Welcome to the stealth website of our academic honor society’s new peer reviewed print journal called the Journal of the Epsilon Alpha Mu Society (JEAMS™)! Assuming that authors could quickly submit their research manuscripts to elise2017@EAMhonorsociety.org, hardcopies of the inaugural issue would be distributed ideally on the Harvard campus on November 4, 2017 at our 2nd Ivy League® STAR competition.
While online journals are increasingly cheaper and popular, their impact is limited by their obscurity and reputation, and asking life science and biomedical authors to pay up to $3,500 to get published in “gold” Open Access online journals is often a non-starter. Because Epsilon Alpha Mu™ (EAM) only supports the Ivy League® institutions, a new print journal for the inductees of this honor society is a reasonable endeavor, esp. where our authors pay nothing to get published.
In the first month after our official acknowledgment of a manuscript submission, our initial editorial review then an anonymous open / double-blind peer review by the EAM community and external experts would be completed by a preset deadline. If the peer review process isn’t completed by the end of that first month, an automatic decision to approve would be forwarded to the editorial staff. In the second month, our copyediting / proofreading / statistical review would be conducted, and final changes allowed. In the third month, our issue would be sent off to the printers then bulk mailed to our subscribers.
Regarding transparency and fairness of our peer review processs, the identities of the author and peer reviewers would initially be kept anonymous (double-blind review) while the author is allowed to interact with the peer reviewers on our password-protected online platform (open review). Ultimately, the identities of the peer reviewers would be disclosed to the author, and the peer reviewers would be given publication credit by listing their names on the published paper.
Since students and postdocs can’t wait up to 2 years to see their manuscripts show up in a print journal, we will expedite the timeline from submission acknowledgment to print to ~3 months.
The inherent quality of Ivy League scientists / engineers / physicians / academics / students should result in an immediately respected journal, where hardcopies would be available at universities and public libraries.
Because STEM fields are still “publish or perish”, also beneficial are career development opportunities in writing, peer reviewing, and editing for our academic journal of Ivy League research.
Green color of the Ivy leaves is used in the latest design, layout, and format of our print journal. Content will include original investigations, review articles, editorials, letters, and advertisements. Columnists in various scientific fields and at our honor society chapters at the Ivy League institutions will get their own regular columns.
Not including the advertisements in the page count, we shall begin with 100 page issues 4 times a year, which should accommodate at least 6 to 8 manuscripts per issue. Depending upon demand and funding, we could publish more pages per issue. In the near future, we hope to increase our publishing schedule from quarterly to bimonthly (every 2 months, or 6 times a year).
If you are part of the Ivy League community and have ideas or experiences to contribute as one of the editors or columnists, feel free to contact us at elise2017@EAMhonorsociety.org If you are a potential advertiser, please email us to obtain a mock issue and other details. Meanwhile, click on the images below to view at larger sizes, or right click to download then magnify.
September 1, 2017 is the submission deadline for the November 4, 2017 premiere issue to be distributed on the Harvard campus at our 2nd Ivy League STAR competition, since we will try to finish our peer review then copyediting in 1 to 1.5 months. Click here to download the current version of our submission guidelines, which are similar to those of other well known print journals.
Publication in the Journal of the Epsilon Alpha Mu Society (JEAMS™) is a benefit only available to inductees of the EAM honor society, whether or not currently possessing an Ivy League affiliation, whether or not the research was conducted at an Ivy League institution or presented at one of our Ivy League STAR (Science & Technology Awards for Research℠) competitions. A scientist / engineer / physician / academic / student with a current Ivy League affiliation curious about the Epsilon Alpha Mu honor society is welcome to submit a resume / CV and color headshot photo to elise2017@EAMhonorsociety.org
Subscription rates are $1,000 for institutions, $200 for individuals, $100 for students / medical residents, $0 for JEAMS volunteers, and FREE for the first 10 EAM inductees of each semester. Ideally for the introductory first year, we would try to obtain charitable donations to pay those subscription rates and mailing cost. Any type of library (public library, university or department, high school) would get first priority in this special offer, just submit the website address and/or photograph of your library to elise2017@EAMhonorsociety.org