Wound Healing Society
Newsletter: July, 2020
WHS Mission and Guiding Principles

Mission: Improve wound healing outcomes through science, professional education, and communication by:


WHS 2020 Annual Meeting

2020 SAWC Spring/ WHS Virtual Meeting

2020 SAWC Spring/ WHS Virtual Meeting will take place online over the dates of July 24-26.
We are committed to continuing to provide groundbreaking research and insight into optimal wound treatments to our global community.

Friday, July 24th
Young Investigator Symposium 3:10PM - 5:20PM EST

Saturday, July 25th
Hunt Lecture, Margaret Liu 10:00AM - 11:00AM EST
WoundShark Competition 12:20PM - 1:20PM EST
WHS/WHF Award Session 2:30PM - 3:00PM EST

What to expect with SAWC Virtual:

Virtual Conference Agenda

If you had previously registered for the in person meeting you are being automatically re-registered for the virtual conference. Learn more about your registration by visiting the SAWC FAQ page.

If you have not yet registered, click on the link below to receive your 20% off member registration discount.
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Wound Repair and Regeneration

WRR Journal

Wound Repair and Regeneration (WRR) is dedicated to the publication of high-impact, in-depth investigations of the mechanisms of tissue repair and regeneration, and outcomes from well-designed and carefully interpreted clinical studies. In the current editorial structure, new manuscripts are screened in the Editorial office prior to assignment to one of eight Senior Editors, who recruit at least 2 qualified reviewers to evaluate the scientific merit of the submission. WRR has also has a statistical consultant on call to assist with the assessment of complex system models and clinical analyses. This level of the review process usually results in either a decision to return the paper to the authors for revision or a rejection. One or more rounds of review can bring the quality of a promising paper to the level of acceptance or remove it from further consideration.

Editorial Statistics: During the past 12 months, WRR received 342 submissions. The major categories were Clinical Research (95) and Basic Science/Regeneration (247). The average time from submission to first decision is currently 27.3 days, which include the average time to completion of the initial review (12.2 days). The average time for review of revised manuscripts (typically returned to the same reviewers) is 9.6 days. As a result, our annualized average time from submission to final decision now is 46.1 days. At this point, accepted articles are posted by the publisher (Wiley) in Early View and submitted to PubMed. The overall time to decision is strongly influenced by the time that authors take to provide a revision. The final key metric is our current acceptance rate: 29.9%.

Goals: WRR has obligations to the WHS and to the wound healing community to publish papers that represent the best novel and scientifically sound findings in clinical and basic wound research. Based upon these principles, most clinical case studies/series and descriptive basic science reports without mechanistic insight are not acceptable. Clinical studies and systematic reviews must adhere to the CONSORT guidelines. WRR reviewers and editors are mindful that potential impact and novelty are among the most important parameters in rating submissions. As a result, some WHS members may be disappointed by editorial rigor, but WRR readers will benefit from the improved quality of each issue. WRR is very interested in engaging the membership/readership in both the submission and the editorial process. If you would like to participate as a reviewer, please contact the Editor directly. Your details will be added to our referee database.

Initiatives in progress: WRR encourages the submission of Perspective Articles, which are well-illustrated summaries of developing concepts in wound healing. The requisite Virtual Abstract should be suitable for presentation as cover art. Perspective Articles are initiated by a proposal/outline sent to the Editor. Reviews of this type often ranked among the most highly cited WRR publications. Beginning with Issue 3 of 2020 (Volume 8), WRR will be formatted in a new, more appealing layout. WRR will continue to offer Open Access to WRR authors of accepted articles at a reduced rate.

I am excited to announce that WRR soon will be led by a new, multidisciplinary editorial team. The Editor in Chief position will now be shared by the highly qualified trio of Boris Hinz, PhD (basic), Robert Kirsner, MD, PhD (clinical), and Heather Powell, PhD (regeneration). These Academic co-Editors have already recruited a new cadre of Deputy (formerly Senior) Editors to facilitate the peer review process. In another important transition, WHS has also hired a highly-qualified Managing Editor, Erge Edgu-Fry, PhD. I am working with the co-Editors, the Managing Editor and Wiley publishing as they restructure the editorial process. If you have any questions, please contact our new Managing Editor at wrreditorial.com.

Thank you for your continued support of WRR. Feel free to contact me with any concerns or suggestions. More importantly, send us your best work!

Jeff Davidson, PhD
Editor in Chief, Wound Repair and Regeneration


Save the Date

SAWC & WHS 2020 Spring Virtual!
July 24-25, 2020

SAWC & WHS 2021
May 12-16, 2021
Gaylord Texan
Dallas, Texas

SAWC & WHS 2022
April 6-10, 2022
Phoenix Convention Center
Phoenix, Arizona

SAWC & WHS 2023
April 26-30, 2023
Gaylord National Harbor
National Harbor, Maryland

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