PLoS COMPUTATIONAL OVERVIEW
2011-2012 has seen steady growth for PLoS Computational
Biology, with submissions up 22% since last year, and an average of
36 new Research Articles published each month. While the publication
of the highest quality research remains the journal's main focus,
PLoS Computational Biology also aims to move beyond the boundaries
of traditional publishing and to engage our readership.
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small intestinal crypts.
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initiative, Topic Pages, makes full use of PLoS' open access license
to bridge the gap between traditional journal articles and
Wikipedia. "Circular permutation in proteins" (1), a review-style
article with an innovative twist, was published in March 2012. The
article had been drafted and openly reviewed in a wiki setting and,
upon publication, a copy was placed on Wikipedia to undergo the
usual edits seen in any other article on the site. The PLoS article
remains the 'version of record' while Wikipedia gains high-quality
content; more information about this project can be found in (2).
Our Education section has continued
to flourish, in part because of the journal's relationship with the
ISCB. Last year we introduced a collection, Bioinformatics: Starting
Early, which takes the notion of biology as a computational science
into high schools. 2012 will also see the conclusion of our series
of mini-reviews, Editors' Outlook. Launched last summer, this
collection broaches subjects from genome organization to
experimental neuroscience. They speak to the breadth of our field
and editorial board, and collectively will form a vision from our
many expert editors of what is being, and will be, accomplished in
the coming years.PLoS Computational Biology is grateful for the
contributions made by many members of the community - including 146
Guest Editors and 1985 reviewers in 2011 (3). To accommodate the
increasing number of submissions to the journal we have introduced
several new additions to the Editorial Board in the last 12 months:
Associate Editors Marcel Salathé, Teresa Przytycka and Niko
Beerenwinkel, and Topic Pages Editor Daniel Mietchen. Douglas
Lauffenburger and Konrad Körding also took on more senior roles at
the journal as Deputy Editors.
Australian desert ant deciding
which way is home. Image Credit:
Antoine Wystrach doi:10.1371
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Examples of Highly Downloaded Articles 2011-2012
- Cytoskeletal Signaling: Is Memory Encoded in Microtubule Lattices by CaMKII Phosphorylation? Craddock TJA, Tuszynski JA, Hameroff S (2012) PLoS Comput Biol8(3):1002421.doi:10.1371/
Random Gene Expression Signatures Are Significantly Associated with
Breast Cancer Outcome. Venet D, Dumont JE, Detours V (2011) PLoS Comput Biol 7(10):e1002240. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002240
- Using Electronic Patient Records to Discover Disease
Correlations and Stratify Patient Cohorts. Roque FS, Jensen PB,
Schmock H, Dalgaard M, Andreatta M, et al. (2011) PLoS Comput Biol 7(8): e1002141.doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002141
- Effect of Promoter Architecture on the Cell-to-Cell
Variability in Gene Expression. Sanchez A, Garcia HG, Jones D,
Phillips R, Kondev J (2011) PLoS Comput Biol 7(3):e1001100.
1. Circular Permutation in Proteins. Bliven S, Prlić A. 2012, PLoS Comput Biol, 8(3) e1002445. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002445, p. 8(3):e1002445. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002445.
2. Topic Pages: PLoS Computational Biology Meets Wikipedia. Wodak SJ, Mietchen D, Collings AM, Russell RB, Bourne PE. 2012, PLoS Comput Biol, 8(3): e1002446. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002446.