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The BJO has prospered for the past seven years because of the editorial leadership of Professor John Forrester. He brought intellectual vigour and honesty as well as creativity to this task. The journal is now both a highly regarded scientific publication as well as a thought provoking and interesting journal to peruse. During the tenure of John Forrester theBJO's impact factor has increased, the quality of its scientific papers was outstanding, and the appearance and readability of the journal were first class. Regrettably, we must now thank Professor Forrester for his service and wish him all the best in his new endeavours as he steps down from the position of editor.
I am proud to have been appointed John Forrester's successor although I realise it will be difficult to match his successes. I have no intentions of reinventing the wheel and will build on the already strong model left by him. I am also pleased to say that there will be continuity in the editorial board that assists me in this task. I am particularly pleased to announce that Professor Andrew Dick, who will shortly assume his responsibilities in Bristol, has agreed to remain as the editor for the United Kingdom. His expertise and intellectual standards will be a great attribute in our task of trying to make theBJO even better. I am also pleased to say that most of the editorial board have agreed to remain. Although there may be a few new members added to the board, its essential structure will remain as it has been in the past with the majority of its members being from the United Kingdom but with a worldwide contribution from other members.
No successful journal can afford to not move forward and bring new formats to its structure. This is particularly true in this age of electronic publishing that is just beginning to make an impact in the world of scientific journals. Most of you are already aware of the fact that the BJO has already established an active and attractive website. We will be putting much of our energy and creativity into expanding this website and hopefully making it one of the leaders among clinical journals. To this end I have appointed Robert Bhisitkul, MD, PhD, a colleague of mine at the University of California, San Francisco, as the website editor. He brings unique talents to this task. He has a PhD in neuroscience from Yale University as well as retinal training at Harvard Medical School. We hope to expand the website, bring new quality material to it, and ultimately have it stand on its own as a unique and distinct resource separate from the published hard copy of the BJO. In the next few months we hope to bring video tapes of surgical procedures and complications to the website. In addition, we will establish a quick response feature which will allow readers to comment on either the content of the published journal and/or the website. Although we believe it essential to expand and enrich the quality of the website, we do not plan to ignore the published hard copy of theBJO. We are currently redesigning the cover of the journal and in the next few months we'll add a new feature to the journal entitled “Point-counterpoint,” a format in which experts can debate some of the controversial aspects and therapies of our subspecialty.
Undoubtedly, the journal will evolve and change in ways that are not yet apparent. We can only hope to use as our model during this evolutionary period that of Professor John Forrester. We hope that each new feature of the journal will have the same high scientific content that was established under John's leadership. While we wish to make the journal interesting and provocative, we in no way want to compromise the high intellectual standing established by him. All the members of the editorial board and I wish to thank John Forrester for the opportunity to work with him during his tenure as editor. It was a pleasure and an honour to do so. We are all committed to publishing a journal every bit as good as the one published under his leadership.