The JMIG Journal: A Year of Success
The aim of the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology (JMIG) is to educate and inform gynecologists on the most current evidence based surgical management of all disorders affecting women’s health. JMIG’s issues and website are venues that transform the reader experience. As in year’s past, this year the Journal offered a wide range of learning experience through video abstracts and images in addition to original research and scholarly reviews that were beneficial for both novice and highly experienced surgeons.
This year, JMIG continued to uphold its reputation as the premiere journal of high quality, high impact original research and other scholarly activity in minimally invasive surgery. JMIG consistently rates as the highest impact journal dedicated exclusively to minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. The research included in JMIG is diverse, without bias and reflective of the highest ethical standard. Surgical videos that are educational, high quality, without bias, and evidence based are also greatly valued. JMIG prioritizes large retrospective studies, prospective trials, randomized clinical trials and evidence based systematic reviews. This year’s acceptance rate for these submissions is about 20% while the acceptance rate for case reports is less than 5%.
JMIG is an international Journal and although the USA represents the country with the most accepted manuscripts, most published manuscripts are from outside the USA. As such, we continue to encourage international submission. First time authors should seek mentorship from those who publish extensively and take their time to design a clinical trial or retrospective analysis. New authors should not be discouraged from the criticism of the manuscripts but use the comments to strengthen their paper.
In this last year, JMIG offered several additional services for its readers. Our website lists the most cited and most read papers in JMIG. We also utilized social media as a critical part of the learning experience. Our social media editor, and team of scholars, inform the JMIG audience via the JMIG Journal Club on Twitter (#JMIGjc), podcasts, and visual abstracts. In addition, the JMIG editorial board annually determines the best paper and best video published in JMIG. The 2020 Robert B. Hunt Best Paper in JMIG Award winner, Dr. Massimo Luerti, and 2020 Best Video in JMIG Award winner, Dr. Nicolas Bourdel, received recognition at the AAGL 2020 Virtual Global Congress.
The success of JMIG and the desire to efficiently disseminate important information quickly has resulted in the decision by the AAGL and JMIG Editorial Boards to move the JMIG to a monthly, electronic publication beginning in January 2021. JMIG’s growing, and highest ever, impact factor tells us how much our readers value JMIG’s content. A monthly electronic journal allows for swift publication and ease of accessibility to keep our readers to date on the latest research and cutting-edge studies. Transitioning to an electronic publication is also a win for our environment. Since the pandemic, it is evident that our members are now consuming much of their educational content online. This phenomenon was occurring slowly, but the pandemic has accelerated the transition to produce an online publication that will be the most efficient and beneficial to our readers.
Despite the many challenges of this year, JMIG continues to thrive and serve as a tremendous resource for minimally invasive gynecologists. The editors of the Journal thank the editorial board, reviewers of manuscripts, and authors of our high-quality content for their dedication and hard work.