When you log on to the new website of The Bone & Joint Journal
(BJJ; www.bjj.boneandjoint.org.uk), you are greeted with the phrase:
“Evolving to meet the needs of the orthopaedic community”
This central axiom underpins much of the new development that has been put into relaunching the Journal and this has also extended to the new website. The new website aims to become a central resource for orthopaedic surgeons at all levels.
Key features of the new BJJ website make a significant impact on the overall usability and therefore utility of the site. The top of the homepage has links to key resources such as Archives and Information for Authors. Just below there is a clear table containing links to specialty specific articles.
The enhanced search engine enables easy browsing by topic and subspecialty with links to related content and supplementary material. It is possible to find any content published in the BJJ, Bone & Joint Research, Bone & Joint360 and Orthopaedic Proceedings, from 1948 to the most recent issues.
The development of the Bone & Joint Portal site (www.boneandjoint.org.uk) which sits above the Journals has allowed Bone & Joint to showcase the non-journal content.
One useful element of is the development of a new Multimedia library, which contains videos, podcasts, animations and more. There are videos showing the anatomy and technique of certain surgical operations and also lectures and illustrations to help support surgeons’ individual learning and develop their understanding of conditions. These videos and podcasts are free and do not even require the user to sign-up.
Similarly there is a useful Education section, which provides resources ranging from practice questions for the FRCS Tr & Orth exam & viva to articles on common orthopaedic conditions written by experts. There is information related to Fellowship positions.
Specialty Channels (www.boneandjoint.org.uk/specialty)help readers save time and stay up-to-date with the latest information specific to their sub-specialist area. This features the latest research as well as commentaries from leaders in the field. Most read articles highlights popular information. Sub-specialty specific search of courses and meetings save time.
There is a very useful calendar, which displays orthopaedic and related meetings and courses thus assisting year planning and CME management. One can sort by specialty or search for a particular event. The content is very Anglo-centric with a lack of information on meetings outside the UK, but good coverage of UK events. It would be good to see this adopted by the International Orthopaedic Community.
The iPhone/iPad app allows full-text access to:
o The Bone & Joint Journal
o Bone & Joint Research
o Bone & Joint360
The iPhone/iPad app allows searching for articles across all the Bone & Joint journals as well as to view the current issues available. It is even possible to link your institutional or personal subscription to the app so that you can access full-text articles for reading offline.
There is also a mobile optimised journal option for all modern smartphones.
The relaunch of The Bone & Joint Journal and the launch of the Bone & Joint Portal has brought about a new online hub for the wider orthopaedic community. The new websites caters for all by combining traditional research news and papers with novel education and multimedia sections. It achieves this by combining clean design with sub-specialty content that is directly relevant to day-to-day clinical practice.
This is a good site - all orthopaedic surgeons should visit and try it out. Hopefully it will improve with user feedback, and carry yet more international information which will see its utility and value to surgeons continue to grow.
Reviewed by Mr Tom Lewis