PSA Insights
PSA Journals & the Importance of Reviewers
One of the primary goals of the Poultry Science Association is the publication of poultry research papers in Poultry Science® (PSJ) and The Journal of Applied Poultry Research (JAPR). Poultry Science® is the top ranked poultry research journal. The impact factors continue to increase and based on 2020 data from Clarivate Analytics, PSJ is 3.352 and JAPR is 1.178. (See the chart below.) In 2021, the acceptance rate for PSJ and JAPR was 53% and 61% respectively. The quality of the papers published in these journals establishes their reputation and draws both readers and new paper submissions. Both journals are now open access and last year the number of downloads from PSJ was 4.7 million from readers in 127 countries and JAPR had 6.7 hundred thousand downloads from 112 countries. The results of the effort that PSA and its members put into the journals is apparent by these journal readership results.  
The editorial boards of both journals are dedicated to thorough and timely review of each paper, but they cannot do this alone. The reviewers are a crucial part of the peer review process. The PSA board and the editorial boards of the journals cannot thank those that participate in the review process enough. However, one of the largest issues the association faces is getting people to serve as reviewers. In this regard, I often think of the Pareto principle (also known as the 80/20 rule) where 80% of the work is done by 20% of the people. Many of the same people are invited and often accept the invitation to review papers submitted to the two journals. However, the number of papers submitted puts a large burden on those few reviewers. As a result, many invitations are declined, and the editorial board members must work harder to find the two peers needed for the review. This is one factor that contributes to the turnaround time from submission to the paper’s final decision. The sooner the review invite is accepted, the sooner the paper gets reviewed which helps speed up the whole process. So, if you are not getting invites but are interested in providing thorough and timely reviews for either journal, you can go to the PSA website and click on the volunteer link in the upper right hand corner of the home page or click here to express volunteer interest. I look forward to seeing the impact factors and rankings of PSA’s two journals when they are released later this year. I anticipate all of us as PSA members will continue to be satisfied with the direction the journals are going readership results.

Brian D. Fairchild
2nd Vice President, PSA
PSA Meetings Update
Abstract Submission

Abstracts will be accepted until the deadline on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.
2022 Symposium Schedule
Monday, July 11th
8:30 AM CT
WPSA Lecture: Practical genetic inspired tools to improve the skeletal quality of laying hens; nutrition, management and selection
1:00 PM CT
Informal Nutrition Symposium: Understanding and meeting nutrient requirements of poultry
Tuesday, July 12th
8:00 AM CT
Symposium: Poultry industry paradigms: Connecting the dots
1:00 PM CT
Symposium: Enhancing their quality of life: Environmental enrichment for poultry
Wednesday, July 13th
9:00 AM CT
Symposium: Functional properties of amino acids improve health status and sustainability
1:00 PM CT
Symposium: The impact of dietary protein in the sustainability of poultry production
Thursday, July 14th
8:00 AM CT
Symposium: Contribution of microbiome on sustainability
10:30 AM CT
Symposium: Better teaching through science: Incorporating the scholarship of teaching and learning
1:00 PM CT
Workshop: Integrating the scholarship of teaching and learning into the classroom or academic program
2022 Latin American Scientific Conference

This fall's meeting will take place on October 4-6, 2022 at the Hotel Bourbon de Foz do Iguaçu in Iguaçu Falls, Brazil.

Additional details will be made available as the meeting approaches.
Interpretive Summary
A Link Between BCAAs and Woody Breast

Scientists in this study examined the effects branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) had on broiler growth and performance.

The study results provide some interesting data on the occurrence of woody breast with supplemental BCAAs.
PSA Member Spotlight
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Behnam Saremi

Current Employer:
CJ Europe GmbH

  • Bachelor's Degree - Ferdowsi University
  • Master's Degree - Ferdowsi University
  • PhD - University of Bonn

Area of Expertise:
Nutrition and metabolism, Physiology and endocrinology, Team leadership, Project management, and nutrition.

