Upcoming Changes to the Journal of Near-death Studies

Upcoming Changes to the Journal of Near-Death Studies

Reduced JNDS sample picThe IANDS Academic and Research Committee (ARC) recently considered the logistics and cost of producing the Journal. For more than 10 years, the cost of IANDS membership and Journal subscriptions has not changed. For several logistical reasons, the ARC recommended to the IANDS Board to reduce the number of Journal issues each year from four to three, while not increasing membership or Journal subscription fees.

Over the years since the Journal’s inception in 1981, IANDS has made periodic improvementsMost recently, every article four or more years old has been made available in full online at no cost to the public. For example, by going to this page (https://iands.org/research/publications/journal-of-near-death-studies/1155-jnds34.html) and clicking on any doi (digital object identifier—like an ID number for a periodical publication), anyone can now access a PDF of the full article free of charge.

The IANDS Academic and Research Committee (ARC) recently considered the logistics and cost of producing the Journal. For more than 10 years, the cost of IANDS membership and Journal subscriptions has not changed. For several logistical reasons, the ARC recommended to the IANDS Board to reduce the number of Journal issues each year from four to three, while not increasing membership or Journal subscription fees. In addition, in alignment with the academic year, the first issue of the Journal has always been in the Fall. However, this timing is atypical in periodical publication, so the ARC also recommended to align Journal publication with the calendar year. The IANDS Board approved these recommendations. Thus following the most recent Summer 2018 issue—volume 36, number 4—the next issue will be Spring 2019—volume 37, number 1. For each future volume, number 1 will be Spring, 2 will be Summer, and 3 will be Fall of the calendar year.

Consequently, beginning August 1, 2019, new or renewing members at the Professional and higher level and Journal subscribers will receive a one-year Journal subscription of three issues with their annual membership or subscription. Members and subscribers who join or renew prior to August 1 will still receive four issues for their new or renewed membership or subscription. Anyone joining or renewing after August 1 will receive three issues for their new or renewed membership or subscription. The new issues will be at least as long as the previous ones, and the new arrangement allows for an issue to be slightly longer if needed.

At the ARC meeting, committee members also discussed the possibility of making the Journal electronic only. Several of us confessed to finding we are less likely to read a journal that arrives in electronic rather than hard copy format. Thus we decided to continue with hard copies, especially knowing that anyone can access most of the articles for free online, and anyone needing a recent article still within the three-year embargo can purchase it from the IANDS office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The IANDS ARC and Board of Directors welcome feedback from IANDS members and subscribers. If you have a suggestion to improve anything related to the Journal, please email editor Jan Holden via the IANDS offce.

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