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The Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC) seeks to understand the challenges facing scientists today and to learn how JBC might best serve its authors and readers. We are proud that JBC builds on a 110-year legacy of publication in biological chemistry—defined to be science focused on the molecular underpinnings of life processes. But are we doing the best job we can today at assessing and communicating scientific findings and are we preparing ourselves for the future of scientific publishing?
In the past year, as a first step, we've taken a close look at JBC's processes, policies, and presentation and listened to our authors and readers so that we can make effective enhancements at JBC. Our goal is to help scientists to learn about advances in their research areas and to disseminate the results of their own research clearly, with the highest impact possible. The list below illustrates what we've done so far:
And we have more changes coming. Stay tuned for:
Second, we are dedicating ourselves to improving the already rigorous review process and high scientific reproducibility of the work published in JBC and to making the editorial process more transparent. We have taken the following steps to achieve this ongoing goal:
Third, we are doing our best to anticipate the future and to position JBC at the vanguard of scientific publishing. The way researchers communicate findings, disseminate results, mine the literature, and report experimental procedures can be greatly enhanced by deploying new technologies. JBC seeks to be an early adopter of advances in the field of scientific publication and to help create living publications that better serve the needs of scientists. Toward these ends, we are:
JBC is committed to building on its reputation for enduring science, its partnership with the ASBMB, which represents the field of biological chemistry, and its record of using advances in publishing technology to help readers and authors. Please join us at the ASBMB annual meeting at the Experimental Biology 2017 conference in Chicago (booth #1214) to celebrate JBC's renewed commitment to its mission, or write us at gro.bmbsa@cbj to share your suggestions for JBC's future. Please go to jbc.org/mission to learn more about how JBC can facilitate scientific discovery.