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Update on PLoS
was started based on the following premise:
PLoS Computational Biology features
works of exceptional significance that further our understanding
of living systems at all scales through the application of computational
I am pleased to report that after five monthly
issues I believe we have met this goal and the future looks exceptionally
bright for providing a home for reviews, perspectives, research
articles and educational materials that show our computational work
is making a distinct difference to the understanding of biology
at a variety of scales. Many people have commented to me on the
quality of the research, the timeliness and depth of reviews and
the professionalism exhibited by PLoS staff. I am proud to be part
of this effort. Here are a few statistics on how we are doing.
From January 1 through September 20 (the first issue was in June)
2005 a total of 227 research articles were submitted; 87 were rejected
before review, 50 after review, 34 were accepted and 37 are active.
Overall acceptance rate is 20% thus far. The average time taken
for all first decisions was 27.2 days, with a mean reject before
review time of 8.3 days and a reject after review time of 43.0 days.
We are working to reduce this time.
By the end of September a total of 4,110 people had signed up to
receive an electronic email table of contents and a total of 45,163
full text articles had been downloaded. A total of 121,621 RSS feeds
have been accessed.
The Editorial Board has been expanded to accommodate the type of
papers being submitted, particularly in the area of neurobiology
and modeling of complex systems. New initiatives are planed including
a video archive of seminal lectures, a special session at ISMB 2006
in Brazil and a new educational section of the journal.
The International Society for Computational Biology (ISMB) has assigned
Anna Tramontano as Editor to the journal to oversee Society contributions
to the journal and these are now being published on a monthly basis.
As a journal intended to serve the community we continually welcome
your ideas and suggestions for improvement. If you want to see some
of the ideas we have in mind take a look at http://compbiol.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pcbi.0010034.
It only remains me to thank our outstanding Editorial Board as well
as Steven Brenner, Rocky Choi, Andy Collins, Mike Eisen, Catherine
Nancarrow, Mark Patterson and Chris Sander for getting us this far.
Philip E. Bourne
Editor in Chief, PLoS Computational Biology