Following a successful eight year term, Alex Bateman stepped down from his role of co Executive Editor of
Bioinformatics at the end of 2012.
We thank Alex for all his
efforts on behalf of the journal, and were very pleased to welcome
Janet Kelso to the role of co-Executive Editor of Bioinformatics,
working alongside Alfonso Valencia from 2013.
We are also
pleased to welcome Gunnar Rätsch, Ziv Bar-Joseph, John Hancock and
Igor Jurisica as new Associate Editors. We thank Trey Ideker for his
hard work as an Associate Editor for the journal over many years,
and are delighted that he has joined the Editorial Board.
we received around 2000 submissions in 2012 -- around 30% were
accepted, with an average time from submission to first decision of
30 days. Once a manuscript is accepted for publication, it is
usually published online ahead of print within 5 days and in an
issue within 8 weeks.
In June 2012 we received the news that
Bioinformatics' Impact Factor had risen to 5.468, making it the top
ranked journal in the Mathematical & Computational Biology JCR
At the time of writing, the 2012 impact factors
have not been announced but based on our own citation analysis we
are hoping to see Bioinformatics maintain its position. A new form
of Creative Commons licence was introduced during 2012 for new
Bioinformatics content published under an open access model. In
short, we have moved from a CC-BY-NC licence to a CC-BY licence. The
CC-BY licence allows unrestricted use, distribution, and
reproduction in part or whole provided that the original work is
properly cited (under the previous CC-BY-NC licence users were
required to seek permission for commercial reuse).
2012 we also introduced a new article category, Bioimage
informatics. In an editorial to introduce the new category, Peng et al. write "Tremendous volumes of multi-dimensional bioimaging
data are now being generated in almost every branch of biology. How
to interpret such image datasets in a quantitative, objective,
automatic and efficient way has become a major challenge in current
computational biology. Bioimage informatics methods have begun to
turn image data into useful biological knowledge..." The full
editorial can be read at http://bioinformatics.oxfordjournals.org/content/28/8/1057.full
As ever, we welcome comments or feedback on any aspect of the
journal - please do not hesitate to get in touch with us (email@example.com)
or visit us at the OUP booth at ISMB/ECCB 2013.
The Bioinformatics Editorial team