This week, JAMAOphthalmology.com rolls out “Topics in Ophthalmology,” a series of peer-reviewed blog posts for JAMA Ophthalmology. You might ask: what’s a journal, whose mission is to be the indispensable source of ophthalmic knowledge, doing with a blog? Aren’t “blog” and “authoritative peer review” oxymoronic?

Actually, JAMA Ophthalmology’s blog is intended to enhance the JAMA Ophthalmology experience beyond the publication of innovative, clinically relevant research, just as the journal’s Clinical Challenges, Ophthalmic Images, or Reviews might do. Clinical Challenges, for example, are cases that should be of interest to clinicians, providing problems that practitioners are likely to at least occasionally encounter, with outstanding images to illustrate the disorder. Ophthalmic Images are an amuse bouche (subject to peer review, of course) to whet the busy practitioner’s appetite for perusing the rest of the journal’s website and discovering important articles that otherwise might have gone unnoticed.

Similarly, the posts on from “Topics in Ophthalmology” are posted by your peers as something currently “hot,” of importance at a recent meeting, or something the bloggers believe is of general interest. These brief posts, taking just minutes to read, fall into the categories of Anterior Segment, Glaucoma, Retina, and the “Editor’s Choice” (a potpourri of other topics). Approximately once a week, a new blog will appear in one of these 4 categories, all designed to get the reader aware of an interesting topic, and hopefully as a prelude to viewing what else is at the newly designed JAMA Ophthalmology website.

Now, the blogger can’t just write anything she/he pleases—as with everything published in JAMA Ophthalmology, blog posts are subjected to peer review by senior editors who in turn are charged with staying above the fray as they lightly edit the blog—but the blogger is encouraged to keep it timely, short, and relevant. While it may include hyperlinks to other relevance sources, it won’t have references. Comments are welcome (and also subject to peer review).

So join us! Start reading the blogs, leave a comment, and be a part of JAMA Ophthalmology’s commitment to its mission to promptly publish innovative, clinically relevant research through consistent and authoritative review, while simultaneously supplementing (not replacing) this experience with the latest topics in ophthalmology.

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