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Clinical and Translational Science – Frequently Asked Questions

What is Clinical and Translational Science?
The American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT) acquired the journal Clinical Translational Science (CTS) from John Wiley & Sons.  ASCPT will officially begin publishing CTS under the Society's banner as of January 1, 2016.  CTS will publish as a fully online, open access publication, similar to CPT:PSP.  CTS will be the third journal in the ASCPT family of journals, and will provide an additional outlet for high quality research in the clinical and translational sciences. 

What type of papers will CTS publish?
The journal will highlight original research that helps bridge laboratory discovery with the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. Research may appear as Articles, Commentaries, Phase Forward (Clinical Trials), or Reviews. CTS will also include invited didactic content that covers the connections between clinical pharmacology and translational medicine. These additional features provide context for research articles and facilitate understanding for a wide array of individuals interested in clinical and translational science.

How is CTS different from CPT?
While Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics will continue to publish papers in these fields, CTS will provide authors a second publication choice for their papers. Additionally, papers submitted to CPT but declined for publication due to the journal’s limited publication space may be transferred to CTS for consideration. 

Will CTS be published in print?
No, CTS is an online-only journal.

Does CTS Have an impact factor?
CTS currently has an impact factor of 1.43. Because impact factor is a lagging indicator, it will be several years before an impact factor based on content published by ASCPT will be released.  

How do I submit my paper?
The journal utilizes an online submission system. Papers may be submitted at http://cts.msubmit.net.

What does it mean that CTS is an open access journal?
CTS will makes all content freely available to researchers worldwide, ensuring maximum dissemination of content through the Wiley platform.

Does CTS charge for submission?
There is no submission fee for CTS. 

What fees are involved in publishing in CTS?
An article-processing charge of $3000 (plus VAT where applicable) will be levied per article accepted for publication. 

Does the Society offer ASCPT members a discounted open access fee?
Yes, ASCPT members will be offered a discounted open access fee for publishing in CTS. The reduced rate is $2,000.

Can I exceed the word and reference limits stated in the Guide to Authors?
No, although CTS publishes online only, exceeding the stated word and reference limits is not an option. Exceeding the stated limits would cause delays in the production process, resulting in delayed online publication. 

What should I do with additional information that will not fit within the allowed word/reference/table/figure limits?
Any material that cannot fit within the allowed word and reference limits may be supplied as supporting information. 

What type of license does CTS utilize?
CTS will utilize a Creative Commons License, enabling readers to download the article and share it with others. This platform will allow for and encourage open discourse on published works. 

Does the Creative Commons License allow reader to modify the paper?
No, under ASCPT’s Creative Commons License, modifications to a paper are not permitted.

Will a paper turned down by CPT automatically be considered by CTS?
Papers turned down by CPT but potentially appropriate for CTS may be transferred for consideration. Because of the open access fees involved with publishing in CTS, this process will not be automatic. Instead, authors will be given the option of transferring their paper when CPT reaches a final decline decision on it. 

Can Reviews Secured by CPT be used by CTS?
If a paper reviewed by CPT is declined for publication, reviews secured with CPT may be transferred with the paper to CTS. The CTS editorial leadership reserves the right to obtain new reviews if deemed necessary or appropriate. 

How can I become a reviewer or Editorial Board Member of CTS?
Anyone interested in being a reviewer for CTS should complete a volunteer form. Editorial Board Members are often selected by the editorial leadership of the journal based on performance as a reviewer.

Can a paper publish in more than one ASCPT journal?
CPT, CPT:PSP, and CTS are independent publications and, therefore, dual publication is not an option. Papers rejected by CPT or PSP that are suitable for CTS may be transferred directly to CTS by request of the author. Although reviews obtained by CPT or PSP may be transferred along with all manuscript materials, the independent editorial leadership of CTS may opt to secure new reviews. 

What are the benefits of publishing in an open access journal?
Open access allows a paper to reach its target audience immediately upon publication. Papers published as Open Access in any of the ASCPT journals utilize a License to Publish Agreement, which allows readers to download and share the paper as well.

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