January 2017

AAOS to launch open access journal

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) reported in December that it is accepting submissions for its new online-only journal, JAAOS: Global Research & Reviews, which will serve as an open access companion title to the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS).

JAAOS: Global Research & Reviews will evaluate and synthesize up-to-date information on diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions in review articles, research articles and clinical trials, surgical techniques, case reports, and commentary.

William N. Levine, MD, will head the journal as editor in chief; Jeffrey S. Fischgrund, MD, is research editor; and the entire JAAOS editorial board will provide leadership for the new publication, which will emphasize content that originates outside North America and articles that may be of high interest to international readers. The first issue is slated for publication early this year.

Wolters Kluwer will publish the journal. Visit editorialman ager.com/jaaosglobal for more information.

The society also announced in December that its board has approved new Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for three types of surgical management for knee osteoarthritis (OA): total knee replacement (TKR), unicompartmental knee replacement, and realignment osteotomy.

The AUC includes 864 scenarios that consider pain, knee instability, patient age, knee alignment and extension, the number of knee compartments affected, and varus/valgus. The criteria lean toward recommending TKR in older patients, and unicompartmental surgery and realignment osteotomy in young­er patients and those with more limited OA, according to an AAOS release.

The AUC complements and builds on the 2015 clinical practice guideline, “Surgical Man­agement of Osteoarthritis of the Knee.” Both are available at orthoguidelines.org.

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- Emily Delzell

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