Publishing with SETAC: More Options, Greater Clarity
Jen Lynch, SETAC Publications Manager
SETAC has a robust publishing program—of which this newsletter is a vital part—designed to offer members and scientists forums for discussing and disseminating their work. Reports presented at the SETAC North America 33rd Annual Meeting in Long Beach, Calif., pointed to an increase in submissions to SETAC journals and a renewed interest in the books program. It was also noted that timeliness to publication is a growing consideration, so it is essential that you submit your work to the publication forum that is most suitable. We hope the following information will help you make that choice and introduce you to some new options for cross-publishing.
Publishing in SETAC Journals
The two SETAC journals are Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (ET&C) and Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (IEAM).
ET&C is dedicated to furthering scientific knowledge by publishing research on environmental toxicology and chemistry. ET&C seeks to publish papers describing original experimental or theoretical work that significantly advances understanding in the area of environmental toxicology, environmental chemistry and hazard/risk assessment. Emphasis is given to papers that enhance capabilities for the prediction, measurement and assessment of the fate and effects of chemicals in the environment, rather than simply providing additional data.
IEAM is devoted to bridging the gap between scientific research by focusing on the application of science in environmental decision-making, regulation and management, including aspects of policy and law, and the development of scientifically sound approaches to environmental problem solving.
Together, these journals provide a forum for professionals in academia, business, government and other segments of society involved in the use, protection and management of the environment for the enhancement of ecological health and human welfare.
Increasingly, the multidisciplinary nature of SETAC workshops and other collaborations results in a mix of papers; some suitable for ET&C, some for IEAM. Authors often want to publish the papers as a group in one journal or the other, and doing so has been accommodated in the past. But at a recent joint meeting of editors, it was determined that targeting the appropriate audience is more critical than publishing a group of papers in a single forum. Online capabilities give us the option of reconciling a group of works published across both journals after the articles publish in an issue. If you would like additional information about cross-publication special issues, please contact either journal’s Editorial Office at IEAM_Editor@setac.org or ETC@setac.org, or Jen.Lynch@setac.org, Publications Manager.
Publishing SETAC Books
Some of SETAC’s most successful books have come out of workshops, but new options make it possible for SETAC to solicit or receive book proposals from other sources, either individual authors or groups of authors. Traditional and e-book publishing have come a long way, with a faster time to publication (comparable to that of the journals) and reduced costs associated with publishing (if any). Citation metrics for books have been introduced, and in the next few years a book impact factor hopes to provide tangible credit for book authors and editors seeking credit for their work. If you would like to submit a book proposal, please send a pre-submission inquiry to Mimi.Meredith@setac.org, Publications Manager, or LKapustka@slrconsulting.com, Coordinating Editor of SETAC Books.
Talk to Us!
If you have questions about journal author guidelines, categories of articles and acceptable length of articles, see www.setacjournals.org. Click on For Authors in either journal’s left-hand navigation.
If you have questions about the scope of ET&C, contact ETC@setac.org; for IEAM, contact IEAM_Editor@setac.org.
If you have questions about whether your material is better suited to a journal article, a book chapter or a cross-publication, contact Jen.Lynch@setac.org or Mimi.Meredith@setac.org.
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