In 2012, CUMC researchers wrote 348 editorial pieces for 205 journals. Neurology had the most CUMC editorials at 12. Among the top journals, 7 editorials were written in JAMA, 6 in Lancet, and 6 in New England Journal of Medicine. Editorials represent a special class of research publication. Like letters to a journal, the reward for the author is more likely to be visibility in the field than a contribution to one’s research portfolio, so the amount of effort put into these publications by CUMC researchers is noteworthy.
Ernest Drucker wrote a comment (tagged as editorial material) entitled “Drugs: the third rail of US politics” in Lancet last year. Yuval Neria and James Shultz wrote a “viewpoint” (again tagged as editorial material): “Mental Health Effects of Hurricane Sandy: Characteristics, Potential Aftermath and Response,“ in JAMA.
Sharon Gutman, who is editor in chief of American Journal of Occupational Therapy co-authored an editorial in that journal: “Intervention fidelity: a necessary aspect of intervention effectiveness studies”. This editorial was a call for research papers to include the extent to which an intervention was delivered as it was intended.
Danielle Andrews and Joel Lavine wrote an editorial: “Medical therapy for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in children and adolescents” in Expert review of gastroenterology & hepatology.
An editorial comment in Journal of computational biology co-authored by Andrea Califano is a preface to papers presented at a conference and combined in a special issue of the journal. There were many other examples of editorials that commented on articles published in a journal, often putting a very specific research article into a broader picture.
This sample of CUMC researcher-written editorials show that our researchers not only use their influence often, but chose significant titles to speak to the wider medical community. It also reflects the wide variety of topics – from social and health policy concerns to providing context for a particular research article – that CUMC researchers are committed to and that the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library seeks to support researchers with.