Microbial Cell scores strong in the Quality Open Access Market evaluation
Quality Open Access Market (QOAM) provides a quality assessment platform for open access journals. For that purpose, QOAM solicits the judgement of the academic community by asking researchers to score their experience with the publication process of their manuscripts in a given journal and thus share their insights with the community.
We are happy to learn that Microbial Cell has scored highest in the so-called journal’s SWOT matrix, which classifies open access journals into four journal categories: (i) strong and (ii) weaker journals, (iii) those representing a threat (to authors) and (iv) journals which are an opportunity (to publishers). Microbial Cell has been ranked as a strong open access journal. We are especially pleased that Microbial Cell scored 4.9/5 points in the so-called Valuation Score Card, which is the actual reality check that mirrors author experiences with a journal.
We will continue in this line of work to further maintain this level of quality and improve where possible. We also want to thank all authors that have shared and share their positive experience with us!
Microbial Cell is awarded the DOAJ Seal
In July 2015, Microbial Cell was accepted for inclusion in the selective Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). DOAJ is the reference whitelist for open access journals that meet the high standards in quality and peer-reviewed open access required by this organization. Now, we are proud to announce that Microbial Cell has been awarded the so-called DOAJ Seal, an exclusive mark of certification for open access journals granted by DOAJ to journals that adhere to outstanding best practice and achieve an extra high and clear commitment to open access and high publishing standards. The Seal thus acts as a signal to readers and authors that the journal has an exceptionally high level of publishing standards. You may learn more about the DOAJ Seal here.
Microbial Cell selected for inclusion in Thomson Reuters Emerging Sources Citation Index
Microbial Cell is pleased to announce that it has been accepted for indexing in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (Thomson Reuters).Thus, Microbial Cell now appears in the Master Journal List of Thomson Reuters (see here). Journals indexed in ESCI have been evaluated by the Thomson Reuters editorial staff, which considered several factors during the selection process, including the journal’s publishing standards, its editorial content, and citation data from Web of Science. Note that as a selected journal, Microbial Cell remains under evaluation for inclusion in the Science Citation Index Expanded™ and other Thomson Reuters products.
MIC sponsors 2nd International Symposium “One mitochondrion, many diseases” (March 2016, Freiburg, Germany)
Microbial Cell is proud to be a sponsor of the 2nd International Symposium “One mitochondrion, many diseases” (Freiburg, Germany, March 9th and 10th 2016), a Junior Researcher Conference organized by Verónica I. Dumit (Freiburg), Florian Steinberg (Freiburg), Ralf Zerbes (Freiburg), Ralf Braun (Bayreuth) and Denis Gris (Sherbrooke, Canada), which aims at bringing local, national, and international junior and established senior researchers together that work on the molecular aspects of chemical toxicity and different diseases. The symposium intends to outline common and distinct roles of mitochondria upon these pathophysiological conditions. Researchers using different model systems, and applying various experimental approaches are highly welcome to attend and contribute to this symposium.
Please visit the official conference website for more information, including the registration, program and venue!
25 issues of Microbial Cell
With the January 2016 issue, we celebrate Microbial Cell‘s 25th issue. Since it first appeared in January 2014, the journal has received more than a 100.000 page visits from more than 150 different countries. Notably, page visits have incremented by 50% between 2014 and 2015, demonstrating that Microbial Cell‘s visibility is rapidly increasing. In the course of these two years, Microbial Cell has received around 150 manuscript submissions from authors of all continents around the globe. The evaluation of these submissions was supported by the expertise of hundreds of referees across the world.
We have published more than a 100 articles, which are starting to be cited by the research community. The top 5 cited papers published in Microbial Cell, so far (according to Google Scholar), are: Arlia-Ciommo et al., Teixeira et al., Peleh et al., Spincemaille et al., and Scheidt et al. Finally, we have received groundbreaking reports and outstanding reviews from world-leading scientists, including articles by the groups around Alexander Varshavsky, Gerry Shadel, Chris Meisinger, Ed Calabrese, Dimitrios Kontoyiannis, Ida van der Klei, or Guido Kroemer, among others.
In the course of this freshly started 2016, Microbial Cell will apply for inclusion in Thomson/Reuters and PubMed Central. We are looking forward to draw our next balance, at the latest when we celebrate our 50th issue together with our authors, editors, referees, and readers.
Server maintenance 29.10.2015, 5:30-9:00 GMT
On October 29th, from 5:30-9:00 GMT, we will perform maintenance work on our server to improve the performance and availability of our homepage. During this time, Microbial Cell may be partially or completely unavailable for short periods of time. We will make every effort to complete the maintenance process as soon as possible.
Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding!
2nd Theodor Escherich symposium on medical microbiome research in October 2015
The 2nd Theodor Escherich symposium on medical microbiome research is organized by scientists at the Medical University of Graz and will take place in Graz (Austria) on October 19th. It will host international experts in the field that will cover topics including microbiomes in extreme environments, the contribution of the microbiome to gastrointestinal inflammation, microbiome & metabolism, as well as computational approaches for microbiome research and the diagnostic application of microbial community analysis.
