A Message to Subscribers from Floyd Bloom, Chair of the ILAR Council (Updated)

I am writing once again to update you on the status of the ILAR Journal.

As was mentioned in my previous message, the National Academies were in negotiations with a commercial publisher at that time. Those negotiations are now complete and I am pleased to report that as of January 1, 2013, Oxford University Press (OUP) will take over many of the publication aspects for the ILAR Journal. OUP is the largest university press in the world and publishes in all academic fields, from multiple offices around the world. OUP is a department of the University of Oxford and furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. OUP has a highly diverse publishing program in more than 40 languages and in a variety of formats. Their products cover a broad academic and educational spectrum and they publish for all audiences.

OUP maintains very high standards when evaluating new titles for publication, emphasizing quality and whether a particular publication supports the aims of furthering education and disseminating knowledge. Because ILAR’s and OUP’s goals and standards are highly convergent, it was a relatively easy decision to choose them as future publisher of the ILAR Journal.

As noted previously, the ILAR Council will retain editorial control of the Journal, which will continue to feature the high quality articles for which it is known.  The current model of themed issues put together by guest editors who invite all content will continue.  In transitioning to OUP, the Journal will also transition to 3 issues per year instead of the current 4.  Total page count per 3-issue volume will remain the same as the current 4-issue volume, allowing each issue to explore its subject in more depth.

For authors, this transition offers exciting new opportunities that should expand the reach and the impact of Journal content.  Publication by OUP means the Journal can be cross-marketed with their related titles, bundled into subscription packages, and sold into a new market, that of library consortia.  This has the potential to greatly increase the circulation of the Journal.  All Journal articles will continue to be available in open access six months after publication.

For subscribers, OUP will offer more features and services for the Journal’s on-line presence.  Features on the ILAR Journal website will point users to additional content in their field of interest.  The capacity to supplement articles with on-line only data such as video clips, graphics, or datasets will enrich subscriber’s ability to explore content beyond the confines of print copy.  Customer service will be provided to subscribers through full-time publishing professionals.  Shortly, subscribers will be receiving information from OUP regarding their subscription status and we will also be posting information on the ILAR website in the coming months which will direct subscribers to the Journal’s new home page on the OUP site.

Meanwhile, we are currently still dealing with a delay in publication of our 2012 content, Volume 53.  Volume 53, Issue 1 should now be in the hands of subscribers and we anticipate that Volume 53, Issues 2 and 3-4 (a double issue) will reach you before the end of this calendar year.

I appreciate your patience and understanding while we work through this transition.  I am sure that it will result in a stronger, more impactful ILAR Journal for the coming years.


Floyd Bloom