ASAS Membership and Journal of Animal Science, Translational Animal Science and Animal Frontiers Authors:
On September 11, 2017, American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) announced a new partnership with Oxford University Press (OUP). OUP is slated to provide production, distribution and marketing services for the three journals in the ASAS Animal Science Collection. Officially, OUP begins hosting our journals on Jan. 1, 2018, but there are several items related to the transition that membership and authors must know:
- As of Oct. 31, 2017, submissions are still occurring through Scholar One on the same page as previously used. However, our Scholar One site has changed look and feel a bit as we have added OUP branding. In addition, for any article submitted after Oct. 31, processing through Scholar One will now be handled in the ASAS office by Lindsey Burnett. If you have any questions, please contact Lindsey by email at Lindseyb@asas.org.
- After papers move through review, they will now undergo tech editing and production with OUP. Because of increased journal revenue generated by the move to OUP, ASAS will be able to offer authors an enhanced level of tech edit, reducing the workload on authors and reviewers, while increasing the quality of the journals. Over the next several weeks as papers are accepted, author proofs will begin coming from OUP Production. Please note, if a paper is slated for publication in November or December of 2017 all correspondence with authors will continue to go through ACSESS.
- Because we are hosted on the ACSESS platform until December 31, 2017, but articles slated for publication January 1, 2018 forward will be published on the OUP platform, we are forced to suspend First Look (for JAS and TAS) and Open Review (for TAS) until December 18, 2017 (we will soft launch our new website with the reactivation of these features on that date). We apologize for the inconvenience, but it cannot be avoided.
- Based on changes in production both in the ASAS offices and within OUP, we expect to be able to decrease our total time to publish by another 30 days over the next 6 months!
If you have any questions regarding the transition or the decision to move from ACSESS to OUP, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Jim Sartin (JAS, TAS and AF EiC) or Dr. Meghan Wulster-Radcliffe (ASAS CEO).
More about the transition to Oxford University Press can be found in this Taking Stock article.