Scholarly Publishers Join Forces to Launch Scientific Society Publisher Alliance (SSPA) Initiative Aims to Promote Awareness and Support of Society-Sponsored Journals

A group of prestigious not-for-profit scientific membership societies today announced
the launch of the Scientific Society Publisher Alliance (SSPA) (, an initiative
focused on building awareness of and support for publication of scientific research by scientist-run
scientific societies.

The SSPA started as a collaboration of scientific societies that came together to reinforce and
communicate the excellence, importance, and uniqueness of their journals. The launch of the SSPA
today formalizes this collaboration. The SSPA seeks to emphasize the value of publishing vital scientific
research in scholarly journals managed by working scientists, and edited and peer-reviewed in a fair and
supportive manner by working scientists. Publishing in a society journal supports researchers and the
scientific community, through reinvestment of revenues in the scientific community, in science
advocacy, and in the careers of scientists at all stages, as part of the not-for-profit society mission.

“I’m proud of ASPB’s role as a founding member of the Scientific Society Publisher Alliance and its
efforts to highlight the very real impact that authors have on their communities when they choose to
submit their best work to society-owned journals like Plant Physiology and The Plant Cell,” said Crispin
Taylor, Ph.D., ASPB CEO.

“We began this collaboration to promote our editorial principles, processes, and practices, and to
communicate the value of our journals,” said Mark Johnston, Editor-in-Chief, Genetics (published by the Genetics Society of America), and Chair of the SSPA. “In a world where new scholarly journals are
continually being launched, we wanted to ensure that researchers are aware of the core values and
strengths of our journals – peer-editing, transparent community governance, advocacy for science, and
a rich history of investing in the scientific community – when making decisions about the best place to
publish their findings.”

The SSPA Founding members are

  • American Physiological Society (APS)
  • American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)
  • American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
  • American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB)
  • Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)
  • Genetics Society of America (GSA)
  • Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE)
  • Society for Neuroscience (SfN)
  • American Association of Immunologists (AAI)
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)
  • American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET)

The SSPA wants researchers to understand the value of publishing in society-sponsored journals, and to
submit their best work for publication in society-sponsored journals. “Submission to a professional
society journal helps me as a researcher. I know that highly knowledgeable peers will evaluate my paper
and help me improve them. And I also know that publishing in society journals supports the important
work they do,” said Martin Chalfie, University Professor, Columbia University, and 2008 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry. “I am a member of four professional societies and have benefited from publishing in journals of each one of them.”

For more information about the Scientific Society Publisher Alliance (SSPA), including information on
membership, visit us at <>.

ASPB is a professional scientific society, headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, devoted to the
advancement of the plant sciences worldwide. With a membership of some 4500 plant scientists from
throughout the United States and more than 50 other nations, the Society publishes two of the most
widely cited plant science journals: The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology. For more information about
ASPB, please visit Also follow ASPB on Facebook at and
on Twitter @ASPB.

The Scientific Society Publisher Alliance (SSPA) is dedicated to identifying and disseminating vital
scientific research, by scientists for science. Our not-for-profit 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.

For more information, please contact:
Lori Carlin
Delta Think, Inc.
phone: +1.215.402.7225

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