The Science Partner Journals (SPJ) program was launched in late 2017 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the nonprofit publisher of the Science family of journals.
The program features high-quality, online-only, open-access publications produced in collaboration with international research institutions, foundations, funders, and societies. Through these collaborations, AAAS expands its efforts to communicate science broadly and for the benefit of all people by providing top-tier international research organizations with the technology, visibility, and publishing expertise that AAAS is uniquely positioned to offer as the world’s largest general science membership society.
Organizations participating in the SPJ program will be editorially independent and responsible for the content published in each journal. To oversee the publication process, each organization will provide professional editors committed to best practices in peer review and author service. It is the responsibility of the staff of each SPJ journal to establish and execute all aspects of the peer review process, including oversight of editorial policy, selection of papers, and editing of content.
New titles participating in the program will launch on a semiannual basis, and participation in the program is restricted to English-language publications. AAAS is actively seeking new partners across scientific disciplines.
The SPJ program is currently comprised of Research, the official journal of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), which published its first content in August 2018, Plant Phenomics, the official journal of Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU), which published its first content in January 2019, and BME Frontiers, the official journal of the Suzhou Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (SIBET CAS), which opened for submissions in March 2019. Visit Research, Plant Phenomics, and BME Frontiers for more information.