Annals of Maxillofacial Surgery

: 2011  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-

Improving the dissemination of surgical knowledge

Daniel M Laskin 
 Professor and Chairman Emeritus, VCU Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Virginia Commonwealth University Schools of Dentistry and Medicine, Virginia, USA

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Daniel M Laskin
Professor and Chairman Emeritus, VCU Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Virginia Commonwealth University Schools of Dentistry and Medicine, Virginia

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Laskin DM. Improving the dissemination of surgical knowledge.Ann Maxillofac Surg 2011;1:1-1

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Laskin DM. Improving the dissemination of surgical knowledge. Ann Maxillofac Surg [serial online] 2011 [cited 2020 Jul 12 ];1:1-1
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[AUTHOR:1]This issue of the Annals of Maxillofacial Surgery, the official publication of the Indian Academy of Maxillofacial Surgery, marks the entrance of a new publication whose stated purpose is to promote the dissemination of knowledge in this area among maxillofacial surgeons and those in allied disciplines. One might ask do we need another journal in this area when there are already a large number of national, regional and international journals devoted to the field? I believe the answer is yes, because of the uniqueness of this publication. Unlike most of the other journals, the Annals of Maxillofacial Surgery is a peer-reviewed, open-access publication that provides several important advantages. The use of electronic submission and processing, and an expedited review mechanism, means that accepted articles will see rapid publication. This has been a major drawback with most journals. Moreover, these articles will be published online as soon as accepted, rather than waiting for a printed journal, making the information even more current. Finally, being an open-access publication means that everyone with internet access will be able to read the journal free of charge. This is a major advantage for both the authors and the readers, because it disseminates this information to a much larger audience than a journal that requires for one to pay a subscription fee.

Since the name of this new journal includes the term "maxillofacial surgery" one might wonder what types of material should be submitted for publication. It is the stated purpose of this journal to include clinical and scientific articles, significant case reports, review articles, special contributions and technical notes. The various sections will have contributions on congenital and developmental anomalies, orthognathic and aesthetic surgery, trauma, temporomandibular disorders, head and neck oncology, reconstructive surgery, implantology and dentoalveolar surgery, clinical pathology and research and advancing technologies. Thus, whether one calls himself or herself a maxillofacial surgeon, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon or an oral surgeon, this journal will contain material of interest to them all. Therefore, everyone with an interest in the field, regardless of their title or degrees, can contribute to this journal, as well as benefit from the rapid and wide exchange of information and ideas that it will provide.

The Indian Academy of Maxillofacial Surgery and the Editor-in-Chief Professor Balaji are to be congratulated on their magnanimous contribution to our specialty by creating this new open-access journal and the wonderful opportunity it provides for educational exchange among all those interested in the field.