The purpose of this editorial is to provide an update of the continued progress the International Wound Journal (IWJ) makes within the wound care environment. To facilitate this we are taking a slightly different approach by providing 10 good reasons why you as a stakeholder of the IWJ should continue or strengthen your support of the journal.
- 1In 2010, the IWJ was available to over 3500 institutions via the library consortia route.
- 2The IWJ is available (free of charge or at very low cost) in over 4500 libraries in developing world countries through the Research4Life initiatives (HINARI) as well as the PERii program from the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP).
- 3We also provide access to embargoed content of the IWJ (content that is at least 1 year old) to over 20 000 libraries via EBSCO host databases. These databases complement our subscription and licenced sales programme by making IWJ content available to small and/or specialist libraries that do not have the research need or the funds to invest in a full subscription.
- 4Not all of the libraries will have a specialised interest in all journals included in the database. Almost 2000 institutions downloaded articles published in IWJ via these databases in 2010. These data clearly demonstrates the international nature and reach of the IWJ.
- 5In 2010, there were almost 84 000 full-text downloads from the IWJ and 91% increase on the previous year.
- 6There were 17 371 PubMed linkouts for your journal during 2010.
- 7The top five accessed articles in 2010 were: ‘Maggot debridement therapy with Lucilia cuprina: a comparison with conventional debridement in diabetic foot ulcers'; ‘Care of chronic wounds in palliative care and end-of-life patients'; ‘Wound cleansing, topical antiseptics and wound healing’; ‘Implementation of best practice in the prevention of heel pressure ulcers in the acute orthopaedic population’; ‘Silver dressings: their role in wound management', showing the broad scope and appeal of the IWJ.
- 8Controlled circulation of 4000 users with additional unlimited online access packages.
- 9A continued commitment to high quality clinically relevant papers with a significant increase in submissions year on year.
- 10June of 2011 brings an Impact Factor for the IWJ of 1·42. This ranks us second in the wound specific journals globally and is a remarkable achievement in a journal that is so young in an area that is still developing.
All in all, after 7 years of existence, the IWJ has achieved the international profile and status we desired and is now recognised as the premier international, high-quality, peer-reviewed resource in wound care.
As the Editorial Team we would like to thank all contributors to this success to date and to also encourage bigger and better things by asking for your continued and increased participation in growing this valuable resource.
Keith Harding, Editor-in-Chief
Douglas Queen, Editor