WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Blood has led the way in experimental and clinical hematologic research as the flagship journal of the American Society of Hematology (ASH). Launching today, the open-access online journal Blood Advances will fill a niche that complements and expands on topics covered in Blood while also transforming the conversation between authors and readers through innovative communication tools.
Taking full advantage of its digital publication model, BloodAdvances will emphasize multimedia, a rapid and continuous publication format, and the ability to readily comment on manuscripts, case studies, and debates via discussion boards. The peer-reviewed journal will regularly relay findings through visual abstracts, three-dimensional images, video, and podcasts."Journals are critical to the way scientists communicate, and through Blood Advances we can pioneer new means of interactive, collaborative discussion," said Editor-in-Chief Robert Negrin, MD, of Stanford University. " Blood Advances stands ready to turn tradition on its head by emphasizing social interaction and visual media." ASH's new journal will allow readers to share thoughts and images directly to social media as well as to join discussions within the journal's website. Another key feature of this new publication is there will be unrestricted access. "We have seen an explosion of progress in hematology at an unprecedented rate," noted Dr. Negrin. "We've made Blood Advances open-access in order to foster global discussion around the latest-breaking science."