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The New Zealand Medical Journal (NZMJ) was first published in September 1887 by the New Zealand Branch of the British Medical Association. In the past 128 years the Journal has changed considerably, with many of the substantial changes driven by financial reasons.Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.John F. KennedyWhen I took on the editorship of the NZMJ in 2002, the Journal was changing from the print format to an electronic format. In my first editorial I said "If the Journal is to survive we have to make the transition to the electronic medium. While this change will be a struggle for some, it allows us to develop and removes many of the restrictions of the printed version".1When the Journal changed to an electronic format, many claimed that this would be the end of the NZMJ. This has not been the case; indeed we receive and publish more manuscripts now than before we changed to an electronic format. For instance in 2014 we published 20 editions, and we had 498 new submissions and several hundred resubmissions of which (following peer review) we published 115 original articles.We have remained a scientific journal, not a magazine; we publish articles written by researchers, not reporters. This has created some limitations in attracting financial support from advertisers, however it also means that the NZMJ is New Zealand's leading medical scientific publication.Some of the changes that have occurred have been welcome. Many authors may remember the days when we used to post 7 to 12 printed copies of the manuscript to the editors and await the reply (many months later). Now with a few clicks of your mouse you can upload your manuscript into the manuscript handling software (Manuscript Manager) and off to the editing queue it goes. With the manuscript handling software, and the ability to automatically email reviewers and authors, the average manuscript handling time (to decide whether it will be published) is now is about 3 weeks.Not all the changes, however, were welcome and there was considerable outcry at the time the NZMJ became electronic in 2002; one of the main issues being that older members could not access the electronic edition of the NZMJ. Today many of these members are much more internet savvy. Due to the initial concerns raised, however, the New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) decided to publish the printed NZMJ Digest 6 times per year, with each edition containing a small selection of the NZMJ articles, summaries of all other original articles, and all the much-wanted obituaries.The Digest was partly funded by advertising; however this has never been sufficient to fully pay for the Digest and the NZMA members have had to fill the gap through their subscriptions. The Digest was only ever intended to be a temporary solution but has continued for some time. The economics are now such, however, that the Digest must change and become electronic as well and a new form will evolve.We are evolving the Journal further in other ways, with recent and future changes as follows: The April print edition of the NZMJ Digest will be the last print edition, and the Digest will then change in form (electronic format) and in substance. The manuscript handling software Manuscript Manager has been upgraded with a new version, and, as seems disappointingly normal for all computer software upgrades, this has been a challenge. We will be developing an improved downloadable full contents PDF of each NZMJ edition. We will have a photo submission catalogue that will be used to select photos for the cover of each downloadable full contents PDF. It is hoped that a wide range of photographs will be submitted. Authors, after paying a charge, will be able to make their article free with ‘open access' (i.e. not password protected) at the time of publication. At present, access to published articles for the first 6 months is restricted to NZMA members and NZMJ subscribers only. There have been changes to the NZMJ Editorial Board: NZMJ Subeditors Associate Professor Jim Reid and Professor Tim Buckingham finished their terms last year and Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama has started this year, with a further appointment pending. They join the present Editorial Board staff: Professors Lutz Beckert, Jennie Connor, and Roger Mulder. Brennan Edwardes, who has been the production editor since 2004, will be leaving in a few weeks, as the NZMA restructures NZMJ staffing and brings production in-house to Wellington. Brennan has done a marvellous job over the years and didn't miss an edition, even the edition immediately (10 days) after the Christchurch February 2011 earthquake when the NZMJ Office (staffed by administrative assistant Sally Bagley at the time) experienced falling file cabinets and a cracked computer monitor. The ICMJE has indicated that at some as-yet-to-be-determined future time point there is a need for data sharing; specifically that data that is behind graphs and tables in published manuscripts will have to be made available to the readers for re-analysis and review.2 Further details such as how and when exactly this will happen is yet to be determined, however it is coming. Over the last 128 years the Journal has (and no doubt will continue to have) had moments of controversy over what is published, and even sometimes over what is not.The Journal is not the same as what it was in 1887 under Dr Hocken. It fills a need and will continue to adapt to survive and stay viable and relevant in today's times.

Summary

Abstract

Aim

Method

Results

Conclusion

Author Information

Frank A Frizelle, Editor-in-Chief, New Zealand Medical Journal

Acknowledgements

Correspondence

Professor Frank A Frizelle, Department of Surgery, Christchurch Hospital, Private Bag 4710, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Correspondence Email

frank.frizelle@cdhb.govt.nz

Competing Interests

Nil.

1. Frizelle FA. Change of Editor in the New Zealand Medical Journal. N Z Med J 02 July 2002;115(1157):3-4. http://www.nzma.org.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/34439/Vol-115-No-1157-02-July-2002.pdf 2. Drazen JM. Sharing individual patient data from clinical trials. N Engl J Med. 2015 Jan 15;372(3):201-2. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp1415160.

