NCOA (National Change of Address Database)
  • Control of Hard Copy Inventory, Increased Emphasis on Web and Mini-CD Distribution Modes
  • Change of Font for In-House Work – Ecofont


gray graphic our gpo printer
Gray Graphic – Our GPO Printer
  • Gray Graphic Corp., is an FSC Certified printer. This means that all the paper they use in their facility is sourced from a sustainably managed forest and is FSC certified. In addition, their facility is powered by 50% wind energy as certified by Clean Currents: Green Energy Solutions. They are also EPA Green Power Partners.
  • In addition, the paper requirements include a minimum of 10% Post-Consumer Waste (PCW) content.
  • http://www.fsc.org/about-fsc.html

JRRD will now feature:

JRRD is printed on paper containing recycled postconsumer waste paper that is fiber sourced from sustainable managed forests and printed with the use of renewable energy.


legacy data
Legacy Data
  • All JRRD/BPR articles back to 1970 have been scanned and processed. Final steps are in place for full web uploading of legacy data back to BPR origination in 1964.
  • Please note Volume 19, No. 1 (also known as BPR 10-37) was the only issued published in 1982 and the final issue of BPR (see RED insert in packet).


social networking initiatives
Social Networking Initiatives
  • eAlerts – Ongoing, 3,369 subscribers
  • Twitter – JRRDTweets – Initiating July/August 2009
  • Facebook – Initiating August 2009
  • Podcasting – Coming January 2010
  • Mobile JRRD – Coming Midyear – 2010



eAlerts Contain

  • Information About:
  • Upcoming Issues
  • Upcoming Conferences
  • Full TOC
  • Subscribe/Unsubscribe
  • Veteran Artwork
  • Individual Article Links


why twitter
Why Twitter?

Uses of Twitter (Tweets, individual 140 character messages):

  • To drive interested stakeholders to JRRD web content
  • As a tool to connect rehabilitation experts inside and outside the VA with JRRD content (global stakeholders)
  • As a tool for Veterans to access the latest content
  • As a resource for ideas of interest for future JRRD single topic issues
  • To increase awareness of JRRD content and branding within the rehabilitation field, including, but not limited to, the Cochrane Collaboration and Cochrane Reviews (http://www.cochrane.org/)
  • To send out news, press releases, and eAlerts of relevant JRRD content
  • To follow expert commentary on JRRD content; stimulate editorial responses to content
  • To provide a mechanism for knowledge dissemination and forward linking from other rehabilitation web sites back to JRRD content


hey there vhaveterans is using twitter
Hey there! VHAVeterans is using Twitter.
  • Name: VHA Veterans
  • Location: 810 Vermont Ave NW, Wash., DC
  • Web: http://twitter.com/VHAVeterans
  • Bio: VHA is the Veterans Health Administration in the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs. (Following a Twitter user does not signify VHA endorsement.)

Learn about VA's mental health initiatives for returning #Veterans and their families: http://ow.ly/gzjV#MilitaryMon#mentalhealth


  • “A podcast is a series of digitalcomputer files, usually either digital audio or video, that is released periodically and made available for download by means of web syndication.”*
  • JRRD plans on initially podcasting JRRD at a Glance.



va has gone mobile m va gov so will jrrd mid 2010
VA Has Gone Mobile - m.va.govSo will JRRD – Mid-2010
  • “Point your web-enabled mobile device to m.va.gov to read and share featured VA news stories, watch videos, and find a VA facility on the go!”
  • “The VA’s mobile Web site uses existing content from www.va.gov and tailors it for display on the small form factor of a mobile device in a finger-friendly layout.”
  • Gearing up for XML version of JRRD content for Mobile Content.


why facebook
Why Facebook?

