TO OUR READERS: California Agriculture kicks off E-Edition, allowing faster publication
Two electronic-only articles appear in this issue, launching California Agriculture's first E-Edition, an expanded venue for rapid publication of time-sensitive findings.
New findings on a promising biofuel crop for California appear on the website only; read them at californiaagriculture.ucanr.org by clicking “Current Issue” and scrolling down to E-Edition. Similarly, research on why California rice growers protect their harvests from contamination by transgenic rice appears on the website alone.
“Initially, E-Edition is being offered to authors who have been waiting for publication due to our backlog,” says Janet White, executive editor. “The statewide budget crisis has led to a 48-page cap on our journal. Some articles have waited a year or more for publication, an unacceptable delay.” E-Edition also means that, with this issue, the journal will change from print to electronic “version of record,” the online version becoming the authoritative version to be indexed by databases and repositories. Readers can preview the abstracts and introductory comments of these articles at “E-Edition: Online” (page 159). Such “thumbnail” descriptions will appear in the print journal concurrent with each E-Edition. Space permitting, E-Edition articles may be printed in a future issue.
E-Edition articles will be laid out just like print articles, with tables, figures and photographs. Readers can download and print copies in HTML or PDF format. Authors will be able to print articles on demand for distribution to target audiences.
Like all published articles, E-Edition articles will benefit from California Agriculture's augmented electronic presence (see “Indexing,” page 100 ). The journal also appears in full on the California Digital Library and in the ANR Repository. It ranks high in Google and Google Scholar searches.
In addition, California Agriculture recently began accepting submissions via Thomson's ScholarOne peer-review management system. The new system allows authors and reviewers expanded access to Thomson's Web of Science (for ease of research and documentation) as well as other features. California Agriculture welcomes new research submissions. Go to: http://californiaagriculture.ucanr.org/submit.cfm .