ARVO Insight - July 17, 2017
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IOVS highly rated articles

The top three highest rated articles by reviewers in the June 2017 issue of IOVS. 

Compromised Integrity of Central Visual Pathways in Patients With Macular Degeneration 
Maka Malania; Julia Konrad; Herbert Jägle; John S. Werner; Mark W. Greenlee

Rat Limbal Niche Cells Prevent Epithelial Stem/Progenitor Cells From Differentiation and Proliferation by Inhibiting Notch Signaling Pathway In Vitro 
Jing Li; Szu-Yu Chen; Xin-Yue Zhao; Ming-Chang Zhang; Hua-Tao Xie
A Compact Whole-Eye Perfusion System to Evaluate Pharmacologic Responses of Outflow Facility 
Enhua H. Zhou; Michael Paolucci; Thaddeus P. Dryja; Ted Manley; Chuanxi Xiang; Dennis S. Rice; Ganesh Prasanna; Amy Chen

JOV editor's picks

Dennis Levi's top articles from the June 2017 issue of JOV.

Cortical sources of Vernier acuity in the human visual system: An EEG-source imaging study
Chuan Hou; Yee-Joon Kim; Preeti Verghese
Evidence for long-range spatiotemporal interactions in infant and adult visual cortex
Anthony M. Norcia; Francesca Pei; Peter J. Kohler
Labeled lines for image blur and contrast
Michael J. Morgan

TVST editor's picks

Marco Zarbin's picks from the May/June 2017 issue.

Hironori Uehara; Santosh Kumar Muddana; Xiaohui Zhang; Subrata Kumar Das; Sai Bhuvanagiri; Jinlu Liu; Yuanyuan Wu; Susie Choi; Lara S. Carroll; Bonnie Archer; Balamurali K. Ambati
James E. DiCarlo; Jesse D. Sengillo; Sally Justus; Thiago Cabral; Stephen H. Tsang; Vinit B. Mahajan
Trevor J. McGill; Osnat Bohana-Kashtan; Jonathan W. Stoddard; Michael D. Andrews; Neelay Pandit; Lior R. Rosenberg-Belmaker; Ofer Wiser; Limor Matzrafi; Eyal Banin; Benjamin Reubinoff; Nir Netzer; Charles Irving

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TVST earns its first impact factor

Translational Vision Science & Technology (TVST) has earned an impact factor of 2.221, placing it favorably among established journals in the ophthalmological field.

Translational Vision Science & Technology (TVST) has earned an impact factor of 2.221, placing it favorably among established journals in the ophthalmological field.
Launched in 2012, TVST is the newest journal published by ARVO, covering a broad spectrum of work from scientists and clinicians with diverse backgrounds ranging from basic chemistry to ophthalmic surgery.
The ARVO journals team is delighted to learn the combined efforts of authors, reviewers and editors has earned TVST its first impact factor rating. “Our goal is to make TVST a valuable resource for individuals interested in identifying the latest developments in translational vision science, as well as for scientists who seek to disseminate the results of translational research pertaining to the eye and visual system,” said TVST editor-in-chief Marco Zarbin, MD, PhD, FARVO.

New policy on preprints

The editors-in-chief have adopted a uniform policy across all three ARVO journals allowing manuscripts that have been previously posted to a preprint archive to be considered for publication.

The ARVO journals have adopted a new policy allowing manuscripts that have been previously posted to a preprint archive to be considered for publication. The policy allows researchers to use unpublished manuscripts, or "preprints," as a way of communicating preliminary results before they have been peer-reviewed and published in a journal. The editors-in-chief made this decision to better serve the needs of the eye and vision science community.
For many years, avoiding duplicate or excessively overlapping publications has been a concern of journal editors. For example, duplication or excessive overlap of content may be fraudulent when authors take credit twice for the same work (self-plagiarism) or once for someone else’s work (plagiarism). However, common exceptions to the rule have long existed. For example, ARVO journal editors allow authors to reuse content from their own PhD theses — one rationale being that a thesis is not widely circulated. Similarly, it has been common practice for many years for authors to share preprints of their articles with colleagues, again usually with limited distribution. 
The advent and recent rise in popularity of online preprint servers such as arXive and bioRxiv has changed availability of preprints, which are now commonly accessible to anyone online. This has forced editors to consider whether posting a preprint should preclude the subsequent publication of the same material in a peer-reviewed journal on the grounds of prior-publication. This trend has increased the acceptance of preprints as a legitimate way of communicating preliminary results. The vast majority of journals now consider manuscripts that have already been posted as preprints, major funding agencies such as NIH and Wellcome Trust now allow citation of preprints in grant proposals and grant reports and general awareness of preprints among scientists has greatly increased. 

Should you or shouldn't you preprint? 
ARVO authors are encouraged to consider the advantages and disadvantages of posting their work as a preprint before doing so. Public availability prior to journal publication may be useful in some cases, but in other cases may not be appropriate. For example, preliminary clinical content posted prematurely may be read by patients and unduly influence them. To discourage this practice, some clinical journals do not accept material that has been previously posted as a preprint.
Refer to the newly updated author guidelines for more details about the ARVO journals prior publication policy, including associated responsibilities for authors.

Annual Meeting abstracts published in IOVS

The 2017 ARVO Annual Meeting abstracts are now published in IOVS The abstracts are citable as IOVS publications; the volume is 58, and the issue is 8.

The 2017 ARVO Annual Meeting abstracts are now published in IOVS. The abstracts are citable as IOVS publications; the volume is 58, and the issue is 8.
IOVS has published ARVO Annual Meetings abstracts every year for the past the past 15 years.To view meeting abstracts, select "meeting abstract" as the content type during your search.

Did you present an abstract at ARVO 2017? 

Develop your ARVO 2017 Annual Meeting abstract into a full article and submit it to IOVS, JOV or TVST. A $350 discount on publication fees will be applied to accepted manuscripts if the corresponding author is an ARVO member at the time the article is accepted.

New view for mathematical equations

Readers can now use LaTex to manipulate equations in the XML versions of published articles. 

The ARVO journals have implemented the use of LaTeX for displaying mathematical equations in the XML versions of published articles. Previously, equations were often displayed as image files, so readers could copy the image as a whole, but could not manipulate any of the components individually. Now, because equations are coded, readers can copy select portions. The new process incorporates the features of  MathJax, including accessing the MathML code and TeX commands and resizing the math within the article. 
To access the MathJax features, right-click on equations. To see the new display and try out the features view the Methods article in the June issue of JOV.