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PNAS: Quick facts and submission tips

Yateendra Joshi | Sep 27, 2016 | 5,856 views
Know Your Journal: PNAS

Aims and scope

PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) publishes more than 3000 research papers annually in all branches of science – physical, social, and biological – and requires that all papers be "intelligible to a broad scientific audience."

Publisher

National Academy of Sciences, USA

Frequency of publication

Weekly (52 issues a year, which make up one volume)

Editorial information

The Editor-in-Chief is Inder Verma, who is American Cancer Society Professor of Molecular Biology in the Laboratory of Genetics at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. His primary area of research is cancer genetics and gene therapy. PNAS also has ten associate editors and a large editorial board representing thirty-one branches of science from anthropology to sustainable science. Further details are available here: www.pnas.org/site/misc/masthead.xhtml.

 

CRITERIA FOR PUBLICATION

PNAS publishes ‘cutting-edge research’ and papers ‘must be of exceptional scientific importance.’ Contributions to PNAS are published under any of the following categories: Research reports, Letters, Front matter, Commentaries, Perspectives, and Colloquium papers; all but the first two are written only at the invitation of the editorial board.

 

EDITORIAL POLICIES AND SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Contributions must be submitted online through the PNAS Manuscript Submission System at www.pnascentral.org/cgi-bin/main.plex. New authors are required to register first. Detailed information on the preparation of manuscripts is available at www.pnas.org/site/authors/procedures.xhtml.
 

MANUSCRIPT REVIEW PROCESS

Each paper is assigned to a member of the PNAS Editorial Board from one of the 31 branches or disciplines defined by the journal. If a contribution passes this initial review, it is then taken over by one of the Member Editors, who may enlist specialist reviewers and evaluates their recommendations. The final decision is taken by the member of the editorial board. An infographic showing the process in detail is available at www.pnas.org/site/misc/reviewprocess.pdf.


GOOD PUBLISHING PRACTICES

PNAS offers quick turn-around times: the initial decision is taken in about 40 days; the average time between acceptance and publication online is one month; and the average time between submission and publication (including the print edition) is less than 6 months. PNAS papers can be freely accessed 6 months after publication, and many other types of content are freely available much earlier than that. A comprehensive section of FAQs (frequently asked questions) by authors is at http://www.pnas.org/site/aboutpnas/faq.xhtml.
 

INDEXING & METRICS

The impact factor for 2014 is 9.423.


USEFUL LINKS

Journal homepage: www.pnas.org

Instructions to authors: www.pnas.org/site/authors/index.xhtml

Editorial board: www.pnas.org/site/misc/masthead.xhtml

Infographic showing the review process: pnas.org/site/misc/reviewprocess.pdf

Detailed information on the preparation of manuscripts: www.pnas.org/site/authors/procedures.xhtml

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