Endocrine Society Journals Remain Premier Venue for Publishing Endocrine Research

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Year after year, I am continually impressed with the quality and quantity of research that is published in the Society’s suite of scientific journals. As the former co-editor-in-chief, with Andrea Gore, of the Society’s basic science flagship journal Endocrinology, and editor-in-chief of the Society’s other previous basic science journal, Molecular Endocrinology, I was privileged to help innumerable scientists from around the world bring their research to light for the benefit of our field, and ultimately, the patients and public we serve.

The continued popularity of our journals can be seen in the more than 2,000 abstract submissions that we received for ENDO 2024. All accepted abstracts will be published in our open access Journal of the Endocrine Society (JES).

Our journals have long been — and will long remain — the premier place for endocrine research.

In fact, many of our field’s seminal scientific discoveries and clinical breakthroughs were first revealed in the pages of our peer-reviewed journals. This goes all the way back to our first journal, Endocrinology, launched in January 1917. Today our suite of journals consists of five mastheads: Endocrine Reviews, The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM), Endocrinology, Journal of the Endocrine Society, and our newest publication, JCEM Case Reports. We currently are planning the expansion of our journals’ content, starting with JES, in key areas for the Society, including obesity/obesogens; bone/mineral/osteoporosis; neuroendocrinology, reproductive endocrinology, cancer, and EDCs. (All journals can be found online at: www.endocrine.org/journals.)

Submitting is only half of the battle. What makes a research paper stand out from there rest? Researchers know how exciting it is to discover new and illuminating data through the scientific process. That excitement, however, must be reflected in the paper.

We were proud to launch JCEM Case Reports in August 2022, and publish its first issue in January 2023. Through the end of 2023, it has published 176 case reports and 10 images in endocrinology from 453 submissions from clinicians in 46 different countries. The editors are charged with evaluating the methodologic quality of case reports and working with authors to optimize their submissions with respect to case selection, ascertainment, causality, and reporting.

As you can tell, I’m a major booster of our Society journals. I’m also an active submitter. I’ve been fortunate to publish more than 16 papers over the years in our journals. I always tell people that, “anybody and everybody who needs to read your paper will find it in a Society journal.”

In fact, in my experience, the myth that you need to publish in highest “impact” journals to be recognized is just not true. I often point out that my two most highly cited papers ever were in Endocrine Reviews and Molecular Endocrinology. If you take my top 10 papers published in the Society journals, they average approximately 180 citations per paper. I use my own statistics only as an example, and I am certain more prolific scientists have significantly better numbers! My point is, with the Society journals, you will get a fair and timelyreview from your peers, and, once published, your paper will be seen by all those who need to see it. What more can you ask for?

To elaborate a little more: articles published in the Society journals are gaining increased notice.

Endocrine Reviews, for example, achieved an impressive Impact Factor of 20.3 in the most recent report released last summer, and we are seeing record numbers of annual citations across all titles. An Impact Factor is a measurement that reflects the number of citations articles in one journal receive in other publications.

Submitting to a Society Journal

Society members enjoy significant benefits when submitting to our journals. First and foremost are discounted publication fees, including the waiving of fees for page counts and color figures in Endocrinology. Once a paper is submitted to any of our journals, the process can proceed rapidly to publication, with given timeframes for acceptance decisions and peer reviews that are done primarily by members of our Endocrine Society community. Accepted papers go online within days, prior to copyediting and page proofs, with a DOI for citation.

We also have taken steps to help our members for whom English is not their first language. The Society has partnered with American Journal Experts (AJE) to offer these members a 10% discount on AJE services, such as Premium English Editing, which includes unlimited free re-edits until the paper is published.

For more information, see our Author Resource Center.

Best Research Should Tell a Story

Submitting is only half of the battle. What makes a research paper stand out from there rest? Researchers know how exciting it is to discover new and illuminating data through the scientific process. That excitement, however, must be reflected in the paper.

As you prepare to publish, you really want to ask yourself, “How am I going to sell this? I have great data, but how am I going to explain it in a way that the reader is going to be just as excited as I am?”

With the Society journals, you will get a fair and timelyreview from your peers, and, once published, your paper will be seen by all those who need to see it. What more can you ask for?

Achieving this requires putting together your story in such a way that draws the reader in. For some helpful tips, please take a look at this editorial from Molecular Endocrinology, entitled “Selling Your Science: Where Preparation Meets Genius.”

), as well as this more recent article from Endocrinology entitled “Publish or Perish: Five Steps to Navigating a Less Painful Peer Review.” You can also learn more on our YouTube video “Advice on Getting Published,” which can be found at www.endocrine.org/journals.

Once Published: Outlets for Your Work

Once your paper is published, that’s not the end of its journey! The Society has several ways to help share exceptional papers with the field and larger lay audience. These include opportunities to feature articles on the Endocrine Feedback Loop journal club podcast, as well as through press releases and social media. Your article also may be selected for one of our Thematic Issues (found on our journals page). For more details, see our Why Publish page.

So, to my fellow researchers all over the world, please consider submitting your work to our journals!

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