New bioinformatics journal – EMBnet.journal

By Grant Jacobs 15/08/2011

Bioinformatics researchers, managers and consultants may like to know that the long-running EMBnet news has expanded to become a peer-reviewed journal, EMBnet.journal.

The first issue is now out and has a focus on next generation sequencing data analysis.

Readers can download the individual papers or the whole issue. RSS tracking is available. (The first issue is numbered issues 17(1), as it follows on from EMBnet news.) Upcoming issues include 

  • Metagenomics, Metatranscriptomics and Biodiversity
  • Networks and Connectomics
  • Pharmacogenomics

EMBnet.journal is to be an ’international, Open Access, peer-reviewed journal whose primary goal is to provide biomedical scientists with practical information to help’ with practical information to help:

  1. tackle routine data-analysis tasks (whether basic or advanced),
  2. implement complex, multi-faceted IT architectural infrastructures,
  3. address the many new challenges of modern, data-driven Life Science research.

This description is rather terse; in my experience, the content is more approachable! Basically, ‘stuff bioinformatics and bio-IT people might like to know’.

There are several categories of content, the details are available on-line. They comprise,

  • Letters to the Editor
  • News
  • Reports
  • Training
  • Technical notes
  • Reviews
  • Research papers

Only the latter two categories are peer-reviewed.

It will be one of the ‘smaller’ journals, having (at this time) a quarter release cycle. Don’t think I mean badly by writing that, some of the small journals are excellent. For example, one of my favourite journals is Epigenetics and Chromatin, which publishes perhaps two-dozen papers a year (and probably not even that).

I have to admit I find the publication delays getting the journal on the roll a little disconcerting, but I presume that these are teething problems that will eventually come right or may be past them now.

I hope EMBnet.journal retains a ‘community’ aspect that the current bioinformatics journals largely lack and fits it’s practical approach focus.

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