Welcome to the JACR blog, the latest addition to JACR's digital initiatives portfolio!
JACR editor-in-chief Bruce Hillman wrote an editorial in 2013 entitled "Trying Something New" in which he shared his thoughts about his first tweet chat experience. The last paragraph of his editorial is an invitation to JACR readers to try something new, to engage with the journal via interactive digital offerings spearheaded by JACR deputy editor Ruth Carlos.
Although he admits it takes getting used to, Dr. Hillman (the self-described "little engine that could") has stuck with tweeting to this day. As for me, tweeting is not really my style. [Confession: Just before this blog page was posted, @JuliannaCzumMD took the plunge and sent out my first tweet, announcing the blog. I had valiantly resisted well-reasoned attempts to convince me to cross over to the dark side (figuring I would hold out for bribes of chocolate), but my near-miraculous conversion to newly-minted tweeter resulted in absolutely zero confectionary payola.]
I actually do read some JACR articles on my iPad, but I mostly choose the print journal. Now that's not because hard-copy is more convenient. Frankly, it's just to have some screen-free time for my poor peepers after staring at monitors all day. First, I sink down in my big yellow chair at home with a glass of wine, flip open to a characteristically pithy editorial and skip past a few items that don't interest me. Then I skim several other items and glance at an abstract or two, before finally committing myself to a few articles that I bookmarked along the way. Finally, with first sip triumphantly downed, I dive into reading. But that's just me. I know others, most commonly residents, who seem to avoid print media like a vampire does sunlight.
So tell me (in the comment section below), how do you take your JACR, shaken or stirred? Seriously, have you taken Dr. Hillman up on his offer to engage with JACR beyond the print journal? If so, he and Dr. Carlos, along with everyone in the JACR editorial offices, are interested in learning about your experiences. Obviously, you are reading this blog, so you are engaging with JACR's newest offering. If you have joined in on a tweet chat, checked out JACR on-line, or downloaded the JACR iPad app, we'd like to know about that too.
Becoming a blogger pushed me outside my comfort zone. However, I like a challenge, so here I am blogging. Because I really wanted to be, in Dr. Hillman's words, trying something new. How about you?
Congratulations, Julianna! New opportunities for the peer-review literature. Glad to see JACR taking the first step.