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Eukaryot Cell. 2010 January; 9(1): 20.
Published online 2009 December 4. doi:  10.1128/EC.00340-09
PMCID: PMC2805305

New Directions at Eukaryotic Cell[down-pointing small open triangle]

“The key to success is often the ability to adapt.”


Any organization or endeavor is only as good as the people contributing to it. In this context, it is with great pleasure that we announce two recent and important additions to the editorial expertise at Eukaryotic Cell.

The first is a dedicated minireview editor, reflecting our journal's renewed focus on minireviews. Accepting the fact that few of us have time to read all of the pertinent literature even in our own fields, much less keep up more broadly, the EC editors by consensus have supported the addition of Mike Lorenz to specifically solicit and handle minireviews. Dr. Lorenz holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. While all EC editors will continue to suggest interesting subjects and appropriate authors for minireviews in their own research fields, Dr. Lorenz will be the one to solicit and handle all minireviews from now on. He is also charged with identifying emerging areas where a body of work deserves treatment in a short and focused review and with identifying scientists who can complete a review in a timely manner. We remain interested in receiving unsolicited minireview submissions, though authors are encouraged to discuss the subject with Dr. Lorenz prior to submission. The ASM Publications Board has also made it easier than ever for authors to produce a minireview by:

  • Waiving all page charges and charges for color figures
  • Offering the services of a professional artist, contracted by ASM, to work with authors to enhance and beautify figures without charge
  • Putting procedures in place to shorten the time between submission and publication
  • Waiving all publication fees on their next research article for corresponding authors of minireviews who meet specified deadlines

The second addition is one of emphasis. The number of papers citing “systems biology” has more than doubled within the past 3 years. Because of their tractability as research systems, microbial eukaryotes have led this explosive growth, and to reflect this development we have added six scientists to the Editorial Board whose expertise lies generally within the area of systems biology. The new Board members are:

  • Brenda Andrews, University of Toronto
  • Ralph Bock, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology
  • Tim Galitski, Institute for Systems Biology
  • Steve Haase, Duke University
  • Yong-Hwan Lee, Seoul National University
  • Simon Prochnik, DOE Joint Genome Institute

With these additions and changes we fully expect Eukaryotic Cell to remain at the forefront of broad-readership journals focused on microbial eukaryotes.

Keep EC in mind for your minireviews and manuscripts related to systems biology!


[down-pointing small open triangle]Published ahead of print on 4 December 2009.

Articles from Eukaryotic Cell are provided here courtesy of American Society for Microbiology (ASM)