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About the Journal

History

The International Journal of Oral Myology (ISSN 0360-4004) was founded in 1975 and was renamed The International Journal of Orofacial Myology (ISSN 0735-0120) in July 1980. In 2020, the journal's name was updated to the International Journal of Orofacial Myology and Myofunctional Therapy (online ISSN 2694-2526) to reflect updated nomenclature and the broadening nature of the field, to embrace and emphasize the journal's clinical focus, and to improve discoverability via internet search engines. For consistency, the acronym IJOM, which has been used since the journal's inception, will be maintained.

Format and Availability

Prior to 2020, the IJOM was available to members of the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM), paid subscribers, and through individual purchase. In 2015, Pat Taylor, the Editor-in-Chief, initiated a plan to digitize past issues of the journal. These became available over the next few years. In 2020, the incoming Editor-in-Chief, Nancy Pearl Solomon, began the process of preparing individual articles and associated metadata for upload into the Digital Commons platform. We are proud to announce that all prior content as well as current papers are entirely open-access in digital format, thanks to the generous support and strong commitment by the IAOM.

Leadership and Vision

The IJOM has had 12 Editors-in-Chief since it originated in 1975. For an excellent historical review of the journal, see this article by Christine Stevens Mills in the Fortieth Anniversary Issue (2014). In it, Ms. Mills reviews the origins and philosophy of the journal, provides highlights throughout its history, and proposes a vision for its future. We are pleased to report that this most recent iteration of the journal, instituted in December 2020, realizes the vision set forth by Ms. Mills for the IJOM to have its own website, to be widely accessible digitally, and to encourage international participation. The composition of our Editorial Board is a strong testament to the international support for the IJOM.