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The New Zealand Medical Journal (NZMJ) was first published in September 1887 by the New Zealand Branch of the British Medical Association. In the past 128 years the Journal has changed considerably, with many of the substantial changes driven by financial reasons.Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.John F. KennedyWhen I took on the editorship of the NZMJ in 2002, the Journal was changing from the print format to an electronic format. In my first editorial I said "If the Journal is to survive we have to make the transition to the electronic medium. While this change will be a struggle for some, it allows us to develop and removes many of the restrictions of the printed version".1When the Journal changed to an electronic format, many claimed that this would be the end of the NZMJ. This has not been the case; indeed we receive and publish more manuscripts now than before we changed to an electronic format. For instance in 2014 we published 20 editions, and we had 498 new submissions and several hundred resubmissions of which (following peer review) we published 115 original articles.We have remained a scientific journal, not a magazine; we publish articles written by researchers, not reporters. This has created some limitations in attracting financial support from advertisers, however it also means that the NZMJ is New Zealand's leading medical scientific publication.Some of the changes that have occurred have been welcome. Many authors may remember the days when we used to post 7 to 12 printed copies of the manuscript to the editors and await the reply (many months later). Now with a few clicks of your mouse you can upload your manuscript into the manuscript handling software (Manuscript Manager) and off to the editing queue it goes. With the manuscript handling software, and the ability to automatically email reviewers and authors, the average manuscript handling time (to decide whether it will be published) is now is about 3 weeks.Not all the changes, however, were welcome and there was considerable outcry at the time the NZMJ became electronic in 2002; one of the main issues being that older members could not access the electronic edition of the NZMJ. Today many of these members are much more internet savvy. Due to the initial concerns raised, however, the New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) decided to publish the printed NZMJ Digest 6 times per year, with each edition containing a small selection of the NZMJ articles, summaries of all other original articles, and all the much-wanted obituaries.The Digest was partly funded by advertising; however this has never been sufficient to fully pay for the Digest and the NZMA members have had to fill the gap through their subscriptions. The Digest was only ever intended to be a temporary solution but has continued for some time. The economics are now such, however, that the Digest must change and become electronic as well and a new form will evolve.We are evolving the Journal further in other ways, with recent and future changes as follows: The April print edition of the NZMJ Digest will be the last print edition, and the Digest will then change in form (electronic format) and in substance. The manuscript handling software Manuscript Manager has been upgraded with a new version, and, as seems disappointingly normal for all computer software upgrades, this has been a challenge. We will be developing an improved downloadable full contents PDF of each NZMJ edition. We will have a photo submission catalogue that will be used to select photos for the cover of each downloadable full contents PDF. It is hoped that a wide range of photographs will be submitted. Authors, after paying a charge, will be able to make their article free with ‘open access' (i.e. not password protected) at the time of publication. At present, access to published articles for the first 6 months is restricted to NZMA members and NZMJ subscribers only. There have been changes to the NZMJ Editorial Board: NZMJ Subeditors Associate Professor Jim Reid and Professor Tim Buckingham finished their terms last year and Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama has started this year, with a further appointment pending. They join the present Editorial Board staff: Professors Lutz Beckert, Jennie Connor, and Roger Mulder. Brennan Edwardes, who has been the production editor since 2004, will be leaving in a few weeks, as the NZMA restructures NZMJ staffing and brings production in-house to Wellington. Brennan has done a marvellous job over the years and didn't miss an edition, even the edition immediately (10 days) after the Christchurch February 2011 earthquake when the NZMJ Office (staffed by administrative assistant Sally Bagley at the time) experienced falling file cabinets and a cracked computer monitor. The ICMJE has indicated that at some as-yet-to-be-determined future time point there is a need for data sharing; specifically that data that is behind graphs and tables in published manuscripts will have to be made available to the readers for re-analysis and review.2 Further details such as how and when exactly this will happen is yet to be determined, however it is coming. Over the last 128 years the Journal has (and no doubt will continue to have) had moments of controversy over what is published, and even sometimes over what is not.The Journal is not the same as what it was in 1887 under Dr Hocken. It fills a need and will continue to adapt to survive and stay viable and relevant in today's times.

Summary

Abstract

Aim

Method

Results

Conclusion

Author Information

Frank A Frizelle, Editor-in-Chief, New Zealand Medical Journal

Acknowledgements

Correspondence

Professor Frank A Frizelle, Department of Surgery, Christchurch Hospital, Private Bag 4710, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Correspondence Email

frank.frizelle@cdhb.govt.nz

Competing Interests

Nil.

1. Frizelle FA. Change of Editor in the New Zealand Medical Journal. N Z Med J 02 July 2002;115(1157):3-4. http://www.nzma.org.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/34439/Vol-115-No-1157-02-July-2002.pdf 2. Drazen JM. Sharing individual patient data from clinical trials. N Engl J Med. 2015 Jan 15;372(3):201-2. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp1415160.

