First Issue of 2013: What's New for JIPB
Article first published online: 21 JAN 2013
© 2013 Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Special Issue: Ubiquitination and Sumoylation
Volume 55, Issue 1, pages 2–4, January 2013
How to Cite
Liu, C.-M. (2013), First Issue of 2013: What's New for JIPB. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, 55: 2–4. doi: 10.1111/jipb.12023
- Issue published online: 21 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 21 JAN 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 11 DEC 2012 09:54AM EST
It is no exaggeration to say that 2012 was an eventful year. China has a new president, Xi Jinping, and the US re-elected Barack Obama. Gmail was ranked as the world's number one email service, and astronomers measured light from the universe's first stars. JIPB has also undergone great transformative changes as we move forward into the new year.
Looking back to 2012, which marked JIPB's 60th anniversary, there were several exiting developments for the journal. JIPB published its 60th anniversary issue, which included a special editorial from Prof. Chun-Ming Liu, as well as a retrospective article on the development of the journal (Liu 2012; Cui et al. 2012). In August, JIPB was named an “Excellent International Science and Technology Journal” by the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST). This very competitive and prestigious award came with a grant of 3 million RMB for the coming three years, which will undoubtedly help the journal improve its quality and promote its international impact. In October, we sponsored the 2012 National Congress of Plant Biology in Yangling, which was attended by more than 800 participants from across the country. During the congress, a Scientific Writing Workshop was organized by JIPB, in which Prof. William Lucas (JIPB Associate Editor) from the University of California, Davis, gave 3 excellent talks on the scientific reviewing process, ethics in publishing, and how to write a paper for high-ranking journals. JIPB also achieved an impact factor of 2.534 for 2011, which represents a 58% increase as compared to 2010, and our expected impact factor for 2012 is over 3.0. JIPB now ranks as the 8th most influential scientific journal among over 5,000 periodicals hosted in China.
In 2012, JIPB published five special issues:
- • “Methods in Crop Molecular Breeding”, (issues 4 and 5), co-edited by Profs. Martin Parry, Jiankang Wang and Jose Luis Araus (Parry et al. 2012);
- • “Leaf Senescence”, edited by Profs. Hong Gil Nam and Hai-Chun Jing (Jing and Nam 2012);
- • “JIPB's 60th Anniversary”, edited by Prof. Chun-Ming Liu (Liu 2012);
- • “Organelle Biology”, co-edited by Profs. Jianping Hu and Chris Hawes (Hu and Hawes 2012).
These issues have been well-received by our readers, and provide collections of articles on carefully-selected topics for the international plant science community.
JIPB relies on the hard work and dedication of its international editor team. This year, several long-serving board members have finished their terms, and I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to them: Prof. Anne-Mie Emons from Wageningen University, Prof. Dean DellaPenna from Michigan State University, Prof. Ming Yuan from China Agricultural University, Prof. Hitoshi Sakaibara from the RIKEN Plant Science Center, Prof. Shuang-Quan Huang from Wuhan University, and Prof. Jin-Xing Lin from the Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, all of whom have provided invaluable support to the journal.
I would also like to extend my warmest welcome to our new Associate Editor Dr. Mark Stitt from the Max-Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Germany, who will be in charge of the theme of Metabolic Biology & Biochemistry. I am also very, very grateful to welcome six new Co-Editors to the JIPB board: Dr. Bart Thomma from Wageningen University, Netherlands, Dr. Anja Geitmann from the Université de Montréal, Canada, Dr. Haiyun Ren from Beijing Normal University, China, Dr. Hailing Jin from the University of California, Riverside, USA, Dr. Jiping Liu from Cornell University, USA, and Dr. Mark Johnson from Brown University, USA (see more information below). As part of our continuous push for internationalization, JIPB's editorial board now consists of 78 members from 15 countries. Among them, 65% are from countries outside of China. I am confident that, with the support of these prominent scientists, JIPB will become a scientific communication hub for international plant biologists.
As our latest development, the JIPB board has decided to introduce a new type of article, minireviews. These short review articles, published not by invitation, will be 3–4 print pages in length, and should provide critical analyses or comments on defined areas of interest for the general audience in plant biology. Minireviews may contain up to three figures and no more than 40 references. We hope that these articles will provide illustrative and broad-scale summaries of research, and will expand JIPB's audience to people outside of the plant science community. All interested authors are encouraged to submit their minireviews by visiting http://submit-jipb.net. It is worth mentioning that, as of February 2012, JIPB has waived page charges for all submissions including expert reviews, research articles, minireviews and new technologies.
As we move forward, I foresee great achievements for JIPB and for the international plant science community as a whole. 2012 was a very productive year for the journal, during which we increased our international visibility. With our teamwork, I am sure that 2013 will be another productive year for JIPB.
New Associate Editor
Dr. Mark Stitt
Max-Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Germany
Area of expertise: Metabolic biology and plant physiology
Dr. Bart Thomma
Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Area of expertise: Plant-pathogen interactions, fungal virulence, effectors and immune receptors
Dr. Jiping Liu
Cornell University, USA
Area of expertise: Abiotic stresses, ion transport, acid soils, aluminum toxicity and tolerance, root exudates, and abiotic stress signaling
Dr. Haiyun Ren
Beijing Normal University, China
Area of expertise: Dynamics and functions of actin cytoskeleton in plant cells
Dr. Hailing Jin
University of California, Riverside, USA
Area of expertise: Gene regulation and epigenetic control in plant immunity
Dr. Mark Johnson
Brown University, USA
Area of expertise: Invasive cell growth, cellular migration and determination of cellular polarity
Dr. Anja Geitmann
Université de Montréal, Canada
Area of expertise: Plant cell biology and cytomechanics
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