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Bimonthly publication
QSHC 2003: now bimonthly
  1. F Moss
  1. Editor-in-Chief

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    Another step forward!

    This issue marks the first anniversary of the journal’s transition from QHC to QSHC and the first issue of a new bimonthly publication schedule. We now have more readers and more people than ever are visiting the web site. The most popular papers—as judged by “hits on the web”—have been “A preliminary taxonomy of medical errors in family practice” by Dovey et al,1 followed by “The need for risk management to evolve to assure a culture of safety” by Kuhn and Youngberg.2 But, as well as attracting more readers, more authors have submitted papers for consideration for publication, and more papers have been accepted. So, to enable us to keep up, the journal is now bimonthly. There will be fewer pages in each issue—down from 96 to 80—but with six issues a year we will publish more pages and more papers!

    We are now fully electronic: all papers are submitted and reviewed electronically. There have been a few teething problems and our apologies to those who have found the system difficult to use. But these glitches are being resolved so that the system really can meet the needs of all users—authors and reviewers, as well as editors. Anyone who wants to submit a paper should visit the author area on the web site.

    We have hardly begun to use the enormous potential of web based publishing and online access. More people have posted electronic responses to articles published. But, while an increase of 200% might be construed as a success, we have only just hit double figures! We welcome your feedback and comments and suggestions.

    Another step forward!


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