Movement Disorders-Clinical Practice Wraps Up Second Year
An update from the Editors
By Prof. Kailash Bhatia MD, DM, FRCP and Prof. Marcelo Merello MD, PhD
Co-Editors, Movement Disorders-Clinical Practice
It’s nearly the end of 2015 and the Movement Disorders-Clinical Practice journal (MD-CP) is coming to the conclusion of its second year of publication. We, as editors of the journal, felt it would be worthwhile to update our International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS) readership and the movement disorders fraternity about the journal’s progress and its recent activities.
We start by acknowledging that as editors of a brand new journal we have been delighted - but not entirely surprised - to see how the Movement Disorders fraternity has embraced the journal and made it a huge success. MD-CP published four issues in 2014 and three issues in 2015, with the fourth expected in early December. In response to the amount of submitted content, we recently appealed to the MDS for an increase in the allotted number of pages for each issue. We received the Society’s generous approval to add 25 more pages to the quarterly budget. The journal’s page budget is now 500 pages per year. This reinforces the success of our launch and demonstrates the journal’s stability in this platform.
To illustrate this, we wish to share some statistics demonstrating that the journal clearly fills a niche that reflects the need for top class, clinically relevant research papers, interesting case reports, and critical reviews in the literature. Here are some revealing figures:
In its first year (2014), the journal received an average of 26 original papers each month. As of October 1, 2015, that average has increased to 30 original papers monthly. Of all the submissions received to date, 72% were direct submissions and 18% were transfers from the Movement Disorders journal.
Overall, the journal’s average turnaround from submission to the first decision is three weeks (21-22 days). The average turnaround from submission to the final decision can range from 41-52 days. This is due in large part to our expert reviewers, who graciously provide their analyses within our target time frame. For example, in the last 12 months, the average reviewer turnaround time for original papers was 12.1 days, and the average re-review of revisions took just 8.3 days. The turnaround time for processing accepted papers in production - which includes copyediting, typesetting, author proofing, and correcting - is approximately two months (61 days). Because MD-CP publishes quarterly, the timeline for a paper to be included in an issue is double that (140 days).
Number of Manuscripts Published
In its first two years (8 issues), the journal will have published 212 papers. This included 81 Case Reports, 40 Research Articles, 24 Reviews, and 6 How Do I videos. The full distribution of the article types is shown in Figure 1.
As of late October 2015, we have 77 papers that have been accepted but are not yet assigned to an issue. (This number excludes the 30 papers that have been allocated to our December issue.) Fifty-six of those 77 are already available on Early View.
Since our launch, we have published an average of 26.6 papers per issue. The overall acceptance rate is 54.4% (166 accepted, 305 rejected).
As editors, our aim is to constantly strive to improve the journal’s editorial and production turnaround times, and we have taken steps to do this. In 2016, the journal will also adopt a fresh layout design, including streamlined fonts in the tables and more user-friendly image formatting. We are actively pursuing indexation in MEDLINE and are working toward our first impact factor. Updates on these two initiatives will be forthcoming.
Finally, we are extremely thankful to our readership, to the authors for their submissions, to our hardworking reviewers, and to Wiley & Sons and the production team - all of whom have a part to play in the fantastic success of MD-CP. We are confident that this will continue and the MD-CP will achieve the status of the premiere clinical journal in Movement Disorders.