September 12, 2017

What can I expect during the transition?

The information below discusses the transition of the ASAS family of journals from ACSESS to Oxford University Press. Read more about the selection of Oxford University Press as the new ASAS publishing partner in this press release.

For Immediate Release

Following a Successful Five-Year Partnership, the American Society of Animal Science Moves Journals 

Manuscript authors will not see a change in services as we transfer from ACSESS to a new publisher.

Champaign, IL (September 11, 2017) — In 2012, the American Society of Animal Science coupled with the Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies (ACSESS) to change the workflows associated with our journals and enhance the technological platforms hosting the journals.

Over the last five years, this partnership has allowed us to reduce our time to publication by more than half, increase pages published by 20%, launch a new journal, and occupy the ACSESS Digital Library. Our original change to ACSESS was driven by our previous strategic plan. The strategic plan that we recently launched now requires an increase in our international visibility and a change to our publications business model. In addition, the shift of our numerous competitors to larger publishers has pushed ASAS to also move to a larger publisher. Therefore after a successful five-year partnership, ASAS will leave ACSESS publishing services and platforms on December 31, 2017.

We would like to thank ACSESS for their diligence in representing our journals over the last five years and to publicly state that we look forward to working with ACSESS on many other projects in the future. Authors will continue to submit and manage manuscripts via ScholarOne (Manuscript Central) and will not see a change in services as we transfer from ACSESS to our new publisher Oxford University Press. The agreement between ASAS and Oxford University Press takes effect on January 1, 2018, and fits directly within the new ASAS Strategic Plan to enhance visibility of journal portfolios, continue to emphasize global expansion, and increase society revenue to enhance membership services.

“ASAS and I formally thank the Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies (ACSESS), with special thanks to Ellen Bergfeld, Emily Mueller, Matt Nilsson, and Bill Cook, for serving as our publishing partner from 2012 through 2017. ASAS will continue to partner with ACSESS on several other initiatives to facilitate collaborations across agricultural disciplines,” said ASAS President and former Journal of Animal Science Editor-in-Chief Dr. Steve Zinn. “We are very excited about our new partnership with Oxford University Press and the new opportunities this presents.”

About American Society of Animal Science

The American Society of Animal Science fosters the discovery, sharing and application of scientific knowledge concerning the care and responsible use of animals to enhance animal and human health and well-being. Our members work in agriculture because they love animals and believe feeding our families, friends, and communities is important. For more information visit www.asas.org.

 

Media Contact
Kim Schoonmaker
American Society of Animal Science
Scientific Communications Associate
217-356-9050
kims@asas.org