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Injury Prevention: a status update
  1. Brian D Johnston
  1. Correspondence to Dr Brian D Johnston, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center, 325 Ninth Ave - Box 359774, Seattle, Washington 98104, USA; ipeditor{at}bmjgroup.com

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Last autumn, the editorial board of Injury Prevention met in London in conjunction with the Safety 2010 World Conference. These biennial meetings provide an opportunity to measure the progress we have made with the journal and to discuss any shortcomings, opportunities or new initiatives we can identify. They are also a fine excuse to spend time with friends and colleagues whose work we admire but whom we seldom see in person!

As has been our custom, I thought I'd use this space to summarise some of our discussion. In general, the news for the journal was good. Craig Raybould, our managing editor from the BMJ Journals Group, reviewed statistics for the past year. Submissions to the journal were up substantially, driven by an increase in original science papers. In 2010 we received 497 submissions, an increase of 22% over 2009 and up from 268 in 2008.

Despite this increased workload our times for peer review and editorial decision-making remained constant, thanks to our dedicated and reliable cohort of reviewers and editorial board members. The downside of living with a fixed page budget and …

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