Yamada Genes and Environment (2018) 40:11 https://doi.org/10.1186/s41021-018-0100-9 EDITORIAL Open Access Masami Yamada Keywords: The Japanese Environmental Mutagen Society, Genes and Environment, Asia Genes and Environment (G & E) is an open access (OA), “Japanese” tool to facilitate in-depth understanding of the peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles across a research, there has been increasing movement toward dis- broad range of topics. It is an official journal of The Jap- seminating Japanese research results to the rest of the anese Environmental Mutagen Society (JEMS), whose world. This could be achieved through the publication of mission is to discover how environmental mutagens a Japanese journal in English . After extensive discus- affect all organisms (including humans) as well as the sion, JEMS decided to publish the journal entirely in Eng- environment itself, and to apply this knowledge to the lish as “Genes and Environment” in 2006, which was when protection of human health and the environment. In Dr. Minako Nagao was the EIC. Publications in Japanese April 2018, the editorial department of G & E was were taken over by the quarterly magazine, “Jems News”. renewed. The new executive department consists of the During this time, significant changes were happening in former EIC, Dr. Takashi Yagi; the Editorial Director for scientific publishing due to the spread of the Internet and JEMS, Dr. Takehiko Nohmi; and a new Editor-in-Chief, the departure of academic journals from paper media. The Masami Yamada. Together, we aim for greater heights in next major development was G & E becoming an OA this important field of research. journal in 2015. There were several pros and cons to this move, but the policy of MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) is that informa- History of this journal tion should be provided to citizens for free. I think that G & E has undergone transformation in a way that is con- this was the most important decision undertaken by Dr. sistent with the times. Environmental Mutagen Research, Takashi Yagi during his term as EIC . G & E was then an academic journal of the Japanese Environmental Muta- listed in PubMed in the following year. Although the pa- gen Society, began in 1979 and was the predecessor of G pers posted to PubMed did not initially appear as hits in &E. Initially, all JEMS publications were in Japanese, online searches, they will now appear on the web. and included reviews on environmental mutagens, geno- toxicity test data, and articles describing the various tests that form the basis of environmental mutagen research. Features of this journal The journal contributed substantially to the establishment As the name Genes and Environment indicates, this and development of this field of research in Japan . A journal deals with “genes” and “environment.” What is collection of abstracts from the JEMS annual meeting was the definition of genes and environment? I believe that also included every year. Since then, publications on envir- the environment includes microscopic environments onmental mutagen research in JEMS have gradually within cells as well as the larger external living environ- broadened to include research on the mechanisms of mu- ment, and thus incorporates the global or space environ- tagenesis. Several such studies in Japan have attracted the ment as macroscopic perspectives. As genes can control attention of not only Japanese researchers but also the rest certain environments, they are related to various things of the world. Unfortunately, such research results tended in the environment. The environment encompasses many to be published in English journals such as Mutation Re- things, and even the field of genetic research ranges from search, Mutagenesis, or Environmental and Molecular individual functions to massive amounts of metadata. Mutagenesis. Although it is convenient to have a Thus, we now need the help of researchers from different fields, including those fields that have nothing to do with Correspondence: firstname.lastname@example.org genes. Meanwhile, the issue of environmental pollution, Department of Applied Chemistry, National Defense Academy of Japan, Yokosuka City, Kanagawa 239-8686, Japan which underpinned the origin of JEMS, has not yet © The Author(s). 2018 Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated. Yamada Genes and Environment (2018) 40:11 Page 2 of 2 become outdated. It remains a hot and serious topic in Authors’ contributions The author read and approved the final manuscript. BRICS countries as well as Asia . From now on, I would like to actively collect manuscripts submitted from such Ethics approval and consent to participate countries. Since G & E is an official journal of JEMS, it Not applicable. contains features of JEMS. In other words, there are many Competing interests articles relating to the regulatory sciences as well as basic The author declares that she has no competing interests. research. Making full use of this feature, we will extend the journal’s impact. We will continue to pay attention to Publisher’sNote Asia where basic research output is increasing, and we will Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations. also welcome papers on the regulatory sciences, a thriving research area in Europe and the United States . Received: 1 April 2018 Accepted: 1 April 2018 The aim of this journal References We want to make G & E an attractive journal. This is easy 1. Yagi T. Genes and Environment: providing open access to environmental to say; however, I think there are various avenues we can mutagenesis and genomics studies for global cooperation. Genes Environ. 2015;37:4. pursue to make it more attractive. First, it is probably im- 2. Sugimura T. In the beginning when the Japanese Environmental Mutagen portant to have interesting articles in it. We therefore Society was established. Genes Environ. 2016;38:23. need more submissions from researchers with interesting 3. Nohmi T. Greetings from the International Association of Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Societies. Genes Environ. 2015;37:2. results. The criteria authors use for deciding which journal 4. Aoki Y. New era of Genes and Environment. Genes Environ. 2015;37:5. to submit to is not only the journal’sscope butalso the 5. Yagi T. A perspective of Genes and Environment for the development of grade of the journal, so scientists search for the grade of environmental mutagen research in Asia. Genes Environ. 2017;39:23. 6. Uno Y. Contribution to regulatory science and a next challenge of the journal that matches the quality of their manuscript. How Japanese Environmental Mutagen Society (JEMS). Genes Environ. 2016;38:14. is the grade of a journal measured? Most people would probably answer that is the impact factor (IF). IF is a cal- culation of how often articles published in the 1st and 2nd year were cited in the 3rd year. We must remember that IF is a general evaluation method, and not all papers in the same high IF journal are equally wonderful. In other words, IF is not everything. The important thing is the quality of each article. Therefore, I will make a concerted effort on the editing side to raise the quality of articles published in G & E. First, we will gather more papers by widening our readership. For this we will target Asian countries as well as the field of regulatory sciences as mentioned above. For those of you with experience of other journals, manuscripts submitted from Asian coun- tries are not always very refined. It is easy to reject a scien- tific manuscript that is not in the correct format, but then the authors will continue to repeat the same mistakes. If reviewers carefully read manuscripts and provide precise commentary, then the manuscript, even if rejected, will still provide constructive input to the authors through the comments. The quality of successive manuscript submis- sions would therefore increase. Perseverance and effort are necessary, but I believe that the driving force in dis- seminating research on genes and environment in Asia is that quality research has already accumulated in this re- gion and is waiting to be published. Genes and Environ- ment, which is in the midst of becoming a fully-fledged global science journal, aims to disseminate truly influential papers to the world. Acknowledgments I thank Dr. Takashi Yagi for carefully reading the manuscript and providing comments.
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