New England Journal of Medicine Now on Facebook

  • “Some of the oldest scholarly journals are setting up pages on social-networking sites like Facebook. The latest is The New England Journal of Medicine,The Boston Globe reports.
  • The journal, which was founded in Boston in 1812, has created a Facebook site where readers can link to articles and a weekly podcast summary. “If our users are going to be there, we should be there,” says Kent Anderson, the journal’s executive director of international business and product development.
  • The move is the journal’s latest attempt to find new ways to connect with readers. The medical journal has offered an online edition for 13 years.
  • Other long-established journals that have set up Facebook sites include Science and The Journal of the American Medical Association. —Katherine Mangan”
  • Posted on Friday May 15, 2009


implementation of editorial changes from 2008 meeting
Implementation of Editorial Changes from 2008 Meeting
  • Author Contributions:
  • Study concept and design: R…….
  • Acquisition of data: C....
  • Analysis and interpretation of data: C…..
  • Drafting of manuscript: R……
  • Critical revision of manuscript for important intellectual content: R………
  • Statistical analysis: C…….
  • Obtained funding: R……..
  • Administrative, technical, or material support: J……
  • Study supervision: R……..
  • Financial Disclosures: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.
  • Funding/Support: This material is based on work supported in part by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, grant …
  • Additional Contributions: We acknowledge Peter ….
  • Participant Follow-up: The authors plan to inform participants of the publication of this study.


development and background
  • CSE (Council of Scientific Editors)
  • AAP (Association of American Publishers)
  • International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication
  • PSP (Professional and Scholarly Publishers)
  • ICMJE (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors)
  • COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics)


what is being done




editors are the gatekeepers of science not the police although arthur hilliker editor of genome
“Editors are the gatekeepers of science, not the police, although........”Arthur Hilliker, Editor of Genome

Conflict and misbehavior among Editors, Authors, Reviewers, and others is becoming more common.


conflict of interest coi
Conflict of Interest (COI)
  • Most major journals have a COI policy. Although many journals have problems enforcing these policies, having NO written policy can be risky.
  • JAMA, one leader on COI, had recently had issues with financial disclosure and reworked their COI policy to discourage third-party disclosure while an allegation is under investigation.
  • JRRD relied on referencing ICMJE, which is not sufficient.


  • Bernard Rous, Deputy Director, Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) seeing plagiarism every 2 months and increasing
  • Example: Skip Garner (Nature: Errami M, Garner H. A tale of two citations. Nature 2008 Jan 24;451(7177):397-9.)

One eTBlast study (a text similarity engine):

9,000 Medline duplicate articles

Selected 200 for analysis, questionnaires sent to original authors and subsequent authors

Led to 83 journal investigations and 46 retractions (many journal Editors refused to pursue the issue)

Amazingly though, of the 60 authors who replied to the questionnaires: “28% denied any wrongdoing; 35% admitted to having borrowed previously published material; and 22% were from co-authors claiming no involvement in the writing of the manuscript. An additional 17% said they were unaware their names appeared on the article in question.”


co submission
  • For more than 10 years, co-submission has been prohibited according to VHA Handbook 1203.05 (JRRD).
  • A Statement of Originality Form is required for submission.
  • Within the last year, at least 4 submissions had been determined to be co-submitted to JRRD and another journal simultaneously. Several times, authors even “inadvertently” addressed their letters’ to the Editor to Dr. Basford (Arch. PM&R) or to Dr. Grimby (J. Rehab. Med.).


jrrd editorial policies47
JRRD Editorial Policies

Web link

  • Top Four Reasons to Publish with JRRD
  • Submitted Manuscripts
  • Peer Review
  • Statement of Originality
  • Clinical Trial Registration
  • Accepted Manuscripts
  • Appendixes
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Published Manuscripts
  • Correction and Retraction
  • JRRD Frequently Asked Questions


jrrd editorial policies48
JRRD Editorial Policies
  • Purpose and Scope
  • Clinical Trial Registration
  • Review Process
  • Instructions to Contributors
  • Technical Specifications


jrrd editorial policies49
JRRD Editorial Policies


Refreshments and Veteran Artwork Gallery Viewing Time

JRRD Editorial Offices5th Floor Conference Room30minutes


2009 NVCAF Contestants for 2010 JRRD Cover ArtworkChoose 4 on your ballot.We will honor 4 Veterans in 2010.


2008 nvcaf artists presentation
2008 NVCAF Artists Presentation
  • JRRD is a proud sponsor of the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival (NVCAF). JRRD annually features NVCAF artwork on its cover in recognition of the effect that creative arts programs have on patients’ rehabilitation and recovery.
  • JRRD wishes to thank the artists for sharing their artwork with us.


