Back in November of 2017, the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) announced its involvement in launching the Scientific Society Publisher Alliance (SSPA; https://plantae.org/aspb-joins-with-other-societies-to-launch-the-scientific-society-publisher-alliance-sspa/). SSPA (www.byscientistsforscience.org) adopted and adheres to this mission statement, which reads:
“The Scientific Society Publisher Alliance (SSPA) is dedicated to identifying and disseminating vital scientific research, by scientists for science. Our not-for-profit member societies provide authors with the opportunity to have their work validated by peers in a fair manner for publication in a prestigious journal managed by working scientists. By reinvesting in the community, the members of the SSPA are committed to delivering important discoveries worldwide.”
Over the past few months, the SSPA member societies have taken turns hosting the organization’s Twitter account. My colleagues from other scientific societies have done an amazing job of touting SSPA and also allowing SSPA’s Twitter followers to learn more about their own societies. I have loved hearing their perspectives on the importance SSPA plays in scholarly publishing while learning more about my colleagues and the societies they represent.
Now it’s my turn! As the Managing Editor of The Plant Cell (www.tpc.org) and Plant Physiology (www.plantphysiol.org) at the American Society of Plant Biologists, I will represent ASPB as the “guest tweeter” for SSPA (@SSPAjournals). As I tweet on behalf of SSPA, I am so excited to share all of the wonderful work we do here at ASPB for our membership and for our authors. From our journals to our digital ecosystem, Plantae, to our membership department, to our meetings department, to our public affairs department… I promise that you will want to learn more about ASPB. Please also follow @aspb, @plantcell, @plantphysiol, @plantae_org, and me, @JRegala_ASPB, so you don’t miss out on any of the fun!
During my “my turn at the wheel,” I intend to give you a glimpse into the inner workings of ASPB. What are open peer review reports, and does ASPB support them? How does ASPB plan to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Plant Cell? How have first author profiles been wildly successful and flourished since they were started? What is science editing, and how do ASPB’s journals use this important tool? What is the Plantae digital ecosystem, and how it does it interact with ASPB’s journals? How are early career professionals getting the opportunity to serve on the editorial boards of ASPB’s journals? These are only a few of the exciting subjects I will share with you.
Be sure to follow SSPA’s Twitter handle, @SSPAjournals and the hashtag #byscientistsforscience to learn more about SSPA, its membership, and most importantly, the authors and scientists we all work hard to represent.
Please feel free to tweet me (@JRegala_ASPB) or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to learn more about ASPB, our journals, or SSPA. Is there something special you would like me to address? Let me know! Do you want more information about any of our initiatives? Please reach out to me!