Tapping Into Rich Resources

JACR launches new website, continues to provide invaluable tools and content.tapping into rich resources

Why should you take the time to read the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR) every month? What makes it so special? The journal is an informative, trustworthy resource for radiologists to use in daily practice.

Each issue is full of timely, cutting-edge research and practice-management strategies that can help improve your individual skills and general practice. While JACR is a fairly new addition to the gamut of radiology journals — it was founded in 2004 — it provides equally indispensable content that directly influences how radiologists approach their daily reads and interactions with their patients.

Also known as the "blue journal," the JACR has carved a distinctive niche among radiology journals with its mix of research and opinion pieces. JACR readers can find articles on specific topics like coding for radiologic services and content of broader nature, such as cost-effective strategies for building and maintaining your practice.

bruce hillmanFor a fairly new scholarly publication, Bruce J. Hillman, M.D., FACR, editor-in-chief of the JACR and chair of radiology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., is proud of the quality and number of submissions received. And the JACR recently earned the distinction of being ranked number one in readership among radiology journals, according to the 2010 Kantar Media report.

"Every month, subscribers can expect to see a wide range of articles on topics, such as health services, education, policy, and practice management," Hillman says. "They can also expect to hear from regular columnists who speak about their everyday, practical issues and help keep the profession in the forefront."

However, the journal's value extends beyond practicing radiologists to residents as well. "The journals are often the only contact that residents have with the practice of radiology during their training," says Hillman. "[The articles] give them insight into some of the issues they will be facing in the future."

As you enjoy your issue of JACR, you can also earn CME credits. You can easily view and keep track of your CME credits through the journal's CME web page at http://bit.ly/b7BJQo. On the site, members can find a list of available CME articles, read the articles, take the corresponding tests, record and track their test scores, and print out certificates of completion.

Same Content, New Website

In addition to its useful content every month, JACR recently unveiled a new website with user-friendly tools and updates. The redesigned home page features horizontal navigation bars with easy-access and drop-down menus that display more content, allowing for easier browsing between articles. Readers can also view the "JACR in the News" section, which lists JACR articles cited in news sources and links to those stories.

The new site also includes an updated interface for each article that gives readers more flexibility to easily switch among different sections and images. The page displays a fly-out reference box that provides readers immediate access to an article's sources and the ability to add articles to their personal reading lists.

Visitors can also use the revamped site to read past issues of JACR, sign up for electronic alerts containing the table of contents, subscribe to JACR's RSS feed, and check out the most-read and most-viewed articles for each quarter. Finally, the site allows readers to instantaneously share and comment on JACR articles via expanded bookmarking tools (including Digg, StumbleUpon, and Reddit).

Readers can access the new JACR website either via the ACR home page or directly at www.jacr.org. If you have trouble logging in to the new site, visit http://bit.ly/bThnk4 for a quick, one-page instructional overview. Whether you're new to the field of radiology or a seasoned professional, the JACR delivers quality resources that will help you improve your practice today and ensure the health of the profession tomorrow.

By Leah Lakins

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