To Chlamydomonas researchers:
As detailed below, the American Society for Microbiology is
launching a new journal, Eukaryotic Cell, and I agreed to serve as
editor primarily because the Editor in Chief, C.C. Wang, is very
interested in having excellent Chlamydomonas research published in
the journal. I realize that there is a natural resistance to
submitting one's work to a new journal: there is the concern that it
won't be widely distributed in libraries, no one will read it, etc.
On the other hand, I think all of us have experienced the frustration
of submitting our work to "standard" journals and being told that the
work is more suitable to a "specialized journal," which in many cases
seems to be a euphemism for "this would be interesting but for the
fact that it's a green alga." The idea behind Eukaryotic Cell is to
establish a premier journal "specialized" in eukaryotic
microorganisms so that this situation doesn't arise and our work can
be judged on its scientific merit. If, to enable such a journal to
come into its own, we are at first asked to venture into obscurity,
just remember those first pioneers who submitted to Cell! Gianni
Piperno, Jean-David Rochaix, and Win Sale have agreed to serve as
managing editors, so we have a real presence on the staff. I very
much hope you will join me in making the effort it takes to turn this
into our home. Best to you all.
Call for Papers
The American Society for Microbiology is pleased to announce
publication of an important new journal focusing on eukaryotic
microbiology, Eukaryotic Cell. This bimonthly publication,
commencing publication in February 2002 in both print and online
formats, will present reports of basic research on simple eukaryotic
microorganisms such as yeasts, fungi, algae, protozoa, and social
amoebae. Topics will include, but are not limited to: basic biology;
molecular and cellular biology; mechanisms, and control, of
developmental pathways; structure and form inherent in basic
biological processes; cellular architecture; metabolic physiology;
comparative genomics, biochemistry, and evolution; population
dynamics; and ecology. In addition, the journal will consider
manuscripts dealing with the viruses of these organisms and their
organelles and with interactions with other living systems, where the
focus is clearly on the eukaryotic cell.
The distinguished board of editors of Eukaryotic Cell is led by
Editor in Chief C. C. Wang and comprises Jay C. Dunlap, Ursula W.
Goodenough, Ching Kung, Adam Kupsa, and Aaron P. Mitchell.
Manuscripts should be sent to: Journals Department,
American Society for Microbiology, 1752 N St., N.W.,
DC 20036-2904, USA. Format, policies,
and procedures should follow those given in the
Instructions to Authors for the other ASM journals.
These Instructions and sample articles may be
accessed at: www.journals.asm.org.