Academic Press Begins Article-By-Article Publishing

Posted on April 23, 1999

Academic Press (AP), a leading global scientific publisher, has announced that it has enhanced IDEAL, its online scientific journal library, by offering researchers accelerated access to key journal articles.

Utilizing an article-by-article publishing process, AP will electronically post individual articles on IDEAL as they become available, even if the print edition of the article's journal is not ready for publication. The article-by-article system is particularly useful when applied to journals with low publication frequencies.

Six Academic Press journals, with publication frequencies ranging from quarterly to monthly have been selected to launch this electronic article-by-article publishing initiative. The journals are Metabolic Engineering; Finite Fields and Their Applications; Blood Cells, Molecules and Diseases; the Journal of Algorithms; the Journal of Multivariate Analysis; and the Journal of Number Theory.

After an article is completed for one of the six journals, it is posted electronically on IDEAL as an entry in a partial issue of that journal. Partial issues will continue to be accumulated until the entire print issue is completed. An article can be published online several weeks before it appears in a printed issue.

"The article-by-article system accommodates the author's work rather than the print issue and allows the article to be published independent of print schedules and the punctuality of other authors," said Thomas Lebhar, electronic production manager at Academic Press.