SECEC activities related to the JSES


Instructional Course Lectures

In Dubrovnik 2012 SECEC organized again an Instructional Course “How to read, write and review a paper”, which was chaired by Markus Scheibel (Germany). This IC was mainly dedicated to the young members of our society who start their professional career. We had four lectures given by:

  • Stefan Greiner (Germany): “How to read a paper.”
  • Paolo Paladini (Italy): “How to write a paper.”
  • Rolf Norlin (Schweden): “How to review a paper.”
  • Frank Gohlke (Germany): “Tips from the deputy international editor of the JSES.”

It was generally accepted that for the majority of our reviewers the clinical impact of a paper is more important as the level of evidence provided by the study design.

Finally we had an animated discussion about the difference in quality of the reviews which are given as feedback to the authors comparing to those provided by other major Orthopedic Journals. The weak points of the review process itself were analyzed, e.g. that the majority of the reviewers do rarely use systematic methods to identify, assess and synthesize information. It was discussed why the peer review process, although widely used, remains still largely untested and little is known about its effects.


Report of the JSES Luncheon 2012

In Dubrovnik we had the second luncheon sponsored by SECEC for European editors and reviewers and guests from North America and Asia who attended the SECEC congress. The luncheon was organized by F. Gohlke and his JSES secretary Hannah Behrendt (contact: )

The luncheon was again a great success. We met in the Langusto restaurant close to the audience hall of the conference center. 54 European reviewers followed the invitation and attended the meeting. The deputy editor, Frank Gohlke welcomed those present and acknowledged their valuable contribution to the great success of the Journal. On behalf of the JSES Board of Trustees Christian Gerber expressed his gratitude for this tremendous work and reported in outline the latest developments in JSES policy. 

Most of the reviewers were satisfied with their work and the condition of the Journal. The selection of reviewers according to their special interests was confirmed as a step forward. Everybody agreed that this is the best way to get high quality reviews and to avoid acceptance of weak papers.

F. Gohlke reported about current trends and some difficulties to get the increasing number of accepted papers for 2012 printed – even after decrease of the acceptation rate to 30% and increase of the volume of pages last year.

It was discussed whether all new and junior members of SECEC generally should have the chance to get some training in instructional courses in order to be prepared for scientific work in SECEC and their job as reviewer in the Journal. There was some agreement that the EXCOM should organize further ICs.

Many reviewers proposed to establish an online link between the JSES homepage and SECEC’s members’ site which is protected by an individual password. They reported difficulties to get on the JSES homepage when searching any article previously published in the JSES. This was supported by Bernhard Jost, the webmaster of the SECEC homepage.

Everybody appreciated the hard work and great success of the Editor in chief, Bill Mallon who obviously tries to keep the JSES international. Finally it was clearly emphasized that the quality of a paper and not its origin or the disposable volume of the annual pages should mainly influence the decision to accept a paper.