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Inj Prev. 2007 August; 13(4): 217.
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Perspectives on publishing highlights of the last decade

It is now just over 12 years since the journal began and we are preparing to hand over some of the editorial reins. To celebrate this milestone, I asked the senior editors to choose topics, themes, or issues that they judged to be the most important of our successes or failures.

My own choices are confounded by all the decisions an editor‐in‐chief must make—screening new papers, choosing reviewers, weighing their comments, adding final touches. Although I nevertheless have some personal favorites, it seemed more appropriate for me to call attention to the papers our “readers” (web browsers) saw most often. Table 11 lists the top 10 most visited papers or letters over the last decade. I was not surprised to find the paper by Thompson et al at the top because it addressed a controversial topic. Runyan's addition to the Haddon classic is pivotal and thought‐provoking. The popularity of the Jacobsen report has to do with the topic and the elegance of the research. I will not comment on each of the others save to say that they are the sort of melange of topics and methods for which this journal is beloved. As well as the web visits, there is a list of the most frequently cited papers arising from a search that Ted Miller conducted using Scopus (table 2) as below. There is considerable overlap, but the lead item is a paper by Rivara on fatal and non‐fatal farm injuries involving children.1

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Table 1 Top 10 web‐visited Injury Prevention items


Competing interests: None.

Some of the successes and failures of the first 12 years of Injury Prevention are selected


1. Rivara F P. Fatal and non‐fatal farm injuries to children and adolescents in the United States, 1990–3. Inj Prev 1997. 3190–194.194 [PMC free article] [PubMed]

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