18 Sep 2020   |   Network Updates   |   Update from Elsevier / RELX
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American Society of Hematology and Elsevier announce new publishing partnership


Collaboration marks the beginning of a new era in the publication of Blood and Blood Advances, while maintaining the high standards for which these journals are widely recognized

The American Society of Hematology (ASH), the world’s largest professional society of hematologists, and Elsevier, a global research publishing and information analytics provider, today announced a new partnership to publish ASH’s premier peer-reviewed journals, Blood and Blood Advances beginning January 1, 2021.

Founded in 1958 and with more than 17,000 members from nearly 100 countries, ASH serves both clinicians and scientists around the world who are working to conquer blood diseases. The Society’s partnership with Elsevier will support its mission to promote research, clinical care, education, training, and advocacy throughout the global hematology community.

“We are excited about this new partnership that will expand the reach of the most important research in hematology published in ASH’s two journals,” said ASH President Dr. Stephanie Lee, MD, MPH, Associate Director of the Clinical Research Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. “This new collaboration offers new opportunities and the ability to leverage Elsevier’s state-of-the-art technology to support publishing that drives dissemination that will ultimately improve patient outcomes, while ensuring the journals retain complete editorial independence.”     

Underpinned by a spirit of partnership and collaboration, Elsevier is committed to the continuity of the journals’ rigorous editorial process and service in general and contributing to the further growth of Blood and Blood Advances, which have already achieved worldwide prominence in the field.

Kumsal Bayazit, Elsevier CEO said: “We are delighted that ASH has selected Elsevier as its publishing partner. By bringing together the expertise that ASH has created over the years with Elsevier’s content and data capabilities, we aim to support haematologists in their critical efforts to improve outcomes for patients with blood diseases.”

The journals will be able to take advantage of additional reach and capabilities offered by Elsevier as a top-tier publisher, with a suite of robust tools for authors, industry-leading platform technology, sophisticated analytics and services, and maximized dissemination of content.

With an Impact Factor of 17.543 (2019), Blood is the most highly cited peer-reviewed publication in the field of hematology. It provides an international forum for the publication of original articles describing basic laboratory, translational and clinical investigations in hematology.

Elsevier will digitize and host all issues of Blood back to its inception in 1946 on its ScienceDirect platform, which means the entire backfile will become searchable. Blood will continue to have an open archive, with articles becoming publicly available for all to read after one year. Current-year issues will continue to be available through standalone subscriptions (outside of collections of journals), as before when Blood was self-published.

Launched in 2016, Blood Advances is a semimonthly online-only, medical journal that publishes peer-reviewed original articles, which are open for all to read. With an Impact Factor of 4.584 (2019), Blood Advances covers all aspects of hematology, including disorders of leukocytes, both benign and malignant, erythrocytes, platelets, hemostatic mechanisms, vascular biology, immunology, and hematologic oncology.

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