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CORR® – History and future directions from the new Editor

Seth S. Leopold, MD


A brief history of CORR® 

The Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons was conceived in 1947 in response to the sentiment that the fairly limited educational programming then available, and the presence of only a single exclusive orthopaedic journal at the time, were insufficient to meet the needs of a rapidly growing field. The organization initially was called the “American Bone and Joint Association.” The purpose of the Association was to give younger orthopaedic surgeons another organization in which to present papers, publish manuscripts and share experiences with colleagues. Membership then was offered by invitation to select board-certified orthopaedic surgeons younger than fifty years of age.
Several years later, they created Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research® as the official journal of the ABJS. It has been published continuously ever since.

What is special about CORR®? 

  • The journal is affiliated with thirteen societies from around the world, including The Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, The Knee Society (USA), The Spanish Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology, The Israel Orthopaedic Association, The International Hip Society, and the Argentina Association of Orthopaedics and Traumatology.
  • In addition to original, unsolicited research, CORR® Publishes the proceedings of the annual meetings of The Hip Society, The Knee Society, The Musculoskeletal Tumor Society, and the Musculoskeletal Infection Society.
  • For those months in which there is no proceedings, CORR® publishes topical, high-impact symposia on the most current, exciting topics in our specialty; recent symposia have included Aligning Physician and Hospital Incentives, Advanced Hip Arthroscopy, Special Considerations for TKA in Asian Patients, and Childhood Obesity and Musculoskeletal Problems.
  • Truly an international journal – received submissions from fifty-three countries, 40 percent of papers published in 2012 were from outside the United States
  • An established brand – continuous publication under the same banner since 1953.

New directions – CORR® in 2013, and beyond 

If Nature, Science, or NEJM can bring together their readerships – which have much less in common than does a general-orthopaedic readership – I believe we can, as well.
We will do this by taking more of our pages to summarize and synthesize the research we publish, and to bring the wider world of research to our readers.
We will use several sections of the journal to achieve this goal:
  • For articles that either have a message of general importance, that employ a novel or innovative study design that should be of general interest, or that take on a topic worthy of specialty-wide discussion, we will explain the discovery in Editor’s Spotlight, and take readers behind the discovery in a “Take 5” interview with the investigators.
  • For the other important discoveries that we publish, we will provide expert commentary through our CORR Insights sidebars.
    And we will make regular use of the editorial podium for important changes in CORR’s approaches to publication , to make sure readers know what we’re looking for in terms of research, and to render explicit the directions in which we are heading as a journal.

New features in CORR® are “good reading” 

Keeping in the theme of making as many of our pages interesting to as many readers as possible, CORR® is excited to introduce a number of regular columns on topics of general interest, including
  • Medicolegal Sidebar
    The goal of this section is to encourage thoughtful debate about how the law and medicine interact, and how this interaction affects the practice of orthopaedic surgery. 
  • Clinical Faceoff
    This section is a point-counterpoint discussion between recognized experts in their fields on a controversial clinical or nonclinical issue.
  • Orthopaedic Healthcare Worldwide
    The this section explores the political, social, and economic issues associated with delivering musculoskeletal care in the many environments in which our specialty is practiced, both in the US and around the world.
  • Not the Last Word
    The goal of this section is to explore timely and controversial issues that affect how orthopaedic surgery is taught, learned, and practiced. This section includes a hard-hitting column, followed by thoughtful “last words” from a number of subject-matter experts who offer comment.
    And others are coming… 
    If you have an idea for a column, and/or the desire to contribute as a columnist, we are interested in hearing from you. Please email eic@clinorthop.org.

Why submit your original research to CORR® 

  • Nearly 30,000 citations in 2010
  • About 360,000 COUNTER-compliant article downloads per year
  • At or near the top among orthopaedic journals in terms a number of key metrics for influence and impact, including Eigenfactor (second), Content Factor (first)
  • Surgeons and scientists at over 9,000 institutions have access to CORR’s content, over 70% of those are outside the United States