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Service and Support Ensures Success for SLAS Journal Authors

Every year, the outstanding scientific achievements of over 500 life sciences professionals from around the globe are published in the official journals of SLASSLAS Discovery (Advancing Life Sciences R&D) and SLAS Technology (Translating Life Sciences Innovation). The success and satisfaction of these authors and co-authors are important priorities for the SLAS community and our publishing partner, SAGE Publishing.

By Scott Atkin

 

The Process

When scientific excellence is ready for publication, it deserves to be handled with care and respect. When members of our community decide to share their work via the SLAS journals, our publishing team works hard to ensure the process goes as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

We have a number of author tools to facilitate the publishing process. Our Author Instructions are clear, comprehensive and published in five languages with links to helpful examples. Our online manuscript submission system, SAGEtrack (ScholarOne), is an industry leader with logical, step-by-step functionality. For EndNote users, the EndNote FastPass shortcut further simplifies the submission process. Tutorials, FAQs and other tools are instantly available online, but if questions persist, the publishing team, editorial board and SAGE take pride in providing responsive customer service.

All papers are initially screened by the editors-in-chief. If they believe a paper is a candidate for publication, they move the paper forward into review. Our editorial policy requires that all candidates for publication be assessed by at least two experts in the field (peer reviewers). The times-to-first-decisions for the SLAS journals are faster than the industry average of 30 days.

Online Discoverability

Researchers who submit their work to the SLAS journals do so because ours are the only journals exclusively dedicated to the scientific community we serve. In today’s online universe, good work will be discovered if it’s meta-tagged and published in journals that are indexed by PubMed/MEDLINE, Web of Science and Google Scholar (as the SLAS journals are). Every year, keyword searches lead to more than 1.5 million visits to SLAS Discovery Online and SLAS Technology Online. Last year alone, those visits resulted in 674,176 full text downloads and more than 4,300 citations.

To help authors extend their discoverability and readership, the SLAS journals also provide authors with options to publish their work open access and to publish meta-tagged abstracts in English and up to four other languages.

Promotion

At the end of 2016, the SLAS community comprised 28,793 members and stakeholders in 115 countries. SLAS keeps these life sciences professionals well informed of the wealth of knowledge that regularly becomes available via the SLAS journals. With news releases; SLAS Point-to-Point weekly e-news briefs; SLAS.org announcements; and Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn forums, SLAS faithfully shines the spotlight on new and special issues, papers ahead-of-print, SAGE Choice (open access) papers and select, high-profile reviews and reports. SAGE further extends the reach and impact of work published in the SLAS journals through keyword eAlerts, eTOCs (tables of contents) and discipline newsletters they send to their subscribers and constituents.

Authors today can have tremendous impact on how their papers are discovered. SLAS assists them in their efforts to increase awareness and citations of their published work through practical tools like Kudos and ORCID (which are built into SAGEtrack functionality) and by providing good ideas and examples.

Preparedness

For authors who need a little more guidance, the SLAS editors-in-chief conduct an Author Workshop every year at the annual SLAS International Conference and Exhibition. The workshop offers a step-by-step overview of how to design and write scientific research papers more clearly and effectively to improve their chances for publication. The slides from this presentation are available in the Tips for Authors section of the SLAS journals homepage at SLAS.org. Also in the Tips for Authors section is a list of other helpful websites and resources with ideas, examples and advice. For authors who need help ensuring their papers are properly written in American English, SLAS also has negotiated pricing discounts for language editing services.

Submit

When you’re ready to share your professional achievements, I encourage you to do so via the dynamic global platforms provided by SLAS Discovery (Advancing Life Sciences R&D) and SLAS Technology (Translating Life Sciences Innovation). Our journals are firmly established, rigorously peer-reviewed, well read, actively cited and backed by the world-class education standards of SLAS. The SLAS publishing team is committed to working constructively with prospective authors at all levels. We understand how important publishing one’s professional work is and our publishing team works very hard to ensure that  prospective SLAS journal authors receive the best possible assistance to simplify the process and get maximum benefit for their efforts!

April 24, 2017