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Journal of Stomatology Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Volume 119, n° 1
page 1 (février 2018)
Doi : 10.1016/j.jormas.2018.01.002

Switch to English: one year after

C. Meyer  : Chief Editor
 Department of stomatology, maxillofacial surgery and hospital dentistry, University Hospital of Besançon, boulevard Fleming, 25030 Besançon cedex, France 

Dear friends,

As each year, I extend my warmest thanks to all the authors, readers, and reviewers of the JSOMS, the first for the trust they put in our journal, the second for their faithfulness, and the third for the outstanding work they provided throughout the year.

One of the major changes during the past year is the transition from a French-language journal towards a fully English-language journal. This transition was mandatory to ensure the optimal worldwide dissemination of our authors’ works. It was not easy, however, for our established base of authors, who were somewhat disconcerted to find that articles were no longer accepted when submitted in French, for our loyal readership that was unaccustomed to reading papers written exclusively in English, or for the editorial team that had to adapt to the foreign language that English was for most of them.

One year later, the results are extremely positive.

We have recorded a sharp increase in the number of submissions of about 60%. Articles have come from over 20 countries. The overall quality of the papers has improved markedly. Article downloads have risen significantly. These new trends strongly suggest an increase in the impact factor (IF) of the JSMOS over the next few years. Although the title change (from Revue de Stomatologie, de Chirurgie Maxillo-Faciale et de Chirurgie Orale to Journal of Stomatology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery ) led the IF to dip in 2017, the JSOMS will recover a partial IF (calculated over a single year, i.e., 2017) this year and a full IF (calculated over 2017 and 2018) in 2019. We are confidently working toward a clear increase.

Much remains to be done to achieve this goal. First, the overall editorial process must be expedited, as fast publication of their work is among the main criteria authors use to choose a journal. JSOMS authors should be aware that the transition to English has introduced a new step in the editorial process – assessment of the English language – for which we have set high standards of quality. We have thus welcomed native speakers of English into the editorial board as assistant editors. Some articles are sent back to their authors for improvement of the English language. This may result in inconvenience, for which we apologize, but is nevertheless imperative given the correlation linking quality of language to quality of work. This very first step is invisible to the authors, as it is not signalled by the submission system, contrary to the subsequent steps (e.g., reviewing and editor's decision). Authors may be concerned that their paper is not receiving attention.That is of course a wrong impression as the editorial process provides continuous care of their work.

To conclude, let me wish you a happy new year, full of exceptional scientific work and highly rewarding time spent reading the JSOMS.

Disclosure of interest

The author has not supplied his declaration of competing interest.

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