Please visit the official conference website for more information, including the program and venue! Note that online registration is mandatory but free of charge.
MIC indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
It is our pleasure to announce that Shared Science Publishers has been accepted as a publisher member of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) after an evaluation period of almost four months. In the course of this application, Microbial Cell has been accepted to be indexed in the DOAJ, the reference guide for quality open-access, scholarly journals. You may find the entry here.
DOAJ is a whitelist of open access journals and aims to be the starting point for all information searches for quality, peer reviewed open access material. Thus, it aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. Importantly, a DOAJ membership is a clear statement of intent and proves a commitment to quality, peer-reviewed open access. Accordingly, Microbial Cell adheres to the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing as elaborated by the Committee on Publication Ethics, the Directory of Open Access Journals, the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association and the World Association of Medical Editors.
MIC indexed in Chemical Abstracts Service
After an evaluation period of almost one year, Microbial Cell is proud to announce that it is now indexed in the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) databases. CAS is the prestigious division of the American Chemical Society that represents the largest collection of information on disclosed chemistry and related research, making it the world’s authority for chemical information. Applications for inclusion in further repositories are underway.
11th International Meeting on Yeast Apoptosis in September/October 2015
The 11th International Meeting on Yeast Apoptosis (IMYA) is organized by scientists at the University of Minho and will take place in Porto (Portugal) between September 29th and October 3rd 2015. It aims at joining enthusiastic researchers that exploit yeast as a preferential cellular model to study regulated cell death, aging and stress response pathways. The scientific program includes keynote, invited and selected lectures, as well as poster presentations. The conference sessions will cover different topics, including (but not limited to):
. Cell death/Pathways
. Organelles in cell death
. Yeast models in cancer and other diseases
Please visit the official conference website for more information! Note the following key dates:
Early registration: before May 13th
Abstract Submission deadline: July 1st
Late meeting registration: until September 21st
MIC joins PILA and CrossRef
Microbial Cell is now a member of the Publishers International Linking Association, Inc. (PILA), a non-profit, independent organization, which operates CrossRef. The CrossRef network was founded to make reference linking throughout online scholarly literature efficient and reliable and develop other services that are best achieved through collaboration. As a DOI registration agency CrossRef, enables links to and from online scholarly content and is committed to long term sustainability.
A DOI is a unique alphanumeric string assigned to a digital object – in this case, an electronic journal article. In the CrossRef system, each DOI is associated with a set of basic metadata and a URL pointer to the full text, so that ituniquely identifies the content item and provides a persistent link to its location on the internet. Thus, each article published so far and in the future by Microbial Cell will obtain a unique DOI identification number that will be displayed as part of the paper’s reference.
Long-term archiving of MIC secured
MIC proudly announces that it has partnered with the Austrian National Library (http://www.onb.ac.at/) to ensure digital long-term archiving and perpetual access to its complete content and thus to all published articles. This partnership secures that the information stored in this repository will outlast the transience of digital information carriers.
MIC indexed in Sherpa/RoMEO and Open J-Gate
Microbial Cell is now indexed in RoMEO, the searchable database of publishers’ copyright and self-archiving policies for pre-prints and post-prints of SHERPA Services (UK). Furthermore, Microbial Cell has been accepted for indexing in Open J-Gate, one of the largest e-journal indexing platforms. Applications for inclusion in other indices are currently underway.
MIC partners with the WHO’s HINARI program to support free access to biomedical research literature
Microbial Cell and its publisher Shared Science Publishers are pleased to announce that they have been accepted to join HINARI, a program led by the WHO together with major publishers to enable low- and middle- income countries to gain access to biomedical and health literature. Currently, there are more than 5700 institutions in more than 100 eligible countries, areas and territories registered for this program. The information resources cover the subjects of basic science, biochemistry, biotechnology, cardiology, clinical medicine, dentistry, education, environmental sciences, ethics, general medicine, geriatrics, HIV/AIDS, immunology, infectious diseases, microbiology, nursing/allied health, nutrition, OB/GYN, oncology, parasitology, pediatrics, social sciences, surgery, toxicology, tropical medicine, and zoology. To learn more about it, visit the HINARI homepage. You can find Microbial Cell‘s entry in HINARI here.
10th International Meeting on Yeast Apoptosis in May 2014
The 10th International Meeting on Yeast Apoptosis (IMYA) taking place at the Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg, Sweden) will bring together investigators from around the world to present and discuss research that uses yeast as a model to study regulated stress responses, cell aging and cell death pathways. The conference sessions will include different topics, including (but not limited to):
· systems biology, network biology and integrated approaches to aging and cell death
· mitochondrial cell death pathways
· caspase-dependent and independent apoptosis
· aging in different yeasts
· regulation of aging and cell death
· alternative cell death pathways
· yeast as a model for protein misfolding and proteostasis management
All participants are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract. Opportunities are available for oral and poster presentations. Visit the official conference website! Note the following key dates:
Early conference registration: before January 31st, 2014
Abstract submission deadline: April 4th, 2014
Late conference registration: before May 7th, 2014