Journal

Washington Academy of Sciences

The Journal

The interdisciplinary Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences is the official organ of the Washington Academy of Sciences. This peer-reviewed Journal publishes original scientific research, critical reviews, historical articles, proceedings of scholarly meetings of its affiliated societies, reports of the Academy, and other items of interest.

The Journal appears 4 times a year — Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.

Authors have included at least 10 Nobel Prize winners as well as dozens of nationally known scientists. (Between 1899 and 1911, the Journal was known as the “Proceedings.”)

The Journal is an important contribution to national and international science and technology literature and an influence for science policy, as well. It is distributed to hundreds of scientists, policymakers, universities, and libraries around the world – with a particular concentration of subscribers in the Washington DC area – and also available via electronic clearinghouses. If, by member request, an individual article is posted on the Academy’s website, it is accessible by anyone with access to the Internet. Academy members receive the Journal without charge and there are no page charges for publishing in the Journal.

In 1898, The Washington Academy of Sciences formed as an affiliation of specialized scientific societies in the greater Washington area. The founders included Alexander Graham Bell and Samuel Langley, Secretary of the Smithsonian. The purpose of the new Academy was to encourage the advancement of science and “to conduct, endow, or assist investigation in any department of science.” The 8 original founding societies were:

  • Philosophical Society of Washington
  • Anthropological Society of Washington
  • Biological Society of Washington
  • Chemical Society of Washington
  • Entomological Society of Washington
  • National Geographic Society
  • Geological Society of Washington
  • Medical Society of the District of Columbia

Over the years, the number of affiliated societies has increased from the original 8 to more than 60 organizations that the Academy brings together through its activities.

Journal information available on WAS Website

The Academy’s website contains the following:

  • annual subscription rates for libraries
  • the Table of Contents for every Journal issue dating back to 1899
  • downloadable articles requested by WAS members
  • charges for obtaining additional articles from 1899 to the present

Instructions for Authors

  1. Deadlines for quarterly submissions are:
    • Spring – February 1
    • Summer – May 1
    • Fall – August 1
    • Winter – November 1
  2. Draft Manuscripts using a word processing program (such as MSWord), not PDF.
  3. Papers should be 6,000 words or fewer. With 7 or more graphics, reduce the number of words by 500 for each graphic.
  4. Include an abstract of 150-200 words.
  5. Graphics must be in black & white or greytone. They must be referenced in the text.
  6. Use endnotes not footnotes. The bibliography may be in a style considered standard for the discipline or professional field represented by the paper.
  7. Submit Papers as email attachments to the editor or associate editor.
  8. Include the author’s name, affiliation, and contact information — including postal address. Membership in an Academy-affiliated society may also be noted.
  9. Papers are peer reviewed and become the property of the Washington Academy of Sciences.
  10. There are no page charges.

Editors

Editor                                     Sally A. Rood, PhD            

Board of Discipline Editors         The Journal also has a 13-member Board of Discipline Editors representing many technical fields including: anthropology, atmospheric studies, biology, botany, computer sciences, engineering, environmental natural sciences, health, history of medicine, mathematics, physics, science education, and systems science.

The members of the Board of Discipline Editors are affiliated with a variety of scientific institutions in the Washington area and beyond – government agencies such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology; universities such as George Mason University; and scientific societies such as IEEE.

Subscription Rates:

Memberships, fellows, and life members in good standing receive the Journal without charge. Subscriptions are available on a calendar year basis, payable in advance. Payment must be made in U.S. currency at the following rates:

U.S. and Canada………………….. $30.00
Other countries $35.00
Single copies when available. $15.00, U.S. and Canada
Individual articles Post-1960, U.S. and Canada, $15.00,
Other Countries, $20.00
Pre-1960, priced individually. Send inquiry to Journal@washacadsci.org.
Contact Information

Washington Academy of Sciences
1200 New York Avenue, Suite 113
Washington, DC 20005
Journal email: journal@washacadsci.org

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