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SN Applied Sciences, a fairly new multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed journal for the disciplines of Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Materials Science and Physics has the unique privilege of leadership from five in-house managing editors. They
Having a solid publication record would help establish the journal newcomer in the research community. Publishing a large amount of high quality papers initiates a cascade effect in terms of indexing, citations, and downloads that would result in better visibility -- crucial to the success of a new journal.
As a new journal, a lack of robust metrics and indexing created obstacles in convincing authors to choose the journal. Finding the right authors and approaching them successfully was difficult at times. Once submissions picked up speed there were moments where it became challenging to keep up with the workload in a timely and organized way. A big thank you goes to the external reviewers and guest editors for their support and patience as the system evolved into a more streamlined process.
Organization and efficient processes were key to reaching the 4,000 article milestone. Good clear and direct communication is the best way to ensure success, and it goes a long way in showing that you are engaged with your authors and reviewers. Creating a pathway for exchanging information with authors played an essential role in building trust in the journal, securing the possibility of gaining future submissions and recommendations.
The knowledge acquired during the process is already being implemented again now that SNAS embarks on its next chapter as an Open Access journal. The groundwork that has been built set a path to success that is sure to overcome any initial hesitancy about publishing in the OA model.