April 29, 2020

Keep ASAS as Your Home for Scientific Publications


An Open Invitation to Keep ASAS as Your Home for Scientific Publications

ASAS Publications Committee

JAS 20The American Society of Animal Science has been publishing results of the scientific and academic endeavors of its members and other scientists since 1910.  Originally, it published proceedings of the annual meeting only and it was not until February 1942 that the Journal of Animal Science published its first paper.  In his Presidential Address of 1941, W.H. Peters of the University of Minnesota stated that “It is my hope that the publishing of the Journal of Animal Science will accomplish much in taking up the lag that is said by some to occur between the first announcement of useful experimental results and their general application in practice”. That hope has been fulfilled several times over and the best is yet to come. 

Today, ASAS operates several publications that, after a process of rigorous scientific review, allow you to share the results of your scientific and academic activities with interested readers around the world. Like many scientific societies, we have embraced new trends in scientific publishing to increase the options for publication within and outside of our membership and increase the visibility of the research to diverse audiences. We have exploited new technologies to multiply the vehicles through which your message can be heard. We have changed the look of Journal of Animal Science to make it more attractive and functional and we are now publishing papers continuously to reduce time to publication.

The Journal of Animal Science is the flagship journal of the society. The journal is open for publishing papers related to animal science research, teaching and extension.  Papers with either a basic or applied focus are welcome. Papers published in the Journal of Animal Science should be novel and an emphasis on mechanism is appreciated.

TAS_20Translational Animal Science has been published since 2017 and is the first open access-only journal devoted to animal science. The slogan on the masthead is “Translating basic science to industry innovation” and that view is central to the editorial policies of the journal. The journal is interested in publishing a broad scope of research, teaching and extension topics in animal science. The editors of the journal recognize the importance of replication of experiments in validating new principles and practices.

AF20Animal Frontiers publishes discussion and position papers that present international perspectives on high-impact, global issues in animal agriculture. The journal, which is a joint publication of ASAS, CSAS, EAAP, and AMSA, gives those societies the opportunity to influence decision makers and opinion leaders by providing perspectives on important scientific topics of broad relevance to society. Issues are organized around central topics and authors are invited accordingly.  Plans are underway to increase the frequency of publication from quarterly to six issues per year.   

The society also publishes Taking Stock, a weekly electronic newsletter (that you are reading now). ASAS is also working to increase the effectiveness of its use of social media to highlight activities of its members.

The Editorial Board of Journal of Animal Science now chooses one or more papers each month that will be highlighted through publication of Infographics – a vehicle that makes extensive use of visual information to improve understanding of key papers in the journal. Soon, members will be able to commission an infographic of their paper in Journal of Animal Science themselves, for a small fee.   Check out one of the recent infographics at https://doi.org/10.1093/jas/skaa074 or https://doi.org/10.1093/jas/skaa042 and see for yourself how effective they can be.

Finally, the Animal Science Image Gallery (https://www.animalimagegallery.org/) has long been available as a way for members to share interesting or important photographs useful for communicating animal science. A new editor of the Image Gallery will soon be hired with the goal of making submission of images simpler and to position the Image Gallery as a globally-important resource for society at large – kind of our own, royalty-free version of Getty Images for people interested in animal science.

So, on behalf of the Publications Committee, we invite you, the membership of our society, to participate with us in the growth and evolution of our society publications. Make the enhancements the society has implemented work for you and your program.

ASAS Publication Committee