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Celebrate the Success of the Journal of Animal Science

Celebrate the Success of the Journal of Animal Science

As authors, reviewers and readers of the Journal of Animal Science (JAS), we would like to tell you about the incredible strides made by JAS in 2016 and to invite you to submit, review and utilize!

JAS has long been recognized internationally as the premier journal in animal science, but we have struggled, like all journals, with review times and access issues. Five years, investments in the journal, a change in production offices and 3 amazing EiCs, culminated in a banner year for JAS!  JAS now boasts the fastest time to publication amongst journals in our field:

  • Time to first decision: 37.2 days
  • Time to acceptance: 108.8 days
  • Time to first look: 110.8 days
  • Time to publication: 159 days (5.3 months)


To put this in animal science terms: publishing a paper in JAS used to be the equivalent of the length of gestation in cattle and today is close to the length of gestation in sheep. The next goal swine!


Other stats of interest:

  • Impact factor: 2.1
  • Eigen factor: .024
  • Google scholar h5 index: 45 and h5 median: 59
  • Total pages published in 2016: 5,476 plus 1,913 pages from 6 supplements
  • Total citations: 26,311


New Journal Rewards Program: To achieve this change in JAS , we had to change the culture of review, insisting that not only was it important to have high quality reviewers, but to stress that in order to insure fast paced access to cutting edge research, review had to be fast. In 2016, reviewers of JAS met and exceeded our challenges. As a reward – we are rolling out a new journal review rewards program. We will keep track of your lifetime review record and every time you complete 20 reviews you will receive a free publication in JAS (1 free paper = 10 journal pages in length). We have pulled a series of current journal stats that will be used as a starting place, with a number of authors closing in on their first free paper. Please contact the ASAS office at asas@asas.org if you want to know where you stand.

Thanks again to our authors, reviewers and users for working so hard to continually improve the quality of JAS.