A group of not-for-profit scientific membership societies have announced the launch of the Scientific Society Publisher Alliance (SSPA). This is an initiative focused on building awareness of and support for publication of scientific research by scientist-run scientific societies. The American Society for Microbiology brought this exciting news to our attention in their article, “Scholarly Publishers Join Forces to Launch Scientific Society Publisher Alliance (SSPA).”

The collaboration of scientific societies originally came together to reinforce and communicate the excellence, importance, and uniqueness of their journals. This launch formalizes that collaboration.

“We began this collaboration to promote our editorial principles, processes, and practices, and to communicate the value of our journals,” said Mark Johnston, Editor-in-Chief, Genetics (owned and published by the Genetics Society of America), and Chair of the SSPA. “In a world where new scholarly journals are continually being launched, we wanted to ensure that researchers are aware of the core values and strengths of our journals – peer-editing, transparent community governance, advocacy for science, and a rich history of investing in the scientific community – when making decisions about the best place to publish their findings.”

Submission to a professional society journal helps all researchers because knowledgeable peers will evaluate and work with the author to improve their work.

Melody K. Smith

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