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Translational Animal Science (TAS) is the first open access-open review journal in animal science. As publishing has moved away from hard copy to an online format and to open access, publishers have had to get creative. Since it’s inception, the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) has been at the leading edge of developing and implementing novel methods to publish animal science papers. Changes in ASAS publications in the last 10 years include:
TAS is the next frontier in publishing peer-reviewed animal science papers with a hybrid open review system. Papers submitted to TAS will still undergo the rigors associated with peer review but the process will be modified to have one closed (e.g., anonymous or traditional) review followed by a period of online open review (review by public comment). The on-line open review comments will be monitored to ensure fairness. The closed review, public comments and review will be forwarded with the decision from a section editor to authors. If the paper is accepted, authors will be given time to incorporate closed and open comments. Once the final manuscript is accepted, the open comments and initial submission will be removed from the online publication and replaced by the final published paper. If the paper is rejected, the paper and comments are removed from the website at that time.
Today, society demands access to real-time news events. In addition, the internet and social media have provided many opportunities for people to engage in discussions about research and the use of science-based information to improve production of animal-sourced foods. Now is the time to use the latest, online communication platforms to create novel, efficient and creative peer-reviewed mechanisms. The open-review model will allow scientists and the public an opportunity to comment on animal science papers, prior to publication. This model will reduce the burden on peer reviewers and it will provide scientists the opportunity to access results of research, teaching, and extension projects more rapidly. ASAS believes that the mechanism of peer-reviewed publication offered by establishing an open review model for TAS is ideal!
Animal scientists have always been able to translate discoveries from basic research into applications that address a topic of importance to the animal industries. TAS, even more than JAS, will focus on translating basic science to innovation and validation of those innovations by various segments of the allied animal industry.
The mission of ASAS is to foster communication and collaboration among individuals and organizations associated with animal science research, education, industry, or administration. To discover, disseminate and apply knowledge for sustainable use of animals for food and other human needs.
Although TAS publications will be released monthly, finished publications will go online on a rolling basis. This process ensures rapid availability of the manuscripts following acceptance. TAS will accept manuscripts with particular emphasis on highlighting the translation of basic to applied research or validation of applied research. Articles published in TAS will encompass a broad scope of research topics in animal science.
The fee for submission to TAS is $100. This charge will only be made once, at initial submission. The submission fee will be subtracted from your Open Access rate if accepted for publication. TAS is an Open Access journal and therefore charges an Open Access fee rather than page charges. Reduced Open Access fees are a member benefit and the membership fee to publish in TAS is $1,300. The nonmember fee is $2,000.
Readers of TAS will typically represent education, industry, and government, including research, teaching, administration, extension, management, quality assurance, product development, and technical services. Those interested in TAS typically include animal breeders, economists, embryologists, engineers, food scientists, geneticists, microbiologists, nutritionists, veterinarians, physiologists, processors, public health professionals, and others with an interest in animal production and applied aspects of animal sciences.
Now accepting submissions: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/asas-tas.
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