The Endocrine Society announced the launch of its first open-access journal this fall to speed the process of sharing endocrine research breakthroughs with scientists, health care providers, and the public.
The peer-reviewed publication will be called Journal of the Endocrine Society (JES), and the articles will span the Society’s mission to cover advances in basic science, clinical science, and clinical practice. This marks the first time the Society has introduced a new journal under its ownership in nearly 30 years.
The online-only, open-access format of JES will bring to the Society’s portfolio of print and online journals a new publishing outlet specifically intended to rapidly publish, for free global access, emerging science on a variety of topics in the endocrinology field. The new journal will cover a wide-range of research articles and features on diabetes, obesity, hormone-related cancers, reproductive health, bone health, and thyroid health.
Endocrine Society Past-President J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, will serve a three-year term as the journal’s first Editor-in-Chief. Jameson is the Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and Dean of the Perelman School of Medicine.
“As the inaugural Editor-in-Chief, I am excited by the prospect that discoveries in endocrinology will be available as rapidly as possible following peer-review and editorial assessment,” Dr. Jameson said. “This open-access format also will allow research articles, case reports, images, and other features of interest to be available to readers worldwide, fulfilling a goal to provide ready access to high-quality information for all physicians, scientists, students, and the public.”
The open-access format of JES will make it possible for the Society to publish high-quality scientific research papers without being restricted by the page limitations of a print journal. The new journal will create the opportunity for more scientists to publish their work and offer an avenue for cutting-edge research to advance science and improve medical care.
The Society also announced Friday that the field’s premier basic science journals Endocrinology and Molecular Endocrinology will be merged into a single comprehensive journal beginning in January 2017. This move is in keeping with the industry trend of association journals broadening their scope.
The combined journal will retain the Endocrinology name. The change comes as Endocrinology prepares to mark its centennial in 2017. Endocrinology Editor-in-Chief Andrea Gore, PhD, and Molecular Endocrinology Editor-in-Chief Stephen Hammes, MD, PhD, will serve as joint Editors-in-Chief of the combined journal.
The Society also publishes Endocrine Reviews, which consistently ranks first in Impact Factor in the “Endocrinology and Metabolism” category of the Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Report, and The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. JCEM is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2016 and was cited more than 72,000 times in 2014, the most recent year for which data are available. Combined, more than 10 million full-text articles are downloaded from the Society’s journals each year.
“The Endocrine Society has always been at the forefront of disseminating knowledge in our field,” Jameson said. “The launch of the new open access journal is only the latest example of how the Society continues to support the needs and interests of endocrinologists worldwide.”
To receive alerts about the JES launch, visit the Society’s website at www.endocrine.org/jesopenaccess.