26 mar. 2010

Elsevier: new publishing partner for NJAS-Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences!

On Friday the 26th of March 2010 the first issue of NJAS-Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences published by Elsevier was presented by Prof Dr Ir Paul Struik, one of the journal’s editors, to the Rector Magnificus of Wageningen UR (University and Research Centre) Prof Dr Martin Kropff. This took place in the presence of the majority of the Editorial Board, which consists of representatives of the different science groups of Wageningen UR.

The journal was first published in 1952 by KLV, originally as a new Dutch journal in English, because KLV wished to advance agricultural science by stimulating Dutch scientists to publish internationally. The journal is now a multidisciplinary journal with the aim of being a publication medium for all sciences of Wageningen UR. As such the journal covers the fields of plant sciences, animal sciences, environmental sciences, social sciences and food sciences, with a focus on system approaches. Its objective is to offer a platform for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research, including integration of social and natural sciences.

The collaboration of KLV with Elsevier, one of the largest scientific publishers in the world, means a big step forward in technical terms. The whole process of manuscript submission, manuscript reviewing, editing, publication and dissemination has become electronic. Authors can now easily track the progress of their manuscripts. Besides available as a printed copy, Elsevier publishes the journal online in ScienceDirect, a digital platform and archive for scientific journals with globally over 11 million users. The journal can also offer faster publication of manuscripts submitted – as soon as the corrected proof is accepted, this will be published online in ScienceDirect and can be cited. NJAS—Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences has always been an international journal with a strong link to Wageningen. With Elsevier as partner, the journal opened up by globalizing its network of associate editors, authors, reviewers and readers.

Prof Kropff congratulated KLV, editors and the Editorial Board with having Elsevier as publishing partner. Kropff: “Nowadays, when striving to professionally manage scientific publications, it is desirable to work together with a large international network. For this, Elsevier is one of the best partners”. Also in his capacity of rector of Wageningen UR he is very pleased with the existence of NJAS-Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences, which is “a bit our own scientific journal”. The scope of the journal, especially its focus on system approaches and strong urge to authors to offer manuscripts on results of co-operation between natural and social sciences, fits very well the ‘Wageningen Approach’ as described in the Mission and Strategy of Wageningen UR.

The first issue under Elsevier is a special on crop modelling, a research field typical of the Wageningen domain, with contributions of a large group of international authors. This reflects perfectly what KLV wants through the collaboration with Elsevier: a global journal that does not disavow its roots in Wageningen.

Information for authors & readers, submitting of manuscripts: www.elsevier.com/locate/njas

Members of KLV get a large reduction in subscription fee of the journal.

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