AAOS Bulletin - April, 2005

William P. Cooney III, MD, named new JAAOS editor

William P. Cooney III, MD, has been appointed to serve as the new editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS). Dr. Cooney is professor of orthopaedics at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minn. He replaces Alan M. Levine, MD, who will be assuming the chairmanship of the AAOS Council on Education.

Departing Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons editor-in-chief Alan M. Levine (left), MD, congratulates his successor William P. Cooney III, MD (right).

Dr. Cooney, who received his medical education at St. Louis University, the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine and the University of Michigan, is a hand surgeon with a particular interest in congenital anomalies of the hand and upper extremity.

A Kappa Delta Award winner (1984), Dr. Cooney has been active in both the AAOS and a number of orthopaedic associations, including the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Orthopaedic Association, the Orthopaedic Research Society and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation. He is the author of 169 peer-reviewed journal articles and 64 book chapters, as well as the editor or primary author of several books.

“The Search Committee was very fortunate to have a number of outstanding candidates to choose from,” said Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD, who chaired the committee. “However, it was evident to us that Dr. Cooney had the experience and expertise to lead JAAOS into this next important phase of growth and development. His experience as an editor of a major textbook, his extensive involvement with other journals and his creative ideas made him the best candidate. We were very pleased when he accepted the position.”

Continuing a tradition

As editor-in-chief, Dr. Cooney will be responsible for maintaining and advancing the intellectual reputation of JAAOS and for the overall editorial direction and accuracy of its content. The editor-in-chief selects the associate editors, appoints members of the editorial review board and a panel of reviewers, ensures that the journal meets its publishing objectives and is responsible for the timely publication of peer-reviewed articles.

Dr. Cooney steps in as JAAOS begins to implement a number of changes. The AAOS Board of Directors has approved a business plan for the journal that calls for a shift to monthly publication in September 2005. In addition, JAAOS will be linking to Orthopaedics Knowledge Online (OKO) and increasing its international reach through translation and distribution arrangements.

“It is a real honor and privilege to serve the membership of the AAOS as the editor-in-chief of JAAOS,” said Dr. Cooney. “The strides made over the last eight years, under the leadership of Dr. Levine, in the format and content of JAAOS, will be difficult to exceed. Features such as Advances in Therapeutics and Diagnostics and Perspectives in Modern Orthopedics have increased the popularity of the ‘Yellow Journal’ among AAOS membership, residents and fellows in orthopaedic surgery training and made it an outstanding publication.

“I am personally eager to see the Journal grow in status and recognition as the premier publication of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Our hard-working associate editors and editorial review board will build the future on continued excellent contributions from the Academy membership and scholarly reviews,” said Dr. Cooney.

“We are delighted that Dr. Cooney will be leading JAAOS in the coming years,” said Mark W. Wieting, AAOS chief education officer. “As we transition to monthly publication, we’ll tap his vision for new features for JAAOS that will continue its reputation as a ‘must read’ publication.”

Plans for the future

Dr. Cooney will oversee implementation of plans to broaden the scope and reach of JAAOS around the world.

“The planned improvements within JAAOS for the coming year include a bimonthly surgical techniques article that will be linked to OKO to take advantage of its video-based topics. We will also be broadening our efforts to increase the subscription base to a worldwide audience, including the Pacific rim countries, especially China,” said Dr. Cooney.

JAAOS has a backlog of manuscripts, but an effort is being made to publish the best and to solicit new scientific reviews with a goal to publishing submitted manuscripts within one year, including material from international sources,” he continued. “We anticipate that leadership from the Academy, the Council on Musculoskeletal Specialty Societies and the Orthopedic Research Society will become regular contributors to JAAOS updating the membership on important AAOS initiatives, specialty advances and new frontiers in research.”

As of June 15, the online version of JAAOS will be housed on HighWire Press, a division of the Stanford University Libraries, which hosts the largest and fastest growing repository of free, full-text life science articles in the world. This connection will greatly increase JAAOS’ exposure to the medical community. HighWire’s database currently offers the full-text of 826 leading journals available from the journals’ own sites—plus all of Medline—for the broadest coverage of biomedical science research available. For more on future plans for JAAOS, see the related article.

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