PNAS scraps special submission

A leading scientific journal has done away with a manuscript submission option that allowed members of the National Academy of Sciences to usher papers from non-members through the peer review process. The __Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences__ (__PNAS__) offered the option, called "Track I," to members of the Academy as a way to bring papers written by non-members to the journal's attention. Members were allowed to "communicate" two Track I papers per year, and were responsible fo

Bob Grant
Bob Grant
Sep 9, 2009
A leading scientific journal has done away with a manuscript submission option that allowed members of the National Academy of Sciences to usher papers from non-members through the peer review process. The __Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences__ (__PNAS__) offered the option, called "Track I," to members of the Academy as a way to bring papers written by non-members to the journal's attention. Members were allowed to "communicate" two Track I papers per year, and were responsible for procuring at least two reviews of the manuscript before submitting it to the __PNAS__ editorial office. Starting July 1, 2010, __PNAS__ will require non-members to submit manuscripts to the journal via the normal route, "Track II," according to linkurl:__ScienceInsider__.;http://blogs.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2009/09/the-academys-jo.html A paper submitted via this route is screened by a __PNAS__ editorial board member, who decides whether the paper is scientifically sound and likely to represent the top 10% of its field. If the paper passes muster, the board member hands it off to an Academy member for editing. "Since the introduction of Track II as the general route for submitted papers, many members will no longer communicate papers through Track I," wrote Alan Fersht, a __PNAS__ associate editor, in a 2005 linkurl:editorial;http://www.pnas.org/content/102/18/6241.full.pdf in the journal. But in 2009 __PNAS__ has published approximately 390 papers (about 12.5% of the total published) that were submitted using the Track I route, according to __ScienceInsider__. Researchers submitting papers to __PNAS__ will still be allowed to suggest referees and editors for their manuscripts. __Editor's Note (10th Sept.) - linkurl:Here;http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2009/09/08/0909515106.full.pdf+html?sid=b8e6becf-082b-4f07-bd96-c28143c850f3 is the __PNAS__ editorial that explains the decision to ditch Track I.__
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