About and FAQs
Insightful, timely and widely respected, ASA's publications are a premier resource for thousands of professionals in the field of aging. ASA members have access to GenerationsJournal, ASA's quarterly journal, and GenerationsToday, a bimonthly digital publication, and GenerationsNow, which features news around aging and articles from members. Access to all ASA publications is included with membership. If you are not a member of ASA, you can click here to subscribe.
About Generations Journal
Generations Journal is the quarterly journal of the American Society on Aging. Each issue is devoted to bringing together the most useful and current knowledge about a specific topic in the field of aging, with emphasis on practice, research, and policy.
Peer review consists of the following practice:
The Generations Journal editorial board invites a guest editor, selected because of prominence within his or her subject area, to organize an issue of the publication around themes identified by the board. Authors are then proposed by the guest editor and are evaluated by the board on the basis of demonstrated knowledge, achievement, and excellence in their respective ﬁelds. All manuscripts are reviewed by the guest editor, editor, and, when appropriate, members of the editorial board. As occurs in any peer review process, revisions may be re- quired, and articles that do not meet the editorial standards of Generations will not be published.
Generations (ISSN 0738-7806) is published quarterly by the American Society on Aging,
The contents of Generations are indexed or abstracted in the following:
Abstracts in Social Gerontology; AgeLine; CCCs Bibliographic Database; CARL UnCoverIngentaConnect; CINAHL Database (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature); Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences; Elsevier Bibliographic Databases; ERIC; Family & Society Studies Worldwide; Institute for Scientific Information Basic Social Sciences Index; Microsoft Academic Search (MAS); MLA International Bibliography; Research Alerts; SAGE Family Studies Abstracts; SCIE Care Data; Social Sciences Citation Index; Social SciSearch; Social Services Abstracts; Social Work Abstracts; Sociological Abstracts; Web of Science; Wilson Social Sciences Index/ Abstracts.
About Generations Today
Generations Today, (formerly Aging Today), is a bimonthly digital publication covering current trends and people impacting the field of aging through OpEds, feature articles, profiles, and first-person pieces.
About Generations Now
Generations Now, (formerly AgeBlog) features short-form, member-driven commentary on the timeliest aging-related issues. Check back often for the latest posts.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why go digital?
The decision to transition to digital publications is not just a financial one. ASA is committed to diversity and inclusion. By having a fully digital medium, everything you contribute will be able to be translated, read aloud or read with larger print easily, making our publication more accessible. We want Generations to be more easily shared among colleagues, current members and people who are new to ASA. We live in a world where readers increasingly expect to interact with the written word, and digital content much more readily allows for that.
And, of course, there are environmental concerns. ASA was printing hundreds of thousands of sheets of paper every year and shipping it around the country. We felt strongly that we could not in good conscience continue to use those resources when much of our readership is familiar with digital access.
- How is ASA publicizing the publications?
ASA is using all of our marketing efforts around the publications. This includes emails releasing new editions that will be sent to more than 100,000 people, social media posts that reach more than 60,000 people and opportunities for interviews with authors through our new web series, Bylines, and through videos on our social media pages. We also drive interest through our Generations SmartBrief.
In addition, ASA is in the process of registering Digital Object Identifiers, or DOIs, for our publications. DOIs, or DOI, is a persistent identifier for content published online, such as a journal article, which is registered with accompanying metadata. Having DOIs helps to ensure that readers and discovery services can easily find the official published version of all articles. DOIs are considered a core publishing best practice.
- How many people will have access to Generations?
Anyone can access up to three articles for free per month. That means that anyone, anywhere, will have access to the publications and the articles in it. This grows our audience substantially to include the 100,000 or more people who receive our emails and follow us on social media, and anyone who will see content as it is shared. You can help this process by sharing your articles through social media and encouraging your employers or employees, colleagues, and networks to do the same. Additionally, more than 4,000 ASA members have unlimited access to articles. We are working on a membership drive to increase our membership.
- What if I need a printed copy of an article?
Articles are optimized to print cleanly and easily from any home-office printer.
- How can I access old publications?
Digital access to back issues of Generations is available via Ingenta Connect.
- Will articles be indexed for academic purposes?
We are working to ensure that the contents of Generations will continue to be indexed or abstracted in the following: Abstracts in Social Gerontology; AgeLine; CCCs Bibliographic Database; CARL UnCoverIngentaConnect ; CINAHL Database (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature); Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences; Elsevier Bibliographic Databases; ERIC; Family & Society Studies Worldwide; Institute for Scientific Informa¬tion Basic Social Sciences Index; Microsoft Academic Search (MAS); MLA International Bibliography; Research Alerts; SAGE Family Studies Abstracts; SCIE Care Data; Social Sciences Citation Index; Social SciSearch; Social Services Abstracts; Social Work Abstracts; Sociological Abstracts; Web of Science; Wilson Social Sciences Index/Abstracts.
- How will I receive my print Generations or Aging Today subscription?
We are no longer offering print publications. As part of this new re-branding, Generations is now Generations Journal and Aging Today is now known as Generations Today. You access both publications through this digital publication platform. We hope you enjoy it!
- I keep hitting a paywall. What do I do to get around that?
You must either be a member of ASA or subscribe to our publications to avoid the paywall. Click here to join or click here to subscribe. Already a member or subscriber? Make sure you login to avoid the paywall.
- We have an institutional subscription, and are having some problems. Who should I contact for help?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your concerns, and we will be happy to assist.