BIOINFORMATICS JOURNAL UPDATE
2012 is set to be an
important transition year for Bioinformatics. After an 8 year term,
Executive Editor Alex Bateman has decided to step down from his
journal role at the end of 2012. Working together Alex and Alfonso
Valencia have achieved a tremendous amount on behalf of
Bioinformatics during this time--we and the journal will miss him.
We are busy working to appoint Alex's successor to lead the journal
alongside Alfonso from 2013--look out for news later in the
Once again we received around 2000 submissions in 2011--the efforts of around 3000 reviewers and our editorial team led us
to accept ~30% of these, with an average time from submission to
first decision of 30 days. We were very pleased to welcome Michael
Brudno to the Associate Editor team last November, and more recently
Inanc Birol has joined the team bringing further expertise in genome
sequencing and analysis. We would like thank David Rocke and John
Quackenbush for their hard work as Associate Editors for the
journal over many years, and we are delighted that they have both
joined the Editorial Board.
In 2012 we're continuing our
sponsorship of the high-throughput sequencing (HiTSeq) SIG at the
ISMB. Look out for our latest special collection of sequencing
papers distributed at the meeting. Last year's award winners for the
best papers at this event were:
- Andrew McPherson 'Comrad:
detection of expressed rearrangements by integrated analysis of
RNA-Seq and low
coverage genome sequence data'
Rödelsperger and Peter N. Robinson 'Identity-By-Descent Filtering of
Exome Sequence data for Disease-Gene
Identification in Autosomal
We'll be publishing further conference
sections in the future, including of course the 2012 ISMB and ECCB
In case you missed them, above
are the top 5 accessed articles published in the journal in 2011. At
the time of writing the 2011 impact factors have not been
announced but based on our own citation analysis we are hoping to
see Bioinformatics' impact factor increase this year.
ever, we welcome any comments or feedback on any aspect of the
journal - please do not hesitate to get in touch with us (firstname.lastname@example.org).
With best wishes,
The Bioinformatics Editorial team