SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
14 August 2014
Volume 15 Issue 8

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SETAC Journal Updates

Jennifer Lynch, SETAC

SETAC proudly publishes Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (ET&C) and Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (IEAM). Members support both journals by submitting and reviewing manuscripts and reading and applying the published articles. The journals, in turn, focus efforts on increasing their impact in the field. They do this by accepting cutting-edge research on current scientific topics of national and international importance; promoting published articles through traditional press releases, social media sites, blog postings and marketing materials; introducing new article types that highlight or debate emerging issues; and creating a positive publishing experience for authors by offering top-notch processes and services and responding to evolving author needs.

The most well-known metric judging journal success is the Impact Factor, and love it or hate it, the newest figures have recently been released. ET&C has raised its impact factor to 2.826, which means that each article published in ET&C is cited an average of 2.826 times. IEAM has applied for inclusion in the citation index, and our citation analysis looks impressive (Google Scholar Metrics h5-index=25; 2012 SCImago cites per document =2.504), but no decision has yet been rendered by Thomson Reuters, the company responsible for calculating and bestowing impact factors.

These days, there are alternate ways to track the success of a journal, and better yet, articles specifically published in a journal. These are generically called “altmetrics,” and there are several services that can help authors follow online chatter about their published works. These can be valuable tools and help us judge the success of the promotional efforts described above. Our publisher Wiley has recently partnered with Altmetric, which collects online data so that authors can identify the attention their work is getting in real-time. A good example of an individual article report using Altmetric can be found here.

For more detailed information about this new tool, please see the full news announcement from Wiley.

Articles Highlighting Timely Topics
ET&C has worked diligently to expand its offerings. This year, they released Perspectives, a new column designed to foster discussion on current environmental issues with potentially competing viewpoints and research findings. Ideally, Perspectives papers provide representation from academia, government and business, the three sectors of the SETAC tripartite approach. Focus Papers continue to expand ET&C’s readership and sharpen our understanding of current and emerging topics of interest to the community at large. These are written in a more accessible language, and they typically have a limited number of authors. Finally, ET&C Critical Reviews are more than a survey of recently published literature; they offer insightful commentary on timely subjects. Members are welcomed and encouraged to submit ideas and contributions. All submissions will be peer-reviewed and held to the same standards as journal articles.

IEAM has long published Learned Discourses, a popular forum for comments on a wide range of topics of interest to the SETAC community. In addition, IEAM recently launched a blog for non-scholarly communications and interaction. The readership statistics show that the blog is being well received, and we have been delighted with the smart and engaged commentary inspired by the posts.

Support for Authors
Both journals have listened to the author community, and as a result, we have implemented a variety of policies and procedures in an effort to make author experiences positive. Numerous behind-the-scene production changes have resulted in a faster time to publication. Articles are published online within approximately 1 week of acceptance. While these are not final, copyedited versions, they do have a DOI and are fully citable.

Both ET&C and IEAM have also recently relaxed their policy on preprints. If a submitted article has appeared in a preprint repository, it will still be considered for publication. Click here for the full detail regarding this new policy.

Our journals are only as successful as you make them. We encourage you to submit your work or dedicate your time to the SETAC journals, and let us know what we can do to better serve you.

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