public affairs update55
Public Affairs Update
  • 2009 reader survey
  • JRRD promotional materials
  • JRRD outreach initiatives for 2009-2010 calendar year
desired survey outcomes
Desired Survey Outcomes
  • Collect updated contact information to reduce printing and mailing costs
  • Understand motivation of authors to inform outreach materials/activities
  • Gauge usage/interest of Web site, eAlerts (e.g., assess impact of down period)
survey results highlights
Survey Results: Highlights
  • Approximately 7 percent return rate totaling 621 survey responses
  • Majority updated contact information or requested change to subscription format
  • eAlert subscription requests increased while hard copy subscriptions decreased
survey results highlights cont d
Survey Results: Highlights (cont’d.)
  • High level of interest in customized eAlerts (28 percent of non-subscribers say they would subscribe to a customized eAlert.)
  • Lack of awareness of Web site
  • Lack of awareness/utilization of topic clusters
new promotional initiatives
New Promotional Initiatives
  • Targeted brochures for researchers and clinicians
  • Frequently asked questions and answers
  • VA new employee orientation pilot program
  • Poster distribution to VISNs
jrrd web and web trends64
JRRD Web and Web Trends
  • Website now hosted by AITC (VA)
  • Thankful for Health Service Research and Development for material hosting (see packet)
  • All issues of BPR from 1970 onward are on the website.
  • The JRRD portion of the website is currently comprised of 850 folders containing over 12,000 files.
jrrd downloads 2 nd quarter 2009
JRRD Downloads 2nd Quarter 2009
  • 574,015 HTML pages viewed
  • 455,326 PDF pages viewed
  • Total for the quarter 1,029,343 with a possible yearly total of well over 3 million
statistical sources
Statistical sources
  • Webtrends for AITC http://vaww.webtrends.cdco.va.gov/
  • VA web statistics http://vaww.webstats.va.gov/
  • Value added data such as PMID and DOI links will make the website a valuable tool for researchers.
  • Long tail of research information is a positive feature.
  • New Web 2.0 initiative (currently in the planning stage) will increase web views.
back of the envelope
Back of the Envelope
  • Elsevier announced in 2006 that there had been 1 billion downloads since the launch of Science Direct Portal in April 1999
  • Science Direct has 3,143 titles
  • 1 billion downloads in 7 years, or 143 million or so per year
  • 143 million downloads / 3,143 titles is approx. 45,000 downloads per year per journal
  • SO compare 3 million downloads for JRRD with 45,000
  • Caveat: this calculation makes rather poor assumptions that all titles are downloaded equally, which is probably not true.
  • FYI: Total number of citations in ISI Web of Science since 1900 is 600 million
  • Taken from Johan Bollen et al. Clickstream Data Yields High-Resolution Maps of Science. PLoS ONE. 2009;4(3):1-11.
other issues
Other Issues
  • Conversion of post-production copy to XML for PubMed Central for JRRD publications with NIH funding
  • Comments/thoughts from the Board?
  • Feedback on social networking initiatives…….
  • Feedback on editorial policies……….
  • Feedback on public affairs initiatives………
  • Feedback on web issues……..
  • Others?
  • JRRD has regained momentum, although long term effects from web hiatus are unknown at this time
  • Web 2.0 plans to further develop outreach to stakeholders proceeding
  • Web redesign/legacy materials near completion


thank you
Thank you
  • To our wonderful JRRD Board members
  • To the JRRD Team
  • To RR&D Service for support
  • To AITC for hosting our web!