The Journal for Laboratory Automation (JALA) is an official journal of the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS). According to Editor-in-Chief Dean Ho, JALA was accepted for indexing by Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports®, including Thomson Reuters Science Citation Index Expanded (also known as SciSearch), Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition, Biological Abstracts and BIOSIS Previews.
JALA manuscript abstracts are already indexed by Analytical Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts (CAS+), CINAHL, Compendex, EMBASE / Excerpta Medica, Google Scholar, Inspec, Proquest CSA Technology Research Database, SciFinder, Scirus, and Scopus. [Source: SLAS]
Why is this additional indexing service important? It means JALA will have an impact factor. A journal’s impact factor indicates the average number of citations to articles published in a journal. Many regard this as a measure for the relevance of the journal within its field. One could compare it to PageRank, the algorithm Google uses to measure the relevance of a web page. Higher impact factors make it easier for a journal to attract authors and manuscript submissions. JALA was accepted with the 2009 volume. During 2011, the service will track citations to articles published in 2009 and 2010. JALA’s first impact factor will be announced in June of 2012. If you are looking to publish a paper on a lab automation-related topic, take a look at JALA’s online archive and author information.
Disclaimer: I’m serving on JALA’s editorial board.