Plant Molecular Biology 39: vii, 1999. vii These are exciting times at Plant Molecular Biology (PMB). Never before in the short history of PMB has the journal been so relevant to our scientiﬁc enterprise. The science of plant molecular biology is burgeoning with new discoveries and technologies. PMB has played an important role in this scientiﬁc revolution and will take an even stronger leadership role in the future. To do so, PMB will feature more minireviews and timely articles on subjects important to the plant molecular biology community. PMB will also be the place to publish signiﬁcant papers in plant molecular biology, plant genetics and biochemistry. Plant biologists have only begun to scratch the surface in understanding gene expression, signaling, protein trafﬁcking, metabolic regulation, protein structure, development and so forth. We look forward, therefore, to an outpouring of new studies probing deeply into molecular, biochemical, cellular and developmental mechanisms in plants. Genomics has fueled much of the current revolution in plant molecular biology and may drive many of the dis- coveries in the next decade. PMB will help you to stay abreast and to look ahead to new developments in this ﬁeld. The journal will feature a new ‘Genomics Watch’ section under the Editorship of Rod A. Wing. Vast resources are being committed to genomics, and yet communication and technology transfer to the general scientiﬁc community have been modest. To help remedy this situation, the ‘Genomics Watch’ section will include a series of articles to report and comment on advances in genomics research. Faced with a growing science, PMB must become more selective in order to maintain the highest quality. We will attempt to attract and select only those papers of high caliber. In this regard, I would like to stress the message in an editorial published in Volume 33 stating that PMB will only accept papers with new descriptions of genes if they also contain signiﬁcant biological or biochemical information. Several changes are planned at MMB to make the Journal more appealing. One is to improve time to publication. We will further expedite the review and publishing process. We will make every effort to review and publish papers in a timely fashion. Some cosmetic changes are also store for the journal. The ﬁrst one being the use of glossier paper. We will also adopt a more conventional citation system that is described in the Instruction to Authors in this issue. All new manuscripts must be submitted in the new style. PMB will continue to be available on-line so that your paper will be just a click away from potential readers. To broaden participation in the journal we have added an Editorial Advisory Board. The Advisory Board is composed of our scientiﬁc colleagues from around the world who have already contributed signiﬁcantly to the review process. We hope to expand that Board to make the journal more representative of the diversity in the plant molecular biology community. The revolution in plant biology is a global phenomenon, and PMB serves an international community. As an ofﬁcial journal of the International Society of Plant Molecular Biology, PMB will work closely with the society to further its goals and activities worldwide. Since its inception 17 years ago, PMB has borne the stamp of its Editor-in-Chief, Rob Schilperoort. A special tribute was paid to Rob in the December issue of PMB to honor his years of leadership and service. I would also like to acknowledge the ﬁne staff at Kluwer Academic Publishers and particularly Natasha Bonnevalle, Publishing Editor in BioSciences Division, who is working closely with PMB. I am pleased to assume the position of Editor-in-Chief of PMB. My goal is to improve the standing of the journal and its value to the scientiﬁc community. As plant molecular biology impacts the broader arena, we must all aspire to higher standards. That responsibility lies in the hands of us, the editorial board and staff, and of you, the reader and contributor. We hope that we can count on your support as PMB moves into the next century.
Plant Molecular Biology – Springer Journals
Published: Sep 29, 2004
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