Monthly Archives: July 2013

Maintaining impact in 2013

Following last month’s publication of the 2012 Journal Citation Reports (Thomson Reuters), the Impact Factor for Biotechnology for Biofuels is 5.55, maintaining the journal’s position as the highest impact journal that fully focuses upon biofuels research. Biotechnology for Biofuels has grown rapidly over the past year, publishing top quality research on a broad range of… Read more »


Rosalind Franklin: the grand old lady of DNA

franklin doodle

If you are reading this, then the chances are you have an internet-enabled computer. And if you have an internet-enabled computer, then in all probability (in the hope that you are not a Bing-ling) you know that today would have been Rosalind Franklin's 93rd birthday – thanks to Google's doodle. At Genome Biology, we find… Read more »


Debating PacBio: the #SMRTseq Tweet chat


In a recent Correspondence article published in Genome Biology, Rich Roberts, Mike Schatz and Mauricio Carneiro extolled the virtues of Pacific Biosciences' SMRT sequencing platform. The article sought to address an impression held by many in the field that single-molecule sequencing is not yet a viable option, a view Roberts et al. believe to be… Read more »


Asking Janus: impact factor or real impact for the community?


First, let me congratulate our journal for receiving our first, impressive impact factor. Impact factors of cytogenetic journals are historically low, therefore, our good impact factor is welcoming news. The same congratulations go to all authors, reviewers and editorial members for your hard work and jobs well done. Now, with the impact factor in hand,… Read more »


Musculoskeletal Aging thematic series – lifelong exercise training can attenuate genome instability

Musculoskeletal Aging

Age-related decline in the function of musculoskeletal tissues is a major contributor to both poor quality of life and loss of independence in a significant number of older individuals. Longevity & Healthspan has launched a new thematic series on Musculoskeletal Aging, which brings together expertise in different tissues within the musculoskeletal system. The series aims… Read more »


Fibrogenesis & Tissue Repair – new article type, new section, new section editors

Fibrogenesis & Tissue Repair

We are pleased to announce the recent appointment of Prof. Geoff Laurent and Dr Cecilia Prêle as Section Editor and Deputy Section Editor respectively, for the newly established Tissue Regeneration section of Fibrogenesis & Tissue Repair. Fibrogenesis & Tissue Repair is an open access journal that publishes novel insights into the mechanisms, diagnosis and treatment… Read more »


Impact and the rearview mirror

Impact factors are like intelligence quotients: it’s clear they are a measure of something, but it’s not entirely clear what. BMC Biology’s has gone up again this year, as has its ranking, and whatever one may think about impact factors, they are, at least for the time being, important to the community we serve, and… Read more »

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