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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: EVALUATION OF MATERNAL AND PATERNAL GERMPLASM FOR INCREASING EFFICIENCY OF SHEEP IN WESTERN RANGELAND PRODUCTION SYSTEMS

Location: Range Sheep Production Efficiency Research

Title: Abstracts in Journal of Animal Science

Authors
item Lewis, Gregory
item Zinn, S. -

Submitted to: Journal of Animal Science
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: September 1, 2009
Publication Date: N/A

Interpretive Summary: Journal of Animal Science (JAS) is the leading international journal for animal science research. The American Society of Animal Science publishes JAS to support its mission, “To discover, disseminate, and apply knowledge for sustainable use of animals for food and other human needs.” Thus, JAS contains original research articles, invited reviews, technical notes, and letters to the editor addressing basic and applied animal genetics; growth, physiology, and reproduction; nutrition; production; and animal products. Because peer-reviewed scientific publications, such as those in JAS, are considered the gold standard and a peer-reviewed scientific publication becomes part of the historical record, JAS maintains stringent standards for peer review, revision, and acceptance of manuscripts. Therefore, the purpose of this writing symposium is to explain the process of preparing and publishing articles in JAS; improve the quality of manuscript submissions; increase the likelihood that a manuscript will be accepted for publication; and reduce the interval between submission and publication. The speakers, one of whom is a former Editor-in-Chief of JAS and the other is the current Editor-in-Chief of JAS, will describe the goal for each section of a JAS manuscript; information that editors and reviewers expect to find in the sections; expectations for accuracy, clarity, grammar, and syntax; common problems in scientific writing; and tips to help authors reduce mistakes and negotiate the review-revision process. Information in the writing symposium will be of special benefit to graduate students and young scientists, but it will also benefit authors who have never published in JAS or who have had trouble getting manuscripts accepted for publication in JAS.

Technical Abstract: Journal of Animal Science (JAS) is the leading international journal for animal science research. The American Society of Animal Science publishes JAS to support its mission, “To discover, disseminate, and apply knowledge for sustainable use of animals for food and other human needs.” Thus, JAS contains original research articles, invited reviews, technical notes, and letters to the editor addressing basic and applied animal genetics; growth, physiology, and reproduction; nutrition; production; and animal products. Because peer-reviewed scientific publications, such as those in JAS, are considered the gold standard and a peer-reviewed scientific publication becomes part of the historical record, JAS maintains stringent standards for peer review, revision, and acceptance of manuscripts. Indeed, in 2008, approximately 40% of JAS submissions were rejected; approximately 12% were rejected immediately, and another 28% were rejected after peer review. As a result of JAS stringency, and the quality and relevancy of JAS articles, the 2008 JAS Impact Factor was 2.123 (Institute for Scientific Information [ISI]), and the cited half-life is > 10 yr, which is the greatest that ISI assigns. Therefore, the purpose of this writing symposium is to explain the process of preparing and publishing articles in JAS; improve the quality of manuscript submissions; increase the likelihood that a manuscript will be accepted for publication; and reduce the interval between submission and publication. The speakers will describe the goal for each section of a JAS manuscript; information that editors and reviewers expect to find in the sections; expectations for accuracy, clarity, grammar, and syntax; common problems in scientific writing; and tips to help authors reduce mistakes and negotiate the review-revision process. Information in the writing symposium should be of special benefit to graduate students and young scientists, but it will also benefit authors who have never published in JAS or who have had trouble getting manuscripts accepted for publication in JAS.

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