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Guest editorials, commentaries, challenges, and accomplishments
  1. I B Pless
  1. Montreal Children’s Hospital and McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  1. Correspondence to:
 Professor Pless; 

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Editorial musings

As the focus of the journal continues to expand, we have enlisted many experts to our board and family of reviewers. With this issue we welcome three new board members, Denise Kendrick, Mark Stevenson and Nancy Peck, and with regret say farewell and sincere thanks to others. This issue also heralds several new policies. One is to feature more guest editorials to provide a wider perspective, such as that which Roy Shephard and Steve Marshall offer with respect to the study by Conn et al (p117) on sports injuries. A second is to encourage more reports on program evaluations. But first, some long awaited good news.


With this issue Injury Prevention will appear in the Institute for Scientific Information’s Current Contents (Clinical Medicine and Social and Behavioral Sciences). This is welcome news, albeit long overdue. It means, for better or worse, that we will eventually receive an impact factor.

The Institute for Scientific Information offers many services to scientists, among which Current Contents is perhaps the best known. In the old days this took the form of a booklet that reproduced the latest table of contents page for all journals that the Institute for Scientific Information deemed worthy of indexing. Because of its cost, researchers usually shared a subscription to one or more of these compilations. When a new issue of Current Contents arrived, each “partner” leafed through it, and ticked all papers for which they wanted a reprint and a secretary sent …

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