Dear esteemed colleagues and friends,
As we begin a new year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your commitment in supporting our journal and expanding its readership. This past year has been truly exceptional in the quality of submissions we have received within the video section of the International Brazilian Journal of Urology. We are committed in publishing the highest quality videos detailing novel surgical techniques and approaches by leading surgical teams from across the world. Similarly, we encourage groups pushing the envelope in terms of how we can continually refine the art of surgery and ultimately improve the outcomes of our patients. In this regard, I am pleased to share with you this year’s selection for best videos of the year for 2016. Many individual criteria were taken into account in making this selection including novelty, superior quality in terms of video depiction and narration, and lastly vides that best depict re-defining surgical approaches to urological diseases. On that note, here are the selections:
Robotic ureteroureterostomy for treatment of a proximal ureteral stricture by Andrade HS et al. from the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio) published in volume 42(5):1041-1042, September-October 2016 (see video) (1). This video is truly a masterful depiction on how minimally invasive robotic surgery can be used to tackle benign ureteral stricture disease. Excellent perioperative surgical outcomes are reported and the authors provide sufficient follow-up of 27 months to insure these favorable outcomes are maintained with adequate follow-up. There is no question this surgical approach and specifically this video can be used by surgeons skilled and interested in conducting such surgical procedures.
Robotic repair of vesicovaginal fistula- initial experience by Jairath A et al. from the Department of Urology, Muljbhai Patel Urological Hospital (Nadiad, India) published in volume 42(1):168-169, January-February 2016 (see video) (2). The authors presents a surgical series of 8 vesicovaginal fistulas approached using a robotic assisted laparoscopic transabdominal extravesical approach. The authors report excellent outcomes with no recurrences at short-term follow-up of 3 months.
Retzus-sparing robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy: A step-by-step technique description of this first Brazilian experience by Tobias-Machado M et al. from the Departmento de Urologia, Faculdade de Medicina do ABC, Santo Andre, SP, Brazil and other centers of excellence in Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil published in volume 42(6):1250, November-December 2016 (see video) (3). This surgical video is quite elegant in its demonstration that Retzus sparing RRP is not only feasible and reproducible but can enhance continence recovery following initial catheter removal. This is furthermore an excellent depiction of the wonderful surgical collaborations taking place in Brazil.
I would like to conclude this editorial by once again thanking each of you for the support of the International Brazilian Journal of Urology. We are committed in publishing the very best original articles and videos from across the world and similarly will continue to do so in a very timely manner, with a rigorous peer review process by the very best subject leaders. Lastly, I send my very best wishes to you and your families for 2017.
- Andrade HS, Kaouk JH, Zargar H, Caputo PA, Akca O, Ramirez D, Autorino R, Noble M, Stein RJ. Robotic Ureteroureterostomy for Treatment of a Proximal Ureteric Stricture. Int Braz J Urol. 2016;42:1041-1042.
- Jairath A, B SS, Mishra S, Ganpule A, Sabnis R, Desai M. Robotic repair of vesicovaginal fistula – initial experience. Int Braz J Urol. 2016;42:168-9.
- Tobias-Machado M, Nunes-Silva I, Hidaka AK, Sato LL, Almeida R, Colombo JR Jr, Zampolli HC, Pompeo AC. Retzus-sparing robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy: a step-by-step technique description of this first brazilian experience. Int Braz J Urol. 2016;42:1250.
Philippe E Spiess, M.D, MS, FACS, FRCS(C)
Video Section Editor, International Brazilian of Urology
Associate member, Department of GU Oncology Moffitt Cancer Center
Associate Professor, Department of Urology, University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida, USA
Peer review system is like democracy: it is absolutely imperfect, but the best available. It allows criticism to articles, suggestions for improvement under different perspectives and allows the editor to make a fairer decision about the future of the article.
The reviser is the soul of a medical journal like International Brazilian Journal of Urology. He/she dictates the quality of publishing, the velocity by which each article reaches the reader, being a voluntary job that takes time. A good reviser is rapidly identified by different magazines and is overloaded by many requests.
A good reviser is not necessarily famous in his/hers specialty, but a dedicated person that spends precious time without payment in order to evaluate a paper and to decide if its valuable enough to be published or if it needs improvements and guidance to authors.
International Brazilian Journal of Urology has received 641 new submissions in 2016, added to other 275 that were revised and resubmitted. 456 revisers participated in that task and it is important to nominate, as we have been doing in the past years, the most efficient and more collaborative.
We created a formula by which this choice is not subjective and only based on the opinion of the Associated Editors:
Reviser score = (completed revisions/invitations)x R-score
Median time consumed for revision
The result is multiplied by 100.
R-score: given note that each AE gives to each revision (1= bad revision to 3-excelent review)
Based on that formula we have elected the 5 most efficient revisers of 2016 and we specially thanks them for their dedication:
John Denstedt, University of Western Ontario London, ON, Canada
Fabio Vicentini, Departamento de Urologia, Hospital das Clínicas, Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo, SP, Brasil
Renato Pedro, UNICAMP, Campinas, SP, Brasil and Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, São Paulo, SP, Brasil
Marco Arap, Hospital Sírio Libanês, SP, Brasil
Lisias Castilho, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de São Paulo, SP, Brasil
Al of them evaluated at least 10 papers in 2016 and took 2 to 6 days to perform the revision. This effort and the agility of the Associated Editors allowed a median time of 54.2 days from submission to final decision for publishing, with an acceptance rate of 27.1%.
With the update of the journal website (www.intbrazjurol.com.br) and the policy of publication on line (Ahead of Print) quite fast of the accepted papers, today it is possible to have a paper published at International Brazilian Journal of Urology and consequently at Medline in a median time of 90 days following submission.
Another novelty of the website (very important to Brazilian authors and urologists) is the possibility to access on line all editions in full of the old Brazilian Journal of Urology, since number 1, 1974.
The International Brazilian Journal of Urology is totally costed by Brazilian Society of Urology and all publishing production is made by regularly employed officials at the Society headquarters. The joint effort of Ricardo de Morais, Technical Editor, Bruno Nogueira, Production Editor and Patricia Gomes, Secretary, has made our Journal more interactive and more competitive over the years.
Sidney Glina, MD, PhD
Professor Titular Disciplina de Urologia da Faculdade de Medicina do ABC, Santo André, SP, Brasil