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The challenge was our competitors. There were long-established British and American journals with proven impact factors. We had to compete for papers, and ensure we had enough of the right quality.
It seems we succeeded; because within three years KSSTA had been indexed by the US National Library of Medicine, by Index Medicus and by MEDLINE. It had also received a surprisingly good impact assessment. We took this as an early tribute for our striving.
The journal has gradually expanded in frequency and prestige (and also in size). In 2018, under Jon Karlsson as editor, KSSTA achieved an impact factor of 3.210. This assures its importance in the field, as is attested by the quality and sheer number of papers we receive. We are now ranked in the top third of Orthopedics and Sports Sciences journals.
We publish papers about innovative knee surgery, sports trauma surgery and arthroscopy. Each issue features a series of peer-reviewed articles that deal with diagnosis and management and with basic research. Each issue also contains at least one review article about an important clinical problem. Case presentations or short notes about technical innovations are also sometimes published.
The articles cover all aspects of knee surgery and all types of sports trauma. They also deal with epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention, and all types of arthroscopy (not only the knee but also the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, ankle, etc.). Articles on new diagnostic techniques such as MRI and ultrasound and high-quality articles about the biomechanics of joints, muscles and tendons are included.
Although KSSTA is primarily a clinical journal, it is also open to basic research with clinical relevance.
Few other areas of orthopedic surgery and traumatology have undergone such a dramatic evolution in the last 10 years as knee surgery, arthroscopy and sports traumatology. KSSTA serves this expansion. Because we are supported by a distinguished European Editorial Board, assisted by an international Advisory Board, you can be assured that the journal maintains the highest standards.ISBN: 0942-2056 (print version)
ISBN: 1433-7347 (electronic version)
Journal no. 167
Published by SpringerNature (Berlin and Heidelberg)