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The New Zealand Medical Journal (NZMJ) was first published in September 1887 by the New Zealand Branch of the British Medical Association. In the past 128 years the Journal has changed considerably, with many of the substantial changes driven by financial reasons.Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.John F. KennedyWhen I took on the editorship of the NZMJ in 2002, the Journal was changing from the print format to an electronic format. In my first editorial I said "If the Journal is to survive we have to make the transition to the electronic medium. While this change will be a struggle for some, it allows us to develop and removes many of the restrictions of the printed version".1When the Journal changed to an electronic format, many claimed that this would be the end of the NZMJ. This has not been the case; indeed we receive and publish more manuscripts now than before we changed to an electronic format. For instance in 2014 we published 20 editions, and we had 498 new submissions and several hundred resubmissions of which (following peer review) we published 115 original articles.We have remained a scientific journal, not a magazine; we publish articles written by researchers, not reporters. This has created some limitations in attracting financial support from advertisers, however it also means that the NZMJ is New Zealand's leading medical scientific publication.Some of the changes that have occurred have been welcome. Many authors may remember the days when we used to post 7 to 12 printed copies of the manuscript to the editors and await the reply (many months later). Now with a few clicks of your mouse you can upload your manuscript into the manuscript handling software (Manuscript Manager) and off to the editing queue it goes. With the manuscript handling software, and the ability to automatically email reviewers and authors, the average manuscript handling time (to decide whether it will be published) is now is about 3 weeks.Not all the changes, however, were welcome and there was considerable outcry at the time the NZMJ became electronic in 2002; one of the main issues being that older members could not access the electronic edition of the NZMJ. Today many of these members are much more internet savvy. Due to the initial concerns raised, however, the New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) decided to publish the printed NZMJ Digest 6 times per year, with each edition containing a small selection of the NZMJ articles, summaries of all other original articles, and all the much-wanted obituaries.The Digest was partly funded by advertising; however this has never been sufficient to fully pay for the Digest and the NZMA members have had to fill the gap through their subscriptions. The Digest was only ever intended to be a temporary solution but has continued for some time. The economics are now such, however, that the Digest must change and become electronic as well and a new form will evolve.We are evolving the Journal further in other ways, with recent and future changes as follows: The April print edition of the NZMJ Digest will be the last print edition, and the Digest will then change in form (electronic format) and in substance. The manuscript handling software Manuscript Manager has been upgraded with a new version, and, as seems disappointingly normal for all computer software upgrades, this has been a challenge. We will be developing an improved downloadable full contents PDF of each NZMJ edition. We will have a photo submission catalogue that will be used to select photos for the cover of each downloadable full contents PDF. It is hoped that a wide range of photographs will be submitted. Authors, after paying a charge, will be able to make their article free with ‘open access' (i.e. not password protected) at the time of publication. At present, access to published articles for the first 6 months is restricted to NZMA members and NZMJ subscribers only. There have been changes to the NZMJ Editorial Board: NZMJ Subeditors Associate Professor Jim Reid and Professor Tim Buckingham finished their terms last year and Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama has started this year, with a further appointment pending. They join the present Editorial Board staff: Professors Lutz Beckert, Jennie Connor, and Roger Mulder. Brennan Edwardes, who has been the production editor since 2004, will be leaving in a few weeks, as the NZMA restructures NZMJ staffing and brings production in-house to Wellington. Brennan has done a marvellous job over the years and didn't miss an edition, even the edition immediately (10 days) after the Christchurch February 2011 earthquake when the NZMJ Office (staffed by administrative assistant Sally Bagley at the time) experienced falling file cabinets and a cracked computer monitor. The ICMJE has indicated that at some as-yet-to-be-determined future time point there is a need for data sharing; specifically that data that is behind graphs and tables in published manuscripts will have to be made available to the readers for re-analysis and review.2 Further details such as how and when exactly this will happen is yet to be determined, however it is coming. Over the last 128 years the Journal has (and no doubt will continue to have) had moments of controversy over what is published, and even sometimes over what is not.The Journal is not the same as what it was in 1887 under Dr Hocken. It fills a need and will continue to adapt to survive and stay viable and relevant in today's times.

Summary

Abstract

Aim

Method

Results

Conclusion

Author Information

Frank A Frizelle, Editor-in-Chief, New Zealand Medical Journal

Acknowledgements

Correspondence

Professor Frank A Frizelle, Department of Surgery, Christchurch Hospital, Private Bag 4710, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Correspondence Email

frank.frizelle@cdhb.govt.nz

Competing Interests

Nil.

1. Frizelle FA. Change of Editor in the New Zealand Medical Journal. N Z Med J 02 July 2002;115(1157):3-4. http://www.nzma.org.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/34439/Vol-115-No-1157-02-July-2002.pdf 2. Drazen JM. Sharing individual patient data from clinical trials. N Engl J Med. 2015 Jan 15;372(3):201-2. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp1415160.

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