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J Bacteriol. 2013 January; 195(1): 1.
PMCID: PMC3536173

Editorial and Policy Changes for 2013

Thomas J. Silhavy, Editor in Chief, Journal of Bacteriology
Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA


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.

  • David Blair, University of Utah
  • Dhruba Chattoraj, Center for Cancer Research, NCI, NIH
  • Charles J. Dorman, University of Dublin, Trinity College
  • Jonathan Dworkin, Columbia University
  • Michael Federle, University of Illinois
  • Antonia Herrero, Instituto de Bioquímica Vegetal y Fotosíntesis
  • Chia Lee, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Conrad Mullineaux, Queen Mary, University of London
  • David Popham, Virginia Tech
  • William Shafer, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Abraham (Linc) Sonenshein, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Michael Vasil, University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Alan Wolfe, Loyola University Medical School
  • Timothy Yahr, University of Iowa
  • Peter Zuber, Oregon Health & Science University

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.

  • Paul Babitzke, Penn State University
  • Miriam Braunstein, University of North Carolina
  • Lori Burrows, McMaster University
  • Sean Crosson, University of Chicago
  • D. Scott Merrell, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • Michael Otto, NIAID, NIH
  • Marta Perego, The Scripps Research Institute
  • Arne Rietsch, Case Western Reserve University
  • Charles Rock, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • Holger Sondermann, Cornell University
  • Wolfram R. Zueckert, University of Kansas Medical Center

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

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