As incoming editor in chief, I’d like to welcome you to JDS Communications®, a new journal from the American Dairy Science Association®. JDS Communications will offer a fresh and different publication option for dairy scientists. We are interested in high-quality research studies that are focused, hypothesis-driven, and designed to answer a specific question on the production or processing of milk or milk products intended for human consumption. We aim for rapid turnaround and a short time to publication. In addition to short research articles, we encourage submission of mini reviews — unsolicited, concise review papers (limited to five published pages). JDS Communications will be online only, with all papers published under a Gold open access license.
JDS Communications will become the new home for short communications, technical notes, and hot topics that are currently published in the Journal of Dairy Science (JDS). Our vision, however, is much broader than a simple transfer of articles from one journal to another. We plan to expand the short research paper type through the creation of this unique journal. JDS Communications will be specifically designed for today’s authors who have limited time and a need to publish their focused, high-impact research. Articles will have a strict limit of 5 published pages and will require a graphical abstract that includes highlights and a brief summary of the work. We hope that our readers will appreciate the concise nature of these publications. Our vision is to create a publication home for succinct, well-designed studies that are limited in scope but nonetheless important to the dairy sciences.
JDS Communications will be organized and managed using principles and procedures that are already established for JDS. The initial editorial team will consist of me (EIC and Physiology section editor) and four additional section editors. MaryAnne Drake (North Carolina State) will lead Dairy Foods; Pam Ruegg (Michigan State) will lead Health, Behavior and Well-being; Jennie Pryce (La Trobe University) will lead Genetics; and John Roche (NZ Ministry for Primary Industries) will lead Nutrition and Farm Systems. Susan Pollock will be the managing editor, Louise Adam will be the lead technical editor, and Shauna Miller will be the administrative editorial assistant. JDS Communications authors will receive the same high-quality service that they have come to expect from JDS.
I hope that you — as authors, readers, and reviewers — will support this exciting new option for publishing research in the dairy sciences. I appreciate the efforts of the many people who have come together to create this new journal that will serve the global dairy science community.
Matthew Lucy, PhD