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Clin Microbiol Rev. 2009 April; 22(2): 185.
PMCID: PMC2668230

From the Editor in Chief

Clinical Microbiology Reviews (CMR) has been at the forefront of publishing scholarly works of interest to clinical microbiologists for over 20 years; the inaugural issue of CMR, under the editorship of Josephine Morello, appeared in January 1988. Since that time, CMR has expanded its scope to cover topics ranging from diagnostic microbiology to microbial pathogenesis and immunology, always with a focus on topics of relevance to individuals with interests in science and the clinic. I'm pleased to say that CMR continues to be well received by clinicians and scientists and in academia and industry throughout the world. As a testament to the scholarly contributions by our authors and the outstanding work of our editors and Editorial Board members, as well as the ASM Journals staff and my editorial assistant, Ms. Kai Gibson-Tshilenge, CMR has an impact factor of 15.764 according to the Institute for Scientific Information's 2007 Journal Citation Reports. In its most recent rankings, CMR is ranked no. 1 out of 94 journals in the Microbiology category by impact factor. That is only one metric, but it is an indication of our standing among the top-tiered journals in the field.

As we try to stay ahead of the curve with cutting-edge papers on topics of interest to you, we are also moving ahead with continued improvements to CMR. You should note several changes in this and future issues of CMR. First, we are now using a professional medical illustrator to work with authors on producing first-rate figures for their papers. In this issue of the journal, most of the color figures you see are the result of this collaboration. Second, we are now offering authors the opportunity to include an author biography section after their paper so that you can learn a little about the authors and their backgrounds and interests. We hope that these changes will further enhance the quality of the journal and your reading pleasure. Should you have additional suggestions on how to improve CMR, I would be pleased to hear from you.

Thank you for your continued support of Clinical Microbiology Reviews.


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Object name is zcm0020922720001.jpg Irving Nachamkin received his Doctorate and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1980, followed by fellowship training as a CPEP fellow in Medical and Public Health Laboratory Microbiology at the Medical College of Virginia. In 1982, he joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he is now Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Associate Director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and Co-Director of the Pathology Residency Training Program. Dr. Nachamkin has had a long-standing interest in Campylobacter infections and edited three ASM books on the subject. In recent years, he has also developed interests in the epidemiology of antimicrobial-resistant infections and is a coinvestigator on a number of studies based out of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Nachamkin has been Editor in Chief of Clinical Microbiology Reviews since 2002.

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