Two changes to the journal, one major and one relatively minor, mean that we are in the unusual position of having two editorials in this issue of the journal. First, Nicotine & Tobacco Research will move to online-only publication beginning January 2019; the December 2018 edition will be the last printed issue. The concept of the scientific journal is over 400 years old, but the basic format has changed little in that time. Recently, however, authors have begun to make much more use of online functionality such as supplementary material, allowing far greater detail to be presented, whilst retaining the concision of the main article. Printed issues, therefore, however pleasing to read with a coffee, increasingly present only a proportion of our full journal content. Content will still be grouped in “issues” in this online-only format, although we will continue to publish articles online almost immediately upon acceptance (initially as uncorrected proofs, then as corrected proofs), before assigning them to an issue. These are increasingly thematic, grouping related articles together, so you may wish to subscribe for free to the journal’s email table of contents alerts for each issue (if you don’t already!) via https://academic.oup.com/my-Account/Register. The move to online-only will provide excellent functionality to all users, none of which can be offered in the print environment. Readers are guaranteed access to the most current versions of all articles at all times, and immediate access to the most recently published N&TR content via the advance articles feature. The Oxford Academic platform will allow access to digital components of content, usage information and citation data, reference linking, and other vital tools that a printed issue cannot provide. This transition will also enable us to build a complete picture of reader engagement with N&TR articles and other digital elements, which will inform how we develop the journal in the future to benefit readers and authors. As we move N&TR fully online, we look forward to bringing you our latest research more quickly and in an enriched, environmentally friendly form. Second, during the article submission process, we have removed the question on author gender that we introduced in order to be able to monitor gender balance in the journal. This is in response to new data protection guidelines which classify gender as personal information. Before doing so we were able to look at gender balance across our editorial board, reviewers, and authors, and I’m pleased to report that 47% of our Associate Editors, 48% of our reviewers, 52% of corresponding authors on accepted articles, and 53% of corresponding authors on all submitted manuscripts are female. We also had a small number of respondents identify as non-binary, and although the numbers are small the proportions were again similar across all groups. Given that approximately 38% of members of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco are female, this suggests a healthy gender balance in the journal. We will continue to work to ensure that all members of the Society, and the wider research community, are represented in the work that we publish. Marcus Munafò Editor-in-Chief © The Author(s) 2018. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: email@example.com. Downloaded from https://academic.oup.com/ntr/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/ntr/nty119/5034682 by Ed 'DeepDyve' Gillespie user on 08 June 2018 Accepted Manuscript
Nicotine and Tobacco Research – Oxford University Press
Published: Jun 8, 2018
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