Andrew A. Snelling, PhD (Geology), editor-in-chief

Answers in Genesis is excited to announce the launch of its online technical journal, Answers Research Journal. ARJ is a professional, peer-reviewed technical journal for the publication of interdisciplinary scientific and other relevant research from the perspective of the recent Creation and the global Flood within a biblical framework. All published papers may be freely copied, downloaded, quoted, and distributed for non-commercial and non-sale purposes (as long as the author of each publication is clearly identified, Answers Research Journal is acknowledged as the publication, and the integrity of the work is not compromised).

The Reason

There has been a pressing need for such a journal. Online publishing speeds up the publication process so that the latest cutting-edge creationist research is available more quickly. Online publication also allows for the use of color and other features that enhance the quality of the presentation. Being freely available, papers can be downloaded, copied, and shared without any restrictions, so that the research is far more easily and widely disseminated.

This is the accelerating trend in conventional publishing. Costs of printing and mailing paper copies of journals are escalating and time-consuming in an “age” when people are clamoring for free access on a daily basis anywhere in the world to the information they want in a form that they can readily share with others. Online publishing also doesn’t have the space constraints on the sizes of papers that have, in the past, limited researchers in the reporting of their work.

Furthermore, people want to know they can trust what is published on the Internet, which is why papers in our journal will be reviewed by the best experts we have available to us through a large network of well-qualified creationist researchers, scientists, and theologians who are the best thinkers in their fields of creationist research. Thus, we can give you absolute assurance that the papers we will be publishing in our Answers Research Journal are of the highest scientific and theological standard.

ARJ will disseminate research conducted by creationist experts in theology, history, archaeology, anthropology, biology, geology, astronomy, and other disciplines of science by providing scientists, students, and supporters the results of cutting-edge research that demonstrates the validity of the young-earth model, the global Flood, the non-evolutionary origin of “created kinds,” and other evidences that are consistent with the biblical account of origins.

The Vision

For many years I have had a vision for an online technical journal publishing the very best creationist research at the highest possible professional level and presentation. Previously the best creationist researchers had to wait for four or five years for the next International Conference on Creationism to submit their papers to a forum and publication in which they could be assured of the highest standards of peer review, presentation, and dissemination. Furthermore, the paper (rather than online) publication of the ICC Proceedings has restricted the dissemination of this top-quality research. Even though the ICC is now moving to concurrent electronic publication, timely dissemination is still restricted and delayed by cost considerations.

It is my hope that now, because of both the rapid publication we will be offering in the Answers Research Journal (within two to three months of receipt) and the free-of-charge online publication to ensure the widest possible dissemination of their cutting-edge research results, leading creationist researchers around the world will make publication in the Answers Research Journal their first consideration. In this way I am confident the Answers Research Journal will quickly be at the forefront in setting the trend for online creationist technical publications, a “must-see” for all serious creationist researchers and students.

The Background

Answers Research Journal comes to you with the full backing of AiG’s President/Founder Ken Ham and the entire AiG Board, who have been wanting to see such a journal launched. The need is even greater now with the opening of AiG’s world-class Creation Museum, which, as a research institution in its own right, has had the world’s best creationist input—and now, praise the Lord, a technical publication to go with it, supporting its exhibits at the highest levels of scientific research and professional publication.

As editor-in-chief, I bring to the Answers Research Journal more than 24 years of technical scientific publication experience, as the founding editor of the Creation Ex Nihilo Technical Journal (now the Journal of Creation published by Creation Ministries International), and currently the editor-in-chief of the Sixth International Conference on Creationism (co-sponsored by the Institute for Creation Research and the Creation Science Fellowship of Pittsburgh). My 30 years of research experience and output has resulted in my research papers being awarded for technical excellence at two International Conferences on Creationism. I also contributed substantially to the highly successful Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth (RATE) research effort, and edited and produced RATE’s two technical volumes.

Thus, both AiG and I assure you that you will be able to trust, and confidently disseminate, the papers published in the Answers Research Journal. It is our hope that the online publication of ARJ will encourage Christians with powerful results of the latest creationist research, providing them with new resources for use in their own research and education—and in their witnessing to the truth and authority of God’s Word.

Copyright Notice

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