Pacific Science Association

Pacific science journal

The official publication of the PSA is Pacific Science, a quarterly journal devoted to the biological, physical, and social sciences of the Pacific, and published by the University of Hawaii Press. All PSA members recieve the journal as part of their membership. Click here to subscribe at the official Pacific Science website.

From Pacific Science editor Curt Daehler:

In the interest of providing rapid access to research findings, Pacific Science now has an Early View service that makes accepted manuscripts available online prior to formal publication and printing. Early view makes papers publicly available several months earlier than was previously possible. You can access Early View papers via a link on the BioOne website. Click on "Access Early View Articles".

Pacific Science's Impact Factor continued to rise in 2009 (now approaching 1.0) but we are particularly interested in papers of long-term reference value for the Pacific Region. This focus is even better measured by the long citation half-life of papers in Pacific Science, which is exceeds ten years, and is the highest value registered by ISI (Thompson-Reuters). Pacific Science had a 2008 Impact Factor of .878, which was an increase of 25% over 2007.

Pacific Science seeks to publish new research findings of broad interest to the Pacific region and papers of long-term reference value. Six papers have now been published in our series on Biology and Impacts of Pacific Island invasive species. The latest was by graduate student Tim Gallager and Mark Merlin (botany) on kiawe (Prosopis). If you are interested in making a contribution to this series, please contact the series editor David Clements. Instructions for authors are available at the PSJ website.

All back issues of Pacific Science (pre-2000) are now available full text and OPEN ACCESS. You can browse through fascinating stuff about Hawaii and the Pacific. For example, you'll find Harvey Fisher's 1948 paper "The Question of Avian Introductions in Hawaii". You can access back issues here.

Beginning in Jan 2010, DOI's (Digital Identifier Objects) will appear on the printed and PDF versions of each article. Previously, DOIs were listed only on the XML and HTML version of papers. The DOI allows anyone to quickly find your full paper through the search interface. (Google will also work, but may return multiple results.)

BioOne, which has hosted Pacific Science online since 2005, has recently redesigned their web interface. It's really well done. Full access is available through many universities and research institutions, or by subscription. Pacific Science has been a member of the BioOne family of journals since January 2007. This means that the journal is full text archived (PDF and HTML) alongside other prominent journals such as Bioscience and Evolution. Through BioOne, Pacific Science papers are freely accessible to researchers through most research libraries around the world. Pacific Science is also now an "ISI journal" listed in the expanded Science Citation Index. Pacific Science is also fully indexed at Google Scholar.