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GSA's new Innovation in Aging journal will explore frontiers of gerontology

The Gerontological Society of America

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) -- the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging -- has launched Innovation in Aging, a new peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal. It will publish conceptually sound, methodologically rigorous, translational research focused on aging and the life course. The journal is now welcoming manuscripts.

Innovation in Aging, published by Oxford University Press (OUP), is using an online-only, open access model. It joins a distinguished collection of titles in the GSA catalog, such as The Gerontologist and The Journals of Gerontology, which have some of the highest impact factors in their field. Open access journals are free to readers without a subscription. (There is an article processing charge to publish, but GSA members will receive a discounted rate.)

"In creating this journal, GSA is looking to the future -- both the future needs of the gerontology community and the future of research communication," said GSA Executive Director and CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH. "The Society's mission to promote interdisciplinary research and disseminate knowledge is well supported by the open access format, which has been consistently shown to lead to increased readership for articles by a wider audience."

The new journal's editor-in-chief is Laura P. Sands, PhD, a faculty member of the Center for Gerontology and professor of human development at Virginia Tech.

"I am excited to work with the editorial board members of Innovation in Aging, including the two deputy editors-in-chief, Steven M. Albert of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and J. Jill Suitor of the Purdue University Department of Sociology, to launch an open access journal that will rapidly disseminate transformative, interdisciplinary research that addresses 21st century issues in aging," Sands said. "I look forward to working with the other GSA editors to increase publication opportunities for high-quality, novel research that that expands the range of topics covered by the other GSA journals."

With content intended to reflect the diverse scholarly interests of GSA members, the journal will publish many types of articles, including novel conceptual or theoretical models; evaluation of interventions, approaches, or policies; innovative research methods including new techniques, devices, or evaluation methods; interdisciplinary research that transfers concepts, methodologies, and interventions from other fields to studies of aging and the life-course; and modeling and simulations that describe factors and processes that affect outcomes during aging and the life course.

"Chief among the new journal's advantages will be the ease and speed of publication, the wide-ranging subject matter, and a large and diverse audience," said GSA Publications Committee Chair Peter Lichtenberg, PhD. "It also can serve as a repository for studies outside the scope of our other journals -- thus serving to broaden the umbrella of GSA and potentially welcome new members from underserved areas of research."

Contributions are welcome from scholars in many fields, including technology, engineering, architecture, economics, business, law, political science and public policy, education, social and psychological sciences, biomedical and health sciences, and the arts and humanities.

"The study of aging has grown exponentially, both in terms of the number of researchers working in the field and in the remarkable diversity of research being conducted," said OUP USA President Niko Pfund. "Innovation in Aging will continue GSA's essential work of meeting the needs of the gerontology community, focusing with this journal on the broad range of interdisciplinary research, and the future possible directions of that research. OUP is proud to partner with GSA on this new endeavor."


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Innovation in Aging is a peer-reviewed publication of The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society -- and its 5,500+ members -- is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public. GSA's structure also includes a policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society, and an educational branch, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

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