Posted to the NTP Update e-mail list. Last year, NIEHS (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) announced plans to privatize the publishing of Environmental Health Perspectives. Public comments were critical of such a move. (Thanks to Michael Sholinbeck for the information).
June 28, 2006
We are pleased to inform you that the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) will continue to publish the scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP).
According to Journal Citation Reports, EHP is now the top ranking journal among 134 Environmental Sciences journals, and top among 93 Public, Environmental and Occupational Health journals. EHP’s impact factor increased from 3.92 to 5.34 in just one year from 2004 to 2005.
As we move forward in publishing EHP, the NIEHS will build upon those principles that have earned the journal a strong reputation and dedicated readership: open access, independent scientific peer-review, and effective oversight for conflict-of-interest.
In addition, the NIEHS will take some specific steps to further enhance the scientific quality of EHP and to reduce production costs during difficult budgetary times. Those steps include:
- Identifying a scientist outside NIEHS to serve as Editor-in-Chief,
- Dedicating more of the journal to scientific manuscripts, and reducing the news, commentary and announcement sections,
- Utilizing improved technologies to facilitate the scientific peer-review process and journal production, and
- Continuing partnerships with international scientific journals, while discontinuing translation services.
Our support of EHP is consistent with the goals set out in the new NIEHS Strategic Plan (available at http://www.niehs.nih.gov/external/plan2006/home.htm). We are committed to communicating high-quality, high-impact science that will assist biomedical and environmental health researchers with their important work.
Thank you for your ongoing support of EHP. We hope you will continue to use the journal as a key scientific resource.
David A. Schwartz, M.D.
Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program
James Burkhart, Ph.D.
Acting Editor-in-Chief, Environmental Health Perspectives