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One of my most important jobs as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Bacteriology is to maintain the prestige and influence of the journal's Editors and Editorial Board. I am pleased to report that Roberto Kolter has agreed to another term as Cover Editor. His skill and his enthusiasm have had major impact. My predecessor as Editor in Chief was Philip Matsumura (University of Illinois at Chicago). Under Phil's leadership the journal began publishing Genome Announcements, and after I took over from Phil he continued as the journal's Genome Announcement Editor. The success of these brief reports has been so remarkable that ASM has decided to launch a new journal called Genome Announcements, an online-only, open-access journal, in January 2013, with Phil as its head. Accordingly, the Journal of Bacteriology stopped accepting Genome Announcement submissions on 1 October 2012.
Last year, the Editors, the Editorial Board, and many ad hoc reviewers (listed in volume 194, no. 24, 2012) provided helpful, high-quality reviews with an average time to first decision of only 25 days. I want to take this opportunity to recognize our top-performing Editorial Board members.
These Board members stood out based on two very important criteria. First, during the last 12 months, these scientists reviewed at least 10 manuscripts, and second, they did so with an average turnaround time of 10 days or less. Heartfelt thanks to all of you.
This year, 11 new scientists were appointed to the Editorial Board to replace retiring members.
Each of them brings noted expertise to the journal, and speaking for all of the Editors, I welcome them.
Published ahead of print 5 October 2012