What will change about the ASN publications program?
> No changes to journal ownership or editorial policies
As announced recently, ASN has entered into an agreement with Oxford University Press (OUP) for the provision of production, sales and marketing services for ASN journals effective January 1, 2018. While this agreement will add considerable resources and expertise to the ASN publications program, and will include changes to the online hosting platform and manuscript submission system, it will not impact ASN’s ownership of the journals or ASN’s control over all decisions affecting ASN journals. ASN will continue to set policies that govern access to content, subscription pricing, and editorial appointments, for example. Similarly, the agreement with OUP will not impact editorial policies or publication decision criteria, which remain the sole purview of journal editors.
> New manuscript submission system
As indicated above, the partnership with OUP will involve the implementation of a new manuscript submission system for ASN journals. The Editorial Manager online manuscript submission system is being provided to ASN as part of the agreement and will be launched for ASN journals in the first quarter of 2018. Editorial Manager is a flexible, tailorable software program that provides the most current functionality and user-friendly features that can be found among leading peer review systems. The system includes an author-friendly submission site, a robust reporting functionality, automatic reminders, and an interface that allows authors to track the overall progress of their submission through the review process. When launched in 2018, all new manuscripts will be submitted using the Editorial Manager site. Manuscripts submitted before the Editorial Manager launch will continue to be processed in the BenchPress manuscript submission site, until a final publication decision is made. ASN will transfer all user records from BenchPress to Editorial Manager before the launch of the new site, but users might need to create a new login when using the new system for the first time.
> New Online Platform for Journal Content
The Oxford Academic Platform
In January of this year, our new partners, Oxford University Press, launched their next generation online platform for hosting journal content. This new chapter in OUP and ASN’s digital story is led by a global OUP team working with award-wining technology provider Silverchair Information Systems. The platform is informed by user analytics and market research, as well as our unique research needs, and is continuously updated, keeping it current with the latest technologies.
This change means that all our journal webpages will be delivered on this brand new platform. Readers will see journal pages in a modern, clean interface, with many exciting new features. A few of these include:
> Responsive web design on all pages and articles automatically optimizing display for a first-class user experience. This means a superb reading experience on whatever device you are using, be that mobile, tablet, or desktop.
> Dynamic panels that automatically pull in and display journal content, like most read, most cited, and latest articles. These allow you to identify leading research as quickly as possible.
> Sophisticated search and cross-linking, aiding navigation to and between the ASN journals. This lets you search across our journals in a quick search bar on every page, and will allow you to broaden your searches at any time. Searches can be filtered by article type, topic, availability, multimedia, and author to speed your research
> Robust search engine optimization (SEO): Our new sites, and your research, will be more discoverable than ever, and highly visible in all major web search engines.
> Reader Recommendations: Using semantic enrichment technology, readers of articles will be recommended related articles, guiding and aiding your research journey
> Video: the new sites are able to feature in-article videos and more multimedia options, and we’ll be encouraging the submission of more video content.
> Article metrics, including citations, usage, and Altmetrics, will enable you to understand how your research is being read, cited, and shared, and are displayed on every article page.
> Linked references ensure you don’t hit dead ends in the course of your research. References link directly to Google Scholar, PubMed, and more services.
> Easy access for members continues from within the ASN member dashboard.
This suite of core features, paired with intuitive navigation based on user research and a regular development process incorporating new technologies, will allow ASN’s journals to stay at the cutting edge of publishing, enhancing and simplifying your research journey.