EHP: a home at the NIEHS.
As readers of EHP EHP
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Over the past decade, EHP has become the leading environmental health science journal in the world, providing cutting-edge research and information on the effects of the environment on human health. As a steward of the NIEHS and, consequently, the field of environmental health sciences, I recognize that it is our responsibility to ensure that EHP continues to exercise complete editorial independence in publishing the very best research in our field, as well as to provide open access to these critical research findings to those around the world who need it. In weighing weigh 1
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Just last month, EHP was ranked by the Institute for Scientific Information's Journal Citation Reports Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is an annual publication by the Institute of Scientific Information, a division of Thomson Scientific. It provides information about academic journals in the sciences and social sciences. (JCR JCR Journal Citation Reports
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the height of an animal in the standing position. of the journal and the importance of the field of environmental health sciences to informing many scientific disciplines. I believe we have an opportunity to further develop EHP as a top-tier journal and am initiating steps to strengthen the science published by the journal while ensuring its continued publication in the face of budgetary limitations.
First and foremost, I have begun the process of forming a search committee to recruit RECRUIT. A newly made soldier. a new editor-in-chief to succeed the current leadership. Unlike previous editors-in-chief, who were NIEHS staff, this new position will reside outside the institute and will be a practicing scientist and thought leader in our field. This person, supported by a strong editorial board, will provide scientific leadership for the journal and be responsible for all of its editorial decisions. An advantage of this arrangement is that it will serve to further strengthen both the editorial independence of the journal and the quality of the published science. EHP has a long history of editorial independence and has recently emerged as a leader in crafting and enforcing strong policies to address competing financial interests and awareness of potential conflicts of interest. Both of these qualities are absolutely essential to enhancing the research process and ensuring public trust and support for scientific endeavors. While EHP's financial dependence on the NIEHS could be viewed by some as a potential conflict, we will continue to use the safeguards that exist as well as to implement new ones, including having an outside editor-in-chief, to successfully guard against this.
In addition to the changes to editorial leadership, I am taking steps to reduce the overall costs of EHP to the NIEHS. One way to do this is by reducing the size of certain sections of the journal including the Environews and sections focusing on NIEHS-specific information. Although the Environews section of the journal is incredibly successful, it is also relatively costly to produce. However, given the importance of this information, we will continue to publish a modest news section and selected editorials. NIEHS-specific sections will become available on our newly redesigned institute website, expected to launch in early 2007.
I recognize that the translation of science for our broader readership read·er·ship
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2. Chiefly British The office of a reader at a university. is important, and EHP will continue to work with strategic partners to facilitate the translation of our journal, but we will no longer assume financial responsibility for this activity. Cutting back in certain areas, moreover, will reduce the overall cost of the journal and allow us to continue to maintain EHP at the NIEHS. This will also enable us to expand sections focused on publication of novel scientific findings.
My final concern in considering EHP's future was the commitment of the journal--and the NIEHS--to open access. As a journal, EHP has been among the pioneers of open access to scientific information, allowing thousands of scientists, as well as governments, advocates, and others free access to the tools and information they need to improve the health of millions of people around the world. Many journals have followed EHP's lead and more would likely do so if not for the restraints of the bottom line. It has been EHP's unique relationship with the NIEHS that has allowed the journal to provide this invaluable access. Maintaining EHP at the NIEHS is the only way to ensure continuation continuation - continuation passing style of this policy. As a publicly funded agency, the NIEHS has a responsibility to use its appropriations wisely and for the good of all U.S. citizens. I believe that ensuring open access to the research published in EHP is firmly in line with the priorities and direction of this institute.
While I recognize that change is difficult, I believe that these changes will allow us to control the costs of publishing EHP while retaining its position as a scientific communications leader. I am confident that the plan we've we've
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we've have put in place will allow EHP to flourish and further develop as an independent scientific journal providing state-of-the-science research and information to the broadest possible audience.
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