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The SLAS Journals: A Scientific Legacy That Will Outlive Us All

By Sabeth Verpoorte, Ph.D.

Did you know that the SLAS journals fill 2,200 peer-reviewed pages with profound scientific advancements every year? This is an impressive amount of practical information each of us can use to make us better at our jobs and inspire us to tackle something new or in a different way. And, SLAS members gain early access to this wealth of information in SLAS Discovery and SLAS Technology. As we get started again after the summer holidays, I thought this was a good time to remind each of you about the SLAS journals!

SLAS Premier Members receive one journal of their choice and SLAS Premier Plus Members receive both journals. Journals published content becomes freely accessible to all one year after final (print) publication. Learn more about the SLAS journals by watching (and sharing!) these short videos and by visiting these links:

How the SLAS Journals Work

Fueled by nearly 1,000 volunteers annually (authors, reviewers, editors), SLAS Discovery and SLAS Technology are targeted to the unique scientific priorities of life sciences discovery and technology researchers. Articles reflect the high educational standards for which SLAS is known, and I assure you that researchers around the globe can count on SLAS Discovery and SLAS Technology to gain scientific insights, increase productivity, elevate data quality, reduce process cycle times and enable research and development that would otherwise be impossible.

Their editorial profiles complement each other well and together they address the full spectrum of issues that are important to SLAS members. SLAS Discovery (Advancing Life Sciences R&D) reports how scientists develop and utilize novel technologies and/or approaches to provide and characterize chemical and biological tools to understand and treat human disease. SLAS Technology (Translating Life Sciences Innovation) explores ways in which scientists adapt advancements in technology for scientific exploration and experimentation.

The SLAS journals have built a scientific legacy that will outlive us all. From 1996 through 2016, SLAS Discovery was known as the Journal of Biomolecular Screening (JBS) and SLAS Technology was known as the Journal of Laboratory Automation (JALA). Over the years, they maintained relevant leadership positions by evolving in lock-step with our dynamic scientific community. The names changed in 2017 to better reflect this evolution.

In that year (2017) alone, the SLAS journals were accessed 741,483 times by readers in 171 countries and their published articles were cited 4,272 times by other publications. This success is the result of thoughtful leadership by our seasoned editors and insightful editorial board members see SLAS Discovery Editor-in-Chief Robert M. Campbell and his team; see SLAS Technology Editor-in-Chief Edward Kai-Hua Chow and his team.

Contribute to the Success

I invite you to submit your work to the SLAS journals by visiting these links:

If you don’t have original research ready for publication right now, consider preparing a review or perspective article. These tend to be among the most widely read and highly cited articles published in our journals. Quick tip: grad students can build their CVs by expanding the introductions of their theses into review articles.

If you’d like to volunteer to serve as a manuscript reviewer, read the SLAS General Guidelines for Manuscript Reviewers and register as a user at SLAS Discovery SAGE Track and/or SLAS Technology SAGE Track, being sure to complete the keywords/areas of expertise section as this is what the systems use to match prospective reviewers with manuscript submissions. New volunteers are encouraged to complete the free ACS Review Lab and/or Publons Academy training programs. 

This message wouldn’t be complete without acknowledging our publishing partner, SAGE, who for 16 years has worked hand-in-hand with our SLAS volunteers and professional team members to help guide our vision and to provide the functional infrastructure upon which our publishing programs exist.

August 27, 2018