Where did you grow up and did you have poultry in your youth?
I grew up living in Iran and Germany and I did have chickens in my childhood and then later on as a business.

What was your first job out of school and what were your responsibilities?
I was a lecturer and researcher at an applied science university where our main goal was to educate children about the agricultural industry and new developments in agriculture.
If you had a motto that applied to your daily professional career, what would it be?
"Move out of your comfort zone. It will teach you so much."

What value does your PSA membership offer you?
Having the opportunity to be part of an excellent community of poultry experts and access to the best poultry journals. Being able to support our community!

What is your favorite poultry breed?

More About Me:
I remember when I was a kid and got a chicken as a present from my mom. I think it was a she and we had a fun time the whole summer together. At the end of summer, my mom came to me and said she is grown up and ready to be part of our dinner tomorrow :-(

I was shocked and now I understand why some individual's reactions can sometimes be different from the facts of our industry.
2022 PSA Webinar Series
Save the Dates!

Spring Webinar
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 @ 12:00 PM CDT
Presenter: Martin Zudihof, University of Alberta
Topic: New Technologies in Poultry Processing & Production

Fall Webinar
Thursday, September 8, 2022 @ 1:00 PM CDT
Presenter: Parker Hall, Perdue
Topic: Myopathies in Poultry

Winter Webinar
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 @ 11:00 AM CST
Presenter: Mike Kogut, Agriculture Research Service-USDA
Topic: The Gut's Role in Poultry Health & Disease
Additional Reading
Female Ostrich Egg Production in the Absence of Males

This study, published in The Journal of Applied Poultry Research, recorded egg production and egg weight parameters for ostrich females penned without males. Although there was initial doubt that the females would continue to lay eggs in the absence of males, the study proved otherwise.

The results identify peak months of egg production and quality of eggs throughout the study.
Other Award Opporunities
Nominate Your Colleagues for Recognition Outside of PSA

FASS-AFIA New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition Award
This award is designed to stimulate, acknowledge, and reward pioneering and innovative research that benefits humankind and is relevant to the nutrition of animals and the nutritional value of foods from animals. Only members of ADSA, ASAS, and PSA are eligible to receive the award and the recipient will be honored at the 2022 Annual Meeting of his/her choosing.

American Poultry Historical Society: Poultry Hall of Fame
This honor recognizes exceptional character, integrity, and leadership within the poultry industry. Inductees to the Poultry Hall of Fame have shown outstanding and unselfish service to the poultry industry.

A maximum of five individuals may be accepted into the Hall of Fame every three years. Final selection is determined mathematically from rankings of an Evaluation Committee of 12 industry, educational, and regulatory leaders acting independently of each other. Successful nominees will be inducted during ceremonies at the 2024 International Poultry & Processing Exposition (IPPE) in Atlanta, GA.

WPSA-USA Board Elections
Call for Nominations

The World's Poultry Science Association-USA Branch is seeking nominations for the two branch Board positions that will open this year. The election will be conducted this spring, and the four-year terms will begin in January 2023. Nominees must be current WPSA-USA members.

Anyone desiring to nominate an individual should send the name and email address of the nominee to Bob Buresh, WPSA-USA Branch Secretary, at by April 30, 2022. At that time, the Nominating Committee will determine the candidates to be considered for the election.

Midwest Poultry Federation
Updated COVID-19 Guidelines

Midwestern Poultry Federation Convention is approaching soon (March 22-24, 2022) and organizers have been providing up-to-date information regarding the upcoming event's COVID-19 guidelines on their website.

The latest information (effective as of February 24, 2022) follows the city of Minneapolis' lifted mask mandate. This comes as hospitalizations and cases of COVID-19 have substantially reduced in Minnesota.

For attendees, this means you will not be required to wear a mask at the 2022 MPF Convention. This includes the Minneapolis Convention Center, local restaurants, bars, hotels, and other public areas while in the city. The latest information can be found on