The Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) and Cambridge University Press have announced the formation of a new publishing partnership, to begin in January 2017. All three journals in the WSSA portfolio: Weed Science, Weed Technology, Invasive Plant Science and Management, are indexed by Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports and will join Cambridge’s expanding list in Life Sciences.
Weed Science, the flagship title, addresses fundamental research that directly relates to all aspects of weed science in agricultural systems. Editor-in-chief, Professor William Vencill, expressed his anticipation of an increased international audience that Cambridge would bring to the journal.
“The quality of the journal Weed Science has improved over the past few years,” Vencill said. “The impact factor has increased from 1.299 (2007) to 1.993 (2015). However, there are many in the scientific community outside of the WSSA that are not aware of the journal or the breadth of research published in Weed Science. My hope is that the new partnership with CUP will allow the journal to reach new audiences outside of the WSSA and in particular, internationally.”
Weed Technology is more applied in scope and focuses on weed management in agricultural systems, while Invasive Plant Science and Management covers non-crop research such as invasive plant biology, ecology, management and restoration of invaded areas.
“Partnering with Cambridge University Press is an exciting step forward for WSSA that will allow us to present our journals to readers and authors in a state-of-the-art online environment,” said Sarah Ward, WSSA Director of Publications. “Weeds and invasive plants represent major but under-recognized threats to global agricultural production and natural resource management. WSSA looks forward to working with CUP to bring our published science in these important topics to a wider audience.”
“We are delighted to have been selected as the WSSA’s publishing partner for their three leading journals,” said Katy Christomanou, STM Publishing Director, Cambridge Journals. “Cambridge’s high-profile output in agronomy and plant sciences across books and journals will facilitate the development of the international profile of the journals, and we greatly look forward to collaborating with the individual editors and the WSSA to strengthen their impact in a field of global relevance.”