Elsevier Selected to Publish The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety

Oak Brook, Illinois, September 28, 2016

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (JCR), a nonprofit affiliate of The Joint Commission, today announced that Elsevier will be the new publisher of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety(JQPS), effective January 1, 2017. For the past 40 years, JQPS has self-published, serving as a key forum on the development, adaptation and/or implementation of innovative thinking, as well as on strategies, practices and issues in health care quality improvement.

As one of the leading worldwide health sciences publishers and owner of the Lancet family of journals, Elsevier is well positioned to grow JQPS’s impact and contribution. The transition enables JQPS to strengthen support for its authors, readers and subscribers by harnessing cutting-edge publishing technologies at Elsevier, including a robust set of digital tools to simplify the submission, manuscript tracking, author communication and review processes. JQPS also plans to utilize the publisher’s global presence to increase dissemination of content to national and international health care communities, with the goal to champion the burgeoning importance of initiatives dedicated to patient safety and quality of care.

“In a competitive periodical environment, JQPS will now be Elsevier’s premier journal in the area of health care quality improvement. In addition, we look forward to JQPS having a more interactive and discoverable online presence through a new dedicated website to help us to share information about safety and quality around the world,” said David W. Baker, MD, MPH, FACP, Editor-in-Chief of JQPS and executive vice president for Health Care Quality Evaluation at The Joint Commission. “JQPS has been widely read and respected because of its long history and record of publishing seminal articles. While it will continue to provide tremendous visibility to the work of its authors, it will now be on an even bigger platform.”

“Elsevier is delighted to be working with Joint Commission Resources,” said David Clark, Senior Vice President, Health and Medical Science Journals, Elsevier. “We look forward to building on JCR’s strong reputation within the U.S. health care community and to expanding the outreach, growth and impact of JQPS, not only in the U.S. but globally”.

The Joint Commission plans to work closely with JQPS to make it a key component of how it fulfills its mission to partner with health care organizations to improve patient safety and quality of care. The Joint Commission, which accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations, is working to ensure JQPS is essential reading for health care professionals who are looking for ways to improve care.

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About The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Published monthly, The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety is a peer-reviewed publication dedicated to providing health professionals with the information they need to promote the quality and safety of health care. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety invites original manuscripts on the development, adaptation, and/or implementation of innovative thinking, strategies, and practices in improving quality and safety in health care. Case studies, program or project reports, reports of new methodologies or new applications of methodologies, research studies on the effectiveness of improvement interventions, and commentaries on issues and practices are all considered.

In addition to feature articles – full-length descriptions of quality and safety programs, methods, or strategies, including the rationale, planning, implementation, evaluation, and lessons learned, the Journal also offers shorter articles in departments such as Interviews, Field Notes, Tool Tutorials, Rapid Response Systems, and Case Studies in Brief.

The Joint Commission
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

Joint Commission Resources, Inc.
Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (JCR), a wholly controlled, nonprofit affiliate of The Joint Commission, is the official publisher and educator of The Joint Commission. JCR is an expert resource for health care organizations, providing consulting services, educational services, and publications and software, to assist in improving safety and quality and to help in meeting the accreditation standards of The Joint Commission. JCR provides consulting services independently from The Joint Commission and in a fully confidential manner. Visit www.jcrinc.com for more information.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey— and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 35,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. www.elsevier.com

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Elisa Nelissen
Press Officer, Elsevier
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Elizabeth Eaken Zhani
Media Relations Manager, Joint Commission Resources
+1 630 792 5914
ezhani@jointcommission.org