Current and Future Orthopedic Research: Views of Chief Editors of Leading Journals

Joseph A. Buckwalter, MD, Stefan Lohmander, MD, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, MD, PhD

Recent advances in bioscience at the molecular level and research methods have brought with them a dramatic growth in the volume of medical research conducted at various levels in ever-diversifying specializations. Orthopedics is, of course, no exception; attempts to further explore this therapeutic area have resulted in remarkable progress, with state-of-the-art research in orthopedics now embracing molecular and genetic science, bioengineering, and large-scale randomized comparative clinical studies.

International peer-reviewed journals are a major vehicle for dissemination of the latest research findings. In this roundtable discussion, the Editors-in-Chief of two leading orthopedics journals express their views on recent developments in and future prospects for orthopedics research. Valuable advice on increasing a manuscript’s chance of acceptance by international peer-reviewed journals is also offered.