Plant Molecular Biology 39: vii, 1999.
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
geneticsandbiochemistry. Plantbiologistshaveonlybegunto scratchthesurfacein understandinggeneexpression,
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.
Severalchangesareplannedat MMBto makethe Journalmoreappealing.One isto improvetimeto publication.
We will further expedite the reviewand publishing process. We will make every effortto 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 conventionalcitation 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 NatashaBonnevalle, 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.