Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) recently began publishing the majority of its articles online ahead of print. This exciting initiative benefits both JOP’s authors and readers by making practice-changing content readily available online in a timely manner. With the launch of the publish-ahead-of-print (PAP) program, JOP joins ASCO’s sister journal, Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO), in offering rapid and convenient online access to journal content on a weekly basis.
Authors and readers now have the opportunity to access JOP’s important articles continuously on the Early Release page at jop.ascopubs.org/content/early/recent. JOP Early Release content is updated as often as once a week. JOP’s authors value the increased online exposure their articles receive with the PAP format, and readers benefit from the frequently updated online presence of articles covering topics across multiple disciplines.
JOP Editor-in-Chief John V. Cox, DO, MBA, FACP, is enthusiastic about the new process. “The continuous publish-ahead-of-print process lets authors see their work published more rapidly,” he notes. “This new workflow will help us to improve our time-to-publication metrics.” Dr. Cox also highlights the enhanced online experience for JOP readers. “The PAP initiative allows our content online to be refreshed on a near-weekly basis, so that readers who use our electronic RSS feeds and visit the Early Release page regularly will have access to a variety of articles online well ahead of the print publication date.”
With this transition to a publish-ahead-of-print model, the publication event of record for the PubMed indexing service has shifted from the date of print publication to the date an article appears on the Early Release page. This means articles will be searchable via PubMed within days after the PAP event.
The introduction of the PAP format makes it easy for readers to keep updated with the most current information available. “PAP is a win-win for authors who see their work move faster through our editorial process to publication, and a win for readers, who can be exposed to content without having to wait for the print issue,” Dr. Cox explains. JOP content encompasses research into all aspects of the provision of oncology care, including outcomes research, health service research, data informing practice of efficiencies in care, models of practice, and analyses of the effects of changing health policy on practice. JOP is a valuable resource to keep practicing oncologists current on changes and challenges inherent in delivering quality oncology care. ■
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