Incoming and outgoing Editors discuss changes at Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

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Dr. Krouse is on the right and Dr. Rosenfeld is on the left

Following eight years of successful editorial leadership of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery under Dr. Richard Rosenfeld, Dr. Jack Krouse will become the journal’s new Editor-in-Chief later this month. Interested to hear what’s in store for the journal, we had a conversation with both editors at the SAGE offices. Read below to find out what’s coming up for the journal, what has led to its current success, as well as some tips for getting published on its pages.

1. Our first set of questions is for Dr. Krouse. Dr. Krouse, how did you originally get involved with Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and how did you eventually decide that you wanted to be the journal’s editor?

I originally became involved with the journal as a resident. As a resident in otolaryngology, you want to publish in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery; it’s the journal we aspire to be in. I published my first paper there, and over the years, it became my go-to venue for publication.  As many people on the editorial journey, I started as a reviewer and did that for a number of years and then became an associate editor for eight to nine years. So, I’ve been doing this a long time and have been the associate editor on about 450 articles.

I’ve always been interested in the research enterprise and it’s always been a passion of mine to uphold quality in research and quality in publication. I’m very happy to move into this new position because I feel that I can represent the specialty well and can continue to develop the content and the reputation of the journal that has grown under Dr. Rosenfeld’s leadership over the last eight years. I hope to be able to bring to our membership and our readers the kind of quality and information that they have grown to depend on over the last several decades.

2. This journal is unique in many ways, but one of its strengths is that it’s innovative in its digital offerings with podcasts, a mobile app, etc. What do you see as future areas of growth or focus?

First of all, we will continue to leverage the growth in digital media. I think that podcasts will continue to be an important venue for us and that there will be opportunities for us to expand beyond audio to video-based discussions of journal articles that can be posted on websites and available for public use. Also, we will continue to expand our communication on social media channels as this is clearly where many of our younger members are going for their content and their communication. We are really just scratching the surface right now with what we might be able to do with digital media.

3. Where do you see the journal in five years and what are a few of the things you are planning to do to get there?

We have the wonderful benefit of having clinical guidelines, consensus statements, and performance-indicator content that will continue to drive the specialty more and more along the lines of evidence-based medicine and will lead us into positioning specialty quite well in health reform and health policy. This is important for us to be considered at the table as a profession and as a specialty; we need this kind of data as a basis for our practices. So, we will continue to leverage that kind of content.

Also, we have a wealth of content experts in our specialty and we would like to find additional ways of capturing their knowledge in the journal.

As stated before, we can continue to grow on the success of Dr. Rosenfeld over the last eight years; to grow our impact factor, our breadth of circulation, as well as the use of the journal not only nationally, but internationally.

4. What’s your advice for anyone who would like to get involved with the journal?

I think that people at different stages of their careers come to the journal in different ways. Our young members, residents, and younger faculty will find the journal easy to submit to. We have a very rapid turnaround time by reviewing articles quickly and getting papers published as rapidly as or more rapidly than any other journal in the field. That’s something they can count on. For our young faculty, being a reviewer is a great way to advance their careers. For our academicians, it moves them into learning how to better write articles and become more involved in the journal and with the academy. For our private practice readers, there are a wealth of opportunities to contribute content to the journal – articles, videos – and to share with their colleagues how they do things and new techniques that have been effective for them. So for our members at all stages in their career, in both private and academic practice, there are many ways that they can become involved with the journal.

People who want to be published in the journal need to have innovative ideas; they need to apply a very strict, evidence-based methodology as they prepare their articles for publication; they need to write succinctly and clearly because communicating with the public is important. They should feel free to reach out to anyone on our editorial board for assistance with ideas that they have or areas that they would like to look at. Also, on our website, we have additional information for authors on how to publish.

5. Dr. Rosenfeld, we will start with the same question for you – do you have any advice for any scholars who are looking to publish their work in the journal?

If you want to publish something in the journal, then you need to write something worth publishing! It’s a fairly simple concept that begins with having an idea that works not only with your patients, in your hands, in your hospital, using your skills, but could potentially contribute to the process of generalizing knowledge. This involves writing and reporting in a way that lets others benefit from your brilliance and enact in their setting what you do.  Reading author instructions will rapidly increase your chance of getting accepted, as will following what is asked of you, and being perceptive to reviews, comments, and criticisms. In general, if people respond to this feedback, their articles get published.

6. What was the greatest challenge and the greatest success you experienced during your tenure as editor?

The greatest challenge was thinking of new editorials to write.

The greatest success was developing the publication not just into a really high-quality, high-impact journal, but looking at it in terms of its synergy with the overall academy, The American Academy of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Foundation. We’ve used the journal as a showcase of member talent, content from annual meetings, research and quality efforts of producing guidelines and derivative products which are at the frontline of healthcare and have been cited many times by groups such as the Institute of Medicine. Getting into our health policy, we’ve managed to really bring together the great force of the academy to capture the best content in the journal. We’ve worked with the media through the public relations department in our organization, for example, to leverage research. In the truest sense, we’ve made it a society journal as opposed to a journal published by a society, which it was for some time in the past. There is a lot of synergy in that.

7. What words of wisdom would you share with Dr. Krouse as the new editor of this flagship journal?

First of all, don’t mess it up please [laughs]! Secondly, have fun and don’t be afraid to innovate and boldly go where no editor has gone before. Some of the best and most fun things we’ve done were not done before, such as podcasts, the new ways we are developing the guidelines, and e-publishing ahead of print. There are so many exciting new ways to develop the journal.

I would also recommend that Dr. Krouse have fun with SAGE, our publisher. It was an absolute delight to work with everyone here and it’s been a synergistic relationship. By continuing to leverage that trifold relationship – resources of a large national academy, a global publishing team, and the content that we get from the authors who trust their content to us – he has a surefire formula for success.


Dr. John (Jack) Krouse is Professor and Chairman of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education at the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He is board-certified in otolaryngology and specializes in rhinology and allergy. He has authored more than 125 articles in various publications, including over 30 book chapters and five textbooks. Additionally, he has presented papers at many national and international meetings.  Dr. Krouse has been involved actively in shaping the scientific content of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation as the immediate past Coordinator for Scientific Program.  His research interests include allergic and nonallergic rhinitis, local nasal immunity, chronic rhinosinusitis, endoscopic sinus surgery, asthma and sleep.  He is past-president of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy.

Richard M. Rosenfeld is Professor and Chairman of Otolaryngology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Chair of the Guideline Development Task Force for the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), and Editor in Chief of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Journal. Dr. Rosenfeld has 20 years of experience with systematic reviews and guideline development, including work with the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, AAO-HNS, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, ENT Cochrane Center, and the NY State Department of Health. He has given over 500 scientific presentations and is author, coauthor, or editor of 5 books and 230 scientific publications. Dr. Rosenfeld has been listed for 10 years as one of “America’s Best Doctors” by Castle Connolly.

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