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The Lab Man Explores SLAS Journals

SLAS Discovery Editor-in-Chief Robert M. Campbell, SLAS Technology Editor-in-Chief Edward Kai-Hua Chow and SAGE Publishing Marketing Manager Beth Berry talk about exciting opportunities for the recently renamed journals. The editors address how SLAS journals are meeting evolving scientific educational needs for life sciences researchers across disciplines and geographic areas. Berry provides an overview of tools available to SLAS journal authors to increase their discoverability, readership and citations.

By The Lab Man
(AKA SLAS Director of Education Steve Hamilton)

Campbell and Chow Energize SLAS Journals

The editors-in-chief point to active and diverse network of about 1,000 volunteers over the course of year – authors, editorial board, reviewers from all parts of the globe and various disciplines – for making SLAS Discovery and SLAS Technology the important scientific journals they are today.

“Some of the most interesting work is when we see people from these different sectors collaborate,” Campbell says. “For instance, an instrument vendor responds to a need when an academic group says ‘I have this problem – do you have a solution?’ Then they work together to prototype it and share in an SLAS journal. I think that’s fantastic when those synergies exist.”

Chow points to diversity in scientific content as especially exciting to him.

“We have very interesting manuscripts coming out in 2017 about how technology advances personalized medicine both in the research area as well as in the clinical diagnostics end, including clinical drug dosing,” he says. “Readers will also see emerging work on quantitative imaging later in 2017 and into 2018.”

“We look forward to being a source of new content, expanded content and content that’s also educational,” Campbell adds. “It’s a very exciting time to be with the journals.”

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SLAS Publisher Provides Tools for Success

Savvy authors understand standard tools such as MEDLINE/PubMed, Google Scholar, SLAS Discovery Online and SLAS Technology Online always will be the primary vehicles for scientific searches, but many new opportunities now allow authors themselves to increase awareness and citations of their published work.

“As the volume of research increases, it’s more important than ever for researchers to promote their own work,” Berry says. “Many want to do this, but they just aren’t sure how, and this is where Kudos comes in.”

Researchers register for free to use Kudos and are then led through various steps that prompt them to explain their publications; add context and enrich them with links to resources such as images and data; and share information about their publications via social networks and e-mail. The Kudos platform distributes the additional author-added content and links to aid discoverability of publications. Kudos also enables researchers to track the effect of their actions against a wide range of metrics. Institutional and publisher-based support tools are available.

Berry and The Lab Man also discuss ORCID and Altmetric and explain how SAGE Publishing has integrated these tools into the SLAS journals submission system.

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Get Published!

SLAS Discovery and SLAS Technology readers, authors, editors and reviewers are practicing life sciences professionals. They are academic, commercial and government researchers, scientists and engineers who conduct research, and develop and implement new technologies. Together, these journals address the full spectrum of issues that are mission-critical to this important audience, enabling research teams to gain scientific insights; increase productivity; elevate data quality; reduce process cycle times; and enable research and development that otherwise would be impossible.

Both SLAS journals consider previously unpublished, original research and review manuscripts on an ongoing basis from SLAS members and nonmembers. Accepted manuscripts typically publish with a DOI number to SLAS Discovery Online and SLAS Technology Online within 30 days, making them immediately searchable and citable.

About the Author

The Lab Man is SLAS Education Director Steve Hamilton, Ph.D. He is a creative change maker, delivering the fresh thinking and energy that has helped make SLAS the go-to resource for those in life sciences discovery and technology. After years in the drug discovery world, heading many leading-edge automation projects for companies such as Eli Lilly, Scitec and Amgen, Hamilton joined the SLAS professional team in 2010. He received his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Purdue University and a B.S. in chemistry from Southeast Missouri State University.

May 1, 2017