Society & Partner Zone Issue 11, Interviews

In the Spotlight: The Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society

Society Zone explores our cooperative relationship with the Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society and highlights one of Springer’s Dual-language Publications.

Founded in 1943, the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society is a not-for-profit, voluntary organization which exists for the benefit of its member anesthesiologists. With approximately 2,700 members, it is dedicated to the advancement of the medical practice of anesthesia through research, education and excellence in patient care.

At the start of 2009, Springer began a partnership with the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society (CAS) to co-publish the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia / Journal canadien d’anesthésie (CJA). The Canadian Journal of Anesthesia is a monthly publication, founded in 1954, and provides access to the latest advances in anesthesia and publishes peer-reviewed, high-profile clinical research, basic research with a clinical impact, and expert reviews to assist the anesthesiologist in the field.

Society Zone in an interview with...

Mr. Stanley Mandarich, the Executive Director of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society to learn more about this new partnership and the journal’s growth and development.

When you began co-publishing with Springer, what was CAS was primarily looking for in a publisher partner?

We decided to partner with an outside publisher rather than continue to self-publish to take advantage of the resources and expert personnel within Springer. Our staff had a strong background in production and printing, but we felt we could improve our online presence. We valued the expert online publishing strategies that Springer had to offer. Partnering with Springer has allowed our staff to really focus on its core areas of responsibilities.

CJA is one of Springer’s many journals to feature dual-language abstracts (French-English). How is this flexibility valuable to Canadian societies such as CAS?

Dual language abstracts are quite common with Canadian journals. With CJA, the majority of the articles are submitted in English. Although most Francophone doctors in Canada speak English, not all of the doctors’ staff in Quebec are fluent in English. The bilingual abstracts are helpful when doctors conduct meetings in French because the information is already translated into French for them. It also is valuable when someone is conducting research, especially on French search engines, because articles with French abstracts show up first.

How has the journal benefitted from the partnership with Springer?

Springer’s strategic advice has been beneficial and has opened discussions to improve the value of the journal. We have learned innovative methods to share the journal’s content more efficiently as well as improve the Impact Factor. Springer’s Online First service, a feature of the online platform SpringerLink, allows CJA users to access articles well before print publication. These articles are searchable and citable and significantly reduce the time it takes for critical discoveries to reach the research community, as well as expand the global reach of the content.

Society Zone thanks Mr. Stanley Mandarich for this interview.