Mammalian Genome—Looking to the future

Mammalian Genome—Looking to the future Editorial Incorporating Mouse Genome Mammalian Genome 13, 1 (2002). © Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 2002 DOI: 10.1007/s00335-001-0015-8 Steve D.M. Brown, Joseph H. Nadeau Mammalian Genome like any other scientific institution needs to worth taking the opportunity to reiterate the Editor’s criteria for change from time to time if it is to be an influential vehicle for accepting manuscripts. The key criteria are whether the work ei- informing the scientific revolution that is genomics. As the field of ther directly or indirectly provides significant information that mammalian genetics and genomics evolves the editors and the bears upon gene function, organismal biology, or genome structure editorial board need to be aware of emerging scientific areas that and evolution. So simple descriptions of gene structure or straight- will interest the community and the key developments that will forward gene mapping papers will be returned to authors without excite the reader. In short, we need to ensure that the journal review. We are of course glad to receive genomics papers that remains both a conduit for high caliber research as well as a good make a substantive contribution to the gene map of any mamma- read. For these reasons, this issue sees some changes both to the lian species or make a significant contribution to comparative ge- content and appearance of Mammalian Genome. nomic analysis. For example, papers describing large-scale com- The first major change we have made to the journal is to parative sequence analysis will be welcomed. Papers that describe eliminate Short Communications. Our belief is that our primary important technical and analytical advances that bear upon our criteria of relevance, novelty and interest should apply to all manu- ability to dissect gene function, organismal biology, or genome scripts short or long and that we should remove this somewhat structure and evolution—for example, new phenotyping methods artificial distinction. We will however continue to ask our referees or methods for analyzing genetic, genomic and phenotyping in- to comment on the length of manuscripts in relationship to these formation—will also be welcome. criteria. Overall, as we strive to improve the profile of the journal, Over the last year, our Reviews Editor, Maja Bucan has done we will be endeavoring to publish only manuscripts of high quality an outstanding job in assembling a valuable series of monthly and substantial interest to the community. reviews and we intend to continue this feature. Please support her Secondly, we have revamped the cover to give the journal a in helping to provide this timely comment which does so much to more dramatic and eye-catching appearance. But most impor- enrich the journal and community. tantly, we have added a subtitle to the journal title—From Geno- Lastly, we want to pay tribute to our departing Editor, type to Phenotype. This subtitle emphasizes a pivotal area for Lee Silver, and our Managing Editor, Barbara Smith. Lee was mammalian genetics—the use of a variety of genetic approaches to instrumental in establishing the journal and guiding its develop- ment. Barbara took enormous care not only in handling manu- study gene function by relating genotype to phenotype. scripts for Lee but also managing the accepted articles for all three Thirdly, Mammalian Genome has taken the lead in publishing key papers and reviews in the area of mouse mutagenesis. But editors and serving as liaison between editors, authors and the there are clearly many other topics from QTL mapping to com- publisher. Their contributions were enormous, much of what the parative genomic analysis that are important areas in which the journal has achieved is attributable to them and they will be journal seeks to publish high quality papers. On this point, it is missed. Mammalian Genome Springer Journals

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