Foundation Professor of Primary Care, School of Health and Social Care, University of Lincoln, UK
Quality has become the watchword of health services throughout the world and primary care is increasingly being seen as central to its achievement. Quality in Primary Care has seen some important developments for the journal over the past year. The key development has been our success in achieving indexation in Medline. This is a tribute to the work of authors and reviewers as well as the journal office, the editorial board and publisher in maintaining and improving the quality of the journal. My particular thanks in this regard go to Janet Andrews, Editorial Assistant for the past two years, who has recently left the journal to pursue a new role in the university.
I am fortunate to have a strong and active editorial board. This year we were delighted towelcome Professor Peter Groenwegen from NIVEL. We have to say goodbye to Professor Peter Szilagyi from Rochester, New York and I would like to thank him for his advice and support.Aswell as our links in theUnited Kingdom, North America and Australia we have become the official journal for the European Forum for Primary Care, chaired by Professor Jan de Maeseneer. We have published a number of position papers of the European Forum which aim to increase discussion and collaboration on primary care management in important areas of care.[3–5] These important associations will continue to foster international dialogue on quality improvement thinking, activity and research.
We have continued with our special issues, guest edited by members of the editorial board of the journal, which have proved to be immensely successful. These included, in the past year issues on ‘Development of Nursing Practice and Scope’ (Guest Editors: Sarah Redsell and Francine Cheater) and ‘Professional Regulation’ (Guest Editors: Brenda Poulton andMaxine Offredy). My thanks go to them for their efforts in supporting the journal and commissioning such excellent articles. This final issue of 2008 is devoted to the theme of ‘Organisational and Educational Interventions for Quality Improvement’ and I am grateful to Keith Stevenson and Richard Baker as Guest Editors for their work in commissioning a number of thought provoking papers from experts in this field. Next year further special issues are planned, in particular, a special issue on ‘Ideas, innovation and advances in Australasia’ edited by Moyez Jiwa.
Most published papers in Quality in Primary Care in 2008 were research papers or short reports (20), but discussion papers (7), articles on quality improvement or clinical governance in action (5) and international exchange (7) continue to feature.We also have regular editorials or guest editorials (17) and features such as patient perspective (4), ‘knowledgeshare’ (4) and quality digest (6).
Altogether we received nearly 90 submissions over the past year, with almost 30% of these coming from countries other than the United Kingdom, including the United States, Mainland Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Of these, excluding commissioned articles and editorials, around 75% were accepted or accepted subject to revision.
Performance figures, which have been published annually in QPC since 2006 have remained healthy for a bimonthly journal. For articles submitted in 2008, the average time (for 67 articles published) was 131 days from submission to publication, Acknowledgements within two days, initial decision 34 days and submission to final decision 58 days.We initially reject around 50% of unsolicited papers, although some of these are published following extensive revision and resubmission.
I would like to personally acknowledge and thank all our authors and reviewers for their work and commitment throughout this year. We look forward to your ongoing support in 2009. A full list of Peer Reviewers is included below. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you, our readers and contributors, every success for 2009.
Martin von Fragstein